Traveling is an amazing thing. You learn, laugh and live more when you keep moving around the planet. Professional skiers and snowboarders travel the world searching for snow, new terrain and new adventures. We reached out to a group of well known pro skiers and snowboarders to get their thoughts when all asked the same question about searching out winter in the summer for snowboarding or skiing south of the equator from July to October.
“What comes to mind when you think about skiing/snowboarding in South America?”
JAKE BLAUVELT: Pro Snowboarder, USA: When I think about riding in South America, I think about being in the biggest mountains I’ve ever been in, warm locals, culture shock filled adventure, and some of the best red wine and beef on the planet.
ERIC HJORLEIFSON: Pro Skier, Canada: I having been fortunate enough to visit South America several times for skiing over the past decade or so. Each trip has been unique and every time an opportunity to explore different locations. South America offers amazing adventures for skiers & snowboarders looking for travels full of exploration. Of course there are the major well known resorts and these are certainly worth checking out as well, when conditions are good they offer fantastic skiing & riding but the really authentic South American experience in my opinion come in the form of exploration. The Andes are a vast and expansive mountain range with many points of access.
JULIAN CARR: Founder Discrete and pro skier, Utah: I love skiing in South America because it’s warp speed escape from summer temperatures. Plus the mountains are gigantic and humbling.
ANDREW HARDINGHAM: Professional Snowboarder, Canada: Chile is a place that pleases all of ones senses. I go there to fill my belly with fine meats & fermented grapes. My ears with a strange but sexy Spanish, my eyes with unique and intriguing woman and my mind with the thrill of the highest accessible alpine mountains in the world. I love it there!
CHRIS RUBENS: Professional Skier, Canada: I have fallen in love with the Bariloche area of Argentina. For me there is something about ski touring through perfect granite spires while overlooking beautiful lakes that will never get old. Whether it is skiing at the ski resort or ski touring out of one of the Refugio’s, this area is hard to beat. But when it come down to it for me skiing in South America is; Skiing awesome lines in our summer and then drinking the best red wine you have ever had with the best meat you have ever tasted.
STEPHEN DUKE: VonZipper Team Manager, California: The first thing that comes to mind when I think of Snowboarding in South America is the idea that right in the middle of a long hot Northern Hemisphere summer, and right when your soul needs it the most. The Andes mountains are sitting there blanketed in snow as good as any you could hope to find on earth. And really all you have to do is just make the trip.
COLIN ADAIR: Professional Photographer, Canada: A trip to South America during the North American summer is an experience not to be missed! From the epic peaks surrounding Valle Nevado to the very southern reaches of Patagonia, the snowboarding experience is truly unique and the scenery and landscapes are epic. With the urban distractions of places like Santiago and Buenos Aires and the unrivaled world class wineries in both Chile and Argentina, the possibility for adventure away from the mountains are also endless.
MARK CARTER: Professional Snowboarder, Jackson Hole, WY, USA: South America is the best place to get my mid-summer powder fix and keep the skills dialed.
RACHAEL BURKS: Professional Skier, Utah, USA: Skiing in South American is like skiing on another planet, accented by delicious food and aprés.
The South American ski season runs June to October. Learn more about skiing and snowboarding south if the equator.