Summer Snow 101: Getting Schooled in the Best Summer Skiing Spots

The Andes of Argentina

Where do you go when the ski season ends, the mountains melt, and your favorite winter resorts shifts into its less-than-chilly summer attractions? Make tracks to where the snow still falls and there's always enough powder to tear into.

High in the Argentinian Andes likes South America's leading ski resort, Las Lenas. Located near the town of Mendoza, Las Lenas boasts a dozen lifts and 4,000 feet of vertical drop (starting at a height of 10,000 feet). The recipient of 250 inches of snow each year, Las Lenas offers excellent powder conditions and a reliable base from June through October. The quality of skiing here has made Las Lenas the summer choice of the U.S., French, and Swiss Olympic teams. The bowls will remind you of Colorado's best.

Practically Speaking
Las Lenas is a 90-minute flight from Buenos Aires. Package tours and advance reservations can be made through SnoSearch Ski Tours (13700 Alton Parkway, Suite 158, Irvine, CA, 800.628.8884 or 949.472.4682; A seven-day vacation with six days skiing costs about $1,900 (in 1995), including lifts, four-star hotel and round-trip airfare from Miami.

Paul McMenamin is the author, editor, and photo director of the original Ultimate Adventure Sourcebook.

Published: 27 Jun 2001 | Last Updated: 14 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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