The snow has been falling in South America, where temperatures are generally a few degrees below zero at most ski areas. The continent's largest ski area (in terms of uplift) Catedral in Argentina has received 30ccm (a foot) of new snow on its upper runs in the past 12 hours and now has a 1.6m (5.3 foot) base. Las Lenas has had 7cm of new snow too while Chapelco's base is up to 1.2m (four feet) following fresh snow there.
Over in Chile Portillo has receive 13cm (five inches) of new snow in the past week but base depths remain lower than normal at around a metre (41 inches) on upper slopes with packed powder, 67cm (27 inches) at the base. Valle Nevado, part of the largest ski area in the continent in terms of terrain area, has an average 50cm (20 inch) base from a 3.7m (12.3 foot) snow fall so far this season. Chapa Verde has a similar base depth.