Take a chance on Chile for your off-season skiing
The European summertime makes skiing close to home a little challenging. There are several high altitude glacial resorts which can be relied upon to remain skiable when the sun’s shining, but for demanding S’No Queens, who demand the very best skiing experience and, don’t want to compromise on top quality powder, setting your sights outside Europe, indeed, outside the Northern Hemisphere, is the best way to make sure you get what you want. In your search for the finest powder, have you considered taking a trip to Chile?
Chile – Peppered With Ski Resorts
A long, narrow country comprising much of the Western coast of South American and extending to the Southernmost point, a stones throw from Antarctica, Chile might not be the first place you’d think of for Skiing outside Europe, but if you’ve yet to try out the South American ski scene, you’re in for a treat. Boasting around 20 ski resorts, all located in the Southern reaches of Chile, there’s no shortage of places to ski, but the experience is a little different to that you’ll find in more mainstream resorts. If you visit the resort of Portillo, you might understand why it was predicted (although never quite managed) to be the St Moritz of Chile.
The Chilean Andes – They’ll Grow On You
When you consider that the Andes; Chile’s own mountain range, is the second highest mountain range in the world, it suddenly starts to make sense why the country is such a great choice for off season skiing. Also consider that the Andes mountains are still growing! Although the resorts aren’t at the very top of the mountains, it pays to give yourself time to get used to the thinner air before hitting the slopes. Make sure you pack your designer thermals too, the temperatures at those altitudes will guarantee that you’ll be glad you did!
Once you’re skiing though, the experience is easily a match for anywhere else you. For an interesting change of culture from what you’re used to in Europe, you’re guaranteed to bring back some stories and we’d love to hear yours. Have you ski’d in Chile? How did you find your adventure there?