Latin America’s 4 most extraordinary ski resorts

When ski season ends in the northern hemisphere, it kicks off in Latin America. Head to the Andes for great runs, pristine powder and an experience you’ll never get back in Europe

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1. Cerro Castor, Argentina

Cerro Castor is the southernmost ski resort in Latin America, deep in the heart of Tierra del Fuego, and only 26 kilometres from Ushuaia. The quality of the snow is so good that many European teams come here to train during their summer.

Skiing Cerro Castor (

The resort boasts a total of 26 trails offering different degrees of difficulty and off-piste areas, some of which are 30 kilometres long. Its unique georgraphical location ensures top quality powder snow and one of the longest seasons in South America.  

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2. Portillo, Chile

Portillo ski resort sits at 3,310 metre above sea level in the Chilean Andes and is surrounded by jagged peaks. It has attracted skiers and snowboarders from around the world for decades and features 35 runs for different abilities.

The view from Portillo Resort (Latin America Travel Association)

The resort has a golden history in the world of skiing. In 1966 the celebrated skier Jean-Claude Killy won his first gold medal in the resort and four former gold medallists have instructed at Portillo’s Ski School in the past.

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3. Cerro Catedral, Argentina

Only 20 kilomteres from Bariloche, and set in the middle of the stunning Lake Nahuel Huapi national park, the Cerro Catedral resort is the most popular ski resort in Argentina. Its Après-ski scene is legendary too. Just remember to drag yourself away from the partying Argentinians and Brazilians and get out on the slopes.

Cerro Cathedral resort (Latin America Travel Association)

Overlooking the lake and with stunning views of the Andes, the resort offers 1,200 hectares of on and off-piste terrain. You’ll enjoy sweeping open powder bowls, quality groomed runs, and one of the few South American ski resorts with serious tree skiing.

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4. Pucón Ski Resort, Chile

A small resort with only 17 runs, Pucón is nevertheless one of the most popular in the region. Why? Pucón offers skiers the chance to do something out of the ordinary: ski on an active volcano.

Heading up the volcano (Latin America Travel Association)

The resort is known as the ‘Gateway of the Cordillera’ and is surrounded by dramatic volcanic peaks and sparkling lakes. Visitors can also enjoy a number of other activities in the area such as trekking in the Huerquehue National Park, husky sledding and snow shoeing around the volcano. 

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For more information about skiing in South America, contact members of LATA, the Latin America Tourist Association

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