7-Days / 6-Nights
Duration
Advanced
Skier Ability
Ambitious
Pace
4­ – 8
Group Size
July-­September
Season

The immense Andean backcountry provides visitors with a chance to test their mettle in some of the most impressive landscapes on the planet. Accessing a variety of unique outposts where you can maximize your time in the field by basing out of remote mountain refuges is an excellent way to visit a land seldom seen. During the first phase of this tour, we will head to the iconic Refugio Frey. Situated on a hanging lagoon, Frey offers those who venture here a look back into a bygone era of Andinism. Towering granite spires, narrow couloirs, and wide aprons beckon from a distance and provide ample opportunity to choose the perfect line for your ability. The real magic takes place at the end of a long day when you settle into your rustic bunk after a hot meal and a mug of locally brewed beer. Phase two will take us across the Patagonian frontier to Mallin Alto. This unbelievable area is accessed by 4×4 & snowmobiles. Guests will spend each evening in the expertly-crafted Domo, a canvas covered geodesic dome similar to modern yurts. Regionally-inspired delicacies will fuel your travels through this spectacular arena as you pick off leg-burning descents all across the range.

2017 Dates

July-September

EXPERTS ONLY, previous backcountry skiing/snowboarding experience required

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina
INCLUDED Daily services of local UIAGM-IFMGA certified ski guide(s) – 4:1 guest to guide ratio
Lift Tickets:
  • Two days at Cerro Catedral
Three days of guided ski touring/splitboarding, based out of the Refugio Frey backcountry hut
Three days of Snowmobile-assisted Ski Touring at Mallin Alto
Lodging Accommodations:
  • Two nights at Bariloche lakefront hotel
  • Two nights at Refugio Frey backcountry hut
  • Two nights at Mallin Alto backcountry dome shelter
Full board (breakfast, lunch, and dinner)
All local ground transportation
The experience of a lifetime
NOT INCLUDED Flights (we will be happy to assist with your bookings)
Buses/taxis
Visas or airport fees
Required travel insurance (we have options to offer)
Lunches, snacks
Additional bottled beverages
Ski/Snowboard equipment (we can assist with acquiring anything you may need)
Gratuity
OPTIONAL ADD-ONS Additional ski day(s): ski resorts, ski touring, backcountry hut skiing, snowmobile skiing, heliskiing
Transportation within Argentina: Air/Bus/Train travel between Buenos Aires and Bariloche
Additional ground transportation (Buenos Aires airport transfers and private car services)
Lodging in Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires City Tours guided by bilingual local residents
Personal concierge service from our team of Local Agents
Videographer/Photographer services to document your trip
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Day 1

Morning arrival in San Carlos de Bariloche, transfer to lakefront lodging on the shores of Nahuel Huapi Lake. Meet & Greet and itinerary review, warm-up ski day at Cerro Catedral ski resort, followed by aprés ski festivities and Welcome Dinner in town.

Night in San Carlos de Bariloche

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Day 2

Transfer to Cerro Catedral and ski tour to Refugio Frey after riding the Nubes chairlift to 6400 ft. Arrive in time for a quick lap and some aprés beverages and dinner.

Night at backcountry hut

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Day 3

Ski touring at Refugio Frey, followed by aprés ski festivities and dinner at the hut.

Night at backcountry hut

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Day 4

Early morning tour, lunch, and ski tour back to Cerro Catedral. Transfer back to lakefront lodging in Bariloche for a siesta, followed by dinner in town.

Night in San Carlos de Bariloche

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Day 5

Transfer to Mallin Alto for a day of Snowmobile-assisted ski touring (‘motoskiing’), followed by aprés ski festivities and dinner at the domo.

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Day 6

Motoskiing in Mallin Alto, followed by aprés ski festivities and dinner at the domo.

Night at backcountry dome shelter

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Day 7

Motoskiing in Mallin Alto and snowmobile/4×4 exit, transfer to Bariloche Airport for flight back to Buenos Aires

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