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SLED ACCESS BACKCOUNTRY SKIING & RIDING
Bariloche Argentina
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USD 850
Book before 1st March for 20% off advertised price
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
If you are heading to Bariloche and looking for an unforgettable ski or snowboard adventure with a difference then this could be it! 1 to 3 days of sled skiing in the backcountry & glamping in rustic mountain lodging. Multi-day packages include accommodation and full board.
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Inclusions
  • Rustic hut style accommodation
  • Full board plus alcoholic beverages
  • Sled & 4WD access to backcountry
  • IFMGA certified mountain guides & use of avi beacon
  • Transfers to/from Bariloche
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Location: South America | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Backcountry
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Mallin Alto Sled Access Backcountry Tours

Mallin Alto near Bariloche in Patagonia Argentina offers backcountry sled skiing in a beautiful setting. Mallin Alto (pronounced Majin Alto) provides a wildly unique ski or snowboard adventure, fresh tracks, and an opportunity to get far far away from the hubbub of Bariloche and Cerro Catedral.

Despite its proximity to Bariloche, you’ll feel like you couldn’t be further away from it all. Sled skiing packages start from a single night plus a full day of sled access skiing or 2 & 3 day packages. All packages include accommodation with full board and alcoholic beverages. See itineraries here>>

The lodging is delightfully rustic and definitely part of the adventure. Lodging may include dome tents or mountain huts. Service levels are very attentive with high staff to guest ratios, and some of the staff speak English (including the guides).

Bariloche Sled Skiing

Your ski or snowboarding day/s will be filled with adventure & unique experiences. Access to the fabulous terrain is via snowmobiles and/or 4wd vehicles with tracks depending on the snow cover and conditions. The snow quality will dictate how your snowmobile driver will get you up the mountain: sitting behind the driver; riding alongside the driver; or getting towed behind with a rope. And the 4-wheeler is ideal for conditions when there are a few rocks on the upper ridges or the snow is a little soft, or for those who want to save more energy for riding down the mountain.

Mallin Alto sled skiing and snowboarding is for hardcore escapade enthusiasts. You’ll have to leave all stress behind and have a very open mind to adventure. Princesses need not apply!

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Where is Mallin Alto?

The base of the mountain is located only 23 km south from San Carlos de Bariloche (home to Cerro Catedral Ski Resort) in Patagonia Argentina, but it’s a world away!

The staff will pick you up from Bariloche airport or your Bariloche hotel. The initial part of the trip is in a 4WD vehicle. After passing the land owner’s little shack the real adventure begins as the vehicles head over little river crossings and plenty of other fun bumpy 4WDing challenges. The staff drive to the snowline and then you’ll be transported up to the top of the mountain to the refugio on a snowmobile or 4-wheeler (so pack lightly!). The trip can take anywhere from 2 hours up to 3:30 hours depending on conditions and a whole variety of other elements. Getting to and from Mallin Alto is half the fun!

Skiing and Snowboarding

Ability & Terrain
You don't have to be an expert skier or boarder to join a Mallin Alto tour; you should be at minimum "strong intermediate".

The terrain is diverse offering something for everyone above this level. Much of the terrain consists of open bowls, and there are also gullies and rock features for those who like to launch it. The Mallin Alto ski and snowboard terrain also includes a little tree skiing.

Equipment
It is compulsory that you have a helmet, avalanche beacon, shovel, probe & backpack plus fat skis are highly recommended. Mallin Alto provides avalanche beacons. For other equipment you’ll need to BYO or arrange rentals in Bariloche.

Guides
The backcountry guides at Mallin Alto are locals with IFMGA mountain guide qualifications. The guides take up to a maximum of 6 guests.

Here is a short video teaser of a couple of days at Mallin Alto.....

Lodging

The mountain hut is the primary lodging, which is located towards the top of the ranch at 1,700 metres. Here it affords the most remarkable mountainous views; from the wood fired hot tub, your deck chair on the deck; or the panoramic windows in the dome tents.

The mountain hut lodging is basic refugio style. It’s sort of like glamping and an incredibly unique experience!! The refugio consists of a hut construction attached to a dome tent, which incorporates the kitchen and dining communal area, and a bathroom with toilet and shower. There are sleeping quarters upstairs above the communal area and also in a separate room downstairs. The piece de resistance of the lodging is the adjacent dome tent which has a double bed and settee, its own wood fired heater, and offering the most phenomenal views out the window.

Full board is included in the packages. A chef prepares three meals a day plus snacks on the wood fired stove, and the fare is definitely a far cry from camping food. It’s definitely glamping food with surprisingly gourmet offerings considering that it is prepared and cooked way up in the mountains. Wine and beer is supplied.

There is no wifi at the hut so you’ll enjoy getting away from it all. Whilst there are radios communications there is no phone service, and very limited electricity supply. Snowshoes are available if you’d like to do a bit of exploring on foot.

There are also two fully equipped lodges located down at the entrance to the ranch which are also sometimes used for accommodation depending on availability at the mountain hut or adverse weather conditions. These are not as rustic but don’t offer the same easy access to the ski and snowboard terrain.

Package Itineraries

Each package starts with a travel day in the late afternoon...
TRAVEL DAY
6:00 pm departure from the scheduled starting point (Bariloche hotel or airport). 4WD and snowmobile or UTV trip to the Mallin Alto Complex. On arrival you will have a snack, dinner and drinks and you can then relax in the unique wood-fired hot tub taking in the spectacular night ski and stars. You accommodation will be in the dome complex.

1 Night + 1 Day Skiing Package Day 1 - SKI DAY (3,500 - 5,000 meters vertical)
9:30 Breakfast, a brief presentation about safety information, skiing/snowboarding with snowmobiles or UTV access, lunch with drinks served during the day around noon at the dome complex, more skiing/boarding in the afternoon, return to the cabin at 5:00 pm for snack and then you will be transferred by snowmobile or UTV and 4WD back to Bariloche.

2 Nights + 2 Days Skiing Day 1 - SKI DAY (3,500 - 5,000 meters vertical)
9:30 Breakfast, a brief presentation about safety information, skiing/snowboarding with snowmobiles or UTV access, lunch with drinks served during the day around noon at the dome complex, more skiing/boarding in the afternoon, return to the cabin at 5:00 pm for a snack, relax in the hot tub, dinner & your night at the dome complex.

DAY 2 - SKI DAY (3,500 - 5,000 meters vertical) & return to Bariloche
9:30 Breakfast, skiing/snowboarding with snowmobiles or UTV access, lunch with drinks served during the day around noon at the dome complex, more skiing/boarding in the afternoon, return to the cabin at 5:00 pm for snack and then you will be transferred by snowmobile or UTV and 4WD back to Bariloche.

3 Nights + 3 Days Skiing Day 1 - SKI DAY (3,500 - 5,000 meters vertical)
9:30 Breakfast, a brief presentation about safety information, skiing/snowboarding with snowmobiles or UTV access, lunch with drinks served during the day around noon at the dome complex, more skiing/boarding in the afternoon, return to the cabin at 5:00 pm for a snack, relax in the hot tub, dinner & your night at the dome complex.

Day 2 - SKI DAY (3,500 - 5,000 meters vertical)
9:30 Breakfast, skiing/snowboarding with snowmobiles or UTV access, lunch with drinks served during the day around noon at the dome complex, more skiing/boarding in the afternoon, return to the cabin at 5:00 pm for a snack, relax in the hot tub, dinner & your night at the dome complex.

DAY 3 - SKI DAY (3,500 - 5,000 meters vertical) & return to Bariloche
9:30 Breakfast, skiing/snowboarding with snowmobiles or UTV access, lunch with drinks served during the day around noon at the dome complex, more skiing/boarding in the afternoon, return to the cabin at 5:00 pm for snack and then you will be transferred by snowmobile or UTV and 4WD back to Bariloche.

2018 Rates & Inclusions

Package Rates

 Rates are per person in US Dollars
 Package 1st June to 30th Oct
 1 night + 1 day sled access riding $850
 2 nights + 2 days sled access riding  $1,600
 3 nights + 3 days sled access riding  $2,300

Notes about rates: 

  • rate is per person
  • base/invoice currency is USD
Inclusions
  • Rustic hut style accommodation
  • Full board plus alcoholic beverages
  • Sled & 4WD access to backcountry
  • IFMGA certified mountain guides & use of avi beacon
  • Transfers to/from Bariloche
Optional Extras
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Mallin Alto Booking Terms & Conditions

Deposit and full payment

  • Deposit is 50% of the cost of the trip
  • The remaining balance is due one month prior to departure
  • Payments can be made via direct bank transfer to a USA account or via Visa Card, Master Card or American Express
  • Credit card payments attract a surcharge of 5%

Cancellation Policy

  • 30% cancellation fee for cancellations made more than 3 months before the start of the trip
  • 50% cancellation fee for cancellations made between 1-3 months prior to trip departure
  • There is no refund for cancellations made less than one month prior to departure. 

Cancellation by Mallin Alto
In these 6 years we never cancelled a program due to bad weather or complications with the route....however in the unforeseeable circumstance that a trip had to be cancelled, Mallin Alto would provide a full refund for the cost of the tour; however, Mallin Alto is not responsible for any additional expenses incurred in preparing for the tour (i.e., airline tickets, equipment purchase or rental, hotel reservations).