• Late spring skiing some couloirs in Ushuaia (foto: Kim Havell)

SKIING IN TIERRA DEL FUEGO

Length Trip
7 Days (possible extension for more days) 

Ski Season
July to November

Level
Intermediate, Advanced, and Expert Backcountry Skiers

Style
Ski touring, backcountry skiing, ski mountaineering


DETAILS

Backcountry skiing at the end of the world – Patagonia South America Meet the steeps at the Southern End of the World! The skiing in Ushuaia is amazing! Within a 15 minute drive from the hotel, we have access to steep couloirs/chutes, glacier terrain, and beautiful mountain summits.

The Andes at the tip of Patagonia are rugged mountains and their dramatic sharpness continues right into the ocean. Ushuaia reminds some of Valdez, Alaska.
The Land of Fire is actually a snow paradise for ski mountaineering! Ushuaia, Argentina offers mellow bowls and options for all levels of backcountry skiers. It is also possible to do multi-day trips in the backcountry, but the access from town is so friendly that it is quite convenient to do daily trips. Enjoy downhill backcountry skiing and uphill ski mountaineering every day, and return to a warm and cozy hotel every night during your South American vacation!

ITINERARY

Day 1:
Backcountry skiing at the end of the world – Patagonia South AmericaYour ski guide will pick up in the Ushuaia, Argentina airport. It is usually more convenient to fly from Buenos Aires, Argentina than Santiago de Chile. Depending on your arrival time, we can have a little tour around Ushuaia town and get to know your mountain guide.
Night in Hotel.

Day 2:
Quick drive to Cerro Castor Ski Resort, safety introduction with avalanche beacon use and protocol. Ski the resort and do some boot packs to warm up. Your ski guide will be picking fresh tracks as much as possible, and most of the day is downhill skiing.
Night in Hotel.

Day 3:
Another day in Cerro Castor Ski Resort. Again, we do mostly downhill skiing with your mountain guide looking for powder and untracked terrain as much as possible. Possible short skinning to the top of some nice backcountry lines.
Night in Hotel.

Day 4:
Backcountry skiing at the end of the world – Patagonia South AmericaToday we change location and we go to the mountains that are right in front of downtown Ushuaia. The cirque of Glacier Martial offer endless options for a few days. We can pick some nice steep chutes and summits. If we go early, your mountain guide take you to drop into other valleys and climb excellent skiing peaks to have a long ski mountaineering day and experience skiing from some remote backcountry peaks.
Night in hotel.

Day 5:
On this day we choose another peak accessed from the town of Ushuaia in a short car ride. Looking for freshies again. Ski as much as possible, steeps or mellow.
Night in Hotel.

Day 6:
Ushuaia – Backcountry skiing at the end of the world – Patagonia South AmericaFlexible day according to weather and endurance of participants. We can choose a new peak to climb with your guide or go back to the Cerro Castor Ski Resort to get more runs in.
Night in Hotel.

Day 7:
Drive to Ushuaia airport. End of Services.

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Includes certified UIAGM – IFMGA Mountain Guides
Transportation
All meals in the mountains
Lift tickets for 3 days, and nights in hotel (3 stars).

Price does not include:
International and domestic airfares,
Ski gear (possible to rent) Meals in towns, Extra drinks, tips, etc.


On request

ANDESCROSS
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

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