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

A more intense, backcountry-oriented version of our classic Ruta 40 Ski Week, this tour’s aim is to ski big alpine lines in the nether reaches of La Hoya, Monte Bianco, Cerro Piltriquitron, Cerro Perito Moreno, Cerro Lopez, and Cerro Catedral.  True adventure comes from leaving the boundaries of the ski areas and exploring the limitless terrain of the Andes.  Intrepid visitors will find this tour demands a higher level of physical endurance, but each moment is that much more special knowing you earned it with every step upwards.  Traveling through the expansive Patagonian steppe and marveling at the sweeping vistas of Los Alerces National Park will leave you speechless.  The only sound you’ll hear will be that of your own ski track as you access untapped slopes deep in the Argentine wilderness.  This tour is a unique blend of epic terrain, fewer crowds, and a chance to truly connect with the environment around you.

2017 Ruta 40 Ski Week: Extreme Edition Schedule
Week One Week Two Week Three Week Four
August 5-11 August 12-18 August 19-25 August 26-September 1

EXPERTS ONLY, Previous backcountry skiing/snowboarding experience preferred

Tour Details
DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Esquel or San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina
INCLUDED Daily services of bilingual professional ski guide(s) or certified ski instructor(s) – 4:1 guest to guide/instructor ratio
Lift Tickets:
  • One day at La Hoya
  • One day at Monte Bianco
  • One day at Cerro Perito Moreno
  • One day at Cerro Catedral
Lodging Accommodations:
  • Two nights in Esquel
  • Two nights in El Bolson
  • Two nights in San Carlos de Bariloche
Local ground transportation, including a journey along the historic Ruta 40, across the Patagonian Steppe, from Esquel to Bariloche, with an optional trip through the incredible Los Alerces National Park
Breakfasts and Dinners with red wine
‘Down day’ activities, in the event we do not ski due to weather or poor conditions
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
1

Day 1

Arrive in Esquel, meet your guide(s). Meet & Greet and trip overview, followed by our Welcome Dinner in town.

Night in Esquel

2

Day 2

Ski day at the nearby La Hoya ski resort for lift-accessed backcountry skiing, followed by aprés ski festivities and dinner in town.

Night in Esquel

3

Day 3

Early morning 4×4 transfer to the remote Monte Bianco ski area for a day of ski touring in the breath-taking Cañadon del Silencio (“Canyon of Silence”), followed by aprés ski festivities at the ski area base lodge. We will then enjoy a scenic drive through the beautiful Los Alerces National Park for an early evening arrival in the small artisan town of El Bolson. After settling into our comfortable cabañas in the forest, we will have dinner in town.

Night in El Bolson

4

Day 4

Early morning 4×4 transfer to Cerro Piltriquitron for a day of backcountry ski touring in its high alpine bowls, followed by aprés ski festivities at Refugio Piltriquitron, a mountain hut located at timberline. After descending back to our cabañas, near the base of the mountain, we will head into town for dinner.

Night in El Bolson

5

Day 5

Snowcat-assisted ski touring at Cerro Perito Moreno ski area, followed by aprés ski festivities at the famous El Bolson Brewery. We will then continue north up Ruta 40 to San Carlos de Bariloche. After settling into our lakefront lodging on the shores of Nahuel Huapi Lake, we will enjoy dinner in town.

Night in San Carlos de Bariloche

6

Day 6

Early morning 4×4 transfer to Cerro Lopez, for a day of backcountry ski touring high above Bariloche, followed by an on-mountain picnic at Refugio Lopez, a mountain hut located at timberline. After returning to our lakefront lodging, we will head into town for our Farewell Dinner and fiesta.

  • Option for snowmobile-assisted ski touring at Mallin Alto

Night in San Carlos de Bariloche

7

Day 7

Ski day at Cerro Catedral ski resort for lift-accessed backcountry skiing, then transfer to Bariloche Airport for flight back to Buenos Aires.

  • Option for snowmobile-assisted ski touring at Mallin Alto

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