Where to Go Skiing This Summer

Ski bunnies don't have to hibernate in summer: We're heading into prime skiing season in the Southern Hemisphere.

While North America is shedding its layers, in the Southern Hemisphere winter is around the corner. And that means summer ski season is just getting started. Here's where to hit the slopes south of the equator.


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Falls Creek

Located in the breathtaking Victorian Alps, Falls Creek is the territory's largest all-year resort, with a ski season that runs from early June to early October. It's renowned as an alpine and cross-country ski center, with 15 lifts servicing 92 runs, 60 percent of which are intermediate (about a quarter are advanced and 15 percent beginner).

Falls Creek first opened in 1947, when adventure-seeking staffers at the State Electricity Commission (SEC) surreptitiously built a 'hut' that was the resort's first ski lodge.

Today, there's more than 40 miles of cross-country trails, downhill skiing, snowboarding, tubing, sledding, and terrain parks. (You can even play a game of snow bocce.) Thursday nights is night snow in the Village Bowl, with lights illuminating skiers, boarders and Pete, the Snow Dragon. The roads aren't cleared in winter, so guests ski through to get to and from lifts and runs.

Après-ski, enjoy cocktails and share plates at Huski, centrally located in the center of the village. Snuggle in at night at Falls Creek Hotel or QT Falls Creek or the elegant Huski Apartments, which offer luxurious amenities, heated marble floors and a hot tub on the balcony to soothe your sore muscles.

On August 24, Falls Creek hosts the Kangaroo Hoppet, a cross-country ski race that's the largest snow sport event in the Southern Hemisphere.

New Zealand

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Coronet Peak

For kiwis, one of the most popular ski destinations is Coronet Peak, the country's first commercial ski resort. Tourism pioneer Harry Wigley commissioned Bill Hamilton to design the skifield, which opened in 1947 with a single rope-tow. (New Zealand's first private ski club gathered in 1913 on Mount Ruapehu, a live volcano.)

Coronet is beloved for its long season, hearty snowboarding terrain and proximity to Queensland, which is a scant 25 minutes away. Snow cannons help pack down about 79 inches on a variety of popular runs, including Big Easy (good for beginners), Greengates and Shirtfront (intermediate), and Exchange Drop and the Back Bowls (expert runs). Every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday night, the peak is illuminated with floodlights for nighttime skiing with guest DJs, mulled wine and a heated outdoor deck. New for this season is an interactive experience offering ice slides and a 4,400-ton ice castle, complete with a hand-carved ice "throne" perfect for an apres ski Instagram.

For a more intimate adventure, drive to the summit for jaw-dropping views of Lake Wakatipu and the Queenstown region. And if you're looking for more big mountain terrain, The Remarkables is just a hop, skip and a slalom away.


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Valle Nevado

Just 30 miles from Santiago–and a mere 90 minutes from the Santiago Airport–is Valle Nevado. This ski resort was opened in 1988 by French businessmen inspired by Les Arcs in the French Alps. (At nearly 11,000 feet above sea level, Chile's elevation creates a climate that's alpine, as well.)

Valle Nevado is known for skiing and snowboarding for all levels, with more than 276 inches a year of bone-dry, powdery snow and a season that runs from early June through to October. Eighteen lifts service 25 miles of groomed runs–many named after iconic dance styles, including "Polka" and "Foxtrot." Along with neighboring La Parva and El Colorado, Valle Nevado is part of the Tres Valles (Three Valleys), the largest ski terrain in South America, with nearly 7,000 acres of skiable runs. (Valle Nevado has some 2,200 acres alone.)

You'll find the most advanced lift system in South America here, including Chile's first ski center gondola, which ferries passengers up to the mid-mountain Bajo Cero restaurant, and the only high-speed detachable quad on the continent. Valle Nevado is also one of the few places in the world to spot the Andean condor, which soars above skiers.

In addition to private condos and apartments, there are three main hotels onsite, including the luxurious Hotel Valle Nevado and Hotel Tres Puntas, where the disco beat pulses late into the night.

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