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Southern Exposure

Where to Ski in South America This Summer

The Southern Cone. Home to favorable exchange rates, vast steppes and (if memory serves) natural springs flowing with pisco. Also: great skiing, at least this time of year. Here, five Chilean and Argentine resorts open this summer. Your après-ski asado awaits.

La Hoya, Argentina
EARLY JUNE TO MID-OCTOBER

La Hoya, Argentina

A training ground for the Argentine national team, La Hoya lies above the tree line and is known for its advanced, off-piste terrain—like shaded back-hill bowls covered in dry powder that won’t glaze over by midday.

La Hoya, Esquel, Argentina, +54 02945 453018

Nevados de Chillán, Chile
JUNE 15 TO OCTOBER 15

Nevados de Chillán, Chile

Snowshoeing the Alaskan tundra: done it. Sandboarding the Sahara: check. Skiing a volcano: up next. At Nevados de Chillán, you can start at the lip of a volcanic crater and carve your way to one of nine natural hot spring pools. Think of it as ski-in, ski-out spa-ing.

El Colorado, Chile
MID-JUNE TO MID-OCTOBER

El Colorado, Chile

Only an hour outside Santiago, El Colorado links with Valle Nevado and La Parva to make one massive resort—South America’s largest. It’s convenient, sure, but the real draw is the backcountry. You’ve never limited yourself to the groomed.

Corralco Ski Center, Chile
JUNE 20 TO OCTOBER 12

Corralco Ski Center, Chile

At 440 miles from Santiago, Corralco is perhaps Chile’s most isolated resort (read: no 97-minute lift waits). You’ll need a private car to get to base before tackling Volcán Lonquimay, but here’s the thing about inactive volcanoes: they’re warm underneath. Meaning, yes, there are sulfur-scented hot springs.

Catedral Alta Patagonia, Argentina
END OF JUNE TO MID-OCTOBER

Catedral Alta Patagonia, Argentina

The oldest (and biggest) resort in Argentina is known for its raucous après-ski scene, is-this-a-movie-set views of Lake Nahuel Huapi and Club Catedral—an isolated lodge accessed only by gondola, with a heated pool and two restaurants. The powder’s all right, too.

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