Summer is a popular time for beach vacations, but if you’re not into sun and water, why not consider a ski getaway instead? In parts of the southern hemisphere where it’s winter during the warm weather months in the United States, the slopes beckon travelers who prefer snow over sand.
Terrain Skiing and Free Meals in Santiago
Valle Nevado, 90 minutes from Santiago, Chile, has access to 7,000 acres of terrain and is one of the largest ski resorts in South America. The resort offers weeklong ski packages at three different hotels from the end of June to the end of September. At the two-star Hotel Tres Puntas, rates begin at $1,386 a person, and at the Hotel Puerta del Sol, they begin at $1,600 person. At the upscale Hotel Valle Nevado, they begin at $2,205 a person. These prices include lift tickets and breakfast and dinner. Book by emailing [email protected] or calling the resort at 844-657-0466. Three- and five-night packages are also available.
Luxury Ski Lessons and Slopes in Patagonia
In Argentina, Powderquest Tours is offering the upscale eight-day Ski Progression Adventure in Patagonia from July 28 to Aug. 4 (the trip can also be booked privately). Skiers stay at small hotels in the villages of Bariloche, Villa La Angostura and San Martín de Los Andes and receive daily ski lessons and lift tickets. The package also includes breakfast and dinner, red wine at dinner and private transportation throughout. Book by calling Powderquest Tours at 888-565-7158.
Budget Friendly Weekend Getaways for Couples at Valle Nevado
The four-star Courtyard Santiago Las Condes is offering the “Snow” package on weekends from June 25 through August that includes skiing at Valle Nevado. Guests get breakfast, two tickets for one-day access to Valle Nevado and hot chocolate for two at the end of the ski day. Tickets cost $199 a night for two people, and a two-night minimum stay is required. Book online at the resort’s website.
Slopes in New Zealand for Young Adventurers
Youth travel agent STA Travel offers a seven-day ski trip to Queenstown, New Zealand, called Ultimate NZ Ski. Travelers get to hit the slopes in three different areas, the Remarkables, Coronet Peak and Cardrona. The trip starts June 23 and includes accommodations, four-day ski passes and some meals. Prices start from $1,183 per person. You can book by calling STA Travel at 800-494-9260.
Luxury Skiing in Tierra del Fuego
For seekers of bespoke luxury, this is a trip for you: Liz Burgos, a travel agent with Protravel International who operates tours in Latin America, offers a private seven-night “Ski the End of the World” getaway to Ushuaia Tierra del Fuego, Argentina. Included is a stay at Las Hayas Ushuaia Resort, breakfast, four days of full access ski lift tickets, private car transfer between the hotel and the ski area, a private tour of Tierra del Fuego National Park and a cruise along the Beagle Channel to see sea lions. Prices start at $7,100 a person, and you can book by calling Ms. Burgos at 212-755-4550.