Reliable Weather and Snow Report Forecasts for Chile and Argentina
Snow and weather forecasts in the Andes of Chile and Argentina are not up to par with North America and Europe, however a few websites focusing on South America, such as Snow-Forecast tend to do a decent job giving you an idea of what snow conditions to expect and snow reports upon your ski and snowboard trip to the Andes.
We have live reports on our ski resort pages. Here are a few quick links:
Snowfall in the Andes
Keep in mind that weather and snowfall vary greatly from Portillo and Las Lenas to Patagonia due to their distances from one another.
Generally large Pacific storms make landfall in Patagonia and the Lake District of Chile dumping snow for days on on the southern resorts of Pucon, Cerro Bayo, Catedral and Chapelco, and then on to Lonquimay and Nevados de Chillan before working their way North towards Valle Nevado and Portillo over a period of days. Generally if it is raining in Santiago, Chile, it is snowing in Valle Nevado and Portillo and often Las Lenas, south east, across the border in Argentina. More on snow conditions when comparing Chile and Argentina here.
Online Snow Report: South America, Fair Warning!
Several big name North American ski websites have attempted to post snowfall reports from ski resorts in South America. They have been terribly inaccurate! One site recently said Catedral in Patagonia, Argentina had not received any snow in over 30 days as of mid-August. In reality, it had received fresh snow consistently most of the month. Beware of these sites and do your research!
Real Snow Reports
Want a real Argentina and Chile snow report?
Want to know how much snow really fell?
Is it windy? Did it rain? Where’s the powder?
How about a few real storm pictures and video?
PowderQuest often posts reports and updates from our professional ski guides out in the field.