Largest Snowstorm Since 1996 Closes Major South American Mountain Pass for 15-Days | Photo Tour:

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The 26 switchbacks on the way up to Portillo, Chile and the Los Liberatadores Pass was BURIED in snow in early June. It took them 2 weeks to dig this thing out.
The 26 switchbacks on the way up to Portillo, Chile and the Los Liberatadores Pass was BURIED in snow in early June. It took them 2 weeks to dig this thing out.

A huge snowstorm rolled through the Andes mountains of Chile and Argentina in early June and dropped up to 10-feet of snow in 7-days.  This storm was the largest the region had seen since 1996 – that’s 20 years…

The huge storm closed the Los Libertadores Pass between Santiago, Chile and Mendoza, Argentina for 15 days.  The pass just opened again 2 days ago on June 15th.  They’re claiming over 13+ feet of snow on the pass making it the largest storm since 1996 on Los Liberatadores Pass.  The photos of the pass show just how insane it was…

It’s a much different story in the southern Andes where opening dates have been pushed back.  At one ski resort, opening dates have been pushed back twice all the way into July.

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The 26 switchbacks without snow.
The 26 switchbacks without snow.
 June 3, 2016 Inca Lodge, Portillo, Chile. photo: inca lodge
June 3, 2016 Inca Lodge, Portillo, Chile. photo: inca lodge
The Los Libertadores Pass check station BURIED in snow in early June. Photo: Unidad de Pasos Fronterizos
The Los Libertadores Pass check station BURIED in snow in early June. Photo: Unidad de Pasos Fronterizos
Clearing the road on the Argentine side in early June. photo: El Sol
Clearing the road on the Argentine side in early June. photo: El Sol

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