A snow lovers guide to the South Equator

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While snow may be melting on the top half of the world, here is your ultimate guide to experiencing the thrill of snow in the southern hemisphere this season!

Many associate the equator with warm climates and tropical beaches, but there are some amazing hidden gems south of the equator where snow enthusiasts can indulge in winter sports and breathtaking alpine landscapes. 


1. Queenstown, New Zealand

Nestled on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown is a winter wonderland that offers a diverse range of snow activities from June to September. With its proximity to the Southern Alps, Queenstown serves as a gateway to some of New Zealand's premier ski resorts, including Coronet Peak and The Remarkables. Whether you're skiing, snowboarding, or indulging in heli-skiing adventures, Queenstown promises stunning alpine scenery and excellent snow conditions amidst a backdrop of rugged mountain peaks.

2. Bariloche, Argentina

Located in the heart of Argentina's Patagonia region, Bariloche is a snow lover's paradise during the southern hemisphere's autumn months. Surrounded by the Andes Mountains, this charming alpine town offers a unique blend of South American culture and breathtaking natural beauty. Visitors can explore the slopes of Cerro Catedral, one of South America's largest ski resorts, or embark on backcountry skiing and snowboarding adventures in the pristine wilderness of Nahuel Huapi National Park.

3. Perisher, Australia

Escape the heat of the Australian summer and head to Perisher, the largest ski resort in the southern hemisphere, for an unforgettable snow experience. Located in the Snowy Mountains of New South Wales, Perisher boasts an extensive network of ski lifts and terrain parks catering to skiers and snowboarders of all levels. With reliable snow cover and a variety of accommodation options, Perisher offers the perfect setting for a family-friendly snow getaway or an adrenaline-fueled adventure on the slopes.

4. Portillo, Chile

High in the Andes Mountains of Chile, Portillo is a hidden gem for snow enthusiasts seeking an off-the-beaten-path skiing experience during the autumn months. This iconic ski resort offers breathtaking views of Laguna del Inca and some of the most challenging terrain in South America. Whether you're tackling steep couloirs, enjoying groomed runs, or soaking in the scenery from the comfort of the resort's legendary yellow hotel, Portillo promises an unforgettable snow adventure in a spectacular alpine setting.


From the rugged peaks of New Zealand's Southern Alps to the pristine wilderness of Patagonia and the Snowy Mountains of Australia, there's no shortage of adventure to be found south of the equator. So pack your skis, VALLON gear, and sunscreen... an unforgettable journey to the snowy wonders of the southern hemisphere awaits!

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