As the summer days get longer and hotter, who doesn’t start to pine for some fresh air and mountain views? If you just can’t wait until winter to get back on the slopes, good news: You don’t have to! Our friends to the south, Argentina, are currently in the depths of winter and home to some of the best skiing around. It’s the perfect way to break up the summer and trust me — that overnight flight is well worth it. Here’s everything you need to know to plan an awesome summer ski retreat in South America.
Time it Carefully
Just as anywhere, there can be no guarantees when it comes to weather and snow quality. July offers the best chance of that light, perfect powder, but it comes with the risk of a shallow base. August offers powder with a decent base, and September provides less powder and more rough, granular surfaces as the month progresses. Many resorts offer Saturday to Saturday discounts, so plan to spend as long as possible out in the snow!
Don’t Forget the Reciprocity Fee
Whatever you do, make sure this one gets ticked off your list early. Argentina charges $160 for Americans to enter, and here’s the kicker: it can not be paid on arrival. If you board your plane with the fee unpaid, you’ll be sent right back home on the next return flight. The good news is, your reciprocity fee is good for 10 years, so take full advantage for a decade!
Get Your Gear Right
Argentina has very strict taxes for imported goods, and they will not hesitate to charge you for any gear that looks like it’s going to be resold. Take great pains to take everything out of the box and remove all tags on new gear so there’s no ambiguity. You can rent gear at most resorts, but don’t expect it to be high quality. On the flip side, if you do want to sell your old or extra gear in a personal sale to make room for souvenirs on the way home, you can get great rates and make devoted friends in a heartbeat.
While the cost of living is significantly cheaper, you can expect most resorts to charge prices comparable to their American equivalents. When it comes to shopping in the cities, however, your USD can go a long way. It’s smart to exchange a little currency, but you’ll be surprised how little you need. Many vendors will prefer your American dollars, and will even give you a much better rate than you’ll find in their airport. It’s known as the “blue market.” As with any new place, guard your money carefully, especially in crowded public places like airports and bus stations, and never keep your whole stash in the same place.
You’ll be able to get around alright with English and hand gestures, but even a little effort to brush off your high school Spanish will go a long way, if not in apt communication then at least in goodwill with the locals you meet!
We’ve been waiting with baited breath, and the season is finally here! It’s time to brush off your game plan and choose your fantasy football league. We might not be on the field, but fans of the game know that drafting your team in the living room takes a deft strategy, a steady hand, and an extensive knowledge of the sport. Whether you’re an old pro or new to the scene, the game can still surprise you and there’s always more to learn. Here are a few of the most important rules to live by when it comes to fantasy football.
It’s still early in the season, and it won’t do you any good to wallow in early disappointments. The real secret to playing well is that fantasy football isn’t about the upside. It’s about consistency. A good week can put you ahead and give you that addicting taste of victory, but remember that you’re in it for the long haul. You need players that you can count on to deliver week after week, not just in one blaze of glory, and final victories are usually won with solid stats spread out evenly across the weekly matchups.
You know the rules, or you wouldn’t be playing. But rulebooks vary widely across different leagues, and those little details can have a huge impact on your chances. Do you have a flex spot? Does your league play with points per reception? How many wide receivers and quarterbacks come in each week? Know the game inside out, and get up close and familiar with your league’s specific guidelines so you can play to your strengths properly.
Steady Does It
It’s almost never worth it to take a big gamble in the early rounds. As the old saying goes, you’re not going to win with your first three picks, but you might lose with them. Stay strong and steady as the season begins with reliable players who have maintained a good record and proven themselves year after year, preferably while protecting yourself from anyone with a history of severe injury. Often your powerhouse players with huge numbers in recent seasons only are best brought into play in the later rounds.
The most important rule on the books. Never forget that fantasy football is supposed to be fun. When it comes down to it and you’re choosing between two players with simple stats, always go with the one you most want to root for. Don’t put too much money on the game if you know it will only cause you stress all season, and don’t sign up for more than you actually have time for. Remember why you’re really here — watching football and getting involved in some fantastic games.
Good luck, and get ready for a great season! Check out these tips for more drafting strategy.
About Cyrus Hurley
Cyrus Hurley balances his professional career in information technology with travel, skiing, and (perhaps most importantly) day-to-day life with his family in Hickory, North Carolina.
An avid skier, Cyrus Hurley has spent considerable time exploring the world’s most beautiful peaks. To date, he has visited ranges in the United States, Canada, Europe, South America, Asia, and Argentina. However, Cyrus ultimately intends to travel even further, and eventually cross New Zealand, Australian, Africa, Antarctica, and Cuba off of his travel bucket list.
For now, though, Cyrus plans to remain active in the Hickory community and spend quality time with his family. An active community member, Cyrus proved his commitment to enriching his home county by directing the installation of free, secure public WiFi in Ashe County’s recreational hotspots and further aiding in the collection tourism analytics on behalf of local economic development projects. In his off hours, Cyrus volunteers as a ski patroller at the nearby Appalachian Ski Mountain resort in Blowing Rock, North Carolina.