South America Is About To Get BURIED In Snow | Up to 63″ of Snow Forecast Next 5-Days

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August 9th, 2013 at Valle Nevado, Chile.
August 9th, 2013 at Valle Nevado, Chile.  image: valle nevado

South America has been a land of juxtaposition this austral winter.  The central Andes (Valle Nevado, Portillo, Las Lenas, Penitentes) saw a huge 10-foot snowstorm in early June that put them all in business early this season.  The southern Andes (Cerro Catedral, Nevados de Chillan, Cerro Castor, Corralco) still haven’t seen appreciable snow yet and they’ve all had to push back their opening dates up to 5 times and are still not open.  But snow is on its way.

This coming snow storm is going to bury the central Andean ski resorts while giving some respite to the southern resorts.

Fingers crossed for big snow everywhere.

SOUTH AMERICAN SKI RESORT FORECASTS:

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VALLE NEVADO, CHILE:

  • 161cms (63″) of snow forecast by Tuesday
  • Open daily
Valle Nevado forecast showing 161cms of snow by Tuesday. image: snow-forecast.com
Valle Nevado forecast showing 161cms of snow by Tuesday. image: snow-forecast.com
Valle Nevado, Chile yesterday. photo: valle nevado
Valle Nevado, Chile yesterday. photo: valle nevado

POWDER SOUTH HELISKI, CHILE:

  • 105cms (41″) of snow forecast by Tuesday
  • Open on July 16th
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Powder South forecast showing 105cms of snow by Tuesday. image: snow-forecast.com
Powder South forecast showing 105cms of snow by Tuesday. image: snow-forecast.com
Powder South has BIG terrain. photo: powder south, stock image
Powder South has BIG terrain. photo: powder south, stock image

 

PORTILLO, CHILE:

  • 99cms (39″) of snow forecast by Tuesday
  • Open daily
Portillo forecast showing 99cms of snow by Tuesday. image: snow-forecast.com
Portillo forecast showing 99cms of snow by Tuesday. image: snow-forecast.com
Portillo, Chile on June 7th. photo: portillo
Portillo, Chile on June 7th. photo: portillo

LAS LENAS, ARGENTINA:

  • 92cms (36″) of snow forecast by Tuesday
  • Open daily
Las Lenas forecast showing 96cms of snow by Tuesday. image: snow-forecast.com
Las Lenas forecast showing 92cms of snow by Tuesday. image: snow-forecast.com
Las Lenas yesterday. photo: las lenas
Las Lenas yesterday. photo: las lenas

NEVADOS DE CHILLAN, CHILE:

  • 56cms (22″) of snow forecast by Tuesday
  • Opening date TBD
Nevados de Chillan forecast showing 56cms of snow by Tuesday. image: snow-forecast.com
Nevados de Chillan forecast showing 56cms of snow by Tuesday. image: snow-forecast.com
Nevados de Chillan had their bike park open last weekend. photos: chillan, july 2nd
Nevados de Chillan had their bike park open last weekend. photos: chillan, july 2nd

CERRO CATEDRAL, ARGENTINA:

  • 26cms (10″) of snow forecast by Tuesday
  • Open date TBD
Catedral forecast showing 26cms of snow by Tuesday. image: snow-forecast.com
Catedral forecast showing 26cms of snow by Tuesday. image: snow-forecast.com
Cerro Catedral on July 5th. photo: Gladys Galati‎
Cerro Catedral on July 5th. photo: Gladys Galati‎

CERRO CASTOR, ARGENTINA:

  • 14cms (5.5″) of snow forecast by Tuesday
  • Open date July 8th

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Castro forecast showing 14ms of snow by Tuesday. image: snow-forecast.com
Castro forecast showing 14ms of snow by Tuesday. image: snow-forecast.com
Cerro Castor yesterday. photo: Carlos Candela
Cerro Castor yesterday. photo: Carlos Candela

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One thought on “South America Is About To Get BURIED In Snow | Up to 63″ of Snow Forecast Next 5-Days

  1. The reality is that Valle Nevado usually gets less snow than Portillo or Las Lenas. SnowForecast has a history of consistently overprojecting Valle Nevado. The 36-39 inch prediction for Portillo/Las Lenas: that’s what we might expect overall for the central Andes.

    10-22 inches for areas farther south that aren’t open yet are a step in the right direction but a long way from actual good skiing, especially on steep terrain.

    If North America looked like this on January 8 we would all be moaning about what a disastrous start to the season (see 2011-12). Sadly this is not an infrequent situation in South America during several of the past 5-6 seasons.

    All of this underlines that when scheduling to less reliable ski regions of the world, stick to the core of the season to optimize conditions. As noted on a recent SnowBrains feature, that means August/early September for South America.

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