South America Ski Areas Struggle for Snow

Parts of the Andes are seeing little fresh snow according to a report from the Reuters news agency.

“We are seeing a process of long-term decrease in precipitation, a mega-drought,” Ricardo Villalba of the Argentine Institute of Snow, Glacier and Environment Science Studies told Reuters.

“If you look at the precipitation levels right now for the entire Cordillera [Andes range], they ​​show that it has either not snowed at all or has snowed very little.”

Scientists are attributing the snow drought to climate change and claim it is part of a decade long drought and decline.

Most ski resorts in Argentina and Chile have re-opened after Covid-19 restrictions, but many are relying heavily on snow management and artificial snow.