Skiing in the End of the World

Skiing in Ushuaia, Argentina

Sometimes the best adventures are found in the snow! One of my favorite excursions was skiing at Cerro Castor in Ushuaia, Argentina. This would be the second time I would have skied in my life. Ironically, I still have not skied back in the States. This will be on my to-do list.

Efficiency is key

We decided to take a ski lesson at Cerro Castor in Ushuaia and rented our gear at a local ski shop in town.  The ski resort would charge about twice the price for ski rentals, so we decided to go with the less expensive option.

Ski slopes at Cerro Casto

Our lesson was taught by an instructor from Canada.  Excellent-I would have an English speaking lesson. My first ski lesson ever was in Italy (about 5 years ago).  As the instructor did not speak English,he spoke in Italian and I spoke in Spanish.  Somehow it worked out!

Throughout the day we learned some basic moves and then practiced on our own.  I became so efficient (or lazy) that I would go up on the magic carpet (moving escalator) and then ski downhill with enough momentum to land at the base of the magic carpet again.  I was flying like a bird!

If at first you don´t succeed, try, try again

After a few hours in the bunny slopes, the instructor told Sara (my fellow British traveler) and I that we were ready for some harder slopes.  My heart started beating quickly.  Could this be true?

Those tricky silver rods

Sara and I made our way to the slopes and we were doing fairly well.  Then suddenly, my butt made contact with the snow for the first time. Full force.  I was going about 100 miles per hour – I am exaggerating but at that time I felt that way.

But the ironic part of the whole day was that I fell down the most from this chair lift.

Yes,  not from the skiing, but from this silver rod where you are suppose to just hold on.  Well, after about 3 times, I finally made my way back up the hill.

Skiing was such a great adventure. It was one of those moments that I would never forget. And for about $120 USD (which includes ski equipment rental, bus transfers, lessons, and chair lift), it was definitely worth it!

Next stop:  El Calafate, Argentina


About Jan

In 2004 and 2010, I set aside time to travel the world in 3 parts. In 2004, I traveled to Thailand, Europe, and Pacific Northwest region of the U.S. In 2010, I traveled to 3 continents: Asia, South America, and Africa. I am not sure if I have a fascination with the number 3, but I seem to be constantly traveling by numbers.
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2 Responses to Skiing in the End of the World

  1. Shu says:

    Hi Jan!! Love the snow. I am glad you are having a great time. It has been a while since I have wrote a post, but that is because it is pretty busy out here=) That is so cool that you got to ski!!

  2. George says:


    This is a wonderful blog! It was a very good read.

    I was wondering if you would be interested in guest blogging on my blog.

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