South American resorts

Heaviest snowfall since 2007 hits Santiago + surrounding ski resorts 

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Locals in Santiago, Chile awoke to a rare sight this past Saturday: snow. Reportedly the heaviest snowfall the Chilean capital has seen since 2007, the snow measured up to two inches in some areas and blanketed the entire city, turning Santiago into a classic winter wonderland. Residents were quick to embrace the magical scenery, especially […]

Top South American resorts are officially open for skiing 

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This weekend, it’s official! The two top South American ski resorts of Portillo and Valle Nevado will be fully operational. Valle Nevado turned on the bullwheel for skiing nearly a month early, due to awesome snow conditions, but had not yet opened up its hotel complex to overnight guests. Portillo is expecting great opening-day conditions […]

13 things you need to know about Portillo 

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If you’ve been musing over making your first South America ski trip happen this summer, it’s high time you brush up on your ski resort knowledge on one of Chile’s most popular destinations: Portillo. 1. It’s called “the cruise ship in the mountains” Photo: ©J.Selkowitz/SelkoPhoto While Portillo may not be the easiest place to get […]

Valle Nevado is opening early 

Valle Nevado early opening day

The Chilean ski resort of Valle Nevado recently announced they’ll be opening one month early due to “abundant pre-season snow.” Over the past two weeks, the Andes received several bountiful snow storms. The resort’s lifts, restaurants, rentals and retail shops will open the resort to skiers and riders this Saturday, May 27, and the formal […]

Hot springs in the Andes Mountains 

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Written By Morgan Tilton Soaking in natural hot springs has been a cultural practice for humans around the world for centuries, and for some, thousands of years. The oldest sites discovered are thought to be in India and Pakistan, built prior to 2000 B.C., according to James Cook University. The health benefits of mineral baths, […]

Video: skiing Portillo’s Super C 

Super C couloir, Super C Portillo

Accessed from the top of Roca Jack slingshot lift, Super C rewards those willing to make the challenging hike with 5,600 vertical feet of skiing and incredible snow conditions. Aspen-based, pro-skier Chris Davenport has skied at Portillo for the last 15 seasons and has conquered Super C 31 times, according to a Powder.com interview. Watch Davenport […]

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 […]

Why you should spend your tax refund on a ski trip 

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According to the IRS, the average tax refund for 2016 is $2,860*, which is a nice chunk of change to put towards an unforgettable ski trip in 2017-18 or even this summer in South America. We know you have many choices when it comes to deciding what you’ll do with your tax return, but as […]

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 […]

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 […]