Welcome to our latest snow update for the Santiago ski resorts on June 12, 2018. If you are looking for more details on skiing Santiago and the Chile ski resorts you can learn more here.
Over the past two weeks, two large snow storms have dropped between 5 to over 6 feet of snow on Portillo and the Three Valley ski resorts near Santiago, Chile. Below you will find our latest report including:
- Photos from the latest snow storm that slammed into the Andes between June 9-11.
- Snowfall totals for each ski area near Santiago.
- Opening dates for the 2018 ski season and what ski resort is already spinning their lifts.
El Colorado is the closest major ski resort to Santiago
El Colorado on Sunday, June 10th, 2018 after 2 feet of new snow. The ski resort picked up an additional foot of fresh on Sunday night and Monday morning.
First to open for the 2018 ski season. El Colorado-Farellones launched a partial opening on June 8th and will be in full operation on June 13th. Connected to the village of Farellones it is the ski resort nearest to the Santiago airport. Depending on road conditions and weather, you can be skiing here within 90 minutes after leaving the airport.
Farellones Ski Village
The quaint ski village of Farellones picked up a few feet of snow from the storm. If a ski day trip from Santiago does not float your boat, Farellones has some great ski lodges, but none come cheap. Photo from the deck of our boutique ski lodge, the home base for many of our guided trips in central Chile.
No picnics on a powder day amigo! La Parva ski area also received between 2-4 feet of new snow depending on elevation, aspect and wind transport. Opening this Friday, June 15th, 2018.
Quickly becoming one the most well known ski areas in Chile, Valle Nevado resort is located just under a two hours drive from Santiago’s international airport.
2.5 to 3 feet of new snow over the past 3 days has triggered an earlier opening than previously forecasted. Lifts start spinning to day skiers and snowboarders on Friday June 15th, 2018.
The 3 main hotels and dinner restaurants will start receiving guests as early as June 22nd:
- Hotel 3 Puntas opening June 22, 2018
- Hotel Puerta del Sol opening June 22, 2018
- Hotel Valle Nevado, their highest end lodge opens June 29, 2018
Portillo Ski Resort
Not exactly considered a ski resort of Santiago, Chile, you can still get there in 2 hours from the city or Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport (located 9 miles north-west of downtown Santiago) so we have included it here. Besides, Portillo is Chile’s most iconic ski area and after receiving 3 feet of new snow, how could we possibly leave her off the report?
How to get to the Santiago ski destinations
Getting to the main ski resorts near Santiago, Chile is quite easy thanks to international flights directly into Santiago from Canada, USA, Europe and Australia.
Book your flight into Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport, located 9 miles north-west of downtown Santiago. The airport code is SCL. Upon arrival all the ski areas listed above; Portillo, Valle Nevado, La Parva, El Colorado and Farellones can be reached via public and private shuttle vans or via a rental car.
The drive can take between 90 minutes to 2 hours depending on traffic, weather and road conditions after a large storm. If you rent a car, we suggest all wheel drive. Snow chains are mandatory to carry at all times.
Related stories and links
- All South American ski resort opening dates on one page
- Everyone digs snow pictures. Check out the photo album from the May 30th snow storm that got it all started.
- Spending some time in the city? Things to do in Santiago, Chile