Skiing in South America

If you are looking for a mid-year skiing holiday, then look no further than South America’s exhilarating ski resorts.

Once the ski fields of North America and Europe have closed for the season, head south of the equator for the world-renowned slopes of South America. From the friendly runs of El Colorado in Chile to the dramatics drops of Argentina’s Las Leñas, whether a beginner or total pro you are sure to find great powder, stunning scenery and even the odd active volcano, in the mountains of South America.

Go to South America between June and October and you will be greeted by snow-capped peaks and ski resorts that rival some of the best in the world. Chile and Argentina are the two big-hitters when it comes to skiing in South America, with popular resorts such as Portillo and Cerro Catedral offering a range of runs suitable for all levels along with excellent facilities and plenty of places to enjoy some après ski. On the other hand, if looking for somewhere a little lesser-known, make for Pucón; a much smaller resort with just 17 runs and half a dozen lifts, nestled in the Chilean Lake District. By staying in the town itself you get a wonderful taste of local life away from some of South America’s glossier ski resorts.

For the ultimate thrill, how about whizzing through volcanic terrain at Nevados de Chillan? Located at the base of an active volcano, this resort is a cross-country skier’s paradise with opportunities for forest skiing and virtually limitless off-piste adventures. Perhaps skiing South America’s southernmost slopes are on your to-do list? If that’s the case, make your way down to Cerro Castor, in the Tierra del Fuego region of Argentina; or for something extra special, take a trip to Valle Nevado in Chile for a spot of heli-skiing and marvel at the untouched powder on your arrival.

Skiing in South America’sHighlights:
  • Cerro Catedral, Rio Negro, Argentina
  • Las Leñas, Mendoza, Argentina
  • Portillo, Valparaiso, Chile
  • Valle Nevado, Metropolitana, Chile
  • Nevados de Chillan, Bio Bio, Chile
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