Whether you just can’t get enough of the white stuff or simply want a break from the summer sun, there are still plenty of places blanketed in snow in the southern hemisphere and Argentina boasts some of South America’s best ski resorts. Argentina’s main ski resorts are dotted throughout the Andes mountain range, tracing the western border with Chile and easily reached from cities like Mendoza and Bariloche. 14 resorts make up the country’s most popular winter destinations, with the ski season running from mid June to late September.
Las Leñas and Los Penitentes are two ski resorts 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.
Argentina’s idyllic lake district region transforms into a snowy wonderland in the winter months and there are a number of ski resorts to choose from. Ski from the peak of the 2,953-meter Copahue volcano in Caviahue; enjoy a variety of piste at modern ski resorts like Cerro Chapelco and Cerro Catedral; or splash out on a luxury break at the boutique resort of Cerro Bayo. A little further afield, the southern La Hoya is the best place for those on a budget, with cheap lift tickets and reasonably priced ski rental.
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 also a ski resort at 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.
Contributed by Zoe Smith