Four storms rolled in across [R758R, Valle Nevado] in May blanketing the resort in more than a metre of fresh snow.

Kristina Schreck, media relations officer for Valle Nevado, says: "The snow has arrived very early this year. We usually see our first snow at the beginning of June but this year it came May 6 which is a good sign we're in for an awesome winter."

The resort is kicking off its winter season June 11 and tourist officials are confident they will open to plenty of fresh powder. The current conditions (as of June 7) are reported as xxxxx

Valle Nevado (3025m/9925ft) is known for its beautiful sunshine and lofty altitude. Its 37 kilometres (24 miles) of local pistes combine with neighbouring El Colorado and La Parva to make up the ‘3 Valleys of the Andes' - the largest skiable domain in the Southern Hemisphere - with a total of 107 kilometres (66 miles) of terrain.

High-altitude skiing (up to 3670m/12041ft) means sunshine and excellent snow conditions are almost guaranteed. The powder-packed slopes are suitable for all levels there are a variety of lifts, including the Andes Express chairlift - the only quadruple high-speed chair in Chile and the most modern in the region. Off-pisters flock to the deep powder bowls above the tree line.

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