Season Opening Dates for South America Ski Resorts

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The 2021 ski season in South America has arrived thanks to snowstorms, starting in May, dropping dry powder in the Andes ski resorts of Chile and Argentina

The central Chile resorts-Portillo, El Colorado, Valle Nevado, and La Parva all received 12 to 16 inches of snow on May 21st. The 1st official snowstorm of 2021.  

When do Ski Resorts in South America Open and Close for The Season?

Ski resorts in Chile and Argentina generally open for the ski season in mid to late June. When autumn brings earlier snowfall, some resorts open as early as the end of May.

On a good South American ski season, ski resorts do not close until late September to mid-October. On occasion the ski season in southern Chile can stretch well into November. In fact 2020, Antillanca ski resort near Osorno, Chile remained open on weekends until November 29th.

COVID Update: Will Ski Resorts in Chile and Argentina Open in 2021?

As the global pandemic continues, there are some big questions for the 2021 Southern Hemisphere ski season:

  1. Will the South America ski resorts open due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic?
  2. If opened, will international tourist be able to travel and take advantage of the South American winter?

For reference, 9 ski resorts in Chile and Argentina operated successfully in 2020 to local residents. Borders were closed to international skiers and travelers. PowderQuest did not operate our guided South America ski trips in 2020 and have cancelled our 2021 departures.

Let’s review what we know as of August 5, 2021 


  • Most ski resorts are open 
  • The border remains closed to tourists
  • The national State of Emergency has been extended until September 30 


  • The majority of the ski areas are now open
  • The border remains shuttered to tourists

2021 opening dates are being updated below as they are released by the major ski resorts. Bookmark this page and check back often for updates.

2021 Opening Dates for Chile Ski Resorts (top 6 destinations)

Opening dates are for day skiing. Main resort hotel openings may be postponed due to current COVID restrictions in place. Check with your booking agent for hotel updates.

Portillo:  will not open
La Parva:
July 5 confirmed
El Colorado
: June 30 confirmed 
Valle Nevado: June 30 confirmed 
Nevados de Chillan: July 1 confirmed
Corralco: June 29 confirmed

Learn more about all the Chile ski resorts, including how to make a trip happen this year if the border opens. 

Opening Dates for Argentina Ski Resorts 2021 (top 5 destinations)

Las Lenas: Not open
Chapelco: July 11 confirmed
Cerro Bayo: July 9 confirmed
Catedral Alta Patagonia (Bariloche): July 15 confirmed
Cerro Castor: July 2 confirmed 

Discover more: Argentina ski resorts

Check out the short video from La Parva resort in Chile to get an idea of what summer skiing is like in South America.

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