Although recent storms around the country have improved skiing conditions considerably, this season as a whole has been one of the toughest in decades. Thanks for nothing, La Nina.
We certainly won't blame you for pulling out the bicycles, the golf clubs and the kayaks-heck, that's what we did this weekend as temperatures in Boulder reached the upper 70s-but don't write this year off as a wash just yet. There's no correlation between winter weather patterns in the Northern Hemisphere and those below the Equator, which means this might be the year to pack your bags and head south.
Summer vacation in Bariloche, Argentina
It's easier than you might think, especially with help from American tour operators who will not only book your flights, hotels and ground transportation but, best of all, will also set you up with expert guides who speak the language and know where South America hides her best stashes. If that's not enticing enough, how about a little star power, like personalized instruction from Warren Miller athletes Ingrid Backstrom and Wendy Fischer or SKI instruction contributor Chris Fellows? The pros know: When the going gets tough, the tough go to South America. Here's a sampling of what's on offer from PowderQuest, NASTC, Extremely Canadian and more.