Chile extends some 2,500 miles (4,025 kilometers) from north to south and therefore has a number of varying climates. The country is very rugged with mountain ranges and several large islands off the coast. Generally speaking the weather is more moderate near the coast and much colder in the mountains.
Thanks to its impressive mountain ranges, Chile is a great ski resort destination, which means it has a significant snowy season every year. In southern Chile, the weather is generally rainy all year round falling as snow in much of the high altitude areas. However, in the coastal areas of the South, the winters are rarely too cold and summers are comfortably cool.
In the Northern regions, precipitation is much less which results in a much higher snow line in the mountains and a very desert-like climate in the areas nearer the coast. In fact, northern Chile is one of the driest regions in the world. Despite that fact that rain nearly never falls, the weather is often cloudy and cool resulting in temperatures reaching only 82°F (28°C) in the warm months of March and only 63°F (17°C) in July
The central region of Chile experiences a climate much like that of the Mediterranean coastline with warm, dry summers, and moderately wet, cool winters. Though quite rare on the coast, this central region is susceptible to light snow and frost further inland. One example of a central region city is Santiago where there may be very little sunlight during the dark, winter months. The temperatures in Santiago range from about 38°F to 57.2°F (3.2°C to 14.5°C) in July and 53.6°F to 84.2°F (12.4°C to 29.4°C) in January. This means the winter season is exactly the opposite of the northern hemisphere which means you could come to Chile to experience an extended ski and snowboard season!