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South America has the best summer skiing on Earth, so it is the perfect destination if you crave a little winter this summer; the tricky part is choosing between Chile and Argentina. Two hours from Santiago, Chile, and with incredibly majestic slopes that soar above 10,000 feet, Portillo is the continent’s most famous resort. The resort is all-inclusive and the conditions are powder-perfect. Even closer to the capital (35 miles) is Valle Nevado, with high-speed lifts and a new gondola. If you’re ready to get even more adventurous, know that both resorts have on-site helipads offering the unusual option of single-day heli-skiing.  skiportillo.com, vallenevado.com

Argentina offers an Alps-like ski experience, with numerous resorts strung out north to south along the spine of the Andes. The majestic Cerro Catedral near Bariloche is the country’s top ski destination. Check into the Pire-Hue Lodge for luxurious accommodations amid the Patagonian powder. Las Lenas in the north, at more than 11,000 feet, rivals U.S. resorts with its 4,000-foot vertical, 14 lifts, and lighted night skiing. For a truly unique ski vacation, head south to Cerro Castor ski resort on the remote Isla Grande de Tierra del Fuego, 16 miles from the world’s southernmost city, Ushuaia. At the base of the resort is Castor Ski Lodge, with its welcoming log-cabin accommodations. argentina.travel/en, pire-hue.com.ar, cerrocastor.com