Amazing Summer Ski Trips

Alpine Life Jun 07, 2018

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Fresh tracks at Treble Cone in New Zealand

At Orsden, we dream of following the snow across the globe on a quest for year round powder. While the realities of everyday life make this near impossible, getting in a summer ski trip to the Southern Hemisphere is more in reach. So forget the beach. Here are 5 amazing places for summer skiing.

Portillo, Chile
Portillo, Chile

Anyone who follows our Instagram or this blog knows that we love Portillo. Simply put, this place lives up to its iconic reputation and should be on any skier's bucket list. Check out our in-depth guide for some pro tips. When heading to Portillo, we also recommend a layover in Santiago to explore the vibrant city. 

Coronet Peak/The Remarkables/Treble Cone, New ZealandLake Wanaka, New Zealand

New Zealand's South Island delivers skiing at it's most authentic with open terrain, striking backdrops, and laidback vibes. We've got a whole itinerary planned out for you over on our New Zealand mountain guide. For any oenophiles (someone say apres?), the South Island is a hub of New Zealand's wine scene and home to the world's most southerly vineyards in Central Otago.

Catedral Alta Patagonia/Bariloche, Argentina
Bariloche, Argentina

Catedral Alta Patagonia offers a combination of natural beauty and modern amenities (like high speed lifts -- not always that common in the Andes). Located in the Nahuel Huapi National Park of Patagonia, the mountain gets its name from the towering crags on Cerro Catedral that look like church steeples. The bustling town of Bariloche, which boasts a combo of Swiss-Argentine architecture, is nearby for apres-ski activities, lodging, and access to other excursions in Patagonia.

Mt. Hotham, Australia
Mount Hotham, Australia

4.5 hours from Melbourne (you may see a kangaroo in the snow on the drive up), Mt. Hotham is considered the "Powder Capital" of Australia. With challenging terrain and amazing views of the Victorian Alps, Mt. Hotham does not disappoint. It's the only resort in the Southern Hemisphere with the village on top of the mountain, which means easy access to the slopes with the whole village essentially ski-in, ski-out.

Svalbard, Norway
Svalbard, Norway

We had to include one option for the extreme adventurer. Svalbard is an archipelago between Norway and the North Pole, and yes, you can ski on this untouched, stunning terrain. Ice Axe Expeditions and Arctic Guides run ski tours in May and June to this magnificent wilderness filled with glaciers, open landscapes, and arctic wildlife. Start planning for 2019 now!