From Santiago to Punta Arenas explore the majestic Andes mountains on your skis. Speed down volcano flanks, enjoy great views of the only fjords in South America and be at one with the mountains!
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Stretching more than 4,300 kilometers down the west coast of South America, Chile offers plenty of backcountry skiing opportunities. In the winter, more than half of the country’s mountain range (which runs through the whole country) is completely covered in snow and in the perfect skiing conditions.
Outside of the aforementioned hotspots, Punta Arenas, in Tierra del Fuego, is another spot that offers incredible scenery and backcountry skiing conditions for an even longer season. Enjoy a couple extra months in the autumn and spring to ski and explore the various fjords and mountains at the bottom of the world.
A bit farther north, around Torres del Paine National Park, there are also plenty of excellent and remote backcountry skiing spots. Access to ski areas in Argentina is also quite easy, making the spot a great starting point for a cross-border adventure.
Due to Chile’s length, the climate differs considerably from place to place. However, winters generally bring average daily temperatures tend to hover around freezing. Winter is also the time of year when Chile receives the most precipitation, which is still not much and varies from place to place.
Any backcountry skiing trip to Chile will begin with a flight into the international airport in Santiago (SCL). From here, you will likely meet your guide or fly to another regional airport before meeting your guide there and beginning your trip.
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May to September
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