Ripping lines like this in the summer? Yes, please. Valle Nevado Ski Resort Chile photo.
Coming to terms with the fact that you probably won’t see snow for another six months sucks. But if you are looking to put those “sick days” at work to use and can finesse air travel fees, you may want to consider heading down to South America for their winter season.
While ski towns across the U.S. are settling into sunny summer days and the mountains are changing from white to green, resorts across the Southern Hemisphere are gearing up for colder weather and snow.
Chile and Argentina boast some of the best skiing south of the equator, complete with heliskiing, catskiing, and in-bounds terrain in the Andes, the world’s second-highest mountain range. Not to mention, the snow down there has been firing.
A recent Andean storm front dumped so much snow that it even reached the city of Santiago, where snow is almost unheard of.
Due to a hefty 40 inches of snow since last Friday, Chile’s Valle Nevado has announced via Facebook page that it is moving its opening day from June 22nd to June 15th. If the snow continues to rip through the region like it has been this June, it’s safe to say that South America’s mountains are the place to be this summer.
No snowfall? No problem. Killington’s snowmaking team has been working overtime to make sure East Coast skiers and riders will get their first turns of the year in on Friday, October 19th. The K-1 Express Gondola will start running at 10 a.m. for Season Pass, Ikon Pass, and Express Card holders who will have access to the North Ridge Area until 3:30 p.m., giving them plenty of time to shred some of the summer rust off. The mountain opens to the rest of the general public on Saturday,
Kit DesLauriers' career is an extraordinary medley of firsts: The first person to ski the Seven Summits; first female to win back-to-back Freeride World Tour championships; first female solo of the Grand Teton; first ski descent of Mt. Isto (the tallest peak in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge) … the list goes on. She has one of the most impressive ski mountaineering resumes of anyone on the planet, male or female, although DesLauriers humbly describes her life as "doing what I love
It’s not even winter and two avalanche accidents have already been reported in the mountains of Colorado. Last Friday, a skier was caught in a slab avalanche on Loveland Pass and was able to ski to safety. On Monday, a climber was swept over cliffs on South Arapaho Peak, near Boulder, by an avalanche and brought himself to safety. TGR takes safety as its utmost priority, and would like to remind all skiers, riders, climbers, and mountain travelers that slides can happen as soon as there is