Patagonia Ski Tour
When the days start to get shorter in the northern hemisphere, spring is slowly waking up in Patagonia. For the ski touring fans this means corn and sometimes powder snow skiing under the south american sun.
Some experts speak about “the best spring skiing in the world“. It’s a must visit destination!
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There are great ski touring options around Bariloche in the Patagonian Lake District. The incredible views down to the huge lakes and rainforests are stunning. After a day tour in Bariloches backcountry, we will hike up to the famous Refuge Frey with its granite towers and steeper couloirs. One of the highlights of the trip will be the climb up to the old volcano Cerro Tronador. After some great skiing in Argentina we will move on to Chile to ski on some great volcanos and enjoy the thermal water this area has to offer.
- Guides expenses
- Guiding fees
- hotels on BNB basis
- lunch and evening meals
- in resort transport
What's not included
- Transport to/from Bariloche
- Equipment rental
- Travel insurance
- Snacks, Bottle water, beers, drinks in huts
Who is this for?
You should be fit enough for 6 days of hard work (5-8h/day) and capable of skiing safely in different types of snow up to 35 C. Previous ski touring mileage is essential. Patagonia is an exceptional destination to visit; you must be ready for adventure and also be patient with the weather, as it is well known to be temperamental.
Accommodation and huts
We will be staying in a mixture of hotels, hostels and mountain huts. The will all provide bedding, hot water and simple but clean accommodation.
The cost is based on twin bed accommodation
Day 0: arrive at Bariloche, meet your guide
A 30 minutes transfer from the airport in Bariloche brings you to the nice Hosteria in a quiet location in Bariloche city center. You will meet your guide and check the gear needed for the trip. A dinner in a local beer brewery is waiting for you.
Overnight at Hosteria Las Marianas in Bariloche. Hotel: http://www.hosterialasmarianas.com.ar
Day 1: Ski tour Cerro Challhuaco, Bariloche
We experience the southern snow for the first time today! A half hour 4×4 drive transport brings us to the Challhuaco valley. From there we will skin up to Mount Challhuaco and enjoy the view over the lakes and Bariloche city. This is an easy ski tour to begin with in Bariloches backcountry. Here we will do some avalanche safety training and make sure that we are ready for this trip.
Climb: +700m Transportation: 1hr
Overnight at Hosteria las Marianas in Bariloche http://www.hosterialasmarianas.com.ar
Day 2: Ski tour at the Samore Pass
We leave Bariloche and travel by car along the Nahuel Huapi Lake.
Passing the small, fancy ski village Villa la Angostura we will reach the Samore-pass next to Puyehue volcano. This pass offers some great skiing as it’s one of the places with the most snowfall. After the skiing we cross the boarder to Chile and drive up to a small ski area named Antillanca where we spend the night in a wooden lodge.
Climb: +400m Transportation time: 2hrs to the pass, 1.5hrs to the hotel
Overnight at Antillanca hotel: http://www.chileanski.com/eng/antillanca/hotels/antillanca-hotel- pictures.htm
Day 3: Ski tour Volcano Casablanca
We will ascend our first volcano today, the volcano Casablanca which means “white house“. It lies in the middle of the Valdivian rainforest and it’s white peak is visible peaking out above the trees. After we have skied it we travel along the big Lago Llanquihue lake. From far away will we be able to see the magic volcano Osorno. It is a white pearl that is surrounded by green meadows and deep blue lakes.
Climb: +1000m/ 4-5hrs
A very cozy mountain lodge is waiting for us with a delicious dinner. Overnight at Teski mountain hotel: http://teski.cl
Day 4: Ski tour Volcano Osorno
On our third ski touring day we will skin up to volcano Osorno, which last erupted in 1869. It has the most glacial parts of all surrounding volcanoes. With a clear sky we will be able to see the port of Puerto Montt and the Pacific Ocean from the top.
After the tour we drive down to the lakes basin and drive further north to the city of Osorno. We will stay here overnight but before that we make a stop at a small, great Chilean seafood restaurant. The seafood is fresh and fished daily from the nearby fjord.
Transport time: 2hrs
Transport time: 2hrs Overnight at Hotel Lago del sur in Osorno http://www.hotelagosdelsur.cl
Day 5: Hot springs “Las Geometricas“.
We deserve a relaxing bath in a most amazing natural hot spring today! These thermal pools are located in a privileged place called “Cajon negro“. This path was completely inaccessible before, up in a hill in the middle of native forest inside the Villarica National Park. It has 17 pools with temperatures ranging between 8 to 42C. They are accessible by a beautiful 450 meters wooden walkway painted in red. It will be a beautiful drive after this to reach Chiles outdoor paradise Pucon. It is a city full of action at the shore of the Villarica-lake.
8-9 hours in total of activity and transportation. Overnight at Hotel Malalhue in Pucon
Day 6: Ski tour Volcano Villarica
The highlight of the tour! We leave Pucon behind us and drive into the Villarica national park. After 15 minutes we will reach the base of the small Pucon ski area. We will climb the 2840m high volcano Villarica today. The long ascend is very much worth it: a view in to the bubbling magma in the crater and a great downhill run on the slopes up to 35°.
Climb: 1500m Transportation: 30minutes. Overnight at Pucon http://www.malalhue.cl/es/
Day 7: transport to Bariloche, through Lanin National Park
Today we drive back to Argentina, to Bariloche where we started our journey. On our way we pass trough the wonderful Lanin-National park with it’s typical Araucaria trees. A typical Patagonian “asado“, a barbecue is waiting for us.
Overnight at Hosteria Las Marianas in Bariloche http://www.hosterialasmarianas.com.ar
Good fitness will make it more fun and you’ll get more out of your week! Although we will tailor the course
to your ability, we definitely recommend getting as fit as possible before you start. The process of training for your goal will help you focus on your goal – and having a goal will help you focus on your training. Ski mountaineering is all about being able to exercise at a moderate intensity for many hours (typically 5 to 12 hours) and your training should reflect this. Probably the best training is going for a long hill walk or cycle as this simulates the real thing as closely as possible and prepares the mind (exercising for long periods in poor weather requires mental strength!).
However not everyone has the opportunity to do this and so alternatives such as jogging, cycling and gym workouts are just as good. The focus should be on training Cardiovascular Endurance for long days in the mountains. For cardio cycling, running and rowing machines are much better than weight training, which you should try and exercise for up to a couple of
hours at a time, 4 times a week. Also yoga, swimming and Pilates help with core stability and balance, with squats and cycling a good way to strengthen your legs.
Remember to build up your workouts over time. If you are not used to exercising much, your muscles and joints need time to build up to avoid injury. Try and choose an activity that you enjoy and keep a note of what you do and your times – this really helps with keeping the motivation up and preparing for the ski tour. If you are not used to training then your local gym will be able to advise you on a plan and schedule to help you achieve your goals. Remember training does not work overnight and the fittest athletes train as part of their lifestyles and have been doing it for years. Consider training for a good couple of months before coming out to Patagonia.
The Effects of Altitude
During this ski tour you will be reaching heights of 2800m, it is unlikely that you will feel the effects of altitude. However, it is worth understanding the effects of gaining altitude non the less.
As you climb higher the air gets thinner and so there is less oxygen in each breath we take. The higher we go the less oxygen there is. This makes exercising much harder work than at sea level and so we have to slow down to help compensate. Because we have slowed down, we may feel colder. Because there is less oxygen in the air as we get higher, this can lead to ‘altitude sickness’ or Acute Mountain Sickness which may include headache, nausea, weakness, fatigue, dizziness, and can develop into a very serious and even fatal (in extreme cases) problem. In reality on an Haute Route skiing week, it’s unlikely you will have any lasting effects from altitude – however, it’s something to be aware of, and let your guide know if you experience any problems.
1. Skis with ski touring bindings.Your skis should be a minimum of 90mm underfoot and should be off-piste specific.
2. Ski poles
3. Skins and ski crampons
4. Ski boots and boot crampons – these must fit and be comfortable as we will spend time ascending throughout the week.
5. Ski Helmet
6. Rucksack – 40-50l. with ski straps
7. Transceiver, probe, shovel, harness with 1 screw gate karabiner (can be rented in Chamonix)
8. Sunglasses, goggles, sunhat, sunscreen, lip salve/block
9. 3 sets socks and light coloured thermal tops
10. Lightweight Gore-Tex top/bottoms, warm hat, thick gloves, thin gloves
11. Insulating layers.
12. Personal first aid – blister kit, ibuprofen.
13. Cash for additional hot drinks / snacks on the mountain
14. Water bottle (minimum 1l)
Remember: Kit should be lightweight but functional – you have to carry it. You can rent most of the above on arrival.
To find out more about our course, availability, or to ask any questions, please get in touch through the website or by phone on +33 (0)845 527 58 12.
For expeditions we take a 20% deposit to secure your place on one of our courses, we take a further 50% of the course price 4 months prior to departure and we ask for the balance to be paid 8 weeks before the course start date.
We strongly recommend getting specialist travel insurance that covers cancellation, medical and mountain rescue.
Make sure that it covers glaciated mountaineering and climbing/ skiing. We recommend the Dogtag (www.dogtag.co.uk) – they have comprehensive policies and a good reputation.
Getting to Bariloche
You can fly to Bariloche usually via Buenos Aires. Your guide will meet you at the airport.
There are several cash points in Bariloche and Maestro/visa/mastercard are all readily accepted.