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Ski the Andes of South America Backcountry Skiing Multi-Day Trips in Patagonia

Northern Patagonia has a lot to offer backcountry skiers who want to go out for a few days, and our mountain guides know the extra special spots!  Skin up, enjoy the great views of the Andes Mountains, and ski down leaving fresh tracks.  Our ski guides will help you scape the the crowds, enjoy the wilderness, and stay the night in a cozy tent or mountain hut. Our experience in these mountains allows us to share with you a great day of ski touring while being flexible according to the conditions and your skill level.

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.  

There are some beautiful hidden spots to ski right outside Bariloche, Argentina in the Lakes District of Patagonia:

Skiing with the Pro Athletes Eric Hjorleifson and Chris Rubens
Ski From Frey Hut Hut to Hut Traverse - Touring from Frey to Jakob
Backcountry Skiing Hut to Hut Traverse-variation I Backcountry Skiing Hut to Hut Traverse- variation II

 

Skiing with the Pro Athletes Eric Hjorleifson and Chris Rubens

Dates: 22th to 29th August 2016
Duration: 7 days
Patagonia summer camp backcountry ski trip - South AmericaLevel: Advanced skiers with backcountry experience

Summer Ski Camp With Pro Athletes Eric Hjorleifson and Chris Rubens in the Andes of Argentina

Professional skiers Chris Rubens and Eric Hjorleifson are teaming up with Andescross, the Lead Ski Mountaineering company in Argentina runned by UIAGM guide Jorge Kozulj to combine the best elements in the world of skiing:

- Local knowledge of the best places to ski the mountains surrounding Bariloche
- Learn and improve backcountry traveling, snow safety and education
- Tips and tricks gained from years of traveling safely through mountains.
- 3:1 client to guide ratio

Bariloche, Patagonia summer camp backcountry ski trip with pro athletes - South AmericaItinerary:  
The idea of this Backcountry Ski Camp is to exploring the skiing around Bariloche, taking advantage of weather and snow conditions to get the best possible skiing. The plan is to spend a couple of days playing in the backcountry accessed by the resort and then move into one of the backcountry huts to base out of.

The huts are all above treeline, so with the slog out of the way we will have some incredible alpine terrain to play in. The camps will focus on trip planning, terrain navigation, steep skiing and on the fly avalanche hazard and snow analysis. By incorporating participants into the planning, decision making and executing processes.

We'll be leaning on the guides local knowledge to find the best, long, fun powder runs while sharing tips for efficient backcountry travel.

Freeride ski Patagonia summer camp / backcountry ski trip - South AmericaWith a 3:1 client to guide ratio there will be plenty of time for individual learning while we ski ourselves silly! We will assess the students to recognize the aspects of the mountains that hold good snow, recognize avalanche terrain, terrain traps, manage the risk and learn for the future how to move independently and safe in the mountains



How to get to us: 
We will be based out of Bariloche, Argentina. This is a short flight from either Santiago or Buenos Aires.




Who are Eric Hjorleifson and Chris Rubens?
Chris Rubens:
Summer Ski Camp With Pro Athletes Eric Hjorleifson and Chris Rubens in the Andes of Argentina - South AmericaChris Rubens has been a globally recognized skier for the last ten years. Truly dedicated and extremely passionate about skiing in the mountains, Chris spends as much time as possible in the backcountry every winter, specializing in putting beautiful lines down mountains for both film and photo projects.

He spends most of his winters collaborating with Salomon Freeski TV and Sherpas Cinema. Between ski trips, Chris resides in the town of Revelstoke, BC which provides a backyard of endless opportunities for outdoor pursuits.

Eric "Hoji" Hjorleifson:
There aren't many skiers who are able to push the boundaries of the sport on multiple fronts the way Hjorleifson does. Whether it's through riding jaw-dropping lines in films for Matchstick Productions or Sherpas Cinema, or by developing new ski and boot technology with companies like 4FRNT and Dynafit, the 30-year-old Canmore native is always finding ways to move the sport forward.

Rates: Please contact us for Pricing

Andes, Patagonia summer camp backcountry ski trip with pro atheletes - Bariloche, Argentina South AmericaIncludes:
Private transportation during the whole trip
4 Nights of Accommodation in cabins
3 Nights accommodation in Mountain Hut
All meals in the mountains
Pro Athletes coaching guiding UIAGM IFMGA Mountain guide

Do not includes:
Personal gear
Meals in town
Drinks in Mountain huts
Air tickets
Lift tickets on the go (40 usd avarage- estimate 3 days)

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Patagonia mountain guiding services - South America

 

Ski From Frey Hut
Backcountry Skiing Multi Day Adventure

Ski Season: Early July - Early November
Duration: 4 days (possible extension for more days)
Level: Intermediate to advanced Backcountry Skiers

Patagonia ski touring - Frey mountain hut ski trip - South AmericaRefugio Frey 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.
Possibilities are endless!  Determined by skiers’ preference and the weather conditions, your mountain guide can show you nice open mellow bowls, steep chutes from 30-50 degrees, intermediate-level chutes, and valleys for nice daily ski tours.  One highlight for advanced backcountry skiers is the Zebra Couloirs which are chutes of about 2000 continuous vertical feet at 30-40 degrees.  If weather does not cooperate or there is low visibility, there is tree skiing and the cozy hut to come back to. 

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!

Patagonia ski trip Frey mountain hut ski touring - South AmericaFrey is pretty much where we grew up and learned to love the mountains.  We at Andescross spent most of our teenage years up there;  rock climbing the granite towers in the summer and skiing the chutes in between them in the winter.  We’ve been sharing great experiences there friends and clients for many years.  It is a place to fall in love with!

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

Day 1:  
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 2: 
Patagonia ski trip Frey mountain hut ski touring - South AmericaAfter 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 snow 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 3:
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. 
End of guiding services.


Rates: (Minimum 2 people).
Includes certified UIAGM – IFMGA Mountain Guides, 4 WD transportation, all meals in the mountains, lodging in Frey Hut, and lift ticket.

Price per person
  2 or 3 people 4 + people
3 days US$ 950.- US$ 750.-
4 days US$ 1250.- US$ 950.-



Patagonia mountain guiding services - South America

 

 

Hut to Hut Ski Touring Traverse
Frey Hut to Jakob Hut (aka Refugio San Martin)
Bariloche Area Multi Day Backcountry Skiing Adventure

Ski Season: Early July - Early November
Duration: 4 days (possible extension for more days)
Bariloche Patagonia backcountry skiing tour - Frey mountain hut ski traverse trip - South AmericaLevel: Intermediate to advanced Backcountry Skiers

The Frey to Jakob hut to hut ski touring traverse is a classic summer trek that has some challenge when we do it backcountry 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 the itinerary above. To traverse with your ski guide to Jakob Hut, it is a bit more remote and less crowded. Once we reach Jakob Hut, it is nice to stay at least two nights since there is a long approach. The terrain offers great peak and summit goals, but of course there is nice touring and chutes options.

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

Patagonia ski trip Frey mountain hut ski touring - South America
Day 1:  
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 2: 
Patagonia ski trip Frey to Jakob mountain hut ski touring traverse Bariloche - South America 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. Amazing view of the Patagonian Andes with no signs of civilization other than the cozy Jakob Mountain Hut below. 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 3:
Bariloche, Patagonia ski trip Jakob mountain hut ski touring - South AmericaSki touring from the Jakob Hut is a remote and beautiful experience. Your mountain guide will show you all of the AT options the area has to offer. According to participants' ski level we will choose a suitable objective. There is a beautiful summit with an amazing ski line, or we can tour around the valley to explore this remote part of Patagonia. Something for every backcountry skier!
Night in the Jakob/San Martin Hut.


Day 4:
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.


Rates: (Minimum 2 people).
Includes certified UIAGM – IFMGA Mountain Guides, 4 WD transportation, all meals in the mountains, lodging in Frey & Jakob Mountain Huts, and lift ticket.

 

Price per person
  2 or 3 people 4 + people
3 days US$ 950.- US$ 750.-
4 days US$ 1250.- US$ 950.-



Patagonia mountain guiding services - South America

 

Backcountry Skiing Hut to Hut Traverse - variation I

Ski Season: Mid August- Late October
Duration: 8-9 days
Bariloche Patagonia backcountry skiing tour - Frey mountain hut ski traverse trip - South AmericaLevel: Expert Backcountry Skiers

Alpine ski touring the Huts of Bariloche, Argentina with a mountain guide is the ultimate trip combining Refugio Frey, Jakob, Laguna Negra, and Lopez.

You get to backcountry ski a lot of remote Patagonia with the comfort of having the mountain huts to stay in. This ski traverse has some serious exposure, and conditions have to be right to do it.

The Four Huts Ski Traverse normally takes four long days, but it is optimal to do this trip in 8 or 9 days to be able to stop for at least a day in each mountain hut and have your ski guide show you the best ski objectives in each location.

Bariloche Patagonia backcountry skiing tour - Catedral ski traverse trip - South AmericaSince 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, spending few days in each hut skiing the goods of each valley (chutes, bowls and -or steeps) in the Andes of Patagonia, Bariloche, Argentina with skilled local ski guides .

This backcountry ski (ski randonneé) or ski touring trip in Patagonia, Argentina is a perfect option for fanatic ski tourers who want to avoid the crowds of the resorts. 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.

We absolutely love to guide this ski trip, but we do it only on request from experienced backcountry skiers.  Contact us if you are interested at info@andescross.com!. For this ski trip we strongly recommend hiring a UIAGM-IFMGA Mountain Guide.

Day 1:
Bariloche Patagonia backcountry skiing tour - Catedral off piste skiing - ski traverse trip - South AmericaWe will pick you up at the airport with our bus, showing you Bariloche surroundings and its lakes. Visit to downtown and drive to the hotel.


Day 2:
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

Patagonia ski touring hut to hut ski trip cerro Challhuaco, Bariloche - South America
Day 3:
We drive in 4WD for 25 km to Chall Huaco hut area or its surroundings according to weather and snow conditions. Pack our gear, fit our ski mountaineering bindings and start to ski up through the lenga´s forest to the summit of Chall Huaco. It is a 3 hs ski touring trip to the top of it. Then, in the summit we take the skins off, have a snack and ski down hill to the hut.
Back to the hotel Bariloche


Day 4:
Easy day to pack our gear for our long ski touring trip on next day.




Day 5:
Bariloche Patagonia backcountry skiing tour - Catedral ski multiday traverse trip - South AmericaWe will take the ski lift to the ridge of Cerro Catedral and we start our trip to Frey hut. We will ski down to the Van Titter valley and the skin up with our ski touring gear, getting to the Frey hut. It is little bit steep and challenging, but the reward will be a nice Swiss style fondue with wine waiting for us in the hut.
We spend the night at the hut.


Day 6:
Depending on the weather we will ski in Frey surroundings or we will go to Jakob hut. We wake up very early in the morning and after a wonderful breakfast we start our trip to Jakob´s hut. (7 Hs) After skiing up and down through Cerro Catedral, we will go along the Rucaco valley to Cerro Brecha Negra, we ski it up and then we will arrive to Jakob hut. We will spend the night there.


Bariloche Patagonia backcountry skiing tour - Jakob hut ski multiday traverse trip - South AmericaDay 7:

Visit Los Tempanos lagoon from Jakob mountain hut. Then hike down to Casa de Piedra valley and after 4 Hs, we will arrive to the place where our transportation is waiting for us.
Drive to the hotel.


Day 8:

Spare day in case of bad weather or one day access ski trip.


Day 9:

Flight back home


Optional:
For moderate skiers we can arrange a trip that fits to them, like going to Mt. Tronador (3354 mts) where the slopes are moderate and the ski is less challenging.

Optional 1:
Bariloche Patagonia backcountry skiing tour - Jakob hut ski touring traverse trip - South AmericaWe can combine this with ski mountaineering- alpine touring trip to Volcano Villarica, Volcano Lonquimay, Volcano LLaima, Volcano Osorno, Mount Tronador.

Optional 2:
Accommodation in town can be arranged according to client’s request
We can book you in a hostel, 3 star hotel , 4 and 5 star hotel.

Rates: (Minimum 4 people).
Includes
All transportation, 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. Beacon, shovel and probe Emergency kit- VHF- Emergency stove.
Not included:
Air tickets Meals in town Accommodation in town Ski touring gear (ski boots, skis, skins)

 

Price per person
  2 or 3 people 4 + people
4 days
(Speed version)
US$ 1250.- US$ 900.-
8 days   US$ 2450.-


Patagonia mountain guiding services - South America

 

 

Backcountry Skiing Hut to Hut Traverse - Variation II

Ski Season: Mid August- Late October
Duration: 10 days
Level: Expert Backcountry Skiers

Day 1:
Bariloche Patagonia backcountry skiing tour - ski touring traverse trip - South AmericaSki day at the resort with our professional Mountain Guides (UIAGM) . Skiing hidden places of Cerro Catedral Ski resort. Having a nice short hike to the ridges, enjoying the view of the Andes, Cerro Tronador and the nearby lakes. In the afternoon, we'll drive you to the hotel again and pack our gear to go for ski touring on next day.

Day 2:

Drive to Villa La Angostura 80 km. We need ski pass to access to good ski terrains. Daily ski trip to Cerro Bayo. Excellent touring skiing terrain with options for beginners and experts. We have the option of going to ski to Chall Huaco as well, but we strongly recommend Cerro Bayo or Cerro Lopez.

(Explore daily ski touring options at in Bariloche, here)



Day 3:
Bariloche Patagonia backcountry skiing tour - mountain hut ski traverse trip - South AmericaWe will take the ski lift to the ridge of Cerro Catedral where we start our hike to Frey mountain hut. We ski down to the Van Titter valley and then ski up with our ski touring gear, getting to the Frey hut. We can do one more run if your conditions/fitness is good.
We spend the night at the hut.



Day 4:
Ski touring across the nearby valleys of Frey area Andes, picking the route according to the level of participants- Open bowls, chutes, tour in between valleys of nearby peaks
Night in Frey hut



Day 5:
Bariloche Patagonia touring ski tour - mountain hut ski traverse trip - South AmericaTrek to Jakob mountain hut. (6- 7hs trekking in one day). We will go over Cerro Catedral ridge. 700 mts downhill skiing and then some valley crossing skinning up gradually to the top of Brecha Negra.
Night at Jakob mountain hut.


Day 6:
According to weather and snow conditions, we will ski Cuernos del Diablo (Devil´s Horn), which is the highlight of the area. Perfect mountain to ski. If conditions do not help we ski Cerro Cella or other nearby moutains. Jakob offer chutes and mellow terrain.
Night in the Jakob mountain hut.



Day 7:

Leisure day- Weather day
 Patagonia touring ski tour - Bariloche mountain hut ski traverse - South AmericaWill be taken in the best day to do it according to weather- fitness of participants


Day 8:

Ski or hike out the mountain. If there are ivy conditions the hike out can take 7 hs.
We pick the easiest way according to conditions
.

Day 9:

Leisure day… We all will need it! If you are still fit for more skiing you may go to Catedral ski Resort without guide.

Optional extension to Volcanoes


Day 10:
Flight out from Barilochee back home




Optional:
 Patagonia off piste ski tour - Bariloche mountain hut ski traverse - South AmericaFor moderate skiers we can arrange a trip that fits to them, like going to Mt. Tronador (3354 mts) where the slopes are moderate and the ski is less challenging.


Optional 1:
We can combine this with ski mountaineering- alpine touring trip to Volcano Villarica, Volcano Lonquimay, Volcano LLaima, Volcano Osorno, Mount Tronador.


Optional 2:
Accommodation in town can be arranged according to client’s request. We can book you in a hostel, 3 star hotel , 4 and 5 star hotel.


 Cerro Lopez - Patagonia backcountry skiing tour - Bariloche mountain hut ski traverse - South AmericaRates: (Minimum 4 people).
Includes
All transportation,
UIAGM Mountain guide 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.
Beacon, shovel and probe
Emergency kit- VHF-
Emergency stove.

Not included:
Air tickets, Meals and Accommodation in town,
Ski touring gear (ski boots, skis, skins),
Ski ticket on day 9 if you go skiing at resort

 

Price per person
  2 or 3 people 4 + people
4 days
(Speed version)
US$ 1250.- US$ 900.-
8 days   US$ 2450.-
 
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