Skiing on the 4th of July is a great way to cool off from the heatwave as several of the western ski resorts of North America are still open. You can even tail gate in the parking lot, celebrating with a 4th of July bbq with friends and family after skiing and snowboarding slush runs and navigating dirt patches under beautiful summer blue skies.
However, skiing powder on the 4th of July, well that takes some creativity and a bit of travel, but it is easier than you may think. An over night flight from most North American cities will get you quickly into the Southern Hemisphere where winter is just getting started and the snow is generally falling. This July 4th was no exception.
July Fourth Snow Report
The 4th of July, 2018 snow storm that slammed into the Andes of Chile and Argentina left locals reveling in deep snow across South America. Some areas received 4 feet of powder.
While there was snow across most of the South American ski resorts all the way south into Patagonia, the Central Andean ski resorts including Portillo, Valle Nevado, La Parva, El Colorado and Las Lenas faired the best.
Here is a collection of photos and a video snow report. Enjoy the powder fireworks amigos!
Chile’s iconic ski destination, Portillo has received 97 inches of snow so far this year. 30 inches of that fell during the recent 4th of July snowstorm. Current conditions are outstanding.
The 3 Valley ski resorts, Chile
Santiago’s Valle Nevado, El Colorado and La Parva combined are often referred to as the Tres Valles (3 Valley ski resorts). These areas are quickly building bases with 80 inches to date. The 4th of July dump dropped 18-20+ inches to the area.
Las Lenas Fireworks
Of the main Central Andes ski destinations, Las Lenas was truly slammed over the 4th-7th of July. Reports of 3 feet at the base and over 47 inches at mid-mountain, Las Lenas can claim the most snow in the Andes and taking the award for best 4th of July powder fireworks.
July 8 Conditions update from Las Lenas
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