Let’s face it, we’re all probably a little sunburnt from our 4th of July festivities. You know what would feel more refreshing than aloe vera right now? Snow, and lots of it. Winter is in full swing in the Southern Hemisphere, and they’ve started their ski season with a bang. So, we’ve decided to take a peek at the goods Mother Nature has bestowed upon a few resorts below the equator. Be warned though, you might get the itch and book flight down south.
This Chilean ski resort is infamous for its bright yellow hotel situated within the Andes, made notorious by Warren Miller films—particularly in a segment where a group of skiers practiced jumps into the pool. Portillo opened its lifts on June 23rd with 16 inches of fresh pow, and it hasn’t stopped. The resort has received another 20” to kick start their weekend.
Valle Nevado is nestled in the “Tres Valles” of the Andes in Chile. This resort boasts iconic long runs with a 2657-foot vert drop. Plus, they offer heli-skiing services. Tempted yet? They just received 18” in the past 48 hours, so this weekend should be quite the bluebird powder day.
Cerro Catedral holds the title of biggest ski resort in South America as well as the Southern Hemisphere. It’s also part of the Nahuel Hupai National Park in Patagonia, Argentina. Aside from being absolutely massive, people ski here for the deep powder and fun tree skiing.
Just take one look at Las Lenas’ gnarly couloirs and wind spines and you’ll see why it’s one of steepest ski resorts in South America. It’s been compared to heli laps in Alaska and is a fitting home to the Red Bull Powder Disorder competition. The lifts are open and spinning for the season and snow is expected in the upcoming forecast.
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Phil Wiffen Flickr Photo Lake Louise is currently in some hot water for illegally cutting down 150 trees in 2013. According to the Calgary Sun, the ski area has pleaded guilty to charges they’re currently facing from both the Canada National Parks Act and the Species at Risk Act. The thing is, these trees aren’t your everyday saplings. They’re whitebark pine—an endangered species. Whitebark is a vital resource in the Canadian wilderness, providing food and habitat for animals. In recent
If you were born a boy in the Swiss mountains during the 1950s, chances are high you had dreams of becoming a mountain guide. Rey “Reto” Keller was one of those young boys with aspirations of one day guiding, growing up in the lower part of the Engadin Valley in a multi-generational family of guides. “Guiding was part of our family. As a boy, you had a stamp on your forehead when you were little–you were becoming a guide. It was kinda mandatory and traditional,” says Keller. But Keller is