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The Andes Travel Guide

Cordillera de los Andes © Zuarin

Thrillseekers from all over the world head to Argentina every year specifically for its world-class skiing, the eastern slopes of the Andes being particularly popular with skiers looking to push the limits.

Ski season in Argentina runs from June to September, with the peak months of July and August and the promise of fresh snowfalls seeing skiers flock to resorts in their droves. Snow conditions vary from year to year, but the Andes usually produce excellent powder.

Most prestigious of the resorts for downhill skiing is Las Leñas, which once hosted the Alpine Ski World Cup, while Los Penitentes near Mendoza boasts some of the best compact powder snow. The oldest resort, Bariloche, offers good après ski and beautiful views of the Nahuel Huapi region, while Chapelco is a snowboarder's paradise.

Travellers will also enjoy the breathtaking ocean views from Mount Castor near Ushuaia, which offers fantastic cross-country skiing.

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