Winter had started almost one month before, but real winter had hadn’t started yet. It was already July, and most of South American ski resorts were still closed. But that wasn’t all: in most of them there was not even one inch of snow. Meanwhile, in New Zealand, snowflakes seemed not to stop falling.
Only Cerro Castor, in Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world, and Corralco, in Chile, had opened in June. Meanwhile, in the rest of the ski towns, snow lovers were untiringly praying to Saint “Paketon” (this is how the Saint of the Snow is called in Argentina).
But someone once said that bad moments are not everlasting, and damn if he was right. Suddenly, snow forecasts became so encouraging for all the Andes Mountains, that people from all around the world flew to Buenos Aires and Santiago, the capital cities of Argentina and Chile respectively, seeking for fresh powder. In Portillo, for example, it snowed 106 inches in only three days! That’s insane.
Since that turning point, things started to align in the South Hemisphere, with so much snow that some resorts had to temporarily close due to extreme avalanche risk.
In fact, this was the snowiest season in the last 6 years in South America. For a better analysis, we will take into account six of the most representative and important ski resorts of Argentina and Chile, and take a look into the month-by-month snowfalls of the last years.
On the other hand, we also know that the strongest El Niño in the last 60 years is currently taking place, so it wouldn’t be so adventurous to assume that the reason of such a great amount of snow was this natural phenomenon. Anyway, whatever has caused so much snow to fall doesn’t really matter; what it do matters is that Argentina and Chile had been hammered with tons of snow this past season, and nothing stops us dreaming that next year will be the same or even better. And if this is “El Niño”, imagine what would it be like “The Adult”…