Chile Welcomes New Snow Dump; Swatch Cup Sept. 1-9
Parts of Chile have received some welcome snowfall since Aug. 24, particularly the southern resort of Nevados de Chillan.
The resort received about 3.3 feet, bringing their upper mountain depth to just over 5 feet. The latest snowfall also benefitted Portillo with about 3.7 feet of snow at the upper levels and Valle Nevado in the Andes Mountains coming in at just over 5 feet.
The new snow appears to ensure Valle Nevado’s conditions during their hosting of the second Swatch Skiers Cup featuring some of the world’s best freeskiers Sept. 1-9. It’s a head-to-head competition between Team America and Team Europe with 16 riders each in both big mountain and backcountry slopestyle. Team America includes Mark Abma, Rory Bushfield and Pep Fujas; Team Europe competitors include Sverre Liliequist, Paddy Graham and Tom Leitner.
Photo: Swatch Skiers Cup Poster