With bad news of South American ski resorts either not opening, delaying their opening, or refusing to comment on their openings this season due to coronavirus concerns, Cerro Castor in Argentina has just announced that they will open for the winter season on August 1.
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The Argentinian ski area located in the southernmost tip of South America in the Ushuaia region of Tierra del Fuego will open for internal tourism at the start of August.
By opening for ‘internal tourism’ only, this means that only locals and Argentian citizens will be able to ski the resort. Non-essential, international visitors are currently prohibited from visiting Argentina at this time.
“Cerro Castor will open on August 1 for internal tourism. ‘We expect to have the most visitors on weekends,’ Juan Carlos Begué said, the resort’s spokesperson.
Over the course of the next few weeks, the central part of the hill will open along with chairs 1, 2, and 3, allowing guests to ski from the top to the bottom of the resort.”
At this time, Cerro Castor is the first ski resort in South America to announce an opening date this season while others remain closed due to COVID-19.
Las Leñas ski resort in Argentina said earlier this year that they will not open this season because of COVID and Cerro Catedral ski resort in Bariloche remains unopen to the public at this time. Meanwhile, resorts in Chile have postponed their openings indefinitely.
The news of Cerro Castor’s planned opening date came at the perfect time after many Chilean and Argentian ski resorts saw their best start to winter in decades, with snow totals as large as 13-feet being reported across the Andes Mountains.
If I were an Argentinian skier or snowboarder right now who rides Cerro Castor, I don’t think I could have heard better news!