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Southern Hemisphere Updates | Skiing Resorts |

Normally the season in Southern Hemisphere is well under way by this point in the year. Not this year. Natural disasters and a lack of major snow means the Southern Hemisphere winter has started off slow. But ski camps, contests, and other events are still going on. Here’s what you need to know if you’re headed south.

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After unseasonably warm temperatures and lack of snow, Treble Cone, the closest ski area to Wanaka and largest on the South Island, opened with only…

After unseasonably warm temperatures and lack of snow, Treble Cone, the closest ski area to Wanaka and largest on the South Island, opened with only the Platter lift and beginner area on July 11. A staggered opening of the remainder of terrain will require either 48 hours of snowmaking or another substantial snowfall to get going. “We have gone from brown to white overnight and even though this snowfall is exciting there was no base to fall on, so patience is required for a little longer,” said Nigel Kerr of Treble Cone. “There is more snow forecasted from the West, so we are optimistic the wait will not be too long.”

For more information, visit Treble Cone’s website.

On June 4, 2011 Chile’s Puyehue Volcano erupted for the first time since 1960, sending ash east over the Andes into Argentina. Although the eruption…

On June 4, 2011 Chile’s Puyehue Volcano erupted for the first time since 1960, sending ash east over the Andes into Argentina. Although the eruption has not been directly linked to the lack of snow in many places in Argentina and Chile, flying in and out of South America has remained unreliable since the eruption. Currently, South America needs the ash to settle for travel and many locations still need snow.

Las Lenas opened this year on July 4 with some snow, but with hope for higher snowfall than last season. “Last year, Lenas experienced low snow…

Las Lenas opened this year on July 4 with some snow, but with hope for higher snowfall than last season. “Last year, Lenas experienced low snow conditions, but I do not anticipate that again and look forward to having much better conditions this year,” said pro freeskier Elyse Saugstad, who will be coaching a freeskiing camp at Lenas in August. “Lenas just opened and it sounds like the winter train has arrived and is moving right along.”

But snow is not the only factor that might inhibit skiers going to Las Lenas—flights are now the main problem. “Our camp organizer has been busy dealing with cancelling flights due to ash from the Puyehue volcano,” said Saugstad. “We’re scheduled for mid-August and hoping everything will be settled by then.”

For Las Lenas updates check out their site or sign up for freeskiing with Elyse.

Bariloche, Argentina, home to Cerro Catedral Ski Area, is one of South America’s most popular ski destinations. After the Puyehue Volcano eruption,…

Bariloche, Argentina, home to Cerro Catedral Ski Area, is one of South America’s most popular ski destinations. After the Puyehue Volcano eruption, the town of 100,000 was coated in nearly two inches of ash. Bariloche and the surrounding region got hit with a serious amount of ash, which blanketed the downtown area. However, conditions have improved dramatically since the volcano erupted in June— the citizens of Bariloche have joined together in a massive cleanup effort, having now cleaned up over 600 city blocks, and the resort, Cerro Catedral, remains ash-free,” said Ryan Dunfee of SASS Global Travel Argentina, based out of Bariloche. “The airport in Bariloche is set to start commercial flights again later this month, and with a two-foot plus storm on the horizon, we are still excited to be here.”

The Bariloche Airport has been closed since June 4, but Santiago and Buenos Aires airports continue trying to reduce cancellations and delays. As of this week, Cerro Catedral is not open, but forecasts indicate that snow is expected this week.

Stay updated on Cerro Catedral’s conditions  and check out sessions offered at SASS Global Travel Argentina.

As of July 9, Valle Nevado, Chile, just 37 miles from Santiago, is open to skiers with five lifts. The Chilean Freeskiing Championships, set for…

As of July 9, Valle Nevado, Chile, just 37 miles from Santiago, is open to skiers with five lifts. The Chilean Freeskiing Championships, set for August 18-21, will host freeskiers from the Subaru Freeskiing World Tour at Valle Nevado to compete on the Tambos venue, the out-of-bounds terrain designated for the second stop on this year’s competition schedule.  

If you’re planning a trip to Chile soon, go to the resort’s website for updates or if you’re stuck up north not skiing this August watch the Subaru Freeskiing event live.

 

Set for July 27 through August 11, the World Heli Challenge will take place in a backcountry setting near Wanaka, New Zealand. With athletes…

Set for July 27 through August 11, the World Heli Challenge will take place in a backcountry setting near Wanaka, New Zealand. With athletes traveling from all over the world to participate, including Ane Enderund from Norway and U.S freeskier Ted Davenport, all the event needs is snow. Thankfully, the Wanaka area just received the first major snowfall of the season.

This year the event was opened up to a non-pro division, allowing more athletes to participate. “I’ve been here in New Zealand for a month and haven’t skied once,” said Salt Lake City based freeskier Vanessa Aadland, who is living in New Zealand for the season and raising money to enter the competition as a non-pro. “It’s been a project staying occupied by going on runs, exploring Wanaka, and jumping on the trampolines, but I’ll be honest, I’m ready to click into my skis now.”

For information on the event, visit the World Heli Challenge site.

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