Winter Season in Ushuaia: What to do?

Trekking in Tierra del Fuego National Park during winter

Winter is generally considered the low season for travelers contemplating Patagonia. In most of the region’s main destinations in the southern continent, summer is deemed the best time to engage in outdoor activities such as trekking, horseback riding, and enjoying wonderful panoramic views. Undoubtedly, spring and summer are the prime seasons. However, for those who enjoy winter activities like skiing, snow, and mountain adventures, it’s a different story.

This is where Ushuaia also shines during the winter season. In this article, we’ll explore what can be done during the chilly months of July, August, and September in this remote region of the planet.

Weather in Ushuaia: What temperatures can I expect in winter?

Well, undoubtedly low temperatures. At least compared to the expected parameters for Argentina, a country where temperate climate predominates. Of course, in these latitudes, this tends to be different.

Snow season in Ushuaia

The snow season in Ushuaia typically lasts from June to September, although it can vary slightly depending on the year. During this time, the city is covered in a thick layer of snow, making it a popular destination for winter sports enthusiasts. The average snowfall in Ushuaia is around 1 meter (3.3 feet) per year, with the heaviest snowfall usually occurring in July and August. Temperatures during the snow season can range from -1°C to 5°C (30°F to 41°F), but can feel colder due to the wind chill factor. It’s important to dress warmly and in layers if you plan to visit Ushuaia during the snow season.


Daylight and Sunshine in Ushuaia

Another important point is the daylight and sunshine. And it´s important due the outdoors activities that can be done during your visit. The amount of daylight and sunshine in Ushuaia varies significantly throughout the year due to its southern latitude and proximity to the Antarctic Circle.

During the winter months of June to August, Ushuaia experiences very short daylight hours, with as little as 7 hours of daylight per day. This is due to the same reasons as during the summer months. Additionally, Ushuaia experiences less sunshine during the winter months, with mostly cloudy and overcast days. However, the snow-covered landscape can be very beautiful during this time, and winter sports enthusiasts can enjoy skiing and snowboarding.


daylight in Ushuaia

Temperatures in Ushuaia

The temperature in Ushuaia varies depending on the season. In the summer months from December to February, the average temperature ranges from 6°C (43°F) to 13.9°C (55°F). However, during this time, temperatures can occasionally reach up to 20°C (68°F) on the warmest days. In the winter months from June to August, the average temperature is between -1°C to -2°C (30°F) and 5°C (41°F). It is worth noting that temperatures can drop below -10°C (14°F) on the coldest days.

Of course, Ushuaia has a cold, subpolar oceanic climate with moderate temperatures throughout the year, which makes it a popular destination for travelers looking to experience the beauty of Patagonia.

Winter Season in Ushuaia: Activities available

Well, if we have snow, we have the excuse to enjoy countless winter activities. There are many and varied, as the particular terrain allows not only alpine skiing but also Nordic skiing, which expands the offer.
In Ushuaia, during the winter months, visitors can enjoy a variety of winter activities despite the cold temperatures. Some of the popular winter activities in Ushuaia include:

Skiing and Snowboarding:

Ushuaia offers opportunities for skiing and snowboarding in nearby ski resorts such as Cerro Castor. Visitors can hit the slopes and enjoy the stunning mountain scenery.


Snowshoeing allows visitors to explore the winter landscapes of Ushuaia at a slower pace, immersing themselves in the pristine snow-covered forests and mountains.

Dog Sledding:

Dog sledding tours provide an exciting way to experience the snowy terrain of Ushuaia while being pulled by a team of energetic sled dogs.


Snowmobiling excursions offer adrenaline-filled adventures as visitors race across the snow-covered trails and open fields surrounding Ushuaia.

Winter Hiking:

Despite the cold weather, winter hiking is still possible in Ushuaia, with guided tours available to explore the snowy trails and panoramic viewpoints.

Ice Skating:

The city of Ushuaia often sets up outdoor ice skating rinks during the winter months, providing a fun activity for visitors of all ages.

These are just a few examples of the winter activities that can be enjoyed in Ushuaia, offering visitors a unique and memorable experience in the southernmost city in the world.

5-great activities suggested for the winter season

Here you will find some good options to enjoy winter activitites in Ushuaia during July, August and September:

White Panorama

White Panorama in Ushuaia offers an immersive winter experience amidst the breathtaking landscapes of Tierra del Fuego. Participants are treated to a diverse range of outdoor activities, all guided by knowledgeable staff. The adventure begins with a trekking excursion across frozen peat bogs using snowshoes, providing an opportunity to explore the snowy terrain while learning about the local flora, fauna, and geological features from the guide. Next, guests can enjoy the exhilarating thrill of riding snowmobiles through the winter wonderland. Even first-time riders will feel comfortable, as precise instructions are provided by the guide. For those who prefer not to drive, transportation is available.

The journey continues with an introduction to mushing, an ancient activity involving sled dogs. Guests will have the chance to interact with the friendly dogs and learn about the fascinating history and techniques of mushing through demonstrations. Afterward, guests can indulge in a delicious meal at the cozy restaurant, featuring options such as chicken cooked in the “Disco” style, lamb stew, or a vegetarian alternative. To cap off the experience, guests can enjoy some leisure time sledding in the specially designed park, offering fun for all ages.

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Fire and Snow

“Fuego y Nieve” (Fire and Snow) in Ushuaia offers an unforgettable blend of excitement and culinary delights amidst the captivating winter scenery of Tierra del Fuego. Participants embark on an exhilarating nighttime expedition through the Tierra Mayor Valley, guided by torch-lit paths into the enchanting forest. Upon reaching the rustic cabin, guests are welcomed by the cozy warmth of crackling fires and the inviting aroma of traditional Argentine cuisine cooked over an open flame. Dinner consists of delectable skewers and hearty stews, accompanied by warm mulled wine and the signature “Lumberjack’s Coffee”. As guests savor the culinary treats, they are serenaded by live guitar melodies, enhancing the enchanting atmosphere of the evening. The return journey offers various options, including snow sleds, snow vehicles, or snowshoes, allowing guests to customize their experience according to their preferences. With bilingual guides ensuring a secure and enjoyable outing, “Fuego y Nieve” guarantees an unforgettable winter escapade in the world’s southernmost city.

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Fire and Snow in Ushuaia


Lakes Off Road Winter Season

The adventure activity was created e in 1997 to allow all types of travelers to enjoy an unforgettable experience in touch with the nature.
We guarantee a fun, safe and comfortable excursion that allows you to find and enjoy the wonderful views of the mountains and the forest along the Escondido and Fagnano lakes.
This panoramic tour also includes a great lunch, with a good Patagonian red wine in a quiet, comfortable and cozy place in the primeval forest, and a genuine contact with the largest lake in Tierra del Fuego.

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Dog Sledding Activity

The excursion entails a journey to Tierra Mayor, where participants will experience dog sledding through the valley. Following this, a stop at the shelter for a warm hot chocolate awaits, before embarking on a 1.5-hour snowshoeing trek.

Itinerary: Guests will be picked up from their Ushuaia hotel for transportation to Tierra Mayor Valley, where they will enjoy a dog sledding adventure with the majestic Siberian Huskies.

During the tour, explorers will traverse ancient trails within the lenga forest, leading to the Hachero’s shelter, where they will don snowshoes for the second part of the journey.

Once prepared, the trek will lead to Helo’s waterfall in Alvear and the valley’s viewpoint. The return journey to the shelter will be swifter, descending down the hill, where a comforting hot chocolate awaits. Finally, the return route to Tierra Mayor Valley precedes the journey back to the Ushuaia hotel

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Dog Sledding in Tierra Mayor Valley, Ushuaia


Alpine Ski in Cerro Castor

Spending a day skiing at Cerro Castor in Ushuaia is an unforgettable experience, combining stunning scenery, reliable snow conditions, and top-notch facilities. Situated in the southernmost city in the world, Cerro Castor offers breathtaking views of snow-capped mountains and pristine forests, setting the stage for an incredible day on the slopes. With a variety of runs catering to all skill levels, modern amenities, and opportunities for après-ski activities, Cerro Castor ensures a memorable skiing adventure for skiers and snowboarders alike. Whether you’re seeking thrilling descents or leisurely glides, Cerro Castor promises an exceptional day of skiing in one of the most picturesque settings on Earth.

Check our activities area and select winter activities to see the complete list! Enjoy the winter in Ushuaia!

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Ramiro Rodriguez

25 years working in travel market, as Sales & Marketing Manager in RipioTurismo, Marketing Manager in Nuevas Ideas Travel Consulting Group. Writer and travel lover.

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