• Skinning towards a nice summit in Bariloche backcountry

BACKCOUNTRY SKI TOURING HUT TO HUT TRAVERSE IN PATAGONIA
A Multi Day Backcountry Skiing Adventure in Bariloche, Patagonia, Argentina
The best Ski Touring Traverse from  Frey Mountain Hut to Jakob Hut (aka Refugio San Martin)

Length Trip
6 days

Ski Season
Mid August to Late October


Level
Intermediate to advanced Backcountry Skiers


Style
Ski Touring- Ski Mountaineering- Alpine Ski Touring set up


DETAILS

Since Bariloche has a big European influence, the pioneers of the area built a logistic of Mountain huts, that allow skiers and trekkers to move across the ridges of Nahuel Huapi National Park.

This is an adventure for skiers who want to backcountry ski (ski touring) from hut to hut in Lake /District of Northern Patagonia, spending few days in each hut skiing the goods of each valley searching for chutes, powder bowls and steeps with skilled professional local ski guides.

A perfect option for fanatic ski tourers who want to avoid the crowds of the resorts.

The Frey to Jakob hut to hut ski touring traverse is a classic summer trek that has some challenge when we do it skiing in the winter.  We’ll be ski touring through the Nahuel Huapi National Park in Bariloche with excellent terrain for intermediate and advanced backcountry skiers exploring the beautiful Andes of Argentina.

Frey hut trip is described in another itinerary as “Skiing Chutes in between Golden Granite”.

The terrain offers great peaks and summit goals, and of course there is nice steeps and chutes option to ski the best of Argentina!

The Southern Andes offers gentle domes, tree skiing, the option of glacier skiing, steep and medium chutes surrounded by frozen lakes and granite spires. Many times we have deep powder for days and days in the south faces. This guided ski trip to Patagonia, Argentina offers the option to use a hut as a base to run different chutes in the same valley or we can travel from hut to hut enjoying the different valleys and views.

For this ski trip we strongly recommend hiring a UIAGM-IFMGA Mountain Guide.

ITINERARY

Day 1:
Day ski trip to test gear
We will take you to the ski resort with our professional Mountain Guides (UIAGM) and they will ski with you and show you the highlights and hidden places of Cerro Catedral Ski resort. Having nice short hikes to the ridges, enjoying the view of the Andes, Cerro Tronador and the closer lakes. In the afternoon, we’ll drive you to the hotel again and pack our gear to go for ski touring on next day.
Does not include lunch, we have lunch at the ski resort.
Night in Bariloche town

Day 2:
Ski to Frey Hut- Couloirs and Nice views
From the Cerro Catedral Ski Resort we will take the Alta Patagonia Lifts to get above tree line quickly. Skis on, and we skin up for less than an hour to the ridge and the border of the Nahuel Huapi National Park.
We’ll have excellent views of the Patagonian Lakes District before we drop into the Van Titter Valley, choosing the best aspect according to conditions and snow quality.
Once in the valley, we’ll skin up to Frey Hut, drop our gear, drink some water, and get a snack.  Then we can head out to enjoy the area with a mellow run in the forest, an easy tour to explore, or a nice 40 degree couloir.
Homemade pizza, fresh pasta, micro-brewed beer and/or fondue.
Night in Frey Hut

Day 3:
Skiing in Frey Hut area
Ski touring across the nearby valleys of Frey area, picking the route according to the level of participants, Skin up, ski down, lunch and repeat, looking for the best terrain and snow we can find.
You get to a feeling of loneliness and  remote Patagonia with the comfort of having the mountain huts to stay in. This ski traverse has some of the best ski terrain to play, from steep couloirs and chutes at all aspects to mellow open powder fields, nice summits and pure powder valleys of around 400 meters runs. Night in Frey hut

Day 4:
Ski touring traverse to Jakob Hut
Enjoy an early morning in the mountains with pink light of sunrise reflecting on the snow and Frey’s granite spires while we eat our breakfast. Pack our gear, skins ready, and start touring with your guide! We need to gain 400 meters elevation before dropping into a nice west face ski descent. Then some traversing an open valley that slowly gains altitude to the ridge above our destination with views of south face of Tres Reyes. Amazing view of the Patagonian Andes with no signs of civilization other than the cozy Jakob Mountain Hut at the end of the journey.
A lovely west face descent of about 30 degrees into the valley. Arrival to the hut, unpack, and make yourself at home.
The whole day of ski touring takes around 6-7 hours, so once we are settled in at the hut, you can relax for the rest of the evening.
Night in the Jakob/ San Martin Hut.

Day 5:
Skiing Jakob Hut surroundings- Cuernos del Diablo – Cerro Sella
San Martin Hut is a remote and beautiful experience. Your mountain guide will show you all of the Alpine ski touring options the area has to offer. According to participants’ ski level we will choose a suitable objective. There is thee beautiful summit of Cerro Sella and Constructores with an amazing ski line, or we can tour around the valley to explore this remote part of Fresco Valley in the remote Patagonia.
According to weather and snow conditions, we could ski Cuernos del Diablo (Devil´s Horn), which is the highlight of the area. Perfect mountain to ski. Jakob offer chutes and mellow terrain.
Night in the Jakob mountain hut.
Something for each level of every backcountry skier!
Night in the Jakob/San Martin Hut.

Day 6
Ski out to Civilization
Long day to ski out of the hut and back to civilization.  It takes approximately 5 hours to tour back to the Cerro Catedral ski area.  If weather or snow conditions do not cooperate to the return to the ski resort, your ski guide will take you out of Jakob on the trail summer hikers use.  This 15km trail is in the middle of one of the most beautiful and scenic valleys of the Bariloche area.
Your ski guide will drop you off at your lodging in Bariloche.
End of guiding services.

GEAR LIST

This gear list is designed for Haute Route in the Alps, Hut to Hut trips in Patagonia, Frey Hut Skiing or any Multiday Mountain Ski Trip

  • Backpack 35-40 lts
  • Sleeping bag ideal 600/700 grams of down fill
  • 2 pairs of  sintethic socks (like Columbia or similar)
  • Quick dry pants with Schoeller material (North face, Mammut or similar)
  • Merino wool long underwear
  • Water proof Goretex pants
  • T shirt- Capilene or Merino wool ideal
  • Thin fleece, like Patagonia R1 or similar with a hood ideal
  • Mid fleece layer or synthetic Jacket with some insulation
  • Down jacket or warm puffy
  • Water proof Goretex jacket
  • Thin Fleece gloves for skinning or waiting in belays
  • Thick ski gloves
  • Warm hat
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses with UV filter + Goggles
  • Sun screen and lipstick
  • Iphone/ Ipod music player- optional
  • Earplugs… very recommended (for Mt huts, windy days in tents)
  • Tooth brush and paste
  • Headlamp (Petzl Tikka plus, Black diamond or similar)
  • Pocket knife
  • Waterbottle Nalgene or similar
  • Thermos 0.5 liters ideal for warm drinks
  • Crocs

For Ski Trips:

  • Helmet
  • Telemark, Split board  or ski touring skis and bindings
  • Ski, Snowboard or Telemark boots
  • Skins
  • Telemark, Snowboard or ski touring boots
  • Shovel, Beacon and probe
  • Boot Crampons and ice axe
  • Ski crampons mandatory specially in the spring
  • Ski poles
  • Harness
  • 2 Locking binners
VIDEOS

PHOTO GALLERY


(Minimum 4 skiers)
US$ 2550 per person


All transportation
IFMGA UIAGM Mountain guide Argentina & Chile
One ski ticket in the ski resort per person.
One ski ticket access to Frey hut.
All meals during the ski trip
Accommodation in Mountain huts.
Emergency kit- VHF- Emergency stove.

Not included:
Air tickets
Meals in town
Accommodation in town
Ski touring gear (ski boots, skis, skins)


13-18 september 2020

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The Andescross family comes back to Southamerica with us and also to Antarctica, Norway, Iceland and the Alps for more good times.

“Back in 2006 I decided I wanted to try backcountry skiing and soon after I ended up contacting Jorgito at Andescross, which was already a very respected guiding company in Argentina.”

The idea of climbing all the mountains and volcanos in patagonia in the winter time and skiing them on the way down sounded too good to be true. Our first trip with Andescross was to Frey Hut with a couple of my brothers. The skiing conditions were as bad as Patagonia can offer so we ended up 2 days stuck in the hut in the midle of a storm and one day skiing on pure ice… 

Marcos Q.Tigre, BA, Argentina

“About 10 years ago I contacted Jorge about doing a hut to hut ski trip in the mountains around Bariloche. I chose him because he was a fully certified International Mountain guide.”

This trip proved to be nothing short of fantastic. Jorge was professional, friendly, knowledgeable of the area we were traveling through and was a great travel partner. He took care of my travel arrangements in Bariloche, booked my room for me before and after the trip, and even picked me up at the airport. The next year, I returned for a volcano ski trip with Jorge. We were fortunate enough to ski from the summit of four volcanoes. In the last decade, I have traveled with him at least 8 times.  We have skied in Chile and Argentina numerous times, including a trip to the Patagonian Ice-fields.

Tomfriend more than client since 2005

“I have skied with Jorge and Andescross in the Andes and the Alps in Europe.   Simply put, the Andes Mountain range is Jorge’s backyard and he knows then well.”

In my view, I think it would be very difficult to find another South American based guide with comparable years of experience in the Andes, guiding credentials, and local knowledge.  Over the years, Jorge has gained significant knowledge of the Alps and many other mountain ranges in the world which he includes in his worldwide adventure trips.  He is able to quickly gauge conditions, make safe decisions, and find great untracked skiing.  

Peter Musziclient for first time in 2008

“Jorge se ha convertido con el tiempo en un amigo cercano más que en un guía.”

Hemos compartido muchas aventuras juntos en varias partes del mundo como los Alpes, Bariloche y Chalten, y siempre regresamos de cada viaje pensando en el próximo. Para que un viaje sea exitoso tiene que tener su cuota de riesgo y cautela, algo muy difícil de lograr pero que Jorge siempre ha sabido manejar. Seguramente les quemara la cabeza hablando de… Paciencia estimados clientes!!, nadie es perfecto.

Francisco J.San Isidro, BA, Argentina

“In just over a six year period, we have done five trips with Jorge and have committed to a sixth next year. We must like this guy! Jorge is THE guide for your Patagonia adventures…and beyond! ”

Our first trip with Jorge in 2010 was for backcountry skiing around Bariloche, Argentina. While we were temporarily weathered out of higher terrain due to high avalanche danger from tons of new snow, we never lacked for fun, challenging, and noteworthy alternatives. He shared with us his hometown stashes, something only a generous local guide could do. Jorge is a consummate mountain guide. He is completely client focused. He is a first rate professional. We trust his judgement, thrill in his ski adventures, and have been blessed to enjoy the beautiful outdoors around the world with him.

Larina & BobSeattle, WA, USA

“40 years ago I flew down to Argentina in my summer for downhill training in the Andes.
I was then racing on the World Cup circuit and so having 4 weeks on snow in summer was really useful training.”

I fell in love with Bariloche and returned the next year again. Sadly this was the last time I made to South America and then, when skiing in Iceland, I bumped into a friend of our guide, John Falkiner. We shared a few beers waiting for our airplane to fly home and John explained that his friend, Jorge, was a guide down in Argentina and that helped in Bariloche.

Konrad Bartelski A British Legend in Ski Racing in 1981

“Jorge and team helped with all the fairly complex planning and logistics for a supported backpacking trip across the Andes”

From Bariloche to Puerto Frias for our group of 10 people, and guided us safely along the route.  He and his guides were exceptionally competent, knowledgeable and professional, and everyone had a great time.  I would highly recommend Andescross!

Cheryl from The Mountaineers Hiking Club, Seattle WA

“I am currently travelling the world on a sabbatical, looking for amazing experiences. During a stop across south america, I wanted to rock climb in the Frey national park, near Bariloche.”

I found the Andescross team on the internet, and they teamed me up for 3 days with a world class guide instructor. I am a novice rock climber, and my guide Luciano not only provided me with amazing climbing coaching tips, but allowed me to push myself to go beyond my comfort zone, in all safety. And once the climbing was over (once summits were achieved and I could not feel my forearms anymore), it was time for some of the best hospitality I have found on the road this last year. Great dinners, food, friends and laughter to fill our evening, until the call of the rock would get us out of our sleeping bag the next morning.

Patrick , Ex-Google CFOSFO , USA

“Jorge has excellent personal skills and appreciation of my climbing abilities. ”

Brian climber from CanadaI had the pleasure of meeting Jorge in December 2008. My wife and I were in Bariloche, on holiday in Argentina. Jorge had been recommended to us by a climbing friend back home in Canada. I was able to contact him by phone and we worked out a rendez-vous at the Refugio Frey for a day’s climbing on the rock. His knowledge of the area and the realistic time needed to complete various options, made it easy for me to reach a decision. What followed was one of the best days in the mountains that I have experienced over a lifetime in the sport.

Brian, 65, IrishCanadian climbing legend of Squamish, Canada

“Had a FANTASTIC time and thank you so much for all your help and the great guides. Great meeting you!!!!”

We are in BA, but head to Brazil tomorow and am just going to eat, drink and sleep! Anytime you head to Europe, you always have a place to stay in London and hopefully we will be back SOON!”

SachaLondon, UK, January 08