I just came back from Ushuaia, Argentina, where I had the opportunity to ski 7 days at Cerro Castor, the southernmost ski resort in the world.
Ushuaia is a nice town, has several good restaurants and shops, and many tourist activities besides skiing.
Summer months (Dec-March) are usually their high season, with many cruise ships leaving to Antarctica.
Ushuaia views from our hostel
I usually prefer scheduling ski trips in South America for mid August, but due to work, My friends and I ended up going during the first week of September.
We were not disappointed, actually snow conditions were very good all the way to the valley floor. It's amazing that 300ft above Ushuaia, the snowpack is pretty deep.
One of the base chairs at Cerro Castor
Cerro Castor is at 54-South, and almost 100% south facing, so the snow preservation is very good, despite the low altitude.
The base of the Resort is 650ft above the see level, and the top is around 3300ft. At this latitude and because of the oceanic climate, tree line is very low, around 2100ft
The resort is known for having one of the most reliable snow conditions in South America, and also one of the longest seasons (from June - early October)
Locals said Cerro Castor averages about 250 inches of snow per year.
The tip of the Andes Mountains
Castor is medium size Resort, it has 5 fixed quads and 3 surface lifts, the terrain is pretty varied, with both bellow and above tree line skiing.
Nothing extremely steep though.
Some of the terrain accessed by the top chair
Views from "Del Filo" chair... Zero crowds!!
There is some side country terrain for those willing to hike
Some of the side country terrain requires a hike back to the resort
Even with a solid base, sharp rocks are part of the environment in the Andes
Overall it was a very nice trip, Cerro Castor is a very well maintained Resort, with new chairs, good restaurants, NO LIFT LINES, and amazing views!
Ushuaia is a cool town, and if planning a trip down there, make sure you try their king crab (Centoia), their Lamb (cordeiro), and don't forget about the steak, the dulce de leche and of course, the wine!
Edited by Thiago - 9/10/13 at 10:22am