THE ANDES: Up to Ski

At Argentina's Andean resort of San Carlos de Bariloche, snow came late this year, but when it finally fell, it was a skier's dream—3-ft. base. 2 in. of powder, and fresh snow at night to top it off. Last week the biggest crowds in history were strapping skis together in Buenos Aires and bracing themselves for a clattery two days on the train or six hours on a plane for their share of Christies. In Bolivia, young skiers jammed into the two lodges at the three-mile-high Chacaltaya ski area. But nowhere was the...

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