After most North American ski and snowboard resorts have dried up and been taken over by hikers and mountain bikers, there are still plenty of other places around the world where you can get your ride on. Summertime in the Northern Hemisphere is winter in the Southern Hemisphere, and that means half of the world is enjoying the heart of snowboard season when you’re usually lounging by the pool. Before you lather on the tanning oil, consider booking a ticket to one of these insane summer snowboard destinations (listed in no particular order).
1. Portillo, Chile
Chile’s world-famous resort, Ski Portillo, is the oldest ski and snowboard area in South America. The resort’s location, just roughly 100 miles northeast of Santiago in the Andes Mountains, features snowy scenery that surpasses most of North America’s beaches. Portillo’s snowboard season typically starts at the end of June and finishes around the beginning of October, so there’s plenty of time to tackle the resort’s 35 trails, 14 lifts, and 1,235 acres of rideable terrain.
2. Mt. Hotham, Australia
The “Powder Capital of Australia” -- Mt. Hotham in the Victorian Alps -- offers some of Australia’s most difficult ski and snowboard terrain with steep valleys, gullies, tree runs, and halfpipes throughout the resort. Beginners and intermediate riders can have their share of fun on Mt. Hotham’s long cruising runs as well. With four terrain parks and 791 rideable acres, Mt. Hotham is the place to be in Australia during their snowboard season, which normally lasts from the beginning of June to the end of September.
3. Craigieburn Valley, New Zealand
Expert riders will love Craigieburn Valley, which is rife with trails for advanced snowboarders. The resort is composed of 55-percent intermediate trails and 45-percent expert ones, so this is not a resort where you ride the bunny hill. Because this New Zealand ski resort is non-profit and run by it’s very own club members, it remains small, friendly, and affordable.
It’s also important to note that Craigieburn doesn’t offer ski or snowboard rentals, so you’ll want to need to bring your own board or pick one up elsewhere before you head to the mountain.
4. The Remarkables, New Zealand
Not ready for an all-expert resort? Take your family to The Remarkables -- one of the most family-friendly ski and snowboard resorts Australasia. The resort is open from mid-June to late September, and its 544 acres of rideable terrain are nicely distributed among 30-percent beginner, 40-percent intermediate, and 30-percent advanced trails. The prices are affordable, and the crowds small, setting the stage for good family fun on and off the mountain.
5. Las Lenas, Argentina
Adventurous snowboarders have fallen in love with Las Lenas -- a steep, powdery ski resort a short 90-minute flight from Buenos Aires. The resort has a 11,253-foot summit and a 3,904-foot vertical drop criss-crossed with 80-percent intermediate and advanced trails.
Las Lenas also 15-percent beginner terrain for those who need a little help getting started.
6. Hintertuxer Gletscher, Austria
You don’t necessarily have to travel south to enjoy year-round skiing. Austria’s Hintertuxer Gletscher Ski Resort is open 365 days a year. Not only are the glaciers accessed by lifts and skyrides, nearly a quarter of the mountain’s terrain is beginner-friendly, and Hintertuxer Gletscher has year-round ski schools for the little skiers and riders. While your kids are advancing their skills in snowboard school, you can enjoy the mountain’s advanced runs and two terrain parks.