Winter in South America is off to a massive start. Argentina and Chile are blanketed with record early-season snow, most ski areas such as Valle Nevado and Ski Portillo are opening early, and the 10 + feet of snowfall so far this season is just the start of what’s forecasted.

If you’ve ever dreamed of heliskiing in South America, this is your year. Check out our top picks in Chile and Argentina and put the golf clubs to the side; it’s time to ski pow.

Ski Portillo

7-Night Ski Week at Ski Portillo | Chile

Portillo boasts a stunning high-alpine setting with unmatched views and terrain. Nestled among the Andes’ tallest peaks and overlooking the Lake of the Inca, Ski Portillo offers top-notch lift access and heliskiing.

The Ski Week package includes seven nights at Hotel Portillo and seven days of unlimited lift access. Heliskiing is available separately.

Powderbird El Azufre

El Azufre Heliskiing – Mini Week | Argentina

Located deep in Argentina’s Central Andes, El Azufre Valley offers some of the best and lesser-known heliski terrain. With peaks up to 13,000 feet and over 450″ of snow annually, it’s a shredders paradise, and it’s fully off the grid.

Ski 5,000-foot vertical runs down to the super cozy El Azufre Lodge, where you’ll enjoy farm-to-table cuisine and top Malbec wines.

Powderbird’s expert team is on hand to get you into the best ski conditions by helicopter or snow-cat.

Valle Nevado

Single-Day Heliskiing in the Andes Mountains | Chile

Situated just 44 miles from Santiago’s International Airport (SCL), Valle Nevado Ski Resort is located in the heart of the spectacular Andes Mountains at nearly 10,000 feet in altitude.

Valle Nevado’s Single-Day Heliskiing gives you access to South America’s massive terrain and is the perfect à la carte pairing for your resort experience.