Author: Justin

Full service guided ski and snowboard tours in Patagonia, Argentina

Professional Outdoor Guide, specializing in backcountry skiing, heliskiing

Stomping grounds: Wasatch Range, Andes Mountains

Argentina Surface Weather Map - June 20, 2017
Argentina Surface Weather Map, illustrating a strong and moist low pressure system making its way into the Andes Mountain of Chile and Argentina – June 20, 2017

As you may have already heard, it’s been dumping in the Andes Mountains of Chile and Argentina. Some areas have reported up to 150 cm (5 feet) of new snow in the past week! As we are still rejoicing and giving thanks for the deep powder that has fallen, another round of storm systems are headed our way!

Winter has certainly arrived in South America, and it has come in like a lion this year. The region of Patagonia, in particular, has seen historic snow totals for this time of year. The ski resorts of the Patagonian region have yet to open, but with another round of storms headed our way this week, most of the ski areas are expected to open this weekend. This would put us nearly a month ahead of last year.

Bariloche SMN Time-Height - June 20, 2017
Bariloche ETA SMN Weather Model Time-Height, displaying a profile of the next two storm systems to move through the region of Patagonia in Argentina – June 20, 2017

 

A series of low pressure systems are currently making their way across the Pacific Ocean, carrying with them a great deal of storm energy and moisture. The main difference between this storm and the previous winter storms to hit the Andes this season are the intense Northwest and North winds associated with the passage of the first wave today and tomorrow, Wednesday, June 21 through Thursday, June 22. With up to 60 cm (24 inches) of snow in the forecast during that time, we could be seeing some significant snow loading on leeward slopes.

That being said, there is a good chance that we will see our first avalanche cycle of the 2017 ski season in the region of Patagonia. Expect some thin, stiff wind slabs to develop near on East, Southeast, and South aspects, along with widespread cornice development on ridgelines. Thicker and softer soft slabs further down the slope may end up being the greater danger, where more snow may have been deposited by the wind.

Colder and more dry conditions will develop by later in the day on Friday, June 23, accompanied by a significant drop in wind speeds. The second wave of this storm has the potential to produce just as much snow as the first, adding another 60+ cm (two feet+) and bringing the storm total to 120 cm (48 inches) of snow. However, the second storm wave looks be more driven by instability, with much less energy than the first wave. The snow totals of this second wave will depend largely on temperature, winds, and duration.

 

We are currently in an active winter weather pattern, and the result is a deep early season snowpack for South America. The snow is expected to keep piling up over the next week, adding to the recent snowfall already blanketing the peaks and valleys of the Cordillera de Los Andes.

 

Here are the latest estimates for snow and water totals, as well as temperature and wind values:

 

We will continue to keep you updated on weather & ski conditions, as well as the latest ski resort openings for Chile and Argentina: see our resort openings post. This winter is coming on strong, and it looks like it’s going to be an epic ski season in Argentina this year. Our Signature Tours are scheduled for August 2017, so sign up to join the adventure and experience the unique and authentic experience of skiing in Patagonia.

As the snow continues to fall, space becomes more limited, so time is of the essence. Book your trip today! Visit our Reservations page, or Contact Us to get in touch.

3-day Accumulated Precipitation
3-day Accumulated Precipitation Map, illustrating the abundance of moisture entering the region of Northern Patagonia over the next few days – Enzo Campatella, Tiempo Patagonico: June 13, 2017

A major winter storm is on track to impact the Andes Mountains of Chile & Argentina from tomorrow evening, Wednesday, June 14, through the night of Saturday, June 17. Over the course of this 36-hour period, over a meter (40 inches) of snow is expected to fall in the mountainous regions of Northern Patagonia.

This looks like it will be the storm to put the remaining South American ski resorts in the game – see our Opening Dates post for details. If the storm plays out as currently advertised, this weekend should be the official kick-off to the ski season in Patagonia – right in time for the Winter Solstice next week.

 

The above satellite images from the Servicio Meteorológico Nacional of Argentina illustrate the incoming low pressure system and associated moisture, currently on course to collide with the Andes Mountains tomorrow night.

The animated GIF image below is taken from the new GOES-16, formerly known as GOES-R, weather satellite. This is NASA’s latest, most high-definition weather satellite to date, launched in November of 2016. The imagery highlights the copious amounts of moisture headed toward the Patagonian region, and you can clearly make out the low pressure system driving the weather.

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Animated Water Vapor Satellite Image, from the new GOES-16 (GOES-R) weather satellite – NASA: June 13, 2017

Once this weather system makes landfall, massive quantities of precipitation are expected. Strong pre-frontal winds will bring in a warm airmass before the onset of frontal passage on Wednesday afternoon. The storm will start out with rain in valleys and snow in the peaks, then the snow line will drop down to the valley floor as temperatures drop Thursday evening.

 

 

The bulk of the precipitation is expected to fall Thursday night into Friday morning, and with the associated cold temperatures, this should equate to some big snow totals across the Andes Mountains. The snow densities will start high and finish low: wallpaper paste at the bottom and cold, dry powder on top.

 

Luckily, it looks like temperatures should remain cold and the winds will remain light after the storm. That will allow the snow to settle in nicely and keep the quality high – good news for ski conditions.

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GFS Model Analysis Table for Bariloche – WindGuru: June 13, 2017
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GFS Model Analysis Graph for Bariloche – WindGuru: June 13, 2017
Snow-Forecast.com: Cerro Catedral
Snow Forecast for Cerro Catedral (Bariloche, Argentina) – Snow-Forecast.com: June 13, 2017

But what does it all mean!?!? According to all of these beautiful swirling colors and computer model analyses, we’re about to get dumped on! It looks like it’s going to be an amazing opening weekend for some of the ski resorts in Chile and Argentina. Sunday, June 18, looks like a particularly good day for powder skiing in the Andes.

It’s snowing in Patagonia! Residents of Neuquen, Rio Negro, and Chubut were greeted with a beautiful blanket of white this morning. Today marks the first significant, widespread snowfall of the 2017 winter for the Northern Patagonian region of Argentina. In the 11 years we have been operating in the area, this has got to be the earliest start to winter that we have ever seen! Vamos todavia!

Our Signature Tours are scheduled to begin in August, so that leaves plenty of time for the snowpack to stack up deep and strong. We also run several Backcountry Skiing programs from July through September, including guided ski touring, backcountry hut trips, and mechanized skiing options.

Here are some photos of the recent snowfall from a few of the places we ski around the region:

Cerro Catedral

The base of Cerro Catedral - San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina (May 22, 2017)
The base of Cerro Catedral Ski Resort – San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina (May 22, 2017)
Top of the Amancay Gondola at Cerro Catedral - San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina (May 22, 2017)
Top of the Amancay Gondola at Cerro Catedral Ski Resort – San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina (May 22, 2017)
Signature Tours that visit this location:

Chapelco

Base of Cerro Chapelco Ski Resort - San Martin de los Andes, Argentina (May 22, 2017)
Base of Cerro Chapelco Ski Resort – San Martin de los Andes, Argentina (May 22, 2017)
Mid-mountain at Cerro Chapelco Ski Resort - San Martin de los Andes (May 22, 2017)
Mid-mountain at Cerro Chapelco Ski Resort – San Martin de los Andes (May 22, 2017)
Signature Tours that visit this location:

Villa La Angostura

The town of Villa La Angostura, Argentina, home of Cerro Bayo Ski Resort (May 22, 2017)
The town of Villa La Angostura, Argentina, home of Cerro Bayo Ski Resort (May 22, 2017)
Signature Tours that visit this location:

El Bolson

The town of El Bolson, Argentina, home of Cerro Perito Moreno Ski Area, with Cerro Piltriquitron in the background (May 22, 2017)
The town of El Bolson, Argentina, home of Cerro Perito Moreno Ski Area, with Cerro Piltriquitron in the background (May 22, 2017)
Signature Tours that visit this location:

Esquel

The town of Esquel, Argentina, home of La Hoya Ski Resort (May 22, 2017)
The town of Esquel, Argentina, home of La Hoya Ski Resort (May 22, 2017)
Signature Tours that visit this location:

Caviahue

The town of Caviahue, Argentina, home of the Caviahue Ski Resort (May 22, 2017)
The town of Caviahue, Argentina, home of the Caviahue Ski Resort (May 22, 2017)
The base of Caviahue Ski Resort - Caviahue, Argentina (May 22, 2017)
The base of Caviahue Ski Resort – Caviahue, Argentina (May 22, 2017)
Signature Tours that visit this location:

Batea Mahuida

Aerial photo of Cerro Batea Mahuida and the Batea Mahuida Volcano - Villa Pehuenia, Argentina (May 22, 2017)
Aerial photo of Cerro Batea Mahuida and the Batea Mahuida Volcano – Villa Pehuenia, Argentina (May 22, 2017)
Signature Tours that visit this location:

We are thrilled and honored to be featured in the latest issue of Ascent Backcountry Snow Journal, Late Winter 2017. For those who are not yet familiar with this publication, Ascent is a magazine that is published three times a year by Utah Adventure Journal in Park City, Utah. Since its inception in 2015, Ascent Backcountry Snow Journal has been delivering the most fun and interesting ski stories and trip reports from around the globe, for skiers by skiers (and snowboarders). For more information, visit their website: http://ascentbackcountry.com/, or follow them on social media.

Cover of Ascent Backcountry Snow Journal - Late Winter 2017
Cover of Ascent Backcountry Snow Journal – Late Winter 2017

Patagonia Ski Tours Lead Guide, Sean Zimmerman-Wall, is also an award-winning photojournalist, currently writing for several publications. His latest published work is a story of one of the greatest days of skiing we have had so far in the wilds of Patagonia. The title of the article is ‘Domo Arigato, A Skier’s Journey to Mallin Alto’. No, they don’t speak Japanese in Argentina; domo means ‘dome’ in Spanish, as in the backcountry dome shelters where we spent each night. Aside from some beautiful powder skiing images, the author’s colorful writing style makes for a great read.

'Domo Arigato - A Skier's Journey to Mallin Alto'
‘Domo Arigato – A Skier’s Journey to Mallin Alto’, featuring a sunrise shot from the domes (Photo: Sean Zimmerman-Wall) and Lead Guide, Justin Lozier, opening up a new zone (Photo: Kao)

We have been taking guests to ski and snowboard out at Mallin Alto for the past three seasons, and it is one of our favorite places in the entire world. Located in a pristine mountain setting in the remote Andes Mountains of Patagonia, Mallin Alto is the brainchild of our good friend, Kao, and his cousin, Lucio. The two of them have been running a successful hunting operation on their old family ranch for about a decade. After the success of their first dome shelter for hunting, Kao had the idea to build a domo up in the alpine, to be used as a winter shelter for backcountry snowmobiling, skiing, and snowboarding.

'The Journey Begins' - backcountry skiing in Patagonia
‘The Journey Begins’ at Mallin Alto, “This is what happens when you give a heliguide a free pass to open up new terrain with a couple of high-powered powder sleds in all-time conditions. The place gets caned.” — Justin Lozier (Photo: Kao)

Not only are the dome shelters cool, but they are comfortable too! The team at Mallin Alto has hauled up a cast iron stove for cooking, a few wood stoves for heat, and a wood-burning water heater for hot showers. They have also built a wood-fired hot tub for soothing sore muscles after a big day in the mountains, sipping cocktails under the stars. With all the creature comforts one could ever hope for in a remote location like this, we have dubbed it ‘winter glamping’. Their crew consists of IFMGA/UIAGM-certified ski guides, experienced snowmobile operators, charming hut keepers, and even a gourmet chef.

Winter glamping and powder skiing in Patagonia
Top Photo: Miguel, the Argentine George Clooney, working his magic in the kitchen of the domo; Bottom Photo: Sean Zimmerman-Wall, a.k.a. ‘Juan de los Andes’, enjoying powder skiing perfection in the peaks of Patagonia

This particular adventure to Mallin Alto was one for the ages. On a stormy evening in Bariloche, we made the journey up dirt roads, through rough terrain and river crossings, until we reached the point where wheeled vehicles could no longer continue. Snowmobiles took us the rest of the distance, hauling our equipment on a gear trailer. After reaching the domos, we enjoyed hot food and cold drink as the storm raged on. By the time we awoke the following morning, over a meter of snow had fallen, and we were in the prime location to capitalize on our good fortune. The days that followed provided us with the best powder skiing we have ever had in South America. We skied 11 runs a day for three days straight, all in the blissful solitude of our own private mountain playground. By the end of the trip, we had opened up a few new zones and discovered some new terrain to explore on our next visit.

'The Andean Night' - Patagonia Ski Tours at Mallin Alto
‘The Andean Night’, featuring a shot of Tim closing out an 11-run day of skiing Patagonian powder at Mallin Alto (Photo: Kao)

To read the full article, you’ll have to pick up a copy for yourself. Look for Ascent Backcountry Snow Journal at your local mountain shop, or visit their website to subscribe.

Mallin Alto is based near the town of San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina, and ski trips run from July through September. We offer a la carte programs that can be added to any of our ski tours, or as a stand-alone trip. One of our most popular offerings is the Andean Backcountry Experience, featuring 3 days/2 nights at Baguales Snowcat Skiing & Ski Touring and 3 days/2 nights at Mallin Alto Snowmobiling & Ski Touring. Summer season trips are available as well: hunting, fishing, horseback riding, mountain biking, hiking, or just enjoying the peace and quiet. Visit our Reservations page to book your own adventure, or Contact Us for more information.

We are pleased to announce the release of our latest video, a highlight reel featuring some of our adventures from the 2016 ski season in Argentina. We traveled far and wide, from the remote Patagonian steppe, through the lush lake district, and up into the remote northern volcano region, in search of the best skiing and the most fun adventures on the South American continent.

Watch in HD and crank up the volume for the full experience. Enjoy!

Patagonia Ski Tours 2016 from Patagonia Ski Tours on Vimeo.

Check out our Vimeo Channel to see all of our videos. Join us for more fun and adventure, during our 2017 season!

The base area at Cerro Catedral ski resort during the storm yesterday - San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina
The base area at Cerro Catedral ski resort during the storm yesterday – San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina

Four feet of snow in a 24-hour period at our home mountain, Cerro Catedral in San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina! We haven’t seen a storm like this in the Bariloche area since 2006. As we discussed in a previous post, the stars were aligning for ideal weather conditions for such an event, the perfect storm.

The snow started on Thursday evening, and by the time Friday morning rolled around, the heavy snows had already inundated the mountain roads accessing the ski areas with over 2 feet of snow, keeping several from opening. The intense snow accumulations was enough to take out the power at the Cerro Catedral ski resort, keeping the chairs from running all day Friday.

24-hour accumulated precipitation totals from Servicio Meteorologico Nacional de Argentina. Our main ski terrain is circled in yellow.
24-hour accumulated precipitation totals from Servicio Meteorologico Nacional de Argentina. Our main ski terrain is circled in yellow.

This storm hit quickly and hit hard, blanketing the entire region of Northern Patagonia. The best precipitation totals we’ve seen so far show 48 inches of snow at over 4 inches of water! That’s about a 10% average snow-water equivalent, which is a good density for powder skiing.

This morning, we awoke to clear blue skies and cold temperatures. Now that the roads have been cleared and the ski resorts are open, it’s been a full-on powder fiesta!

This is the year to get the goods in Argentina! We still have room on our Ruta 40 Ski Week: Extreme Edition, August 8-14 and our Lake District Ski Week, August 15-21. Sign up today to join the party!

Here are some photos from around the area:

A snowcat clearing the snow from the base area at Cerro Catedral during the storm - July 17, 2015
A snowcat clearing the snow from the base area at Cerro Catedral during the storm – July 17, 2015
San Carlos de Bariloche town center (centro civico) blanketed in snow - July 17, 2015
San Carlos de Bariloche town center (centro civico) blanketed in snow – July 17, 2015
The buried mid-mountain cafe at Cerro Bayo in Villa La Angostura, Argentina - July 17, 2015
The buried mid-mountain cafe at Cerro Bayo in Villa La Angostura, Argentina – July 17, 2015
Yiyo boarding his front end loader to clear the road at Monte Bianco near Esquel, Argentina. Que grande, Yiyo!
Local legend, Yiyo, boarding his front end loader to clear the road at Monte Bianco near Esquel, Argentina. Que grande, Yiyo! – July 17, 2015
Deep snow and clearing skies this morning at Cerro Catedral, as the storm moves out and the lifts start spinning. - July 18, 2015
Deep snow and clearing skies this morning at Cerro Catedral, as the storm moves out and the lifts start spinning – July 18, 2015
Opening day of the new Silla del Mocho chairlift at Chapelco in San Martin de los Andes! What a great day for an inauguration! - July 18, 2015
Opening day of the new Silla del Mocho chairlift at Chapelco in San Martin de los Andes! What a great day for an inauguration! – July 18, 2015
Early morning dumping at the base area of Cerro Perito Moreno in El Boslon, Argentina - July 18, 2015. Photo: Nir Ekdesman
Early morning dumping at the base area of Cerro Perito Moreno in El Boslon, Argentina – July 18, 2015. Photo: Nir Ekdesman
Excellent powder skiing conditions at Cerro Caviahue in Caviahue, Argentina - July 18, 2015.
Excellent powder skiing conditions today at Cerro Caviahue in Caviahue, Argentina – July 18, 2015
July 18, 2015 12Z GFS weather model forecast solution illustrating another cold, moist southwest flow moving into the Patagonia region over the weekend.
July 18, 2015 12Z GFS weather model forecast solution illustrating another cold, moist southwest flow moving into the Patagonia region over the weekend.

We are expecting another cold shot or two of snow over the weekend, as more moisture moves into the conditionally unstable post-frontal environment, with cold temperatures (-10° to -3° C/14° to 26° F), and a preferred flow direction out of the SW through the weekend, before the storm finally moves on. Outside chance for another short-lived wave to hit early next week (late-monday through wednesday). Long-term weather forecast: Warmer temps next week, before another cold & wet storm moves into the area at the end of the month.

We will be keeping our eyes on the skies and monitoring the snowpack in preparation for our ski tours in August. It’s not too late to sign up and get your powder fix! Visit our Reservations page or Contact Us today to book your own South American ski adventure.

In closing, we leave this message to our friends around the Patagonian region:

“Que disfruten mucho la bendicion de esta nevada, que sus tablas floten encima, derecho y rapido, que sus piernas aguanten estos dias magicos de surfear la nieve honda, y que tengan cuidado de no provocar el dragon que duerme abajo (ojo con el viento). Amor y gratitud.”

“May you thoroughly enjoy the blessing of this snow storm, may your boards float on top, straight and fast, may your legs endure these magical days of surfing the deep snow, and may you be careful to not provoke the dragon that sleeps beneath (watch out for the wind). Love and gratitude.”

In case you haven’t heard yet, it has been dumping in South America! Our home base region around San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina has been receiving snow on nearly a daily basis since the beginning of July. We have been hammered by three 30-40 cm (12-15 inches) storms over the past 10 days. See our previous post for recent photos from the ski resorts around our area. The current winter weather pattern looks to stay in place for quite some time. Today, the snow continues to fall in the Patagonian Andes, filling in for our ski tours in August.

There is another major winter weather system heading our way, that looks to arrive this Thursday, July 16. The current weather models are advertising snow totals in the neighborhood of 90 cm (36 inches) within a 48-hour period! It is truly looking like the perfect storm for our region: San Carlos de Bariloche, Villa La Angostura, San Martin de los Andes, Caviahue, El Bolson, Esquel, and surrounding area mountains.

Here is a breakdown and atmospheric highlights of the coming storm system:

Current surface weather map of South America from Servicio Meteorologico Nacional de Argentina. Note the position of the low pressure center and how that will direct the flow of the weather system into the region of Northern Patagonia.
Current surface weather map of South America from Servicio Meteorologico Nacional de Argentina. Note the position of the low pressure center and how that will direct the flow of the weather system into the region of Northern Patagonia.
Water Vapor Satellite image from Servicio Meteorologico Nacional de Argentina,  illustrating the amount of water vapor carried by the cold, wet system heading our way.
Water Vapor Satellite image from Servicio Meteorologico Nacional de Argentina, illustrating the large amounts of water vapor carried by the cold, wet system heading our way.
Cloud Tops Satellite image from Servicio Meteorologico Nacional de Argentina, giving us an idea of the overall size and height of the clouds as they crank across the Pacific Ocean.
Cloud Tops Satellite image from Servicio Meteorologico Nacional de Argentina, giving us an idea of the overall size and height of the clouds as they crank across the Pacific Ocean. The taller the clouds, the generally greater amount of instability in the weather system. Instability is a good thing for higher snow yields.
GFS weather model illustrating strong jetstream dynamics over the region of Southern Argentina Thursday afternoon.
GFS weather model illustrating strong jetstream dynamics over the region of Southern Argentina Thursday afternoon. The jetstream is one of the strongest forces on earth, where winds regularly rage at over 100 MPH. The most concentrated areas of the jetstream are called jetstreaks, where winds reach their peaks, at 150 MPH or more. A good position on the leading edge of the front quadrants of jetstreaks has proven to be an excellent storm ‘enhancer’.
500 mb (~18,000 feet) layer Relative Humidity/Vertical Vorticity GFS solution illustrating divergence and cold air advection in the mid-atmosphere over the Patagonian Andes (circled) on Wednesday night. Divergence equates to convergence below (lifting).
500 mb (~18,000 feet) layer Relative Humidity/Vertical Vorticity GFS solution illustrating divergence and cold air advection in the mid-atmosphere over the Patagonian Andes (circled) on Wednesday night. Divergence above equates to convergence below (lifting).
700 mb (~10,000 feet) layer Relative Humidity/Vertical Vorticity GFS solution illustrating extensive cold air advection aloft on Wednesday. A colder air mass cutting under the warmer air mass in place contributes to instability and lifting. Also note the large high pressure system in the Pacific Ocean, working in tandem with the low pressure system to the south to drive all of the moisture and weather dynamics into our region of Patagonia (circled).
700 mb (~10,000 feet) layer Relative Humidity/Vertical Vorticity GFS solution illustrating extensive cold air advection aloft on Wednesday. A colder air mass cutting under the warmer air mass in place contributes to instability and lifting. Also note the large high pressure system in the Pacific Ocean, working in tandem with the low pressure system to the south to drive all of the moisture and weather dynamics into our region of Patagonia (circled).
850 mb (~5,000 feet) layer Relative Humidity/Vertical Vorticity GFS solution showing heavy amounts of relative humidity (water vapor), freezing temperatures, and a preferable flow direction at our average ridgetop elevations on Wednesday. A south-west flow direction is ideal for the Northern Patagiona region to receive the brunt of a storm's energy, without interference from some of the areas highest volcanic peaks, helping to produce the greatest effects from orographic lifting.
850 mb (~5,000 feet) layer Relative Humidity/Vertical Vorticity GFS solution showing heavy amounts of relative humidity (water vapor), freezing temperatures, and a preferable flow direction at our average ridgetop elevations on Wednesday. A south-west flow direction is ideal for the Northern Patagiona region to receive the brunt of a storm’s energy, without interference from some of the area’s highest volcanic peaks, helping to produce the greatest effects of orographic lifting.
Time Height graph based on the latest ETA weather model forecast solution, giving a visual representation of the high amounts of relative humidity, below freezing temperatures and subsequent large amounts of precipitation that we should expect to see for the remainder of the week.
Time Height graph based on the latest ETA weather model forecast solution, giving a visual representation of the high amounts of relative humidity, below freezing temperatures and subsequent large amounts of precipitation that we should expect to see for the remainder of the week.

We will be keeping our eyes on the skies to continue delivering the latest news and updates from the mountains of Patagonia. It is a good time to be skiing powder in South America. Come down and get some for yourself! We still have seats available on our guided ski tours in August. Visit our Reservations page or Contact Us to get more information and book your own South American ski adventure today!

In celebration of the current weather events in the Andes, we leave you with this quote:

One can never be bored by powder skiing because it is a special gift of the relationship between earth and sky. It only comes in sufficient amounts in particular places, at certain times on this earth; it lasts only a limited amount of time before sun or wind changes it. People devote their lives to it for the pleasure of being so purely played by gravity and snow.” – Dolores LaChapelle, Earth Wisdom, 1978

Satellite weather map from the Servicio Meteorologico Nacional de Argentina, illustrating the current storm impacting the Andes Mountains of South America - July 11, 2015
Satellite weather map from the Servicio Meteorologico Nacional de Argentina, illustrating the current storm impacting the Andes Mountains of South America – July 11, 2015

The switch has been flipped, and winter is on in Argentina! It has been snowing almost every day during the month of July so far in our region of Patagonia, and the mountains are blanketed in white. We are currently in a great winter weather pattern, with cold temps and on and off snow storms daily. It’s even snowing in town in Bariloche right now! The forecast is looking good, with major snow storms lined up as far as the computer models can see. We should be getting at least another meter (40 inches) of snow between now and the end of next week. Vamos!

Come down and get some for yourself! It’s not too late to sign up for one of our unique and exciting ski tours during the month of August.

Check out the recent photos below of the current ski conditions at each of the ski resorts that we frequent on our Signature Tours (listed below each resort):

Cerro Catedral – San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina

Excellent ski conditions at Cerro Catedral, snow from top to bottom - July 11, 2015
Excellent ski conditions at Cerro Catedral, snow from top to bottom – July 11, 2015

Cerro Bayo – Villa La Angostura, Argentina

Dumping on the ridgetop at Cerro Bayo - July 6, 2015
Dumping on the ridgetop at Cerro Bayo – July 6, 2015

Cerro Chapelco – San Martin de los Andes, Argentina

A beautiful snowy morning on top of Chapelco Ski Resort - July 11, 2015
A beautiful snowy morning on top of Chapelco Ski Resort – July 11, 2015

La Hoya – Esquel, Argentina

The massive alpine bowls at La Hoya are filling in nicely - July 6, 2015
The massive alpine bowls at La Hoya are filling in nicely – July 6, 2015

Monte Bianco – Alto Rio Percy, Argentina

Our friend, local pro snowboarder Queque Parodi surfing the white wave at Monte Bianco - July 4, 2015
Our friend, local pro snowboarder Queque Parodi surfing the white wave at Monte Bianco – July 4, 2015

Cerro Perito Moreno – El Bolson, Argentina

The race course is already in at Cerro Perito Moreno, and the peaks are looking prime for powder skiing - July 10, 2015
The race course is already in at Cerro Perito Moreno, and the peaks are looking prime for powder skiing – July 10, 2015

Caviahue – Caviahue, Argentina

Benefiting from their unique location, tucked into the corner of the northern Neuquen province, amongst towering volcanoes, Caviahue is getting blanketed with snow - July 5, 2015
Benefiting from its unique location, tucked into the corner of the northern Neuquen province, amongst towering volcanoes, Caviahue is getting blanketed with new snow daily – July 5, 2015

Visit our Reservations page or Contact Us to book your South American ski adventure today!

Winter has made its triumphant return to the Andes! Nearly every ski resort in Argentina and Chile have been reporting large amounts of snow since the beginning of June. Locals have been getting out and skiing these excellent early season snow conditions all over the range. Here are some recent shots from our favorite playgrounds in southern Argentina, including some of our friends sampling the goods for themselves. We have also included links to our guided ski tours that visit each area pictured.

 

Cerro CatedralSan Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina
Lake District Ski Week | Deluxe Lake District Ski Week | Ruta 40 Ski Week | Ruta 40 Ski Week: Extreme Edition | 5 Star Adventure Ski Tour | Ski & Wine Tour

Nevada en Cerro Catedral 10 de junio, 2015
The Cerro Catedral ski resort covered from end to end with new snow today – June 10, 2015
Inti Fernandez - Piedra del Condor, Cerro Catedral 9 de junio, 2015
Bariloche local and pro skier, Inti Fernandez, about to drop in from Piedra del Condor at Cerro Catedral – June 9, 2015

 

Cerro Bayo Ski BoutiqueVilla La Angostura, Argentina
Lake District Ski Week | Deluxe Lake District Ski Week

Nevada en Cerro Bayo 10 de junio, 2015
June snow filling in the enchanted forests of the Cerro Bayo ski resort today – June 10, 2015

 

Chapelco Ski ResortSan Martin de los Andes, Argentina
Lake District Ski Week | Deluxe Lake District Ski Week

Cota 1600 en Chapelco 10 de junio, 2015
The view from Cota 1600 at Chapelco this morning – June 10, 2015

 

La Hoya Centro de Ski – Esquel, Argentina
Ruta 40 Ski Week | Ruta 40 Ski Week: Extreme Edition

Nevada en La Hoya 7 de junio, 2015
A fresh coat of early winter snow on the steep slopes of La Hoya ski area – June 7, 2015

 

Cerro Perito MorenoEl Bolson, Argentina
Ruta 40 Ski Week | Ruta 40 Ski Week: Extreme Edition

Nevada en Cerro Perito Moreno 9 de junio, 2015
The base area at Cerro Perito Moreno blanketed with early season snow yesterday – June 9, 2015

 

Monte Bianco Parque de Nieve – Alto Rio Percy, Argentina
Ruta 40 Ski Week: Extreme Edition

Queque Parodi backflip en Monte Bianco - 9 de junio, 2015
Local pro snowboarder, Queque Parodi, throwing a backflip off a backcountry booter yesterday at Monte Bianco Parque de Nieve – June 9, 2015

Come down and join the fun! Visit our Reservations page to book your summer ski adventure today!

Winter has arrived in the southern hemisphere, and the snow is already piling up across the Andes mountains. The 2015 South American ski season is underway! We offer full-service guided ski tours in and around all of the greatest ski destinations in Argentina and Chile.

Below you will find a listing of all major ski resorts in Argentina & Chile, along with their opening date, status, current conditions (parte diario), and where each resort is included in our tour options. We hope to see you this summer (winter) in Argentina or Chile! Visit our Reservations page or Contact Us to book your trip today!

 

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Argentina

Cerro Catedral Official WebsiteCerro Catedral: OPEN!  Conditions/Parte Diario)
Lake District Ski Week/Deluxe Lake District Ski Week/Ruta 40 Ski Week/Ruta 40 Ski Week: Extreme Edition/Patagonia Super Tour

Chapelco Official WebsiteChapelco: OPEN! (Current Conditions/Parte Diario)
Lake District Ski Week/Deluxe Lake District Ski Week/Patagonia Super Tour

Cerro Bayo Official WebsiteCerro Bayo: OPEN! (Current Conditions/Parte Diario)
Lake District Ski Week/Deluxe Lake District Ski Week/Patagonia Super Tour

Cerro Perito Moreno Official WebsiteCerro Perito Moreno: OPEN! (Current Conditions/Parte Diario)
Ruta 40 Ski Week/Ruta 40 Ski Week: Extreme Edition/Patagonia Super Tour

La Hoya Official WebsiteLa Hoya: OPEN! (Current Conditions/Parte Diario)
Ruta 40 Ski Week/Ruta 40 Ski Week: Extreme Edition/Patagonia Super Tour

Cerro Castor Official WebsiteCerro Castor: OPEN! (Current Conditions/Parte Diario)
Custom Tour

Caviahue Official WebsiteCaviahue: OPEN! (Current Conditions/Parte Diario)
Custom Tour

Las Lenas Official WebsiteLas Leñas: OPEN! (Current Conditions/Parte Diario)
Custom Tour

Penitentes Official WebsitePenitentes: OPEN! (Current Conditions/Parte Diario)
Custom Tour

 

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Chile

***All Chile Ski Trips offered through our Custom Tour page***

Portillo Official WebsitePortillo: July 18 (Current Conditions/Parte Diario)

Valle Nevado Official WebsiteValle Nevado: OPEN! (Current Conditions/Parte Diario)

La Parva Official WebsiteLa Parva: OPEN! (Current Conditions/Parte Diario)

El Colorado Official WebsiteEl Colorado: OPEN! (Current Conditions/Parte Diario)

Nevados de Chillan LogoNevados de Chillan: OPEN! (Current Conditions/Parte Diario)

Ski Pucon Official WebsiteSki Pucón: NOT OPENING FOR 2015 SKI SEASON DUE TO ALERT ON VILLARICA VOLCANO (Current Conditions/Parte Diario)

Corralco Official WebsiteCorralco: OPEN! (Current Conditions/Parte Diario)

Antillanca Official WebsiteAntillanca: OPEN! (Current Conditions/Parte Diario)

Here’s to a fun and safe ski season… Saludos!

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info@patagoniaskitours.com
+1 (801) 960-2SKI [2754]

Skiing the La Hoya backcountry
Skiing the La Hoya backcountry

In our constant quest to bring our guests the most unique and authentic skiing experiences in South America, we are happy to unveil our newest Ski Tour, Ruta 40 Ski Week: Extreme Edition. This incredible 6 day/7 night journey into the wilds of Argentine Patagonia is a more intense backcountry oriented version of our classic Ruta 40 Ski Week.

El Cañadon del Silencio - Monte Bianco Backcountry
El Cañadon del Silencio (“The Canyon of Silence”) – Monte Bianco Backcountry

Starting in the small mountain town of Esquel, in southern Argentina, the tour kicks off at the nearby La Hoya ski resort, skiing the surrounding backcountry terrain. A Welcome Dinner awaits in town, accompanied by live local blues music. We then venture to the more remote Monte Bianco ski area, where we will ride snowmobiles to a rustic mountain hut and ski in the breath-taking Cañadon del Silencio (“Canyon of Silence”). After enjoying some aprés ski festivities back at the hut, we will venture north to El Bolson, through the beautiful Los Alerces National Park.

Cerro Piltriquitron above the town of El Bolson, Argentina
Cerro Piltriquitron above the town of El Bolson, Argentina

El Bolson is mostly known for being a relaxed hippie mountain town. It is also bordered by immense peaks to the east and west, prime backcountry skiing areas that see little or no traffic in winter. The first day in El Bolson begins with an early morning 4×4 excursion up to Refugio Piltriquitron for a day of ski touring on Cerro Piltriquitron, known as “El Piltri” by the locals. The second day will be spent at the recently revived Cerro Perito Moreno ski area, where we will take a snowcat up to a massive glacial plateau for a day of backcountry ski touring in some of the highest peaks in the area. After enjoying fresh turns in the high country above town, we will enjoy fresh craft beer at the famous El Bolson brewery, before continuing north on the historic Ruta 40 to San Carlos de Bariloche.

Sean backcountry skiing at Cerro Catedral - San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina
Backcountry skiing at Cerro Catedral – San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina

Better known as Bariloche, the town of San Carlos de Bariloche is the main hub for mountain recreation in the Lake District region of Patagonia. Departing early in the morning from our lakefront lodging on the shores of Lago Nahuel Huapi, we will load up a 4×4 for our approach to Cerro Lopez. This broad-faced mountain towers over the lake, offering some of the most expansive views of Bariloche, as one of the most prominent peaks in the area. After some amazing backcountry ski descents, we will enjoy an on-mountain picnic at Refugio Lopez before heading back down into town. The last day of the trip will be spent at the remarkable Cerro Catedral ski resort to explore its expansive lift-accessed backcountry ski terrain. We also offer an upgrade to snowcat skiing at the nearby Baguales Mountain Reserve – visit our Snowcat Skiing page for more details.

It is with great joy that we are offering the Ruta 40 Ski Week: Extreme Edition for the 2015 ski season in Argentina. Another Patagonia Ski Tours original, this exciting trip is sure to become one of our classic ski adventures.

Please feel free to Contact Us for more information, or visit our Reservations page to book your trip. Thanks for reading. Saludos!

Winter has arrived in the southern hemisphere, and the snow is already piling up across the Andes mountains. The 2014 South American ski season is about to begin! We offer full-service guided ski tours in and around all of the greatest ski destinations in Argentina and Chile.

Below you will find a listing of all major ski resorts in Argentina & Chile, along with their opening date, status, current conditions (parte diario), and where each resort is included in our tour options. We hope to see you this summer (winter) in Argentina or Chile! Visit our Reservations page or Contact Us to book your trip today!

 

Argentine Flag

Argentina

Cerro Catedral Official WebsiteCerro Catedral: OPEN! (Current Conditions/Parte Diario)
Lake District Ski Week/Ruta 40 Ski Week/Patagonia Super Tour

Chapelco Official WebsiteChapelco: OPEN! (Current Conditions/Parte Diario)
Lake District Ski Week/Patagonia Super Tour

Cerro Bayo Official WebsiteCerro Bayo: OPEN! (Current Conditions/Parte Diario)
Lake District Ski Week/Patagonia Super Tour

Cerro Perito Moreno Official WebsiteCerro Perito MorenoOPEN! (Current Conditions/Parte Diario)
Ruta 40 Ski Week/Patagonia Super Tour

La Hoya Official WebsiteLa Hoya: OPEN! (Current Conditions/Parte Diario)
Ruta 40 Ski Week/Patagonia Super Tour

Cerro Castor Official WebsiteCerro Castor: OPEN! (Current Conditions/Parte Diario)
Custom Tour

Caviahue Official WebsiteCaviahue: OPEN! (Current Conditions/Parte Diario)
Custom Tour

Las Lenas Official WebsiteLas Leñas: OPEN! (Current Conditions/Parte Diario)
Custom Tour

Penitentes Official WebsitePenitentes: OPEN! (Current Conditions/Parte Diario)
Custom Tour

 

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Chile

***All Chile Ski Trips offered through our Custom Tour page***

Portillo Official WebsitePortillo: OPEN! (Current Conditions/Parte Diario)

Valle Nevado Official WebsiteValle Nevado: OPEN! (Current Conditions/Parte Diario)

La Parva Official WebsiteLa Parva: OPEN! (Current Conditions/Parte Diario)

El Colorado Official WebsiteEl Colorado: OPEN! (Current Conditions/Parte Diario)

Nevados de Chillan LogoNevados de Chillan: OPEN! (Current Conditions/Parte Diario)

Ski Pucon Official WebsiteSki PucónOPEN! (Current Conditions/Parte Diario)

Corralco Official WebsiteCorralco: OPEN! (Current Conditions/Parte Diario)

Antillanca Official WebsiteAntillanca: OPEN! (Current Conditions/Parte Diario)

Here’s to a great and safe ski season… Saludos!

Patagonia Ski Tours Logo

info@patagoniaskitours.com
+1 (801) 960-2SKI [9754]