One of the more further away locations for most skiers, South America becomes the epicenter for the sport during the summer in the northern hemisphere. The Andes, the mountain chain in South America, rise sharply from the Pacific coast to altitudes almost 7000 meters high. As a result, the peaks are quite vertical resembling parts of the Alps in Europe. The resorts are small in size but have access to incredible terrain with some of the best couloirs in the world. The South American culture adds a relaxed, casual environment to the experience.