Second only to the Himalaya in scope and size, the Andes are one of the world’s greatest mountain ranges. Surprisingly, the range is also one of the most accessible, with none of the requirements for skiing, climbing and trekking permits that you’ll find in countries like Nepal and India. Best of all, world class ski areas have been built in Chile and Argentina on both sides of the Andes, providing a unique experience to sample these mountains as easily as you’d sample the Rockies. And, like the diversity of resorts found from New Mexico to Montana, the Andes offers a bit of everything, only on a much larger scale. Choose from small, family style resorts such as Pucon or sample the wide-open bowls of Valle Nevado. The choice is yours.
Photo: You want big? Try on the Andes for size. The second most powerful mountain range after the Himalaya, the Andes feature towering peaks, massive glaciers and some of the best skiing in the world.