Best Ski Resorts in the Southern Hemisphere
With so much good skiing to be had in Europe and North America, resorts in the southern hemisphere don’t get a great deal of publicity. This is a shame because there are several that offer good quality skiing for beginners and experts alike.
There are other pluses, too. If you make the long journey to Chile or Argentina, for example, you are rewarded with a Latin American culture that makes a refreshing change from European resorts.
The cost and inconvenience of travel to the southern hemisphere may be off-putting, but once there you will find that the reasonable prices of essentials, such as ski passes and lessons, can come as a pleasant surprise after the USA and Europe.
Here are UK Net Guide’s recommendations for the best ski resorts below the equator.
Portillo is the oldest and best-known resort in South America and a popular choice for dedicated skiers. It’s about an hour from the capital,
The USA’s ski team have trained here, and the 200kph barrier was broken on the resort’s steep slopes. There are nearly 16 miles of runs that are not only for the expert skier; beginners and intermediates are also catered for.
Find out more at www.skiportillo.com
Las Lenas, Argentina
Set on the slopes of the Andes in the province of
Las Lenas has a ‘buzzy’ feel to it, which compensates for the difficulty in getting here.
The resort is more than 24 hours by road from Buenos Aries, meaning an internal flight is advisable. Find out more at www.laslenas.com
Queenstown, New Zealand
The advantage of coming here is that you don't have to rely on glaciers for your sport. Queenstown's skiing is on the Remarkables mountain range and Coronet Peak, between 30 and 45 minutes out of town by car.
The ski areas are not very extensive by Alpine standards, but there are some good steep challenging runs for experts.
Visit www.queenstownnz.co.nz for more information.
Falls Creek, Victoria, Australia
The mountains above the town of Mount Beauty,
Unusually for Australia, Falls Creek is a car-free, ‘ski-in ski-out’ resort. You can ski from the door of all of the resort's lodges.
It shares ownership and lift passes with the resort of nearby Mount Hotham, which enables skiers to enjoy an even greater variety of terrain.
Visit resort’s website at www.fallscreek.com.au.