Let’s face it, we’re all probably a little sunburnt from our 4th of July festivities. You know what would feel more refreshing than aloe vera right now? Snow, and lots of it. Winter is in full swing in the Southern Hemisphere, and they’ve started their ski season with a bang. So, we’ve decided to take a peek at the goods Mother Nature has bestowed upon a few resorts below the equator. Be warned though, you might get the itch and book flight down south.
This Chilean ski resort is infamous for its bright yellow hotel situated within the Andes, made notorious by Warren Miller films—particularly in a segment where a group of skiers practiced jumps into the pool. Portillo opened its lifts on June 23rd with 16 inches of fresh pow, and it hasn’t stopped. The resort has received another 20” to kick start their weekend.
Valle Nevado is nestled in the “Tres Valles” of the Andes in Chile. This resort boasts iconic long runs with a 2657-foot vert drop. Plus, they offer heli-skiing services. Tempted yet? They just received 18” in the past 48 hours, so this weekend should be quite the bluebird powder day.
Cerro Catedral holds the title of biggest ski resort in South America as well as the Southern Hemisphere. It’s also part of the Nahuel Hupai National Park in Patagonia, Argentina. Aside from being absolutely massive, people ski here for the deep powder and fun tree skiing.
Just take one look at Las Lenas’ gnarly couloirs and wind spines and you’ll see why it’s one of steepest ski resorts in South America. It’s been compared to heli laps in Alaska and is a fitting home to the Red Bull Powder Disorder competition. The lifts are open and spinning for the season and snow is expected in the upcoming forecast.