Find out what South America has to offer, a little about us, and what is in store for our new site.
About skiing and snowboarding in South America
South America is the next frontier for international snow enthusiasts. Chile and Argentina feature world class ski resorts on either side of the towering Andes mountain range, which receive dumps of dry, fluffy powder every winter. The ski season runs from mid-June until October, ideal for those searching for powder during the Australian and New Zealand ski season, and so too for those in the northern hemisphere looking for a snow-fix in summer.
The ski areas are extensive and offer a range of terrain to suit beginner, intermediate and advanced skiers & boarders, as well as terrain parks, backcountry, cat and heli skiing operations. And as these ski fields are largely undiscovered by the rest of the world, you can avoid the crowds and overdevelopment now found in North America, Europe, Japan and Australia/NZ.
The terrain and snow quality speaks for itself, take a look at some of these numbers from a few of the resorts:
- Average snowfall: 10.1m (Termas de Chillán)
- Highest lifted point: 3,658m (Valle Nevado)
- Vertical drop: 1,230m (Las Leñas)
- Ski area: 2000ha+ (Termas de Chillán)
- Longest run 13km (Termas de Chillán)
- Lift capacity: 35,000 skiers per hour (Catedral Alta)
- Max capacity: 450 guests (Portillo)
The resort infrastructure is as you’d expect from any other international resort, with a range of lift types, regular grooming and snow making facilities. For apres-ski activities there are a wide variety of cafes, bars, restaurants and nightspots. There are accommodation options to suit a range of budgets, from high-end luxury hotels, mid-range apartments and down-to-earth backpacker lodges. Packages are normally for 4 or 7 days and include accommodation, meals and lift ticket.
About Ski South America
Ski South America is a travel booking service, specialising in the best of Chile and Argentina’s ski resorts.
We understand that the travel market has changed in recent times, and travellers now seek to be a lot more informed, and plan and book their own trips online to get the best deals. We aim to provide as much information as possible about the South American ski resorts in one central online location, so that our customers can make an informed decision about where they’d like to visit. We will make the reservation process smoother and cheaper than if you were to book directly with the resorts.
To provide you with the best possible price, our service is almost entirely web-based. If you would like to speak with a consultant, please send us an enquiry and we’ll call you back shortly. We are based out of Melbourne, Australia, although our online presence means that we can help make your next snow trip a reality no matter where you are in the world. To provide local knowledge and support for our customers, one of our directors is based in Santiago, Chile.
Our new website
We hope you like our new site! It’s just the beginning of what we envisage will become an indispensible guide for South American snow travel.
In the coming weeks we will be adding detailed content on each of the resorts, including accommodation options, packages and pricelists. A new online reservation form will allow you to let us know when and where you’d like to travel – we’ll be able to confirm availability with the resorts, and then process payment securely online through your choice of PayPal or credit card. We’ll provide information and links to our recommended partners for flights, add-on activities and further South American travel.
We’d love to hear your thoughts and feedback so please leave a comment below. If you’d like more information or are interested in booking a trip, please complete our enquiry form and we will get back to you.
The team at Ski South America.