Chilean resorts sighed a breath of relief after receiving a classic Andean storm that dumped up to 2.5 meters in two days, and another front is on its way in tomorrow. Portillo received the most snow for a total of 2.65 meters (6.5 feet), which shut down the international highway for days. Portillo will open its doors this coming weekend on June 23 – space is still available in their Octagon and Inca lodges during their first opening weeks.
Thousands of skiers eagerly drove up from Santiago to Valle Nevado, La Parva and El Colorado this past weekend, for an unusually packed day on the slopes. Ski resorts in fact report that they expect a 10% rise in overall business this year, mostly coming from Brazil, Argentina and the U.S., and many weeks during July and August are already sold out at most resorts. Valle, La Parva and El Colorado received just less than 2 meters at the highest elevations, and about 1 meter at the base.
Farther south, Termas de Chillan saw less snow, however they, too, are expecting another two-day storm the middle of this week. Termas announced that it will offer a high-season promotion of 20% off package prices, from July 7 to 14, in its Hotel Pirigallo, Hotel Pirimahuida and Gran Hotel, for both 7-night stays, and mini weeks of 3 or 4 nights (mini weeks begin on Wed or Sun). Ski Pucon received the same snow as Portillo, 6.5 feet, and they, too, plan to open this upcoming weekend.
If you're visiting Santiago and want to ski for the day only, adult ticket prices average $34 to $38 low season and $45 to $47 high season. For day transportation to ski resorts from Santiago, check out Ski Total at www.skitotal.cl.