2015 Opening Dates for South American Ski Resorts:

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Portillo, Chile. September 21st, 2013. photo: adam cole/snowbrains.com
Portillo, Chile. September 21st, 2013. photo: adam cole/snowbrains.com

Ski season has begun in South America!  Corralco ski resort in Chile opened for the season last week to solid early season coverage.

Right now, the southern ski resorts are looking good snow-wise and all planning to open within the month.  Many of the northern ski resorts, especially the ones in Chile are completely devoid of snow right now.  These still dry ski resorts do not have opening dates listed yet as they are waiting for their first sticking snowfalls to arrive.

If you’re planning your trip to South America, you might want to start leaning towards the south and thinking about calling up SASS Argentina who does ski/snowboard trips in Bariloche, Argentina (far south Argentina).  SASS Argentina 2015 consists of 5 sessions running from August 1st through September 5th.

El Nino forecasts are calling for a big winter in Chile & Argentina’s ski country this Southern Winter and we’ve got our fingers crossed for a record breaker.

2015 El Nino Outlook for June – August showing South American ski resorts getting above average precipitation.
NOAA’s 2015 El Nino Outlook for June – August showing South American ski resorts getting above average precipitation.  The green blob in South America signifies above average precipitation and that’s also where the ski resorts in Chile and Argentina live.

2015 OPENING DATES FOR

SOUTH AMERICAN SKI RESORTS:

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Corralco, Chile = Opened on June 13th

Corralco ski resort, Chile on June 15th, 2015.  photo:  corralco
Corralco ski resort, Chile on June 15th, 2015. photo: corralco

Las Lenas, Argentina = June 20th

Las Lenas, Argentina today, June 17th, 2105.  photo:  las lenas
Las Lenas, Argentina today, June 17th, 2105. photo: las lenas

Chapelco, Argentina = June 20th

Cerro Chapelco, Argentina on June 15th, 2015.  photo:  chapelco
Cerro Chapelco, Argentina on June 15th, 2015. photo: chapelco

Cerro Bayo, Argentina = June 20th

Cerro Bayo, Argentina on June 15th, 2015.  photo:  bayo
Cerro Bayo, Argentina on June 15th, 2015. photo: bayo

Nevados de Chillan, Chile = June 25th

Nevados de Chillan, Chile on June 9th, 2015.
Nevados de Chillan, Chile on June 9th, 2015. photo: chillan

Cerro Castor, Argentina = June 26th

Cerro Castor in Ushuaia, Argentina on June 14th.  photo:  castor
Cerro Castor in Ushuaia, Argentina on June 14th. photo: castor

Catedral Alta Patagonia, Argentina = June 27th

Catedral in Bariloche, Argentina on June 10th, 2015.  photo:  catedral
Catedral in Bariloche, Argentina on June 10th, 2015. photo: catedral

La Hoya, Argentina = June 27th

La Hoya, Argentina on June 6th, 2015.  photo:  la hoya
La Hoya, Argentina on June 6th, 2015. photo: la hoya

Portillo, Chile = July 4th (waiting for snow…)

Portillo trail map. They don't have webcams, but we're almost certain there is zero snow there right now.
Portillo trail map. They don’t have webcams, but we’re almost certain there is zero snow there right now.

Valle Nevado, Chile = TBD (waiting for snow…)

No snow at Valle Nevado today, June 17th, 2015.  photo:  valle nevado
No snow at Valle Nevado today, June 17th, 2015. photo: valle nevado

El Colorado, Chile = TBD (waiting for snow…)

Historic opening dates for El Colorado.
Historic opening dates for El Colorado by year.

La Parva, Chile = TBD (waiting for snow…)

Snowmaking at La Parva on June 17th, 2015.  photo:  la parva
Snowmaking at La Parva on June 17th, 2015. photo: la parva

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