South American Resorts Buried By El Niño

La Parva, Chile is one of the many resorts in the Central Andes that has received significant snowfall over the past 10 days. La Parva photo)

Skiing in South America is off to a fantastic start thanks to a number of storms that have pounded the Andes recently.

El Colorado opened five weeks early than scheduled on June first thanks to an impressive early-season delivery from El Niño. Elsewhere, Portillo, Chile has received more than 100 inches of snow over the past seven days. Valle Nevada, Chile will be opening two weeks early - on Friday - thanks to 50 inches of new snow. Las Leñas, Argentina also picked up more than three feet of snowfall.

All the new snow is setting up South American resorts for banner ski conditions and a deep base for the rest of the season. Additionally, powder seekers should note that forecasters are calling for the continuing effects of El Niño.

El Colorado

Las Lenas

Las Leñas