cerro lopez bariloche, argentinaCerro Negro in Bariloche, Argentina on July 31st, 2011.  photo: miles clark

This is the question on anyone’s mind who’s planning or thinking about a trip to South America this summer.  So, let’s have it.  I know there are people on here from


Bariloche, Santiago Area, Chillan, Portillo, and Las Leñas,

so let’s hear from ya.  How is it down where yous is?

By the numbers, Chillan is killing it was 1.95 meters of snowpack at the base and Las Leñas is losing with only 40cm of snowpack at the base.  But, the numbers don’t always tell the truth…

Conditions at THE BIG 5:


Las Leñas

– snowpack at base: 40 cm

– snowpack mid-mountain: 60 cm

– snowpack on summit: 70 cm

las lenas august 1, 2011

Las Lenas webcam from August 1st, 2011.


– snowfall to date: 92 inches.

– snowpack at Hotel: 33 inches.

– snowpack at Junclillo:  42 inches

– 95% open

– no webcam


– snowpack at mid-mountain:  80 cm

– excellent conditions on upper mountain = full-on winter

– very low snow on lower mountain = can’t hardly ski to the bottom/lots of dirt

catedral upper mountain webcamUpper mountain webcam at Catedral on August 1st, 2011.

July 30th, 2011 at Catedral.


– snowpack at base, 1500 m:  1.95 meters (note: the chillan website lists  all these numbers in cms, I assume it’s a typo)

– snowpack at mid-mountain, 2100 m:  3.21 meters

– snowpack at top, 2400 m: 3.87 meters

– no webcam

Video of 10 feet in 4 days at Chillan on July 17th, 2011.

Valle Nevado (Santiago Area)

– snowpack: 45 cm

– total season snowfall: 198 cm

valle nevado, chile august 1, 2011

Valle Nevado, Chile webcam from August 1st, 2011.

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