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Insider's Guide to Skiing South America

The best places you didn't know you wanted to ski.

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Argentina’s largest resort, Cerro Catedral is located on the banks of Lake Nahuel Huapi, 12 miles outside San Carlos de Bariloche. Thirty-eight…

Argentina’s largest resort, Cerro Catedral is located on the banks of Lake Nahuel Huapi, 12 miles outside San Carlos de Bariloche. Thirty-eight chairlifts offer 3,000 acres of skiable terrain and access to chute-laden, hike-to backcountry. Catedral is famous for its glade skiing, serene views of Patagonia, and raucous nightlife.

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Situated near the humble mountain town of San Martin de los Andes, Cerro Chapelco is located in the thick of Argentina’s Lake District. Quiet runs…

Situated near the humble mountain town of San Martin de los Andes, Cerro Chapelco is located in the thick of Argentina’s Lake District. Quiet runs through beech forests and stellar views of Lácar Lake give this resort an undeniable small mountain vibe. Chapelco has 12 lifts, including one of the nations only detachable high-speed quads, and 345 acres of skiable terrain. Backcountry gates are easily accessible and guided heli-skiing is available when the weather is agreeable.

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Located in the Mendoza Province, Las Leñas is blessed with consistent snowfall, blower powder, and an arsenal of off-piste and extreme backcountry.…

Located in the Mendoza Province, Las Leñas is blessed with consistent snowfall, blower powder, and an arsenal of off-piste and extreme backcountry. With more than a mile of vertical starting from 11,254 feet, much of the terrain is in the high alpine. This year, the Subaru Freeskiing World Tour kicks off in Las Leñas on August 9-12.

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The region of Mendoza is known for its vibrant culture and undying love of wine. An après glass of Malbec is more suitable than your usual glass of…

The region of Mendoza is known for its vibrant culture and undying love of wine. An après glass of Malbec is more suitable than your usual glass of beer.

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Perched at 9,000 feet, with even bigger peaks—think 15,000-plus feet—nearby, La Parva is worlds apart from nearby Santiago, Chile’s capital. Its…

Perched at 9,000 feet, with even bigger peaks—think 15,000-plus feet—nearby, La Parva is worlds apart from nearby Santiago, Chile’s capital. Its village includes hotels, condos, restaurants—and discotechs that don’t get going until 1 A.M. For the steep and deep (isn’t that why you’re coming?) check out Manantiales, Carancho, and Aguilas Sur.

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The oldest and arguably most legendary South American ski resort, Portillo, is located just two hours northeast of Santiago, Chile. The mountain has…

The oldest and arguably most legendary South American ski resort, Portillo, is located just two hours northeast of Santiago, Chile. The mountain has 35 trails and limitless off-piste. Annually, Portillo receives 300 inches of snow and is sunny on 80 percent of ski days, which makes for excellent skiing conditions. Portillo limits their per-day skiers to 450, so crowds are nonexistent.

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Nestled at 8,200 feet above sea level in central Chile, Termas is a destination for serious backcountry skiers. Nine lifts service over 22 miles of…

Nestled at 8,200 feet above sea level in central Chile, Termas is a destination for serious backcountry skiers. Nine lifts service over 22 miles of trails and 3,610 vertical feet. Termas’ numerous opportunities to get out of bounds include cat- and heli-skiing or guided backcountry touring. From the resort, skiers can reach heaps of untouched snow through backcountry gates to the Nevados de Chillán, a string of skiable active volcanoes.

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This Chilean skiing hotspot is about 30 miles from the capital city of Santiago. On clear days, the entire city is visible from the top. Valle Nevado…

This Chilean skiing hotspot is about 30 miles from the capital city of Santiago. On clear days, the entire city is visible from the top. Valle Nevado is considered to be one of the most modern resorts in the Southern Hemisphere, with a vibe similar to that of the Alps. Boasting 7,000 acres of skiable terrain, Valle Nevado has the largest skiing domain in South America and caters to skiers of all ability and skill levels.

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