Portillo, Chile still doesn’t have a flake of snow right now. They hoped to open by June 20th, then July 9th, and now they’ve pushed their opening date back to To Be Determined since there is still no snow and no snow in the forecast.
Portillo isn’t alone in its lack of snow. Valle Nevado, Farallones, El Colorado, La Parva, and Ski Arpa are all currently without snow. Northern Chile has been experiencing a drought since 2007 and it appears to be continuing. Southern Chile is doing better.
“Taking into account the most recent weather forecast and absence of snow for the following week, unfortunately we are still unable to start the 2015 season. We will be sending weekly updates informing you of the resort conditions should there be any changes.
If you have reservations booked during the ski week of July 11th and have not already heard from us, please contact our reservations department directly to re-book for a different date based on availability or alternatively obtain a refund.
Don’t hesitate to contact us with further questions or concerns. Thank you for your understanding.” – Portillo
Southern South American ski resorts are doing better with Corralco, Nevados de Chillan, Chapelco, and Castor currently open.
It’s still early in the South American ski season. We generally don’t even bother showing up until August 1st. It just takes one big dump to get these places going and we’ll certainly be the first to let you know when that is expected.