• One more time, ready for a shower and Skiing out of Frey hut

BARILOCHE BACKCOUNTRY SKI TOURING WEEK

Length Trip
8 days

Ski Season
Mid August to mid October


Level
Beginner to Intermediate Backcountry Skiers

Style
Ski Touring- Ski Mountaineering- Alpine Ski Touring- Backcountry skiing


DETAILS

This trip is a perfect combination of a warm up in the ski area of Cerro Catedral, adding some classic day ski touring trips in Bariloche area, combined with some days in Refugio Frey  that is renowned as one of the best ski huts in Argentina!  The setting is magical: a cirque of golden granite spires and the couloirs in between the towers come down to merge at a frozen lagoon.  Frey Hut sits beside the lake in the peaceful wilderness of Nahuel Huapi National Park.  The cirque offers all aspects of 5 star AT terrain for every backcountry skier.

At the end of a beautiful day of backcountry skiing, Frey Hut offers excellent Malbec wines, beer on tap from local microbreweries, homemade pasta, pizza, and fondue!

Then we will do another ski adventure for 3 days in a beautiful High End hut accessing with snowmobile to ski terrain, having 4 stars cuisine in the hut for 2 nights

ITINERARY

Day 1:   
Pick up in airport at your arrival. Drive to Hotel and check gear for next day.
Night in Hotel

Day 2:
Ski Resort or day trip to backcountry
According to clients, we go to the ski area to do some warm up skiing with short skinning, boot packs and get the best of it to be ready for our backcountry adventure.
If clients are motivated we can start with a backcountry ski day out of the resort directly, anyway this evening we go back to hotel.
Night in Hotel

Day 3:
Frey hut
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.
Night in Frey Hut with homemade pizza, fresh pasta, micro-brewed beer and/or fondue.
Day 4: 
After breakfast we get our skis and skins ready, and make our way across the frozen Laguna Toncek looking for the aspect that holds the good snow.  It is easy to find hidden powder in the cirque.  Your ski guide will be able to show you the variety of terrain Frey has to offer for every AT skier to get in a nice long day of fresh tracks.   We’ll bring lunch with us so we can eat it while enjoying the views of the Patagonian Andes.  Back down to Frey Hut for another homemade dinner.
If weather doesn’t cooperate, it is nice and cozy in the hut.  Enjoy a cup of tea by the fire while reading a book or chatting with other backcountry skiers who come here from all over the world.
Night in Frey Hut.
Day 5:
After breakfast, we can ski one more run if you’re up to it, and then start skiing and skinning our way back to Villa Catedral.
Your mountain guide will drop you off at your lodging in Bariloche.
Night in Hotel

Day 6:
Cerro Villegas – ***** Cozy alpine hut – Gourmet food
Early in the morning pick up in hotel, we prepare our packs with sleeping bag inclusive and drive to the mountains for around an hour, some 4×4 river crossing involved to get to location and at the end some short snowmobile driving to get to the hut. Easy access to this remote location.
We access to the hut at mid-morning, leave our stuff and go for some ski touring exploration above tree level.
Night in the hut

Day 7:
Ski touring for the day towards Cerro Villegas, a freeride paradise with little chutes, several orientations and generally good snow since is a bit far from humidity of the lakes.
Options are endless and we pick up the best according to snow conditions.
There are at least 3 different summits and several peaks to explore with all kind of terrain.
Night in the Hut

Day 8:
Repeat ski touring for the day towards Cerro Villegas, a freeride paradise with little chutes, several orientations and generally good snow upthere.
Options are endless and we pick up the best according to snow conditions.
At the end of the day we drive out back to Bariloche and go for asado (parrilla) at classic restaurant
Night in Hotel in Bariloche- End of Services
Optional adds up:

  • Heliski day according to conditions
  • Cat skiing day according to conditions
  • Ski touring day in different location or Off piste ski access in resorts nearby Bariloche
  • Booking of hotel through us according to your needs from Hostel to 5 stars Hotel, we leave option open
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

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Lodging in Frey Hut
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Snowmobile help and one lift ticket to Frey hut, good bye dinner!


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IS RECOMMENDED BY

70% RATE OF RETURNING CLIENTS FOR OVER 10 YEARS

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