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Price p/p Price is per person based on 8-day tour with min group of 4
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USD 2,800

SKI TOURING in BARILOCHE AREA
8 Days | 7 Days Touring | Customizable Itinerary

Location: South America | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Backcountry
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
Price p/p Price is per person based on 8-day tour with min group of 4
Base/invoice currency is USD inc tax
*displayed price may vary slightly due exchange rate fluctuations
USD 2,800
This 8-day customizable tour offers some classic ski touring around Cerro Catedral ski resort combined with 2 nights staying at Frey Hut (one of Argentina's best ski huts) & then a further 2 nights staying at Refugio De La Mesada (Baguales). PRIVATE GROUPS of 2 - 6 guests or join a fixed date tour as a solo/small group
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Custom Booking Period: Jul 15 - Oct 07, 2019
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Bariloche Ski Touring Week Overview

This trip is a perfect combination with a warm up in the ski area of Cerro Catedral (adding some classic day ski touring trips in Bariloche area), combined with some days in Refugio Frey that is renowned as one of the best ski huts in Argentina! The setting is magical: a cirque of golden granite spires and the couloirs in between the towers converge down to a frozen lagoon. Frey Hut sits beside the lake in the peaceful wilderness of Nahuel Huapi National Park. The cirque offers all aspects of 5 star AT terrain for every backcountry skier.

At the end of a beautiful day of backcountry skiing, Frey Hut offers excellent Malbec wines, beer on tap from local microbreweries, homemade pasta, pizza, and fondue!

Then it of on another ski adventure at Baguales for 3 days/2 nights staying in a beautiful & remote high-end refugio which offers 4-star cuisine. Access to the huts is via 4WD and then snow mobiles. The hut sits amongst thousands of acres of skiable terrain with relatively easy access.

Ability & FitnessSkiers & split-boarders should be strong intermediate to advanced backcountry riders. It goes without saying that you should have a good level of fitness as this tour is primarily based on ski touring. 

Group TypeThese tours are for PRIVATE GROUPS ONLY consisting of 2 - 6 guests in a group. Unfortunately you CANNOT join a group as a solo traveler.

The ideal maximum group size for this trip 6 guests with 1 guide but it is possible to run with up to 8 guests and 2 guides (lead & tail guide)..

Trip CustomizationThe tour outlined here provides a guide as to what can be done and for what price and provides the basis for the itinerary however elements such as the ultimate tour duration, destinations and add-on services can be customized to suit your groups needs. Inquire to discuss your requirements >>.

Sample Itinerary

The following 8-day itinerary may be customized to suit your group and might include ski touring days in different location or off-piste ski access in resorts nearby Bariloche.
 
Day 1:
Pick up at airport on your arrival. Drive to Hotel and check gear ready for the following day.

Overnight: Hotel in Bariloche

Day 2 (ski resort or day trip to backcounry):
Depending on your group's desire, you will go to the ski area to do some warm up skiing with short skinning, boot packs and get the best of the conditions to be ready for your backcountry adventure.

Alternatively if your group is feeling up to it, you can start on the first day with a backcountry ski day out of the resort. At the end of the day you will be driven back to your hotel in Bariloche.

Overnight: Hotel in Bariloche

Day 3:
From the Cerro Catedral Ski Resort you will take the Alta Patagonia Lifts to get above tree line efficiently. It's then skis/skins on, and you will skin up for less than an hour to the ridge and the border of the Nahuel Huapi National Park.  You’ll have excellent views of the Patagonian Lakes District before you drop into the Van Titter Valley, via the best aspect with respect to the conditions and snow quality.

Once in the valley, you’ll skin up to Frey Hut, drop your gear, drink some water, and get a snack. Then you can head out to enjoy the area with a mellow run in the forest, an easy tour to explore, or a nice 40 degree couloir whichever you prefer! Night in Frey Hut with homemade pizza, fresh pasta, micro-brewed beer and/or fondue.

Overnight: Frey Hut

Day 4:
After breakfast you will get our skis and skins ready, and make your way across the frozen Laguna Toncek looking for the aspect that holds the best snow. It is easy to find hidden powder in the cirque. Your ski guide will be able to show you a variety of terrain Frey has to offer for every AT skier to get in a nice long day of fresh tracks. You’ll bring lunch with you so you can eat it while enjoying the views of the Patagonian Andes. Back down to Frey Hut for another spectacular homemade dinner.

If the weather doesn’t cooperate, it is nice and cozy in the hut. Enjoy a cup of tea by the fire while reading a book or chatting with other backcountry skiers who come here from all over the world.

Overnight: Frey Hut

Day 5:
After breakfast, you can ski one more run if you’re up to it, and then start skiing and skinning your way back to Villa Catedral. Your mountain guide will then drop you off at your lodging in Bariloche.

Overnight: Hotel in Bariloche

Day 6 (Cerro Villegas – ***** Cozy alpine hut – Gourmet food): 
Early in the morning the group will be picked up from your hotel. Prepare your packs inclusive of sleeping bag and you will then be driven by 4WD (about 1 hour inclusive of some river crossings) to a staging area where you will meet the snowmobiles for the last part of thejourney to the hut. It is relatively easy access to this remote location.

You will arrive at the hut at mid-morning, leave your gear and go for some ski touring exploration above tree level.

Overnight: Baguales Hut

Day 7:
Ski touring for the day towards Cerro Villegas, a freeride paradise with little chutes, several orientations and generally good snow due to its proximity from the humidity of the lakes.

Options are endless and your guides will pick up the best according to snow conditions. There are at least 3 different summits and several peaks to explore with all kind of terrain.

Overnight: Baguales Hut

Day 8:
Repeat ski touring for the day towards Cerro Villegas, a freeride paradise with little chutes, several orientations and generally good snow up there.

At the end of the day your will make the journey back via snowmobiles & 4WD drive back to Bariloche and go for asado (parrilla) at classic restaurant for a farewell dinner.

Overnight: Hotel in Bariloche

Lodging

The quoted price includes 2 nights staying at Frey Hut and 2 nights staying at Refujio De La Masada at Baguales. The accommodation on the other 4 nights of this tour staying in or near Bariloche is not included and allows you to choose a property that suits your budget. 

Frey Hut
This magnificent refugio sits in the Van Titter Valley behind Cerro Catedral Ski Resort and is the perfect base for exploring the area.

The hut is fully staffed, providing warm & cozy accommodation and is renowned as one of the best huts in Argentina.

All meals are included and the evening meals consist of homemade pizza, fresh pasta, micro-brewed beer and/or fondue.


Refugio De La Mesada (Baguales)
There is no roughing it here! Whilst the sleeping accommodation might be simple (sleeping bags & bunks), this refugio is superbly fitted out with warm bedrooms & bathrooms, a bar and fine dining.

The huge fireplace in the central living space is a great place to hang out and chat about the day ahead or the day that you had.

All meals are included whilst staying at the refugio however drinks are extra so bring some cash.


Bariloche Hotels
The price quoted does not include the 4-nights staying in Bariloche however Andes Cross can assist you in offering advice on options and making a booking.

There is a huge array of accommodation to choose from ranging from inexpensive hostels to up-market hotels and hosterias.

You will certainly find something that fits your budget. Click here to see lodging options>>

Dates, Rates, Inclusions & Add-Ons

Dates
Custom tours operate from mid July to early October each year (subject to snow/conditions).

2019 Rates
Group of 2-3 guests: USD $3,100
Group of 4+ guests: USD $2,800

 

Inclusions
  • Professional UIAGM-IFMGA Mountain Guide
  • Private 4WD transportation during whole trip
  • 4-nights lodging - Frey Hut (2) & Baguales Hut (2)
  • All meals in the mountains (dinners included at hut nights)
  • Single ride lift ticket at Cerro Catedral to access Frey hut & More..
  • Snowmobile ride to access Baguales hut
  • Farewell dinner on the last night of the tour
Add-ons
  • Ski touring set up with skins USD $50/ day
  • Avalanche gear (shovel, beacon, probe) USD $25/day
  • Crampons, ice axe for rent USD $10 a piece/day
  • Ski touring boots for rent USD $20/day
Not Included

Andes Cross Terms & Conditions

Payments
For weekend programs full payment must accompany booking. For longer programs the deposit will be 50% when you reserve/ book your trip . Balance of payment is due 6 weeks before program starts. Full payment must accompany bookings made less than 4 weeks before the trip starts.

After Booking: Along with all relevant receipts we will send you a sample copy of our waiver which we will ask you to sign when you meet us and, if appropriate an experience questionnaire.

Booking Conditions

  1. Registration is dependent on waiver completion and you must be covered by a travel insurance.
  2. Andescross and any of its guides reserves the right to change or cancel any itinerary or service at any time due to weather, conditions or other reasons without penalty to Andescross.
  3. The participation of any person on any program is continually subject to the discretion of the program leader and Andescross. 
  4. Andescross accepts no responsibility for the actions of persons and/or companies supplying goods and/or services as part of these packages or for any extra costs that may arise from the complication or prolongation of any program for any reason.
  5. Your physician must clear any health problems that may affect your participation in any program.
  6. In the unlikely event of an emergency, participants may, depending upon program location be liable for any rescue or evacuation costs incurred either on their behalf or as a result of their actions. 

Cancellation & Refunds
Should Andescross cancel a program payment will be refunded.

Should client cancel his booking for any reason the following penalties apply

  1. If canceling most programs up to 8 weeks before program start US$ 400 per participant will be withheld.
  2. Between 8 and 6 week before program start deposit is forfeited.
  3. Cancellation less than 6 weeks before program start and during program results in loss of entire amount paid. 

Cancellations during the activities
The program can be modified and changed anytime if the guide decides that fitness level, weather or other dangers are involved in the original plan. He has the right to modify the itinerary without previous communication to clients

About weather conditions
It is a fact that the weather in Patagonia and the mountains in general is unpredictable, implying situations where the weather can change in few hours forcing the guide to cancel the activity for safety reasons.

Strong winds can be an impediment to access some points where the tunnel shape of the valley makes the wind pickup speed and sometimes is almost impossible to keep moving forward, so in cases like this, or any other meteorological fact, the guide in charge can turn around and change the plan without previous notification.

About physical condition of the client
Mountaineering, trekking, ascents, expeditions, biking, climbing, kayaking are activities of great physical and psychic demand. Bad weather and strong winds demand more energy than normal, so every participant has to be aware of this and be sure his fitness level is according to the trip that they book.

Be aware that for most of the programs you will have to deal with nice open hiking / biking trails. For mountaineering trips you will transit glacier and moraines terrain, scree slopes and other kind of terrain that is physical and psychologically demanding and can cause a problem if participant is not experienced enough.

In case a participant’s physical/ psychic condition is below the average of the group/ program, or does not reach the level required, the guide will have the rights to cancel the activity for the participant. This participant will abandon expedition and will be taken safely back to civilization.

IN NONE OF THESE CASES, WILL THERE BE A REFUND OF THE AMOUNT PAID FOR THE ENTIRE TRIP

ALL EXTRA EXPENSES OF HOTELS, EXTRA GUIDE, RESTAURANTS, HOTELS OR OTHER COST GENERATED BY THIS EXTRA WILL BE COVERED BY THE CLIENT.

Limitations of liability
n many cases, suppliers of tour services are independent contractors to Andescross, not its employees. For example, we use independent ground operators, tour guides, hotels, transportation companies, drivers, and other suppliers. Because we do not own, operate, manage, control, or supervise these entities, we cannot be liable for any acts or omissions, including any negligence, gross negligence, or reckless or willful acts, on their part. Andescross, its owners, agents, directors, shareholders, and employees assume no responsibility for any injury, loss, damage, delay, or death to person or property arising from the negligent or willful act or failure to act of any person who is to or does provide goods or services for this trip or for the action or inaction of any other third party. Without limitation, Andescross is not responsible for acts of God, equipment failures, vehicle accidents, illness from food or otherwise, detention, assaults, theft or criminal activity, annoyance, delays, quarantine, strikes, failure of any means of conveyance to arrive or depart as scheduled, civil disturbances, terrorism, government restrictions or regulations, and discrepancies or changes in transit or hotel services over which it has no control. Reasonable changes in the itinerary may be made where deemed advisable for the comfort and well being of the passengers. The right is reserved to substitute hotels, alter the itinerary, and reverse the order of places to be visited. You will be informed of any necessary changes in a timely fashion.

On advancement of deposit to Andescross, the depositor therefore agrees to be bound by the above recited terms and conditions. These are partial conditions.

You will need to accept these terms and conditions prior to being accepted for a tour