Typically, the best advice for finding uncharted ski terrain is to "go west." But as columnist Tom Winter describes, at this time of year, the best advice is to "go south." He offers tips on where to ski in Chile and Argentina.
When Horace Greeley said, “Go West, young man,” he was referring to the vast opportunities that a relatively unexplored region offered enterprising and energetic Americans. And while he wasn’t talking about skiing, he might as well have been, because back in the mid 1800s, there were ample opportunities for first descents on all the West’s classic lines. Well, today the West has been pretty much skied out when it comes to first descents and the pristine high alpine meadows have been turned into planned ski “villages” complete with Starbucks and sushi.
No one can spend a day at this South Island resort without hearing and adopting the popular Kiwi expression of approval/joy/satisfaction: sweet! Especially when you have fresh snow overnight and awake to clear, sun-filled skies. Bluebird days graced the annual Adaptive Ski Festival. I wasn't sure what to expect from my first experience skiing in the Southern Hemisphere.
Have you ever wondered how climate change is going to affect your ski season? The folks at Protect Our Winters have, and they’re working to spread awareness to winter sports enthusiasts worldwide.
Until this summer, Protect Our Winters, POW, which is based in the United States, has been focusing on educating and giving grants for clean energy to the mountain communities in our own country. This summer—or winter as it may be—they’re headed south.
Usually, Chile's Valle Nevado gets its first snow sometime in early June. But it's already dusting snow in the southern hemisphere—four inches fell overnight at Valle Nevado. The ski resort opens for the season on June 11.
Usually, Chile's Valle Nevado gets its first snow sometime in June. But it's already dusting snow in the southern hemisphere—four inches fell overnight at Valle Nevado. The ski resort opens for the season on June 11. "Given that snow typically begins to fall around early June, this is a very auspicious sign that an outstanding season awaits Valle Nevado," their press release states.