Snowboarding and Skiing The Andes
Snowboarding and skiing in The Andes Mountains of South America is simply awe inspiring and a must do on any powder hounds bucket list.
As the Earth’s longest mountain range stretching 4,300 miles and second highest outside the Himalayas, you have to experience the Andes skiing and snowboarding first hand to really grasp it’s massive size and beauty.
The chain creates a natural border between Chile and Argentina loaded with snow covered peaks, glaciers, and smoking mystical volcanoes. The Argentine and Chilean Andes host amazing backcountry snowboard and ski terrain and some fantastic ski resorts where you can literally link endless turns.
The Andean snow quality is often compared to a mix of coastal snow packs similar to Whistler, BC, with dry “cold smoke” powder found in ski areas and resorts in Utah.
July to mid September is the best bet to snowboard and ski powder at the Andes ski resorts. Ski season in South America runs from mid June to mid October with backcountry ski touring options pushing well into November, especially on the Chilean Volcanoes and southern Patagonia with fantastic spring and corn snow cycles along with the occasional refresh of powder from late season cold pulse.