Our Gold Sponsors

Powder Alert - 1-2+ Feet For South America This Week & Encouraging Long Range Forecast

A major winter storm will hammer the Andes this week, dropping 1-2+ feet at resorts in the region from Wednesday to Friday. The best resorts for chasing deep totals will be Corralco, Pucon, and Caviahue. Snow levels will vary significantly, meaning some resorts will end up with a messy mix of rain, sleet, and snow. Temperatures will steadily decrease over the course of the storm, so the best odds for high quality snow will be towards the end of the storm. Keep in mind that the forecasts below are for mid-mountain elevations, and precipitation type and totals can change drastically higher or lower on the mountains.

During the day on Wednesday, many resorts will see rain up to mid-elevations. Not an ideal ski day, but if you are planning to get out, be sure to stick to higher elevations where you have better odds of snowfall.

Snowfall will begin at resorts on Wednesday night. The best odds for snowfall will be in the northern Andes - Las Leñas, Portillo, and Valle Nevado/El Colorado/La Parva - due to their higher elevations. Isolated high elevation resorts further south (like Corralco and Caviahue) could also pick up some decent totals. By the time lifts are spinning on Thursday morning, we expect 3-6” (7-15cm) at northern resorts, 4-7” (10-18cm) at Corralco, and 1-3” (2.5-7cm) at Caviahue. Cerro Catedral could pick up an inch or two, and other resorts down south could see a dusting on top of the rain/sleet affected top layer close to the morning if temperatures and moisture levels allow.

Above: total snowfall by Thursday morning. Notice most of the initial snow further north and the spotty snowfall in the south, relegated to higher elevations, indicating the warm initial push of moisture.

Thursday will bring colder and snowier conditions.

During the ski day, decent snowfall rates and moderate winds will allow for nice refills throughout the day. Between resort opening and closing times, here are projected totals:

  • Northern resorts (Portillo, Las Leñas, Valle Nevado): 1-4” (2-10cm)
  • Central resorts (Caviahue, Pucon, Corralco): 4-7” (10-18cm)
  • Southern resorts (Chapelco, Cerro Bayo, Cerro Catedral): 1-2” (2-5cm)

Thursday night will see temperatures drop even further and the precipitation shift to the south, with just a dusting falling at the northern resorts. Caviahue, Corralco, and Pucon are all going to be good chase targets for great snow conditions. We can see 4-8” (10-20cm) at Caviahue and Pucon and over a foot (30+ cm) overnight at Corralco. We are looking for 2-4” (5-10cm) for Chapelco, Cerro Bayo, and Cerro Catedral. Many resorts will be in the 10-13:1 snow-to-liquid ratio range, meaning this snow won’t be blower powder, but it’s certainly not concrete either.

Above: Thursday night projected snowfall, with the bullseye sitting on Corralco.

Snowfall will have tapered off by Friday morning, with a few residual showers bringing an extra dusting in the morning.

Above: storm total snowfall by Friday morning showing healthy totals through the week. 

Looking ahead, things are looking high and dry for a while. High pressure may break to bring in some light snow next week, likely Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday. This won’t be anything major, but it does look like this small storm could bring some colder temperatures with it. Beyond that, global ensembles are indicating unsettled weather returning on Sunday, August 20 and lasting into the week. It’s still extremely far out and a lot could change in the meantime, but it’s encouraging that it has such strong ensemble support this far out. Something to keep an eye on, but don’t get your hopes up just yet. Below is the 15 day forecast from a 103 member ensemble. Blue is a rough proxy for stormier conditions, and orange/red is associated with dry and often warm conditions:

Please support Powderchasers by donating on the website or join our concierge program for the upcoming season (Specific chase forecasts, custom powder forecasts, and never miss a powder day). 

Welcome our newest sponsor WinterKids who provides one stop shopping of ski clothing with multiple top brands. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor and having your products highlighted on Powderchasers please reach out to us at powderchasersmedia@gmail.com. 


Thank you so much, we couldn't do what we do with support from our readers.

Support our work
click here to donate

Our expertise gets you direct contact with our weather team to boost your next powder chases. From 2 to 14 chases, pick the concierge package that satisfies your powder hound!

  • Minute-to-minute snow + weather data
  • Tips + hacks on how to score first chair + where to park, stage + eat
  • Direct access to our Powederchasers
  • Sweet merchandise

POWDERCHASERS PASS OPTIONS - Buy + Save 10% on Concierge Trip Planning Packages


View all




eco friendly ski/snowboard wax

Purl Wax

Purl Wax creates eco-friendly ski wax and snowboard wax with superior speed and durability. Biodegradable | No PFC's | No Toxic Chemicals | Made in the USA ...


Skis.com is a family owned company that has been in the ski industry for more than 50 years! Skis.com is a one stop shop online retailer for all your ski equipment and clothing needs!

Alaska Backcountry Guides

Alaska Backcountry Guides

Alaska Backcountry Guides, is a team of dedicated industry veterans. We offer semi-private and private heliski/snowboard trips in the heart of the Chugach mountains. With a maximum of 2 groups per helicopter, we are more nimble to explore the endless terrain that is at our doorstep, and you will never be waiting for the helicopter to take your next run. Alaska is known for its steep terrain, but we have plenty of intermediate terrain as well, and are able to cater to a range of ability levels. These trips are designed with the pandemic era in mind; we have private lodging, a personal chef, regular covid testing for staff/guides/guests, and small group riding to ensure an intimate and safe experience.

Beaver Mountain Ski Area

Beaver Mountain Ski Area

Beaver Mountain Ski Area has been family owned and operated for 81 years. Located in northern Utah we receive that great Utah powder. A great ski and snowboard experience without the prices or crowds of the big resorts.

Unofficial Networks

Unofficial Networks

In 2010, UnofficialNetworks.com was launched to cover the global ski scene with the rollout of local reporters in ski towns across North America. Since that time, the website has recorded hundreds of millions of sessions and has been linked to by numerous publications including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The San Francisco Chronicle, and ESPN.

Indy Pass

Indy Pass

Chase powder to over 120 uncrowded, authentic destinations across the globe that offer you two ski days at each destination. 23/24 pass sales currently on hold!



TireRack.com is Powderchasers’ preferred tire supplier and their tires get us to the powder every single time. They’re America’s largest independent tire tester and consumer-direct source for tires, wheels and performance accessories.

This year, they’re making winter tire and wheel shopping even easier with their new Recommended Package feature. All you have to do is tell them a little bit about your vehicle, and they’ll automatically create a winter package for you. Find your Recommended Package.

Selkirk Powder

Selkirk Powder

Selkirk Powder provides cat, self-propelled, and snowmobile-assisted alpine ski excursions and guided snowmobile tours. A verified outfitter of Polaris Adventures, AIARE avalanche education Provider. With license and permits covering over 200,000 acres of the rugged and beautiful Selkirk Mountain range, SPC conveniently operates at Schweitzer in Sandpoint Idaho. Email Selkirk,;Call the Selkirk Reservation Line, and follow them on Instagram

The Mountain Collective

The Mountain Collective

The Mountain Collective™ boasts 24 dream ski destinations across the globe.

The pass includes two days of skiing or riding with no blackout dates at each of the 23 partners (46 total days), 50 percent discount on all additional days.


View all