Lack of snow in Chile has delayed the start of the ski season by up to two weeks.

[R758R, Valle Nevado] has been forced to postpone the start of its ski season for a second time, to July 1, as they haven't had enough snow.

Valle's North American representative, Kristina Schreck, says the resort didn't receive as much snow as had been forecast last weekend so there wasn't enough to get the resort fully functional.

[R756R, Portillo] has announced that it still plans to open this weekend (June 25), despite the lack of good quality snow. Portillo will open the following lifts: Plateau, Las Lomas, Escuela II Poma, Escuela III Magic Carpet, and Princesa Poma.

General Manager, Miguel Purcell, is warning skiers that snow conditions are extrememly limited. He says, "The snow surface is variable packed powder with bare spots and exposed rocks . . . If the primary goal of your vacation is to ski abundant terrain, we recommend that you cancel or postpone."

Valle Nevado is to open next week (July 1) with three deals for North American skiers:

- Fly Lan Airlines to Chile and save 20 percent off Valle Nevado packages: 20 percent off ski rentals and discounts on lift tickets for day skiers. Email or fax a copy of your electronic ticket when booking and the reservations department will discount 20 percent. 
- Skiers or snowboarders who book a week's stay in August receive savings, including one night free, hotel upgrades, and 30 percent off ski rentals and store purchases. 
- Valle has discounted its apartments and added half-board (breakfast and dinner).