Skiing Down South


The inquisitive voice in our heads has been chanting something recently. “Go south, go south” it shouts. The Southern Hemisphere is calling us, loudly, and it’s getting hard to resist. Perhaps it’s the untapped vibrance from cities like Valparasío, Chile that we want to discover. Or, the intrigue of oasis like Huachachina, Peru that need to be experienced. Maybe it’s the hemisphere’s long love affair with nature and its conscious preservation of ancient crafts. And even though half of the world is experiencing summer, us Northerners are mid winter and dreaming of snow.

Here’s where we’d go to hit the slopes and chalets below the equator. Get ahead of it, and start planning a summer trip to one of these snow capped escapes today.


 

 

 

 

VALLE NEVADO

Andes Mountains, Chile

A ski resort fit for 007. Valle Nevada is located on the El Plomo foothills of the Andes. In 1987, the building of the resort commenced. A European flare is embedded into the resort. Walk through corridors of exposed brick, admire the stained wood moldings, and when you’re not hitting some of Chile’s best slopes, dine on Mediterranean cuisine and drink Chilean wines at the hotel’s luxury restaurant, La Fourchette.

 

 

 

FALLS CREEK
Alpine National Park, Victoria, Australia

Falls Creek Alpine Resort is located in the Alpine National Park in the Victorian Alps of Australia. While we’d love to discuss the resort town’s enchantingly modern Huski Apartments, the beauty and intrigue of gliding through Alpine National Park, and what it’s like to ski Mount Hotham, we won’t. We can’t think of Australia without remembering the devastating fires brought on by climate change that have recently swept the continent. While planning your next trip to the land down under, consider donating to Reclaimed Earth, an Australian charity working to conserve and save the region’s wildlife.

 

  Tiffindell, Southern Drakensberg, South Africa

 

 

 

 

 

AORAKI / MOUNT COOK
Southern Alps, New Zealand

Helicopter skiing, anyone? New Zealand seems to be the land for adventurers and their ski culture is no exception. As the highest mountain in New Zealand, Mt. Cook offers unparalleled views and thrills with it’s three summits and access to both plane and glacier skiing.

Las Leñas, Andes Mountains, Argentina

LAS LENAS
Andes Mountains, Argentina

Powdery snow awaits you at Las Leñas. The Argentinian resort is known for its reliability to deliver perfect ski conditions and exhilarating skis. While in the country, be on the lookout for some of the world’s finest cashmere, wool, and cotton, typically hand spun and sustainably cultivated.

 

TIFFINDEL

Southern Drakensberg, South Africa

As South Africa’s only ski resort, Tiffindell is something every winter sport enthusiast must experience at least once. Located in Southern Drakensberg, the resort has been deemed a national treasure. The accommodations have a “home away from home” charm, and the slopes are some of the best in the world.

 

Words: James Francis Kelley

Photos: Slim Aarons / Pinterest