Skiing in South America
Chile and Argentina have good skiing in the northern hemisphere's summer (June to October), and one can choose between smart and stylish resorts (with prices to match) and smaller, but far less crowded, slopes.
In Argentina, Ushuaia is home to the southernmost ski resort in the world, Cerro Castor, and although off-piste skiing is the speciality there are also 24 runs covering some 20km of slopes which lead down through an extraordinary landscape of sharp crags and cliffs. Further north Las Lenas, set amidst the Andes in the province of Mendoza, is considered by many as the best ski resort in Argentina with runs suitable for both beginner and experienced skiers. Off-piste, cross-country and heli-skiing are all available and there are 28 pistes and 13 lifts. Cerro Catedral, Bariloche is another popular and well established area for skiing with 600 hectares of skiable surface and 53 pistes, suitable for a range of abilities.
In Chile the main ski resorts are accessed from Santiago. Valle Nevado, Portillo, La Parva and El Colorado being the most popular and well established.
July to October.
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