South America Skiing and Snowboarding
South America ski resort destinations host excellent skiing and snowboarding, plus gateways to endless off-piste and back country exploring in mystical Patagonia and the chain of stunning snow covered volcanoes running the length of the mighty Andes range.
Cat-skiing, heli-skiing, and human powered backcountry ski touring and splitboarding excursions are also great options getting you to some of the best backcountry skiing in South America, if not on Earth. Change your perspective on summer vacation and come discover winter in South America with PowderQuest.
- Guided adventures visiting the top ski areas and beyond
- Custom built, non-guided ski vacation packages
- Browse the best South America’s ski resorts below
South America Ski Resorts
Ski Resorts in South America hosting hotel packages and guided tours, operate from June to October ranging from World class multi-million dollar infrastructures like Portillo and Valle Nevado in Chile, Las Lenas and Catedral Alta Patagonia in Argentina, to small rustic getaways like Cerro Bayo, Pucon, and Corralco, with beautiful terrain, jaw dropping landscapes and zero crowds (except mid-July as this is the local winter holiday).
Over 25 Destinations to Explore
The most well known South America ski resort is Portillo Chile, followed by Las Lenas, Valle Nevado, and the Bariloche based, Cerro Catedral Alta Patagonia. If you are short on time and prefer to stay in one ski area with all the amenities you need, we suggest an all inclusive vacation package at one of these destinations. Browse our ski resort reservation options
However there are many more ski centers well worth exploring. A guided ski tour vacation with bilingual, experienced, certified guides is a great way to ski several of the best South American ski resorts, experience the local culture and landscapes, leaving the logistics to us. See our multi-day guided adventures
Best Ski Resorts in South America
We are asked all the time, “What is the best ski resort in South America?” With close to 2 decades of travel to these destinations, We cannot 100% say where is the best place to ski. Maybe it’s in our blood as passionate travelers, skier and riders, but if you are going to make the journey, why only visit one place on your holiday?
Las Lenas has the steepest terrain, and energetic nightlife. Nevados de Chillan has fun out of bounds freeriding and hot springs with the terrain naturally carved by ancient lava flows. Portillo and Valle Nevado have great cozy ski-in ski-out hotels, dry powder snow and top notch cuisine while the ski resorts of Patagonia, Argentina can’t be missed for it’s mix of terrain, deep snowpack, culture, amazing food and night life.
The smaller destinations at the base of smoking Chilean volcanoes should not be overlooked as skiing the skirts of an active volcano is found in few places on the planet. At the end of the day you can soak in natural thermal hot springs under the canopy of an old growth forest. Truly unforgettable.
How to Get to South America
Getting to South America is easier than you think. There are numerous overnight flights to Santiago, Chile (airport code SCL) and Buenos Aires, Argentina (airport code EZE) from North America, Europe and Australia.
Arriving to Santiago
Santiago is similar to flying into Denver, Colorado as you can access great skiing within an hour and a half to two hour drive. In fact, you can be skiing Portillo, Valle Nevado, La Parva, and El Colorado ski areas by lunch time the day you arrive! El Arpa adventure based cat skiing is also nearby and should not be missed by advanced powder hounds looking for a true Andean remote experience.
The Chilean resorts further south can be reached quite easily via short, inexpensive local flights or ground transportation, train, sleeper bus, private transfer, or rental car. See each resort page for details on how to arrive.
Arriving to Buenos Aires
Flying into Buenos Aires, Argentina requires an additional connecting national flight to access their popular ski destinations. Some flights require you to switch airports in Buenos Aires so be sure to allow time for these connections.
The main hubs are Malargue (airport code LGS) to get to Las Lenas, Bariloche (airport code BRC), to access the resorts in the Patagonia Lake District and Ushuaia (airport code USH) to get to Cerro Castor, the southernmost ski area in the world. More details are on each resort page in the “Getting There” tab.