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Skiing in South America

By Viator, August 2014

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South America may pride itself in its dedication to sports such as futbol, but the region is also home to some of the world’s best skiing and snowboarding sites. American travelers looking for the perfect powder just need to head south, where it’s easy to enjoy the sun and the snow.

La Parva
Considered one of Chile’s most picturesque ski resorts, La Parva and its trails are ideal for all ski levels. From the first-time slopester to the well-weathered veteran, 14 lifts and 30 runs mean there’s options for everyone at this venue about 25 miles outside Santiago.

Valle Nevado
This popular destination boasts 11 lifts and more than 100 runs—making it one of Chile’s biggest ski resorts. Travelers can carve down the slopes amid incredible mountain scenery at this destination that sees more than 300 inches of snow each year.

El Colorado
Stationed some 22 miles outside of Santiago, well-groomed mountainsides cater to skiers and boarders of every level. With its unique terrain park, 19 lifts and more than 100 runs, El Colorado is the perfect place for winter sports lovers. The site offers up eight jumps and 40 boxes and rails for snowboarders to perfect their freestyle skills. 

Portillo
Located two hours from Santiago, it is Chile’s oldest–and perhaps most famous–ski resort, having opened in 1949. It is renowned for its beauty, as well as its world-class facilities. People go to Portillo year-round to see famous Inca Lake, and the western hemisphere’s highest mountain, Aconcagua, sits nearby.

Las Leñas and Los Penitentes
Both of these Argentinian ski resorts are accessible from the adventure activity hub of Mendoza. While both resorts do cater for beginner and intermediate skiers, Las Leñas in particular is renowned for its extreme ski runs, with its double-black diamond chutes frequented by thrill seeking skiers and snowboarders, cat skiing and heli-skiing tours available and elevation reaching up to 3,340 meters.

Cerro Castor
Argentina’s southernmost city, Ushuaia, is best known for glacial hiking and Patagonia to Antarctic cruises, but if you fancy hitting the slopes when you’re down south, there’s Cerro Castor. Castor is the country’s newest ski resort, and thanks to its icy climate, boasts the longest ski season in South America. Head to the ski school for instruction and rentals for skiing, snowboarding and snow-blading.

Cerro Catedral
Just a 20-minute drive from Bariloche, Cerro Catedral is the largest resort in the area, having once been two separate resorts. The spot now boasts almost 3,000 acres of skiable terrain.

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Valle Nevado Ski Resort Day Trip with Optional Ski or Snowboard Lesson

4 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

Enjoy the cool mountain air and spectacular scenery as you ski or snowboard at the Valle Nevado ski resort on this day trip from Santiago! Known as one of the ...  Read more

Location: Santiago, Chile
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $168.99

Private Tour: Portillo Ski Resort Day Trip from Santiago

4.5 star rating: Recommended 9 Reviews

Take a private day trip from Santiago to Portillo, one of the most well known ski resorts in Chile. Admire the spectacular Andes landscapes on the scenic ...  Read more

Location: Santiago, Chile
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $116.99

La Parva Ski Resort Day Trip with Optional Ski or Snowboard Lesson

Take a day trip to La Parva from Santiago and spend the day skiing or snowboarding at one of Chile’s most picturesque ski resorts. La Parva's variety of trails ...  Read more

Location: Santiago, Chile
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $143.99

Bariloche Ski Lesson

Enjoy fresh mountain air and amazing scenery as you learn to ski at Cerro Catedral ski resort, one of South America’s most innovative ski facilities. Brush up ...  Read more

Location: Bariloche, Argentina
Duration: Varies

From USD $61.99

4- or 6-Day Bariloche Ski Package with Accommodation at Village Condo

Enjoy a ski vacation on the slopes of Cerro Catedral, one of Latin America’s best ski resorts, and get breathtaking views from your spacious apartment at ...  Read more

Location: Bariloche, Argentina
Duration: 4 or 6 days

From USD $871.99

4- or 6-Day Bariloche Ski Package with Accommodation at Village Catedral

Head to the famous Bariloche ski resort of Cerro Catedral for several days on the powder slopes, and enjoy gorgeous views from your room at Village Catedral. ...  Read more

Location: Bariloche, Argentina
Duration: 4 or 6 days

From USD $784.99

5-Day Chile Ski Tour with 3 Days of Lift Tickets at La Parva, El Colorado and Valle Nevado

Ski or snowboard in the Tres Valles (Three Valleys) of Chile -- La Parva, El Colorado and Valle Nevado -- on this fun 5-day tour! Enjoy a wide variety of runs ...  Read more

Location: Santiago, Chile
Duration: 5 days (approx.)

From USD $649.99

Beginner Ski or Snowboard Lesson at La Parva from Santiago

Enjoy a winter adventure with this day trip to La Parva, one of Chile's most popular ski resorts. From Santiago, check out the great views at the Valle Nevado ...  Read more

Location: Santiago, Chile
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $144.99

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