Are you getting sick of all this 80-degree weather? Tired of spending your days inside trying to dodge the sweltering heat by watching old ski clips ad nauseum? Then this is the article for you!
While you may be over summer already, you can at least take solace in the fact that it’s winter elsewhere in the world. It’s prime ski time in the southern hemisphere right now, and by all reports it’s dumping out there.
So, grab your sticks and make some last-minute plans to visit one of these world-class summer ski resorts to help tide you over until next season:
Best Time to Go: South America’s ski season generally opens mid-June and runs until mid-October. The best time for powder is usually July or August, sometimes extending into the second week in September. After that, you’ll get typical spring snow conditions into early October. If you’re looking for a quieter experience, avoid the last two weeks in July, as the resorts often get crowded thanks to student holidays.
The largest of the so-called “Tres Valles” resorts, Valle Nevado has over 3,000 acres of skiable terrain at as high as 12,000 ft in elevation. Among this terrain is a hodgepodge of legendary chutes, bowls and gullies to go along with over 40 on-piste runs. Valle Nevado is home to the first gondola in Chile, and runs some of the most advanced lifts anywhere in South America.
A significant investment has been made in recent years in the development of a world-class mountain town at the resort’s base, rivaling those seen in Europe and North America. For those not willing to sacrifice that summer vibe, you’ll be happy to know there’s a roughly 80% chance you’ll be skiing with the sun shining bright.
Honorable Mention: Las Lenas (Argentina), Nevados de Chillan (Chile)