Backcountry Powder Skiing trips in Argentina

Group of skiers checking out their ski and snowboard lines in La LagunaSteamboat Powdercats, in cooperation with our friends at SASS Global Travel (SGT) and Baguales Mountain Reserve, are proud to offer a custom/hosted, backcountry ski and splitboarding adventure to Cerro Catedral in Bariloche, Argentina.

Typically run during the last week in August into early September (a Saturday to Saturday) members of our staff  host a small group of SPC guests (5 minimum) and friends into the backcountry of one of South America’s most cherished powder stashes.

Read about our 2016 trip on our blog here. 

“What an amazing adventure! It totally exceeded my Backcountry skiers hiking to the summit of Cerro Catedralexpectations and my expectations were very high! Every aspect of the trip was managed to perfection you guys and Mauri were terrific guides, the cat skiing at Baguales was spectacular, the selection of restaurants was excellent and I am not really sure how you arranged the dump of fresh POW but it sure was appreciated! You can count me in for the trip next summer.” Bob B.

This location at Cerro Catedral offers some of the best backcountry skiing and splitboarding in South America (see images of terrain on this page).  We utilize an SGT guide for their intimate knowledge of the local terrain and tailor each days skiing and riding to the desires of our group.  Due to the lift accessed, hike-to Ski group having dinner at Gilbert's Brewery in Bariloche Argentinanature of this off-piste terrain, guests can expect to have hikes of roughly 15-45 minutes to access the zones.  With that said, there is plenty of in-bounds terrain that we take advantage of, especially if it’s snowing or weather conditions do not permit us to get into the backcountry.

Along with the lift accessed backcounty at Cerro Catedral, we will also schedule at least 1 day of snowcat skiing with the Baguales Mountain Reserve.  This Patagonian snowcat operation is located 1 1/2 hour from the base of Catedral and offers big mountain type terrain, a luxurious lodge and views that will blow your mind.

Powder skier getting faceshot in La Laguna in Cerro Catedral“A life changing experience!! The Patagonia region was way beyond what I had imagined. Saw my first condor which by the way predicts snow for real! It was like stepping into a Warren Miller movie. I’ve been lucky enough to have skied backcountry trips all over but this trip truly pushed my limits and brought me to a whole new level. Big shout out to our guides Eric, Kent and Mauri for keeping us all safe!!!” John Dee

We ask that all guests be solid Level III type skiers and snowboarders, based on our ratings at SPC.  Click here to review these ability levels on our site if you have any questions of where you may fit in.

A snowcat in Argentina picking up skiers and snowboarders near Cerro CatedralFor those guests with limited skinning and/or avalanche experience, we will provide you with lessons on how to utilize your gear and manage your risk. We ask for those coming who are splitboarding to be already proficient with your gear.

“This was a trip to remember.  Patagonia is a magical place that must be visited by everyone.   The trip down there will have to become an annual event.  The backcountry terrain was as good as any I have been on and the local guide knew exactly where to take us everyday for the best conditions.   The SPC crew put together a awesome agenda for the trip and made everything work seamlessly.   They were always there Skiers looking down the Tage Chutes in Cerrao Catedral La Laguna zoneto make sure everyone was having the best experience possible.  Cant wait for next year!” Bob F.

Skiing/riding aside, the Bariloche area offers amazing sightseeing and cultural opportunities.  The beautiful city of San Carlos de Bariloche situated along the shores of Lake Nahuel Huapi, is a charming mix of Patagonian and European architecture, food and cultural offerings, including amazing wines, meats, chocolate and brewerys.  We typically set aside some time for trips into town, whether it be a full day excursion along the lake, or a microbrew tour in the evening after skiing.

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