For those die hard ski bums seeking to complete 12 straight months of skiing, September is the hardest month to make happen. Either you’re hiking to some lone patch of snow in the high alpine or your cashing in your life savings to head towards the southern hemisphere.

Although these are both feasible options, they are not the only ones either. So without further ado, here are the go-to-spots for skiing in September

Portillo, Chile

Ski Portillo
Photo Credit: Ski Portillo Facebook

After one of the worst starts in Chile’s history, South America’s ski season is firing on all cylinders with Chile leading the way. Portillo has been all time over the past month and springtime in the southern hemisphere should follow suit. Not just that but Chilean independence day, which arrives on September 18th, is one of the biggest parties of the year and an event not to be missed by ski bumming gringos. So skip that stateside suffer-fest and head down south where the lifts continue to run and late season powder days are a possibility. Also a 70” base at Ski Portillo doesn’t hurt either.

Las Lenas, Argentina

Photo Credit: Andre Charland Flickr, Wikimedia Commons
Photo Credit: Andre Charland Flickr, Wikimedia Commons

Argentina and Chile had similar starts to the season but Argentina is faring well now that we’re into the meat of the ski season. Las Lenas and Cerro Catedral are both having good seasons since the first big snowfalls and look to have a decent spring seasons.

Folgefonn, Norway


The Folgefonn ski centre in Norway is recording snow depths of up to 16 ft. Needless to say, there is still snow to slide on in the northernmost parts of Scandinavia.

Hintertux, Austria

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Although record high temperatures in the alps did not help resorts in Austria this summer, Hintertux will reopen on September 18th and remain open until early October (weather permitting).

Zermatt, Switzerland

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Zermatt is one of the best destinations if you’re trying to bang out long on-piste runs in the summer time. The Swiss resort boasts nearly 10km on piste trails. Whoa…

Treble Cone, New Zealand

Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons
Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

New Zealand is having one of its best seasons in the last 100 years and locals are taking notice. Skier visits are up big time and September is usually a great month for spring conditions and partying with Kiwis. Not to mention, Treble Cone is also sporting a 5 ft. base.

 Thredbo, Australia

Photo Credit: Andrew Fysh via Flickr Creative Commons
Photo Credit: Andrew Fysh via Flickr Creative Commons

Australia has fared well this year considering their horrific years past. As of now Thredbo is sporting a 4.75 ft. base that should keep the mountain running until October.

St. Mary’s Glacier, CO


After a bountiful spring covered the high peaks of Colorado with snow, St. Mary’s is still kicking. Although it’s been ravaged all summer by gapers on pizza boxes, garbage bags, and knee boards, the front range glacier still offers turns for those willing to put in an hour hike to the top.

Alberta, Canada

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People skied powder on the high peaks around Banff recently and we can’t believe that Canada has already delivered this early in the season. Continue to look for snow up high and maybe Canada will get a late September pow day…