The staff at Valle Nevado, Chile will be digging for days to clear the way for opening day, June 10.
A huge snowstorm slammed into the Central Andes ski resorts of Chile and Argentina, dropping close to 10 feet in some areas late last week and into the weekend. The main mountain pass between the two countries, Los Libertadores, is burred in over 10-12 foot drifts and remains closed to all vehicles due to high avalanche danger and crews trying to move the snow.
Paso Los Libertadores, which links Santiago, Chile and Mendoza, Argentina, is completely buried and shut down after 10+ feet of snow.
Portillo, Chile after 7 feet. 2-3 more feet fell before the storm cleared. Portillo photo.
After the storm cleared, 9 feet of new snow at Hotel Portillo and more at the top. Portillo photo.
La Parva Chile, mid-storm cycle. Opening day June 9. La Parva photo.
The mountain village of Farellones in Chile on Saturday June 4. Carlos Garcia photo.
A condor's perspective. A shot from a drone over Valle Nevado, Chile. Valle Nevado photo.
El Colorado, Chile started spinning their lifts 5 weeks earlier than 2015. Opening day was June 1. Carlos Garcia photo.
Let's not forget about Las Leñas, Argentina. Their first June snow dropped over 30". Las Leñas photo.
SEVERAL SKI RESORTS OPENING 5 WEEKS EARLIER THAN 2015
Thanks to early April coverage and the additional accumulations from this most recent monster, La Parva and Valle Nevado have decided to open early this year. La Parva will open June 9th, followed by Valle Nevado on the 10th. Portillo, while receiving the most snow from this storm, will still open slightly later on June 18th.
El Colorado was the first ski resort to open this year. Lifts started spinning June 1st.
Yep, he is still digging... at Valle Nevado, Chile.