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GUIDED BACKCOUNTRY SKIING THE STEEP & NARROW IN PATAGONIA

Length Trip
2 days and extendable to endless!


Ski Season
End of July- beginning of November


Level
Advanced Backcountry Skiers


Style
Backcountry skiing, ski mountaineering

DETAILS

This guided multi day backcountry ski vacation is designed for advanced skiers to include ski touring and going off-piste in Northern Patagonia.  For those skiers who have touring experience and want to enjoy some quality descents in South America, our mountain guides can help you focus on finding the good lines and access nice chutes, steep runs, and fresh powder bowls.

We’ve put together a nice combination of the best ski areas in the Lakes District of Northern Patagonia, Argentina.  As well as skiing the Cerro Catedral, Cero Bayo, and Chapelco Ski Resorts, your mountain guide will also take you to backcountry ski in the Nahuel Huapi National Park.  Most days after skiing you will return to a hotel in town, San Carlos de Bariloche, Villa La Angostura, or San Martin de los Andes. Two nights in the Nahuel Huapi National Park you will stay in the charming mountain hut, Refugio Frey.

To go and play in the snow is fun, but go safely! Knowledge of snow is a science so we strongly recommend hiring a Professional IFMGA UIAGM Mountain Guide for this backcountry skiing trip.

ITINERARY

Day 1:
Welcome to San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina!  This beautiful mountain town sits beside the huge Nahuel Huapi Lake and is surrounded by the like-named National Park and the Andes Mountains.  This is the base of our operation.  Meet your ski guide.
Night in hotel, Bariloche.

Day 2:
Your mountain guide will start of your ski vacation at the Cerro Catedral Ski Resort on the edge of Bariloche and the Nahuel Huapi National Park.  According to the experience of participants, your ski guide will look into different levels of steepness, chutes, open bowls and more.
Night in hotel, Bariloche.

Day 3:
Another day skiing Cerro Catedral Ski Resort with your mountain guide looking for the best runs and best snow quality.  We can head into the backcountry side of Cerro Catedral for the day and come back to the resort.
Night in hotel, Bariloche.

Day 4:
We start from Villa Catedral and your ski guide will take you into the backcountry to the mountain hut Refugio Frey.   Refugio Frey is rustic, yet cozy located at the base of a beautiful cirque of granite spires. Ski runs are in between 300– 700 meters of altitude drop and the area is surrounded by four valleys which are amazing for every backcountry skier.  Here we can find narrow chutes, 35 – 40º, open bowls, steep faces… and great fondue!  Not only is Frey in the middle of spectacular ski terrain, but offers excellent Patagonian cuisine, good Argentine malbec, and a nice fireplace where you can chat with friends and other backcountry skiers.
Night in Refugio Frey Mountain Hut.

Day 5:
Wake up to the alpenglow on the granite spires and a fresh homemade breakfast. Another day exploring this paradise of chutes and bowls close to Frey with your ski guide.
Night in Refugio Frey Mountain Hut.

Day 6:
Morning skiing in Refugio Frey area then your mountain guide will take you back out to the Cerro Catedral Ski Resort through the Nahuel Huapi National Park.
Night in hotel, Bariloche.

Day 7:
Rest day.  Rest your legs and enjoy Bariloche’s famous chocolate, claimed to be the best in South America!
Night in Hotel, Bariloche.

Day 8:
Today, your ski guide will take you around the Nahuel Huapi Lake to the little mountain village, Villa La Angostura.  Here we will enjoy the Cerro Bayo Ski Resort for a day. Take the chairlift to get above tree line, and from this small resort there is an amazing access to the backcountry.
Night in hotel, Villa La Angostura.

Day 9:
Early in the morning, your guide will drive four hours on a very scenic road to San Martin de los Andes.  Today, we ski the Chapelco Ski Resort, which is bigger than Cerro Bayo, but smaller than Cerro Catedral. The backcountry from Chapelco offers several options for us to ski.
Night in hotel, San Martin de los Andes.

Day 10:
Drive to Chapelco airport in San Martin de los Andes, or ride with us to our base in Bariloche.  Both airports connect to the capital Buenos Aires, Argentina.
End of ski guiding services.

* Optional itinerary alteration upon request.  At Andescross we are all about personalizing your Patagonian ski vacation.  We can customize this kind of trip according to your ski level and days available to enjoy the area. It is possible to do a nice combination of the best ski areas without spending the night in the backcountry.  Or, if you’d like to access more remote terrain deeper into the Nahuel Huapi National Park surrounding Bariloche, we can combine logistics with other mountain huts or spend some nights winter camping depending on weather conditions.

GEAR LIST

This gear list is designed for Day Ski Trips in the mountains- We are including Glacier Gear that is applied to all Alps and Antarctica Ski trips but not for the Patagonian Trips, so just send us a quick email to don’t overpack

  • General Ski Clothing
  • Backpack 30-35 lts
  • Quick dry pants with Schoeller material (North face, Mammut or similar)
  • Merino wool long underwear
  • Water proof Goretex pants
  • 1 pair of long ski  sintethic socks
  • 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/ Camara- optional
  • Pocket knife
  • Waterbottle Nalgene or similar
  • Thermos 0.5 lts ideal for warm drinks

For Skiing

  • Helmet
  • Telemark, Split board  or ski touring skis and bindings
  • Ski, Telemark or Snowboard boots
  • Skins
  • Telemark, Snowboard or ski touring boots
  • Shovel, Beacon and probe
  • Ski crampons mandatory specially in the spring (ask us)
  • Ski poles

For Glacier terrain

  • Harness
  • 2 Locking binners
  • Boot Crampons
  • Ice Axe

PHOTO GALLERY


Minimum 2 people
2 or 3 person US$ -.-
More than 4 person US$ -.-


Includes certified UIAGM– IFMGA Mountain Guide
Private transportation
All meals in the backcountry (not in resorts)
Lift tickets, and lodging in hotels (3 stars) and mountain huts.


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