Snowy Start to South America’s 2018 Season

STORY BY Patrick Thorne

Ski areas in Argentina and Chile in South America have seen some very big snowfalls as the 2018 ski season there starts to get going.

Chile’s El Colorado (pictured top earlier today) is one of the first to announce it is running a couple of lifts. It celebrates its 70th season this winter and reports an accumulated base of 60cm already this June.

Most of the continent’s other ski areas are sticking to their projected opening dates – in most cases either this coming Saturday, June 16th, or a week later on the 23rd.

Valle Nevado, pictured above reported 17cm of snow on Sunday and had a further 30cm of snow forecast overnight, but hasn’t yet posted totals.  One of the world’s youngest major ski resorts, it is celebrating its 30th anniversary this season.

In Argentina, Las Lenas, pictured below on Saturday evening, has had repeated heavy snow storms.

The forecast is for continued heavy snow showers with some sunny periods over the next few days.

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