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Where is the best place to ski in South America?

post #1 of 8
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We are thinking of going to Las Lenas, it seem that lot of people, and school ski teams go to CHILE. Does any one know why? I skied at Las Lenas 15yrs ago, and it was out of this world. Where is the best place to ski in South America?
post #2 of 8
Personally, I would say that in South America, the best place is were the snow is falling.

High Andes (Portillo, Valle Nevado, Las Lenas) are above tree line, good terrain and good snow quality (not always the most reliable though)
Valle Nevado is big, once it's connected with La Parva and El Colorado with the same lift-ticket.
Portillo is beautiful, and has some good of-pist (not as big)

Further south you will have Termas de Chillan (now called "Nevados de Chillan) which a like a lot, Cerro Catedral, Chapelco, Pucon... and many other smaller resorts.
The further south you go, the wetter it gets and the mountains are not as high... so rain is always a possibility.

In Ushuaia, there is Cerro Castor, the southernmost ski resort in the wolrd, and the longest season in South America.

In my opinion, Chile has better options (however, Las Lenas and Cerro Catedral are nice Argentinians resorts)

unfortunately, lifts are often closed in storms and wind days...
post #3 of 8
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The group, is all good skiers, a mix of AT, pen heads, and x racers. MY first pick would be Las Lenas, but I want yo be fair to everyone eles to make it a trip of a life time. We do dislike surface lifts very much.

post #4 of 8
When everything is open and the snow is good, Las Lenas is the best in the Southern Hemisphere.  But it can be a hassle to get there and it can shut down for days, even weeks at a time.  It's a great place, but I would wait to book until as late as possible. 

Ski teams don't really require extreme terrain to train and Chile is much easier to get too!
post #5 of 8
Thread Starter 
Why would you wait to as late as possible to book?
post #6 of 8
1. LL has little or no snow making. If it's a bad year, go somewhere with snow. 
2. If Marta is closed, you would be better off going to Portillo or somewhere else.  
post #7 of 8
I spent 10 days in Las Lenas 4 (5?) years ago and hated it.  If feels like not one $$ has been invested in that place sinse it was built in the eighties.  Everything was run down, all the lodging sucked (except for the hotels), half the lifts didn't run; a hell of a long run for a very short slide.  And IMHO, there's only one lift worth skiing there (Marta), so you are really rolling the dice.  We liked the food (so what!), the people and Buenos Aries, but I won't go back.  That was my only trip to SA so don't know about anywhere else. 
post #8 of 8
Argentina is still suffering from the effects of a truly awful financial crisis. There simply has not been capital available to invest in their ski resorts. I haven't been, but I have reports that their lifts are becoming dangerous from lack of maintenance.

Chile on the other hand had very modern, well maintained facilities when I was there in 08. That said, the terrain at Valle Nevado, Colorado and Le Parva is VERY easy by U.S. standards. There simply wasn't a single marked trail that would have been considered an "expert" trail in Utah or Colorado. Out of bounds however was a very different story.
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