Editors Note: OnTheSnow has partnered with South American tour operator PowderQuest to bring you weekly updates from the South American ski season. Updates will appear each Monday and feature images, videos and stories from PowderQuests's guides, clients and local partners.

When summertime rolls around here in North America it's not uncommon for people to stash their ski gear and break out their mountain bikes. But here at PowderQuest we're just getting started for the season. Since 1999 we have been operating guided and unguided ski and snowboard in the South American Andes regions of Chile and Argentina. It can be hard to believe when it's 100 degrees back home, but we believe some of the best skiing on earth takes place down south between mid-July and mid-September.

Specializing in small client-to-guide rations PowderQuest trips range from a women's specific freeride camp with professional skier Ingrid Backstrom, to backcountry ski-touring adventures on Patagonian Volcanoes. During season we will be providing news, insights, and updates on South American hot spots, culture, and snow conditions. So stay tuned to hear first hand experiences on where to go, what to do, and of course where the best snow is.