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Patgonia Volcanoes Ski Tour

Combining world-class back-country skiing, superb views, pristine wilderness, cozy rustic hotels, and exquisite natural hot springs in which to relax and restore tired muscles, this sensational ski touring experience has it all.

Day 1 

Arrival in Bariloche. Check equipment. 

Day 2 

Cerro Catedral off-piste skiing, reviewing touring techniques and making final  adjustments to our equipment. 

Day 3 

Cerro Mirador at the border and sleep in Antillanca. 

Day 4 

Ski Touring Casablanca Volcano. We’ll ride Antillanca´s lifts to the ski area’s  highest point, where we’ll set out for the summit. The views over the surrounding  landscape are spectacular: the volcano's lower slopes, thickly forested with  coigue, manio, ulmo, and tepa, are dotted with emerald lakes, and the snow covered cone of the Osorno Volcano rises majestically on the skyline. We return to  our hotel in Antillanca. Maximum Alt: 6,528 feet (1,990m) – Min Alt: 3,412 feet  (1,040m) – Vertical Drop: 3,116 feet (950m) / Skin up 1½ hours – Ski down 45  minutes – Drive to Osorno Hut. 

Day 5

Ski Touring Volcano Osorno. We make an early start to begin our ascent of  Osorno, an iconic Chilean volcano noted for its similarity to Japan’s Mt. Fuji. An  active volcano with a glaciated summit, Osorno towers over the beautiful  Llanquihue and Todos los Santos lakes. We return to the Melia Patagonia Hotel in  Puerto Varas for a spa and dinner. 

Maximum Altitude: 8,700 feet (2,652m) – Min Alt: 4,068 feet (1,240m) – Vertical  Drop: 4,632 feet (1,412m) / Skin up 4-5 hours – Ski down 1.5 hours Drive to  Puerto Varas. 

Day 6 

Drive to Pucon. 

Day 7 

Ski Touring Villarrica Volcano. We set out for Villarica Volcano National Park, with  its picture-book smoking volcano—one of the most active in South America—and  its rushing rivers, volcanic caves, and emerald-colored lagoons. On our 5-hour ski  tour, we’ll enjoy privileged views of this outstanding wilderness area. At the end of  

the day, we’ll have dinner at one of Pucón’s celebrated restaurants and stay  overnight at the Hotel Mallahue. 

Max Altitude: 9,340 feet (2,847m) – Min Alt: 4,625 feet (1,410m) – Vertical Drop:  4,625 feet (1,437m) / Skin up: 4 hours – Ski down: 1 hour. 

Day 8 

Drive to Lonquimay. 

Day 9 

Ski Touring Lonquimay Volcano. We drive 15 miles (25 km) to the base of the  Corralco ski area, located on the Lonquimay Volcano. In the Mapudungun  language of the Mapuche people, the name Lonquimay means ‘dense forest’. We  ride the chairlift up to the ski area’s highest point and then make an ascent of this  beautiful and accessible peak. At the summit, we’ll admire panoramic views of the  region’s other stunning volcanoes and then make our long, long descent. We  return to the Manzanar Hot Springs Hotel. 

9,009 feet (2,746m) – Min Alt: 4,790 feet (1,460m) – Vertical Drop: 4,219 feet  (1,286m) / Skin up: 4-5 hours – Ski down: 2 hours. 

Day 10

Ski Touring Llaima Volcano – Pucón. We’ll make an early transfer to Las  Araucarias Ski Resort at the base of the Llaima Volcano. Considered one of the  three most active volcanoes in South America, Llaima—which means ‘come back  to life’ in the Mapudungun language of the Mapuche people—has had more than  forty eruptions over the past 150 years, the most recent in 1994. We will ascend  and then ski down this impressive volcano with its vast crater, twin peaks with  spectacular smoking fumaroles, and araucaria forests. At the end of the day, we  transfer to the Hotel Mallahue in Pucón. 

10,252 feet (3,125m) – Min Alt: 5,085 feet (1,550m) – Vertical Drop: 5,167 feet  (1,575m) / Skin up: 4-5 hours – Ski down: 1 hour. 

Day 11 

Drive to Junin de Los Andes. 

Day 12 

Drive to the base of Lanin Volcano a five-hour climb will bring us to the rustic  environs of the Lanin Refugio, situated at 2,315m. The tin-can accommodations,  literally strapped to the side of the inactive volcano. 

Day 13 

Rising at dawn, we will skin the remaining 1500m to the summit: where views from  the 3,776m summit include the neighboring LLaima and Villarrica Volcano’s near  Pucon, Chile, the Huechulafquen and Alumine lakes, and the Pacific Ocean to the  immediate west. The nearly perfectly conical peak will allow us to choose from a  variety of descent choices, aspects and snow types. while descending fall line to  Tromen drive back to Junin. 

Day 14 

Back to Bariloche. 

 

Itineraries

Day 1

Arrival in Bariloche. Check equipment.

A classic descent in Chamonix from the Aiguille du Midi to the valley bottom down the famous Vallee Blanche. A perfect day to get into the swing of things, review our avalanche system, check our gear and get into the swing of things. We will ski big glaciers and outstanding terrain that can not fail to thrill. We return to Chamonix and spend a second night there.

Day 2

Cerro Catedral off-piste skiing, reviewing touring techniques and making final adjustments to our equipment.

From town, we ride lifts to the Col de Grande Montet and ski into the valley of the Argentiere glacier. Now we are on the route and we will spend our first night in an excellent recently refurbished mountain hut. A shortish day to allow for snafus and logistical delays; there is plenty of slopes near this hut to occupy our time.

Day 3

Cerro Mirador at the border and sleep in Antillanca.

An early rise gives us excellent conditions to skin up and over the Col de Chardonee and to one of a few locations when we actually use a rope; depending on conditions anything from a steep ski to 60m lower will be required, fantastic. Down and up and into Switzerland where we can stay at the Trient hut or if time and conditions allow we can tour longer and spend the night in the village of Champex.

Day 4

Haute Trip Itinerary

Ski Touring Casablanca Volcano. We’ll ride Antillanca´s lifts to the ski area’s highest point, where we’ll set out for the summit. The views over the surrounding landscape are spectacular: the volcano’s lower slopes, thickly forested with coigue, manio, ulmo, and tepa, are dotted with emerald lakes, and the snow-covered cone of the Osorno Volcano rises majestically on the skyline. We return to our hotel in Antillanca. Maximum Alt: 6,528 feet (1,990m) – Min Alt: 3,412 feet (1,040m) – Vertical Drop: 3,116 feet (950m) / Skin up 1½ hours – Ski down 45 minutes – Drive to Osorno Hut.

Day 5

Haute Route Trip

Ski Touring Volcano Osorno. We make an early start to begin our ascent of Osorno, an iconic Chilean volcano noted for its similarity to Japan’s Mt. Fuji. An active volcano with a glaciated summit, Osorno towers over the beautiful Llanquihue and Todos los Santos lakes. We return to the Melia Patagonia Hotel in Puerto Varas for a spa and dinner.

Maximum Altitude: 8,700 feet (2,652m) – Min Alt: 4,068 feet (1,240m) – Vertical Drop: 4,632 feet (1,412m) / Skin up 4-5 hours – Ski down 1.5 hours Drive to Puerto Varas.

Day 6

Drive to Pucon.

Another early start as we cross a lot of south-facing slopes above the Lac Dix and travel into the heart of the mountain in the Arolla district. We spend the night below the spectacular view of Pigne de Arolla in the Dix hut.

Day 7

Haute Trip Itinerary

Ski Touring Villarrica Volcano. We set out for Villarica Volcano National Park, with its picture-book smoking volcano—one of the most active in South America—and its rushing rivers, volcanic caves, and emerald-colored lagoons. On our 5-hour ski tour, we’ll enjoy privileged views of this outstanding wilderness area. At the end of the day, we’ll have dinner at one of Pucón’s celebrated restaurants and stay overnight at the Hotel Mallahue.

Max Altitude: 9,340 feet (2,847m) – Min Alt: 4,625 feet (1,410m) – Vertical Drop: 4,625 feet (1,437m) / Skin up: 4 hours – Ski down: 1 hour.

Day 8

Drive to Lonquimay.

An extremely important day for the success of the trip as this is our cushion. A multitude of things beyond our control can be thrown at us but with flexibility being the key and having this cushion we can sidestep a little and carry on with the grins never wavering. If all goes according to plan however then we have an extra day of skiing in the Zermatt area where there is enough to fill another ski vacation all on its own or strudels and café to your heart’s content.

Day 9

Ski Touring Lonquimay Volcano. We drive 15 miles (25 km) to the base of the Corralco ski area, located on the Lonquimay Volcano. In the Mapudungun language of the Mapuche people, the name Lonquimay means ‘dense forest’. We ride the chairlift up to the ski area’s highest point and then make an ascent of this beautiful and accessible peak. At the summit, we’ll admire panoramic views of the region’s other stunning volcanoes and then make our long, long descent. We return to the Manzanar Hot Springs Hotel.

9,009 feet (2,746m) – Min Alt: 4,790 feet (1,460m) – Vertical Drop: 4,219 feet (1,286m) / Skin up: 4-5 hours – Ski down: 2 hours.

Day 10

Ski Touring Llaima Volcano – Pucón. We’ll make an early transfer to Las Araucarias Ski Resort at the base of the Llaima Volcano. Considered one of the three most active volcanoes in South America, Llaima—which means ‘come back to life’ in the Mapudungun language of the Mapuche people—has had more than forty eruptions over the past 150 years, the most recent in 1994. We will ascend and then ski down this impressive volcano with its vast crater, twin peaks with spectacular smoking fumaroles, and araucaria forests. At the end of the day, we transfer to the Hotel Mallahue in Pucón.

10,252 feet (3,125m) – Min Alt: 5,085 feet (1,550m) – Vertical Drop: 5,167 feet (1,575m) / Skin up: 4-5 hours – Ski down: 1 hour.

Day 11

Drive to Junin de Los Andes.

Day 12

Drive to the base of Lanin Volcano a five-hour climb will bring us to the rustic environs of the Lanin Refugio, situated at 2,315m. The tin-can accommodations, literally strapped to the side of the inactive volcano.

Day 13

Rising at dawn, we will skin the remaining 1500m to the summit: where views from the 3,776m summit include the neighboring LLaima and Villarrica Volcano’s near Pucon, Chile, the Huechulafquen and Alumine lakes, and the Pacific Ocean to the immediate west. The nearly perfectly conical peak will allow us to choose from a variety of descent choices, aspects and snow types. while descending fall line to Tromen drive back to Junin.

Day 14

Back to Bariloche.

What's Included?

  • - 2 IFMGA/AMGA certified Mountain Guides - All transport in country 

  • - 14 nights accommodations

  • - Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner during trip - Memories to last a lifetime

What's Excluded?

  • - International flights 

     

  • - Transport to Bariloche 

     

  • - Hotels before or after the trip 

     

  • - Alchohol 

     

  • - Personal Insurance

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Discover the beauty and experience the thrill of ski touring the most spectacular Patagonian volcanoes. This 14-day adventure is designed for advanced to expert skiers wishing to challenge their limits and abilities in the central Patagonian Andes. You will ascend and descend no fewer than 7 majestic Andean volcanoes: Lonquimay, Llaima, Villarica, Casablanca, Osorno, and Lanin.

Combining world-class back-country skiing, superb views, pristine wilderness, cozy rustic hotels, and exquisite natural hot springs in which to relax and restore tired muscles, this sensational ski touring experience has it all.

Dates* 

Sep 13-22 2020 

Oct 23 - Nov 1, 2020