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Where to Ski in August

August is when the itch gets the worst. Hot, lazy days lose their shine. The buzz of the air conditioner starts to burn your eardrums. And winter feels SO far away. And it is, but a plane ticket or a long hike could change that. Here’s where you can get your midsummer fix.

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Top 7 Reasons to Ski South America

It's still winter at these resorts.

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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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Two Pro Skiers Killed in Patagonian Avalanche

JP Auclair and Andreas Fransson were caught in an avalanche on South America’s Mount Cochrane on Monday, September 29, 2014.

There are a lot of opportunities for domestic flights, but taking the bus should not be missed. With its vast network, the bus system in Argentina and Chile is a ski bum’s cheap transport dream, an excellent way to see the country, scope terrain, and follow whims. But you might want to consider dehydrating yourself before boarding. Most buses are plush, but the bathrooms can be…traumatizing. You can drink water when you get off.

How to Navigate South America on the Cheap and Dirty

For a price, travel in South America can be done tamely and comfortably. But where’s the fun in that? Argentina and Chile march to their own beat, so here are a few tips to navigate the nitty-gritty cultural experience and ski on the cheap.

Skiing in Las Lenas

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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.

Carston Oliver in Las Lenas, Argentina.

Sweetgrass Production's "Solitare"

Sweetgrass Productions isn't your average film company. Instead of shooting urban jibs and heli-fueled big mountain lines, they've made a name for themselves by filming in-depth portraits of human-powered ski culture, with a side of pow shots (see their last film "Signatures"). They've spent the past two seasons in South America shooting their 2011 production, "Solitare." Here's a behind the scenes look.

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Shoot-out in the Andes

Inside Skiing Magazine’s South American Photo Challenge.