Chilean Ski Resort Opens Early in Response to Big Snow Dump

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Ski Portillo, one of Chile’s longest established and most popular ski areas, opened on three consecutive “season preview weekends,” in late-May and the first half of June due to heavy fall snow and sustained snowpack. The resort had not planned to officially open for full daily operations until late-June, but, with snow abundant, moved the date up to June 20.

“Ski Portillo, Chile is opening early and has received almost 4 feet of snow in the last week, so things are shaping up for a nice start to their season,” Powder.com reports. “Ski Portillo, a ski resort in the Andes mountains of Chile, just announced that things are kicking off in spectacular fashion with a dumping of nearly four feet of snow … 113 cms (~45 inches) of snow since Thursday morning (June 13th, 2024).

Ski Portillo reported it’s first snow of the season in mid-April in the waning days of summer, and by June 1 nearly six feet of snow had fallen during the fall. The 45 inches of fresh snow that fell from June 13 through June 14, added to the accumulated snowpack.

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