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As home to the Andes mountain range, South America, although you may not know it, has some of the best skiing in the Southern hemisphere. The Andes run down the border between Argentina and Chile. There are a number of excellent ski resorts to visit which are easily accessible. The ski season runs through the southern winter which is June through to early October, a time when tourists and locals enjoy the fantastic slopes that these areas offer. As an alternative to Europe, why not take a week or 2 week skiing holiday to the Andes? At Latin Routes, we specialise in travel to South America and have a fantastic collection of skiing holidays with great deals available for the winter season. Here is a brief summary of some of the most popular resorts for skiing holidays in Argentina.
Overlooked by Mount Aconcagua which is the highest summit in the Americas and located in Mendoza province, Penitentes offers a variety of runs for all levels over 300 skiable hectares. With 28 ski runs, it is the ideal place for your Argentina holiday to practice many types of ski style and winter sports. It also has a ski school for adults and children and is easily accessible from Mendoza. Activities at this ski resort include Alpine ski, Nordic ski, Heli ski, snowboarding, sledging, and tuning park. Nearest Airport: Mendoza
Las Leñas is the closest ski resort to Buenos Aires and is located close to the border of Chile, 500kms from Mendoza. With its base 2000 metres above sea level and the summit at over 3000 metres above sea level, the season is slightly longer and has the most amazing snow quality. With its height, it makes Las Leñas the perfect resort if you like more extreme wintersports. With its amazing views, this is a favourite skiing holiday in Argentina for many, and many world ski competitions are hosted here. With 27 ski runs and a slalom stadium, this is one of the most complete ski resorts in South America. Activities iclude Skiing, snowboarding, heli ski, sledging, cross country skiing, extreme ski runs, snowpark, snowcats rental, climbing and puenting. Nearest Airport: Marlargue Airport
Nestled at the foot of South America’s highest peak, Portillo is Chile’s backcountry skiing mecca and particularly suited to those who like steep slopes, the resort was put on the map when it became the first South American resort to host the World Skiing Championships in 1966. The resort's reputation continued to grow when the 200 kmph barrier was broken here for the first time in 1978. The resorts is synonymous with its iconic yellow hotel. Its high elevation and abundance of dry snow makes for great powder. The resort has a total of 12 lifts which access 22 pistes, it also has an abundance of steep off-piste faces. Heli operations are available to access higher elevations and descents.
This is one of the most popular ski resorts in Argentina and is located in San Martin de Los Andes in Patagonia. With ski runs for all levels, this is a particularly recommended skiing holiday in Argentina for families and has a large town which has many amenities and hotels. The views of the forests and the Lanin volcano and Lacar Lake are truly unforgettable and are a well recommended experience. Activities here include snowboarding, slalom, alpine skiing, sledging, cross country skiing, expeditions on snowshoes and snow cats. Nearest Airport- Neuquen/Chapelco
This is probably the most exclusive ski resort and skiing holiday in Argentina and is located in Ushuaia, at the end of the world at the southernmost point. Castor Mountain has great snow quality with lower temperatures than other resorts and in recent years it has become one of the most popular skiing holidays in Argentina. It has 24 ski runs, a snowpark and over 600 hectares to ski in, spread over 24kms. This ski holiday to Argentina can be combined with seeing the sights of Ushuaia which makes for a wonderful holiday. Activities include Alpine skiing, snowboarding, cross country skiing, snowblading, sledging, and trekking in snow shoes. Nearest Airport: Ushuaia
Valle Nevado was created in 1988 by French business men, taking European Ski Resorts located at the Alpsas model to follow. The Ski resort is located 46 kilometers east of Santiago de Chile. With more than 9.000 hectares of skiable area, it is considered one of the most modern Ski Centers, also suitable for different kinds of freestyle skiing and snowboarding (snowpark with different platforms and jumps, ranging from beginners to expert).
An extraordinary resort in the heart of the Andes Mountains Valle Nevado offers access to the largest skiable domain in South America: nearly 7,000 acres. With such a vast amount of terrain the resort caters to all levels of skiers and snowboarders. Valle Nevado boasts 80% sunny days, but because of the resort’s high altitude and orientation the quality of Valle Nevado’s snow remains in optimum conditions.
If a skiing holiday in South America is on your bucket list then why not get in touch with one of our Travel Specialists today to get a quote?
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