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Another big snow storm in South America 

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We’re happy to share that South America is in the throws of yet another big snow storm. Over the past three days, Chilean and Argentinian ski resorts have received upwards of 3 feet of snow, and the storm isn’t over yet.  See current storm totals below and stay tuned for updates, here on the Ski.com […]

Video: Skiing Portillo’s Super C 

Super C couloir, Super C Portillo

Thanks to a tirade of early-season snow storms, including one that dropped nearly 10 feet in 48 hours, Portillo opened on June 18 with an impressive 45-inch base. The ample snowfall has set the Chilean ski resort up for all-time conditions, in- and out-of-bounds, especially for the famous Super C couloir. Accessed from the top of […]

One plank or two? New RiverSkis raise age-old debate. 

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The age-old debate about one plank or two has separated skiers and snowboarders for decades. On snow, skiers came first, but board riders have led the innovation curve for many activities including surfing and stand-up paddle boarding (SUP). Until recently, if you’ve been looking to cool off with a surf or paddle, you’ve been limited […]

Everything you need to know about Portillo’s crazy slingshot lifts 

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For expert to advanced skiers and snowboarders, at least one ride on Portillo’s famous slingshot lifts is a must-do experience while there. These lifts not only access awesome terrain and provide incredible views, but they’re an interesting engineering feat. What is a slingshot lift? Portillo’s slingshot lifts or Va et Vient (French for ‘come and […]

South America’s ski season starts with great conditions 

South America's ski season has started

South America’s ski season started earlier this month when Valle Nevado opened two weeks ahead of schedule on June 10. This early opening was made possible by a few storms, most notably a system that dropped more than nine feet of snow on Chilean resorts in early June. While Valle Nevado was able to get their […]

Up to 9+ feet of snow hits South America 

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Summer skiing in South America is shaping up to be one for the books! Last week and into this past weekend, the Andes were pounded with yet another big early-season snow storm. Some resorts saw more than eight feet of snow fall! See who made out best: This time, Portillo, Chile received a staggering 118 […]

The legend of Portillo’s Inca Lake 

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Legend has it that Portillo’s Inca Lake or Luguna del Incas is enchanted, and on some nights you can hear eerie, mournful cries across the Lake. The origin of these cries is fabled to come from the spirit of an Incan prince who lost his beloved bride. When the Incas ruled Northern Chile, they performed […]

El Nino expected to have positive effects on 2016 Chile snowfall 

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Two weeks ago, several Chilean ski resorts, including Portillo and Valle Nevado, were blessed with uber-early snow storms. Usually, premature snow isn’t cause to get all excited for an especially powdery ski season, but that’s not the case here. According to Direccion Meteorologia de Chile, Chilean ski resorts can expect more snow in 2016 than […]

2015-16: A ski season in photos 

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As green grass and flowers continue to poke through the melting snow snow in Ski Country, we can no longer pretend that spring isn’t here. We’ve been through the all the stages of denial (anger, bargaining and depression) and now that we’ve made it to acceptance, it’s time to reminisce about the all the joy […]

Add an Atacama adventure to your Chile ski trip 

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Red and rust-colored rock formations contrast with white salt flats while volcano peaks rise in the distance, making the Atacama Desert in northern Chile seem otherworldly. As one of the driest places on the plant, the Atacama has little human development, save for the small, rustic town of San Pedro de Atacama. For those who […]

Why you should spend your tax refund on a ski trip 

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According to the IRS, the average tax refund for 2015 is around $3,000*, which is a nice chunk of change to put towards an unforgettable ski trip in 2016-17. We know you have many choices when it comes to deciding what you’ll do with your tax return, but as skiers and snowboarders we also know […]

Where can you ski in May? 

April 9 powder day at Snowbird

If you’re like us and not ready to stash your skis or snowboard for the season, don’t forget that there are still plenty of ski resorts that stay open in May and often later. To help you get a couple more turns in this season, we compiled a list of are the best resorts where you […]