Skiing & Snowboarding Underway in South America

The main ski areas in Argentina and Chile are now open for their 2022 season. There have been some decent conditions so far and for some it’s the first time they have been open since 2019 as Covid-19 spread.

June saw some good snowfalls with up to a metre in some areas.

It was also accompanied by low temperatures that allowed the snow guns to be switched on.


The first resort to open was Cerro Catedrale near Bariloche.  It actually fired up a few lifts for some early skiing back in April.

It was only for a weekend though.

Now the slopes are open permanently across the resort.

It has 120kms of slopes over an area of 600 hectares.

Cerro Catedral , Argentina

Cerro Catedral (Library Image). Image © PlanetSKI

La Hoya is also open.

Las Lenas is open for the first time since 2019 as it remained closed during height of the coronavirus pandemic.

It fired up its lifts on June 17th.


Portillo saw some big snowfalls as it opened and it snow again last weekend.

This report comes from Valle Nevado near Santaigo in Chile where more snow is forecast for this weekend:

In the southern hemisphere, skiing is also underway in Australia and New Zealand as we have reported on PlanetSKI: