Tierra del Fuego is the southernmost provence of Argentina. There is only once civilized location here: Ushuaia (the furthest south city on Earth). This is where boats to and from Antarctica and beyond moor for resupply and passenger exchange. I just returned to Ushuaia on Monday after an incredible, once in a lifetime trip to ski Antarctica with Ice Axe Expeditions.
Yesterday, I got a chance to ski here in the Tierra del Fuego National Park in the Martial Glacier area. I was the only skier and conditions were great. To be honest, if it’s not raining here, it’s great. Ushuaia is located at 54º latitude and often suffers from the high latitude grey that are normal to these latitudes.
Like I said, I was the only skier in the entire zone. I skinned up about 2,500-vertical-feet and was treated to skiing down on 2-4″ of dense powder snow resting on top of some crunchy corn. Surprising to me, it’s been snow a lot down here. In early November, we got 10″ of new snow. On Monday, it snowed a few inches, then another few inches yesterday. Ski season is NOT over in Tierra del Fuego. Not by a long shot.
The skiing was perfect. I was able to open it up, slash turns, and hoot like a wild man.
“Ski like no one is watching”
No one was – so I did.
If you’ve never been to Ushuaia before, I highly recommend it. If you’re a backcountry skier, it’s a must. The mountains and possibilities here are endless.