NOAA’s El Nino Outlook Looking GOOD for South American Winter:

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2015 El Nino Outlook for June - August.
2015 El Nino Outlook for June – August showing South American ski resorts getting above average precipitation.

NOAA just released their Summer El Nino Outlook and it’s looking very good for South American ski resorts.  When you look at the NOAA map above, find the green circle in southwestern South America.  That green circle indicates a forecast of wetter than average conditions this southern winter in the southern Andes mountains.  That green circle holds all the best ski resorts in Chile and Argentina including Catedral in Bariloche, Argentina and Las Lenas, Argentina.

The best time to ski the Andes is approximately August 1st until September 7th and this forecast is centered around the Andes mountains receiving above average precipitation in June – August.  Perfect.

August 1st until September 7th is exactly when SASS Argentina runs their turnkey trips to Barilcohe, Argentina.  SASS Argentina is positioned perfectly to put you right in the middle of this cycle and they know the spots to take the fullest advantage.

Dumping snow in Argentina in August 2014.  photo:  snowbrains
Dumping snow in Bariloche, Argentina in August 2014. photo: snowbrains

“During the June-August season, there is a strong tendency for below average rainfall in Indonesia and parts of northern South America. The same tendency is found, but not as strongly, in eastern Australia, Central America (west of the Divide), the eastern Caribbean, India and some closely surrounding countries, and the Sahel of western Africa. Central Chile tends to be wetter than average, as does southeastern South America (e.g., eastern Argentina).” – NOAA

Two SASS guides skinning up La Laguna at Catedral ski resort in Bariloche, Argentina in August 2014.  photo:  snowbrains
Two SASS guides skinning up La Laguna at Catedral ski resort in Bariloche, Argentina in August 2014. photo: snowbrains

Scientific American is also chiming in on this summer’s El Nino in Chile.  They’re focusing on Chile, but if the Chilean side of the Andes is wet, it spills right over onto the Argentine side as well.

“SANTIAGO (Reuters) – After five years of drought in central Chile, there is a good chance that the El Niño weather pattern could bring much-needed rains during the Southern Hemisphere’s winter, the national meteorological service said on Thursday.” – Scientific American

There is a 50 percent chance that El Niño could bring above-average precipitation in August, the middle of Chile’s winter season, especially in the central and southern regions, the weather service [NOAA] said.”

SASS guide Skylar Holgate charging in the Bariloche backcountry in August 2014.  photo:  SASS
SASS guide Skylar Holgate charging in the Bariloche backcountry, Argentina in August 2014. photo: Ben Girardi/SASS

Get ready for a great southern winter in Argentina and Chile this year.  We’re planning on heading down early and staying late this year to take full advantage of the potentially big year.

Many of the ski resorts in the south, including Bariloche, have been getting very early snow in May this year.  We’re hoping that’s yet another good sign.

Refugio Frey in Bariloche, Argentina on May 29th, 2015.
Refugio Frey in Bariloche, Argentina on May 29th, 2015.

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