Here’s there’s 1.6 metres (over five feet) of snow lying on upper slopes but it has been cold, below -15C at times.  It’s not quite as cold or quite as deep at another Argentinian resort, Chapelco, which has a 1.3m base and temperatures around -9C.  The country’s other big resort, Las Lenas in the south, has 40cm (16 inches) at the base and 1.1m (3.7 feet) at the top of the lifts.

In Chile virtually all lifts and runs are operational at Valle Nevado which reports another 5cm of fresh snow, taking its season tally to 3.6m (12 feet), although the compacted base at present is rather less than that, if healthy enough at 70cm (2.3 feet).  Chapa Verde reports an 80cm (2.6 feet) base and Portillo to the north is still not quite at the top of its game with an 80cm natural snow depth, low temperatures but not much of the off piste powder for which it’s most famous, although there has been 30cm (a foot) of new snow in the past week.