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Every year, during the last week of August to the first week of September, a massive winter storm hits the southern Andes Mountains of Patagonia, blanketing the range with anywhere from one to three meters of snow – 40 to 120 inches! This storm is known by the locals as the Santa Rosa. Right now, she is making her way across the Pacific Ocean to dump massive quantities of snow in the Patagonian peaks of Argentina. This is the ideal time to be skiing and snowboarding in South America!

Current satellite image, illustrating the onset of the first of the two waves of major winter storms impacting the Andes Mountains this week - Servicio Meteorologico Nacional de Argentina
Current satellite image, illustrating the onset of the first of the two waves of major winter storms impacting the Andes Mountains this week – Servicio Meteorologico Nacional de Argentina

This year, it looks like we’ll be getting a one-two punch in two waves: the first mild and wet, the second intense, cold, and all out puking. There is one major wave currently pushing through the region the evening of Tuesday, August 25th, into Wednesday, August 26th. This first wave is warmer, wetter and more calm: freezing levels around 2000 meters to start, lowering to around 1600 meters, with winds in the light to moderate category out of the North, Northwest, then West as the first wave makes its exit. The current GFS model weather forecast analysis is advertising around 45 mm (1.8 inches) of water during this first 48-hour period. Snow densities will likely be higher during this first wave, starting somewhere around 12-14%, then dropping to around 10%. This should be good for new snow adhesion to the existing snow surface, an excellent setup for the second round of precipitation. Possible snow totals for first wave = 15-18″.

ETA model weather forecast Time-Height chart, offering a visual representation of the first storm wave and the onset of the second - Servicio Meteorologico Nacional de Argentina
ETA model weather forecast Time-Height chart, offering a visual representation of the first storm wave and the ushering in of the second (note the winds ramping up and the dropping 0° isotherm during the onset of the second wave) – Servicio Meteorologico Nacional de Argentina

The true Santa Rosa storm looks to make landfall on Friday, August 28th, and remain in place through Sunday, August 30th. This will be the aforementioned second wave, far more intense than the first: freezing levels around 1600 meters to start, then dropping to 1400 meters as the storm tapers off, with winds in the moderate to strong category, primarily out of the Northwest. The latest GFS solutions are predicting precip totals up to 66 mm (2.6 inches) of water during this second 72-hour period. With copious amounts of moisture and cold temperatures expected, this second wave should drop a deep blanket of Patagonian powder on top of the higher density cushion from the prior first wave of snowfall. This really is a perfect setup for ending the ski season with some stellar powder skiing. Possible snow totals for second wave, the true Santa Rosa = 26-30″.

The stars aligning during frontal passage: the latest GFS model forecast solution, showing the moment of initial impact by the true Santa Rosa storm on Friday, August 28 (note the leading edge of the cold front curling over the Patagonian region, with the high pressure system to the north working in tandem with the intense low pressure system to the south to drive huge amounts of moisture into the Andes) - Meteostar
The stars aligning during frontal passage: the latest GFS model forecast solution, showing the moment of initial impact by the true Santa Rosa storm on Friday, August 28 (note the leading edge of the cold front curling over the Patagonian region, with the high pressure system to the north working in tandem with the intense low pressure system to the south to drive huge amounts of moisture into the Andes) – Meteostar

At a 10% average density, we could be looking at four feet of snow out of these two storm systems! Monday, August 31st, looks like ‘the day’: cold temps and clear skies after the storm moves out. Wrap-around moisture looks to enter the Patagonian region on Tuesday, September 1st, as winds shift to the East. We should pick up only a couple inches of fluff during this event, followed by another beautiful cold, clear day on Wednesday, September 2nd. Watch for the 0° isotherm to make a drastic jump from 200 meters to 3000 meters on Thursday, September 3rd – AVALANCHE WARNING! A small avalanche cycle may be possible between the two waves of storms, on Thursday, August 27th. Then a widespread natural avalanche cycle will likely ensue during the latter half of the second wave, Saturday, August 29th, through Sunday, August 30th, particularly on East and Southeast aspects. Thursday, September 3rd, will surely be a major shed cycle with the sudden rise in temperatures – potential for major slides!

GFS 27 km model forecast analysis, showing the full storm data breakdown: massive amounts of moisture and intense winds - WindGuru
GFS 27 km model forecast analysis, showing the full storm data breakdown: massive amounts of moisture and intense winds – WindGuru
Graphical representation of the GFS 27km model weather forecast, giving us a more visual representation of the storm, particularly the wind - WindGuru
Graphical representation of the GFS 27km model weather forecast, giving us a more visual representation of the storm, particularly the wind – WindGuru

Looking at the extended GFS model forecast, this isn’t the end of it. Cold, wet storms look to continue during the second week of September. We’re looking at a great setup for skiing into October this year, prime time for ski touring in the Andean backcountry and exploring volcano country!

Contact Us or visit our Reservations page to book your trip today, and get some for yourself! Our Andean Backcountry Experience would be the best way to capitalize on the Santa Rosa’s bounty. The predicted best days of the 2015 South American ski season are only a week away! Vamos!

 

 

La Cordillera de Los Andes
La Cordillera de Los Andes

The prolific snowfall of early August laid down a stellar base and primed the slopes for shredding.  We gathered our things and headed down to Bariloche, Argentina just as the most powerful storm in nearly a decade laid waste to the city.  Four feet in just over 24 hours plastered the mountainsides and shut down the local ski area of Cerro Catedral-Alta Patagonia.  Luckily the fastidious fellas at the power company had the lifts up and running within a few hours and it was go time.  As the skies cleared to reveal a blanket of white draped across the cordillera, we traveled into the mountains to get our fair share.  Plentiful powder and sunshine bolstered our spirits and we were trenching turns to our hearts delight. A wonderful welcome to Patagonia as our 2015 Season got underway on August 4th.

South American Beacon Project- August 5th-6th

Each season we visit Argentina we make it a point to give back to the communities that have given us so much support over the years.  This season we headed to Cerro Bayo in the small town of Villa La Angostura.  Our mission was to work with the Patrulla (ski patrol) and provide them with valuable avalanche safety training and several Ortovox beacons.

Our classroom session revolved around a group discussion of current techniques for search and rescue, as well as showing a translated version of the Utah Avalanche Center’s Know Before You Go video.  This captured everyone’s attention and led to enthusiastic discussion.  The session concluded with a demonstration of the Black Diamond Jet Force Airbag System and the crowd went wild.

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Our field day took to the mountain bright and early as the patrollers always arrive well before sun up.  The small workshops rotated students through various beacon search techniques, spiral probing, and strategic shoveling.  We also talked about traveling safely along ridge lines and using proper ski cutting to protect runs and test stability.  Unlike their counterparts in the USA, the Argentine ski patrols don’t have access to explosives to mitigate hazard.  Often times the best solution is to just leave areas closed for extended periods of time. By the end of the day we had learned a lot from each other and it was great to share valuable information across borders.  Big thanks to Alex Taran of the South American Beacon Project for spearheading this movement and keeping us involved.

 

Ruta 40: Extreme Edition- August 8th-15th

After wrapping up our Buena Onda (good vibes) trip to Cerro Bayo, we packed our bags and headed south on the historic Ruta 40.  This storied road runs the length of Argentina and covers over 6,000 kms of every kind of terrain imaginable.  We picked up “La Ruta” just outside of Bariloche and booked it on down to El Bolson for a quick rendezvous with some amigos.  A little recon up to Cerro Piltriquitrón revealed additional opportunities for potential ski lines and we were excited to return in a few days.

IMG_2830 (1)  Backcountry ski touring Ruta 40 Argentina  La Hoya

By nightfall we’d arrived at our accommodations in the mountain town of Esquel.  It was early to bed after a bit of Malbec and a shower to rest up for the next week of adventuring.  Up with the sun and energized by countless cups of mate, we set our sights on La Hoya to get our fill of fresh Andean snow.  The skies were less than clear but the wind was almost nil, which is an infrequent occurrence in this part of the range.  We were treated to minimal crowds and powder in every direction.  Our small group moved swiftly across the mountain gobbling up the soft stuff and laughing all the way to the base.  After a full day of touring the mountain, we retired to the Plaza Esquel for a spa treatment and a bit more of that Malbec.

The following day took us to the little know hamlet of Monte Bianco: Parque de Nieve, about an hour outside of Esquel.  This up and coming ski area offers one-of-a-kind entertainment and the most hospitable staff that we have ever come across.  The mountain was literally ours that day and we were shuttled via snowmobile to the upper reaches where we put on skins and finished the climb.  Lain out before us was the majesty of the Andes and we felt small nestled in her bosom.  The winds had picked up and it was tough to stand still for very long.  We cruised up and down the rolling summits and found edgeable wind-pressed powder that delighted our group.  Looking off into the Cañadon de Silencio, we marveled at the mighty headwall that provided a myriad of line choices. It stared right back at us, unwavering, tempestuous, and beautiful. An objective for another day perhaps.    We ripped skins for the final time and descended back to the base area for an asado and some cerveza.   The wonderful caretakers welcomed us back and we reveled in the adventure thus far. Tomorrow, we would be at another town and another mountain.

El Cañadon del Silencio - Monte Bianco Backcountry      IMG_2822     IMG_2832

 

Our travels carried us north on Ruta 40 back to our favorite artisan community, El Bolson.  We would spend the day climbing the flanks of Cerro Piltriquitrón and finding the remaining stashes of cold snow.  The 4×4 road up to the snowline can be a bit daunting, and fortunately it was dry and the traction was good.  We dawned skins and ascended to the hut that sits just on the edge of the main bowl on the Northeast side of Piltri.  The climb allowed us to take in the sweeping views once more and we could not believe our good fortune as we found several small pockets of snow that had not been molested by the wind.  We enjoyed the vacant slopes and grabbed lunch on the deck of the refugio before heading back for some cold beer at the infamous El Bolson Cervezeria.  Gorging on wood fired pizza and stout beers made by the regional artisans, we enjoyed a flaming sunset and prepared to head north back to our home base of Barioloche.

The week of adventuring ignited our passions for skiing and we were keen to get back on the slopes of our local hill, Cerro Catedral-Alta Patagonia.  We arrived just in time for some last minute snowfall to cap off the first of our signature tours.  Making our way to the hill, we jammed to local tunes and simply enjoyed the morning.  Arriving at the resort we made a b-line for the Nubes chair where we were sure to find some soft turns.

                     

 

Closing out the day we rallied from top to bottom and enjoyed leg burning turns the whole way down.  It was an amazing finish to an unforgettable week of making new friends, exploring incredible mountains, taking in the cultural elements of new towns, and of course, eating and drinking delicious regional fare.  Stay tuned to check out our next installment as we embark on the Lake District Ski Week.  Saludos!

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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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!

 

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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!

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Winter has made its triumphant return to the southern hemisphere, and the 2013 South American ski season is upon us! Ski resorts all over the continent have benefited greatly from recent snow storms, blanketing the area with over a meter of fresh snow in just the first few days of the season.

All major ski resorts are now open, and the skiing is great! 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

La Hoya Official WebsiteLa Hoya: July 6, OPEN! FREE lift tickets for opening day! (Current Conditions/Parte Diario)
Ruta 40 Ski Week/Patagonia Super Tour

Cerro Castor Official WebsiteCerro CastorOPEN! Torchlight parade  and fireworks tonight! (Current Conditions/Parte Diario)
Custom Tour

Cerro Catedral Official WebsiteCerro Catedral: OPEN! Official 2013 season opening fiesta with fireworks tonight! (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! New gondola to the summit opening July 13! (Current Conditions/Parte Diario)
Lake District Ski Week/Patagonia Super Tour

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

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

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

Caviahue Official WebsiteCaviahue: 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) New mountain gondola open now, the first in Chile!

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

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

Termas de Chillan Official WebsiteTermas de Chillan: OPEN! (Current Conditions/Parte Diario)

Ski Pucon Official WebsiteSki Pucón: OPEN! (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!

We are excited to announce our ski & snowboard tours schedule for the 2013 ski season in South America. Our list of trips includes ski resort tours, ski & wine tours, snowcat skiing, heliskiing, and all-inclusive 5 star luxury tours, all in the incredible Andes Mountains of Argentina! Each tour includes all lodging and local ground transportation, as well as the services of our qualified professional ski guides. Skiers and Snowboarders of all ability levels are welcome, including families, couples, and corporate or other large groups.

Click on tour names or photos for more detailed information and pricing for each tour, or see our Tours menu above.

 

 

 

Patagonia Ski Tours 2013 Schedule

Lake District Ski WeekLake District Ski Week (7 Days/6 Nights): Experience the Lake District of Northern Patagonia, skiing at three of the finest ski resorts in South America: Cerro Bayo, Cerro Chapelco, and Cerro Catedral, also includes the famous Ruta de Los Siete Lagos (Seven Lakes Route).

Week One    Week Two        Week Three     Week Four

August 3-9     August 10-16     August 17-23     August 24-30

 

Ruta 40 Ski WeekRuta 40 Ski Week (7 Days/6 Nights): Explore the deeper reaches of Argentine Patagonia, skiing at La Hoya and the newly revived Cerro Perito Moreno, also includes an incredible drive through Los Alerces National Park.

Week One        Week Two        Week Three

August 10-16     August 17-23     August 24-30

 

 

 

 

Patagonia Super TourPatagonia Super Tour (14 Days/13 Nights): A two-week journey through the Patagonian Andes, combining our Lake District Ski Week and our Ruta 40 Ski Week, skiing at Cerro Bayo, Cerro Chapelco, Cerro Catedral, La Hoya, and Cerro Perito Moreno, also includes the famous Ruta de Los Siete Lagos (Seven Lakes Route) and an incredible drive through Los Alerces National Park.

Tour One        Tour Two          Tour Three

August 3-16     August 10-23     August 17-30

 

 

 

Ski & Wine TourSki & Wine Tour (7 days/6 nights): Enjoy the wonderful combination of Northern Patagonia’s excellent skiing and incredible scenery with its equally beautiful wine region. This trip includes four days of skiing at Cerro Catedral in Bariloche and two days on the Ruta del Vino wine tour in the Alto Valle wine region of Neuquen province.

Week One    Week Two        Week Three    Week Four

August 3-9     August 10-16     August 17-23     August 24-30

 

 

5 Star Adventure Ski Tour5 Star Adventure Ski Tour (8 days/7 nights, all-inclusive): Our premier all-inclusive ski adventure of Patagonia. Experience the finest Argentina has to offer, starting in the captivating capital city of Buenos Aires, then fly south to San Carlos de Bariloche, where guests will spend two days skiing at Cerro Catedral to warm up for their two days of snowcat skiing out of our exclusive luxury backcountry lodge in the Andean wilderness. This trip is run in partnership with Jans Mountain Outfitters of Park City, Utah. A Jans Trip Leader will accompany you on the flight to Buenos Aires and remain at your service for the duration of the adventure. In addition to the services of our qualified professional ski guides, this trip features 24-hour care by your Jans Trip Leader, personal concierge service by our Local Agents, 5-star luxury accommodations at the Palacio Duhau in Buenos Aires and Pestana Bariloche at Arelauquen Country Club in Bariloche, round-trip domestic airfare within Argentina – accompanied by Jans Trip Leader and PST Local Agent, rental skis/snowboards by Jans or local Alto Valle brand, all meals and all local ground transportation!

Week One    Week Two        Week Three    Week Four

August 3-10   August 10-17     August 17-24     August 24-31

5 Star Private Heliski Week5 Star Private Heliski Week (8 days/7 nights, all-inclusive): Helicopter skiing in the remote peaks of Patagonia. Beginning in Argentina’s captivating capital city of Buenos Aires, guests will then fly south to San Carlos de Bariloche, where their private helicopter awaits. After an exciting 4×4 drive out to our exclusive backcountry heliski lodge, guests will enjoy five days of heliskiing in the Cordillera de Los Baguales, Lago Escondido, and Cholila zones. This rustic mountain lodge features all of the comforts of home in a remote mountain setting, plus a snowcat so we can keep skiing if the weather goes bad. In addition to the services of our qualified professional ski guides, this trip features personal concierge service by our Local Agents, 5-star luxury accommodations at the Palacio Duhau in Buenos Aires and Pestana Bariloche at Arelauquen Country Club in Bariloche, round-trip domestic airfare within Argentina – accompanied by PST Local Agent, rental skis/snowboards by local Alto Valle brand, all meals and all local ground transportation!

Week One      Week Two        Week Three     Week Four       Week Five

August 3-10     August 10-17     August 17-24     August 24-31     August 31-September 7

Snowcat Skiing: Single-day and multi-day snowcat skiing trips out of our luxury backcountry lodge in the Andean wilderness.

Heliskiing: Single-day and multi-day helicopter skiing trips out of our luxury backcountry lodge in the Andean wilderness.

Custom Tours: Design your own Patagonia Ski Tour. Options include ski resorts, backcountry skiing, alpine ski touring, splitboarding, backcountry hut trips, volcano skiing, catskiing, heliskiing, and anything else you would like to do!

Buenos Aires City Tours: Bilingual local guides offering daily city tours of Argentina’s captivating capital city. Discover the city’s unique neighborhoods, visit its historic sites, take in a tango show, share in the passion of a soccer match, enjoy an exquisite meal paired with a fine wine, have an incredible night on the town until dawn, or just relax and sip mate in the plaza with the locals. The best way to truly experience the wonders of this South American capital is on a Buenos Aires City Tour with a local!