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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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+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!

 

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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!

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

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!

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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!

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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!

Bariloche’s newest adventure race, the Dos Valles-Challhuaco Autumn Duathlon, is scheduled for this coming Sunday, May 5, 2013. Organized by Club Andino Bariloche‘s adventure race subcommittee, this event combines mountain biking and trail running for a unique competition in the beautiful mountain forests of San Carlos de Bariloche.

The race will begin at the Club de Campo Dos Valles, where competitors will start their mountain bike ascent of the 4×4 access road to Refugio Neumeyer in the Challhuaco Valley. Racers will then leave their bikes at the refugio and begin their ascent of Cerro Challhuaco on foot. After reaching the summit of Cerro Challhuaco (2088 meters/6850 feet), runners will then make their descent, returning to Refugio Neumeyer to reach the finish line.

Technical Data:

Mountain Bike distance and vertical gain/loss = 14 kilometers/8.7 miles, 390 meters/1280 feet
Trail Run/Walk distance and vertical gain/loss = 8 kilometers/5 miles, 750 meters/2460 feet

Mapa recorrido duatlon Dos Valles-Challhuaco

Visit the CAB’s event web page for more information and to sign up: http://clubandino.org/escuelas/detalle.asp?idNews=1045&Area=cartelera. This is sure to be a wonderful adventure race through the stunning surroundings of the Challhuaco Valley’s autumn leaves. Suerte!

 

It has been one year since Refugio Agostino Rocca was built on Paso de Las Nubes near Bariloche. This newest addition to the Club Andino Bariloche (CAB) hut system is their most modern mountain refuge to date, and the CAB is hosting a party to celebrate its first anniversary this weekend, April 27-28, 2013. The party will kick off with a live band and locally handcrafted beer by Gilbert Cerveza Artesanal de Montaña. The cost to join in the celebration is 130 pesos for CAB members/160 pesos for non-members and includes dinner, a night at the refugio, and breakfast the following morning. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Club Andino Bariloche central office in Bariloche: 294-154378444.

Club Andino Bariloche Refugio Agostino Rocca 1er anniversario flyer

For more information about the construction of Refugio Agostino Rocca, read our previous post from when it was first built, and watch this video of its construction and dedication last year:

Que fuerza! Gracias a todos que trabajaron y apoyaron en este proyecto!