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July holidays: 5 places to ski in South America

There is still time to enjoy the winter season, with lots of snow, in countries close to Brazil. For Brazilians looking for adventure in the snow, it is not necessary to wait for winter in the northern hemisphere to practice winter sports.

With great infrastructure, good cuisine, luxury hotels and slope options for experts to beginners, there are places for snow lovers in South America.

Among the options, Chile and Argentina have several locations for beginners to advanced skiers.

Check out the five best places to ski in South America:

  • Portillo, in Chile

Located in the Andes Mountains, 164 km from Santiago, Chile, Portillo ski resort is known for its infrastructure, comfort, tranquility and natural beauty breathtaking. It is also a good option for those who want to take a trip closer to Brazil.

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With over 70 years of existence, the site has 14 lifts and 35 slopes for all levels of skiers and snowboarders. It also has more adventurous options, such as heliskiing and a large off-piste area.

O Hotel Portillo on the edge of Laguna del Inca, is a great option for accommodation. The place offers rooms with views of the lagoon or the valley, eight chalets and more.

  • Valle Nevado, Chile

Located at an altitude of 3,025 meters and 60 km from Santiago, the Valle Nevado ski resort in Chile, is a popular spot to practice the sport especially for those who want to ski for the first time. Last year’s winter welcomed almost 250 thousand people. For this year, the expectation is to increase the number.

Landscape of Valle Nevado, Chile, covered in snow

With more than 40 slopes and one of the largest areas for practicing the sport in South America, Valle Nevado has a ski school with more than 150 instructors, Snow Garden where it is possible to teach children from the age of four. There are also areas for renting equipment, clothing and accessories.

This year, Valle Nevado season ticket holders can access the ski resort The Fool also in the metropolitan area of ​​Santiago, at no additional cost.

Together, the two areas total 2,023 hectares, 30 ski lifts and 80 slopes, which during the last snowfalls received more than a meter of powder snow, which indicates freshly fallen snow.

There is three hotels from Valle Nevado which are a good accommodation tip: Sun Gate , Three Points It is Hotel Valle Nevado . During the winter period, the expectation is to reach occupancy rates above 90%.

  • El Colorado, in Chile

Considered one of the best ski resorts in South America El Colorado, in the Andes Mountains in Chile, is also a good option for traveling with the family. About 40 kilometers from Santiago, the place has more than 100 slopes and offers equipment rental during this season.

There are slopes for beginners, intermediates, advanced and experts. There are also two double and three triple chairlifts. In total, there are more than 40 kilometers of area for practicing the sport.

The center also offers an international ski school with instructors from various countries for group or private lessons. Children aged four to 10 can also learn the sport with a local school.

To have direct access to the ski slopes, a good option is to stay at the Gran Parador. The hotel has panoramic views of the city center, free private parking, and is close to restaurants and shops.

  • Ushuaia, Argentina

In Ushuaia, in southern Argentina, the public can ski in Castor Hill . With eight slopes already open (more than 20 in total) and divided into different levels — easy, intermediate, difficult and very difficult —, it is an excellent place to learn the sport. After all, there are several types of lessons for both skiing and snowboarding.

One of the great differences of Cerro Castor is the variety of activities it offers . For example, there’s the Snow Pool, which challenges skiers and snowboarders to cross a pool after sliding down the slope. Helicopter rides, nighttime rides, and also watching the National Winter Festival, which brings skiers and snowboarders down the mountain with lit torches, are other entertainment options.

The resorts Arakur Ushuaia & Spa It is Los Cauquenes Resort + Spa + Experiences are excellent mountain accommodation options. Both offer a range of amenities, such as heated pools and stylish design, to make your trip perfect.

  • Bariloche, Argentina

The province of Bariloche, Argentina, popular with Brazilians looking for snow, offers the largest and one of the best-known ski resorts in South America: the Cathedral Hill perfect for those who want to practice — and a lot! — the sport.

The mountain offers a wide range of services, with 32 lifts and over 1,200 hectares of skiing area. With 58 slopes in total, the resort also offers skiing, snow tubing, a ski school and a kids club with instructors.

The famous Llao Llao Resort, Golf & Spa is a classic and excellent accommodation in this part of the Patagonia . There are studios and suites with views of lakes, forests and mountains, as well as an indoor and outdoor pool, 18 holes of golf, a spa and activities for adults and children.

Valle Nevado expects 300,000 visitors in Chile

Source: CNN Brasil

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