Best Ski Resorts in South America

Portillo, one of the best ski resorts in Chile
Portillo Chile
The amazing views across the lake from Hotel Portillo
Bariloche Argentina
Cerro Catedral: best skiing in Argentina
The slack country of Cerro Catedral Argentina
Corralco on Lonquimay Volcano is great for powder hounds
Cerro Bayo Argentina
Cerro Bayo Ski Resort Argentina
La Parva near Santiago
Valle Nevado: one of the best South America ski resorts
Valle Nevado is a great family resort
Cerro Chapelco ski resort Argentina
La Hoya: best powder in South America
Corralco Chile
Nevados de Chillan Chile
Termas de Chillan (Nevados de Chillan ski resort)
El Colorado ski resort near Santiago Chile
Tres Valles near Santiago
Las Lenas Argentina

Best Ski Resorts in South America

Best Skiing in South America

Where is the best skiing in South America? Which is the best ski resort in Chile and where is the best skiing in Argentina? The following awards are for South American ski resorts that have been reviewed by the Here are some of the top ski areas:

Powderhounds Awards

Top Rated Resorts for Powder Hounds
Based on advanced terrain + snow quality & quantity + lack of people riding off-piste
 Nevados de Chillan, Chile  Corralco  Portillo, Chile
NB the awards for Nevados de Chillan assumes that they'll get their act together such that all lifts are running! Also if we gave out an award for the worst lifts in South America, Nevados de Chillan might get it ..... but perhaps Ski Pucon has lifts that are even worse!

Best Overall Resorts
Based on all factors in our South America ski resort ratings
 Cerro Catedral Argentina | Best Ski Resort in Argentina  Nevados de Chillan  Portillo
Other highly rated resorts include Valle Nevado and Cerro Bayo.  

Overall Ratings

Skiing and Snowboarding

Best Powder
  La Hoya, Nevados de Chillan

Best Overall Terrain
Cerro CatedralCerro Bayo

Best Beginner Terrain*
Nevados de Chillan, El Colorado (Farellones)

Best Intermediate Terrain
Cerro Catedral, La ParvaValle Nevado

Advanced Piste Terrain
Ski Bariloche, Ski Portillo, Cerro Bayo 

Best Expert & Extreme Terrain
Cerro Catedral, Portillo
Best Off-Piste
Cerro Catedral, La Hoya

Best Backcountry
Cerro Catedral, Cerro Bayo, Portillo

Uncrowded Slopes
CorralcoPortillo, Cerro Bayo


Best Family Resort**
Portillo, Valle Nevado

Best Lift Infrastructure
Catedral Alta Patagonia, Chapelco


Best Après & Nightlife
Cerro Catedral, FarellonesPortillo

Best Evening Dining - On-Mountain
Portillo, Nevados de Chillan

Best Evening Dining - Ski Town
San Martin de los Andes


Best Ski Shops

Low Cost

Low Cost Ski Resort***
Perito Moreno, La Hoya

*Best ski resort in South America for beginners and first-time skiers and snowboarders: Nevados de Chillan and Farellones (at El Colorado) have the best beginner terrain, but these ski resorts don’t cater particularly well to visitors who only speak English. Valle Nevado and Portillo ski resort only have a small beginners area, but on the plus side they have group ski and snowboard lessons in English.

**Best South American ski resort for kids: Chapelco, Corralco and Nevados de Chillan are very family friendly, but these ski resorts don't cater particularly well to visitors who don’t speak fluent Spanish. Portillo is the best ski resort for children who don't speak Spanish. Portillo Chile has child care and ski lessons with English speaking staff, and there are various kids' activities on offer. Valle Nevado is also great for English speaking families.

*** Best value ski resort in South America: if you're looking for value not just cheap, check out Farellones Chile which provide reasonably priced lodging and access to 3 great resorts.

Best South America Ski Resorts - Readers' Reviews

These awards for the "best ski resorts in South America" are based on the public reviews on Come and have your say on the top South America ski resorts by reviewing and rating a ski area. Navigate to the South America ski resort you want to review and click on the "add review" link in the left-hand-column. Put your vote in!

NB only South America ski resorts with a minimum of 4 reviews were considered in the awards. Where there are equal scores, the resort with more reviews is selected as the best. 1 The top overall South America ski resort is based on an average of the other above factors. 2 The best South America powder skiing is the average of the scores for snow, uncrowded and off-piste.
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