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Backcountry Skiing & Splitboarding

Trip Argentina, Backcountry Ski and Splitboard
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Immerse in the friendly mountain culture surrounding Bariloche Argentina while 2 bilingual and certified ski guides lead you on a true Patagonia adventure.

 Few places in the world conjure images of adventure and spectacular natural beauty quite like the Bariloche backcountry in Patagonia; A true hub for Argentina backcountry skiing and snowboarding. Join PowderQuest on our 8-day Bariloche Backcountry Skiing + Snowboarding Tour to explore this legendary region, with expertly guided, lift-accessed off-piste and backcountry touring at Cerro Bayo and Bariloche’s renowned Catedral ski resorts. Plus two nights at one of our favorite remote backcountry destinations, Baguales Reserve. Our Argentina backcountry tour will quickly take you from the daily grind into a magical alpine world of glacier-carved lakes, towering snow capped peaks, and dense forest. Cozy lodging and warm Argentinean hospitality are trademarks of this region, offering the perfect combination of thrilling backcountry snowboarding and skiing with nights spent well-fed and rested.

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  • 1
    Day number 1
    Day 1:

    Fly into Bariloche Airport and meet your guides by 5:45pm. Load up and drive down the coastline of the famous Nahuel Huapi Lake to the town of Villa Angostura and check into your hotel for the night. Enjoy appetizers and red wine during meet and greet with your group before heading to dinner at a favorite locally owned Villa Angostura restaurant.
  • 2
    Day number 2
    Day 2:

    Start your day with breakfast at the hotel before heading out for your first day exploring around Cerro Bayo ski resort. Your guides will lead you off piste and into the backcountry and help find the best snow conditions. Expect some lift assisted touring as well as traditional touring today. Wrap up your day with another authentic Patagonian group dinner in town.
  • 3
    Day number 3
    Day 3:

    Wake up and work your way through the breakfast buffet at the hotel before heading back to Cerro Bayo resort for another day of lift-assisted backcountry touring. Once the group calls it a day, head back into town to pack up your gear and check out of the hotel. Take the beautiful drive through Nahuel Huappi National Park passing glacier cut lakes, old growth trees and snow capped peaks. Arrive at your next destination, Bariloche Argentina. Check into your hotel and enjoy a dinner out in town!
  • 4
    Day number 4
    Day 4:

    Eat breakfast at the hotel and then head to the nearby Cerro Catedral resort. This will be another day of lift-assisted backcountry touring. AFte another filled day of exploring with your guides and group, head back into town to relax a bit before dinner. Dinner will be out in Bariloche and afterwards you have the option to relax or head out into town to visit the local bars and craft breweries.
  • 5
    Day number 5
    Day 5:

    Enjoy another breakfast at your hotel before checking out and starting the next stage of your adventure. Drive to the Baguales Reserve where you will be greeted by 4x4 trucks and snowmobiles, ready to transport you to the Baguales Backcountry Lodge. This remote lodge will be your basecamp for the next 2 nights as you explore the area backcountry skiing and splitboarding. Get outside for an afternoon tour followed by some apres ski lodge activities.Dinner provided at the lodge.
  • 6
    Day number 6
    Day 6:

    Wake up in your cozy and remote lodge and eat breakfast with the group. Your guides will go over the agenda for the day, which will be extensive backcountry touring! After a full day of touring, grab some apres drinks and snack at the lodge while watching the sunset over Patagonia. Enjoy another dinner of locally sourced authentic food.
  • 7
    Day number 7
    Day 7:

    Repeat! Gear up for your last day of touring in Argentina. Make your final turns in the backcountry before heading back into Bariloche. Get together with your group (now friends) for your goodbye dinner.
  • 8
    Day number 8
    Day 8:

    Departure, adios Patagonia! Wake up and enjoy breakfast at the hotel before saying goodbye to your guides and group. The hotel will help arrange transportation to the Bariloche airport based on your departure time.
Trip Package Includes
  • 2 full-time, bilingual guides
  • Certified guiding in the Argentina backcountry
  • Lift tickets
  • Private Ground Transportation
  • Hotel and Backcountry Lodge accommodations (based on a hotel double and lodge quad occupancy room)
  • Daily Breakfasts
  • Lunches while at backcountry lodge
  • Dinners
  • Argentine red wine
  • Mineral Water
Trip Package Does Not Include
  • Airfare
  • Lunches and snacks (except on 3 backcountry lodge days)
  • Guide gratuity
  • Travel insurance (we recommend World Nomads)

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Area Information

Baguales Backcountry Lodge

This will be one of the most memorable ski lodging experiences you’ll have, offering a remote and stunning Andean surrounding. The lodge is surprisingly sophisticated with a wood-and-stone décor and an enormous central fireplace. Rooms feature bunk beds with up to 4 guests per room and 2 modern, well designed shared bathrooms + hot water showers. (inquire regarding limited availability of a twin share/private bath upgrade option)
Trip Planning

Trip Planning

The weather in the Andes can change quickly. Be sure to bring along full winter clothing, goggles and gloves including a good hardshell jacket and pants and a warm insulating mid-layer – remember, it’s going to be winter in Argentina! Learn more about traveling with your gear here! 

This Argentina backcountry trip is recommended for advanced skiers and splitboarders. Come prepared to explore the best advanced off-piste terrain at the resorts and to head deep into Patagonia’s backcountry. You will want to be in good physical shape and keen on some uphill touring out of the resorts and earning your turns out of our pristine backcountry lodge.

We will be spending 2 nights in a backcountry lodge or domes. Our plan is to travel with just the necessities for this portion of the tour, leaving anything you will not need behind at our hotel in Bariloche (we return to the same hotel). We suggest bringing a small packable waterproof duffle bag (dry bag) to carry what you will need on our journey to the domes. This way we travel light with our skis/boards, ski backpack, boots and small duffle bag with the necessities.

Personal first aid kit to include at least the following:
Travel essentials:
  • How long has PowderQuest been operating guided trips?
    PowderQuest has proudly been leading trips for over 2 decades. Their Chile and Argentina guided adventures began in July 1999.
  • Is my trip departure guaranteed?
    No, as each trip requires a minimum number of guests in order to run, please wait to make travel arrangements and book flights until you have received confirmation that your departure has been confirmed.
  • Can I choose my roommate?
    Yes. If you have a roommate request, please let us know. By default, we will place two people of the same gender in a room with two beds.
  • Can I book a private room?
    Yes. Single occupancy rooms may be available at an additional cost of $995. Please contact us if you are interested and note that single rooms are subject to availability, and will be assigned on a first come, first served basis. For this trip, a single room fee will be obtain for the nights in Villa Angostura and Bariloche. At the backcountry lodge, you will be upgraded from a bunk room to a shared twin room with a private bath.
  • What backcountry ski setup should I bring? Can I rent?
    We suggest a touring ski with a waist of 95-120mm + touring bindings + skins. Touring bindings can be frame style ( Salomon Shift, Marker Kingpin, etc) or a lighter tech style ( Dynafit etc.). Make sure your binding is compatible with ski crampons (an attachment we use when climbing firm snow). Skins should be synthetic, cut specifically for your ski, and with good glue. There are limited rentals available, please enquire at the time of booking if you may need touring rentals.
  • What type of splitboard setup should I bring? Can I rent?
    You’ll need a full splitboard setup with bindings and skins. Skins should be synthetic, cut specifically for your board, and with good glue. Make sure your binding is compatible with splitboard crampons (an attachment we use when climbing firm snow). There are limited rentals available, please enquire at the time of booking if you may need touring rentals.
  • I am a beginner / intermediate / advanced level of ski tourer / splitboarder. Will there be terrain for me?
    This Argentina backcountry trip is recommended for advanced skiers and snowboarders. Come prepared to explore the best advanced off-piste terrain at the resorts and to head deep into Patagonia’s backcountry. You will want to be in good physical shape and keen on some uphill touring out of the resorts and earning your turns out of our pristine backcountry lodge.
  • How much touring or hiking is involved on the Lift Assisted or Advanced Off-Piste trips?
    These trips are dependent on snow conditions and groups as to the amount of ski touring or hiking that takes place. If fresh snow is in abundance, we may ski the resorts, or ski backcountry areas within close striking distance to resorts. If there are extended periods of high pressure and little in the way of powder snow in or near the ski resorts, our objectives tend to shift towards getting to areas where we can ski powder/better snow and get away from the crowds in and near the ski resorts. During these times since the easy to get to areas are often tracked, we have to push out a little further and tour or hike longer. We understand that long days touring or hiking with skis strapped to your backpack may not always be fore everyone. Having 2 guides mean that we can accommodate 2 different programs if guests wish to do different things (ie. Long tours vs short tours, staying within resort vs touring or hiking). Our ultimate goal is always to get our guests the best untracked skiing conditions that are available, wherever that may be.
  • Can my dietary restrictions be accommodated?
    We can accommodate most requests. Just let us know when you fill out your pre-trip questionnaire, and we will have everything taken care of upon your arrival.
  • Can I place a deposit instead of paying the full amount?
    Contact Customer Care at 1.866.386.1590 if you prefer to only pay your $600 per person deposit. Note that regardless of paying full payment or deposit at time of booking, we will consider $100 to be a non-refundable deposit in accordance with our terms and conditions. Full payment is due 90 days prior to departure.
  • What if I need to cancel or postpone my trip?
    You may cancel for any reason up to 10 days (Risk Free Window) after paying your deposit or full trip price for a full refund. This gives you peace of mind no one will take your spot as you arrange vacation time and look into flights, etc. For cancellations made by Client after the Risk Free Booking Window and up to 91 days before your guided trip, your deposit can be refunded (less a $100 fee) or become a credit know as a Lifetime Deposit. Your Lifetime Deposit does not expire and can be used for any available future guided trip with PowderQuesy in South America. You may also transfer the deposit as a gift to a friend. Within 90 days of trip departure, the following cancellation fees apply. 90 - 61 days prior to departure, 50% trip cost refund. 60 - 31 days prior to trip departure, 25% trip cost refunded. 30 or fewer days, no refund.
  • Do I need to purchase travel insurance?
    Travel insurance allows you to seek reimbursement if you are forced to cancel your trip for unforeseeable reasons, or if you need to cover medical help, emergency transport, theft and/or accidental damage while traveling. We recommend World Nomads. Please Note: The "Standard" plan from World Nomads does not cover backcountry skiing or snowboarding, or off-piste travel. The "Explorer" plan has coverage for backcountry skiing and snowboarding and off-piste travel. See more coverage information here: It is mandatory for all Clients to provide evidence of insurance for ski travel that covers personal accident, medical expenses, and air ambulance (emergency evacuation). If you are joining our Off-Piste or Backcountry trips, you need to make sure your insurance covers off-piste and backcountry skiing and snowboarding in the countries you will be visiting. For trips involving mechanized access in the backcountry (snowcats, snowmobiles, helicopters, etc.) be sure your policy covers these activities. Evidence of this insurance needs to be provided to evo and PowderQuest. In the event evidence of insurance is not provided, evo and PowderQuest reserve the right to cancel the Client’s reservation.
Argentina with PowderQuest was one of the biggest adventures my husband and i ever had. Despite some variable weather conditions, our guides Mo and Maxi did a fabulous job arranging the trip so that we would maximize our experience and opportunities for fresh snow. The restaurants and side trips our guides coordinated were tons of fun. Skiing/riding, accommodations and food at Baguales were the highlight of the trip.
Cristal C.
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Just finished my 6th trip with these guys. Always professional, organized and on point ! Every guide I have encountered with them is fantastic. You are literally putting your safety in their hands and they get that, never felt anxious about this group.
Barry C
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Just returned from another amazing trip with PowderQuest. Each trip exceeds my expectations, they are well organized and diligently led. Guides Mo, Keala and Jess ensure safe and fun backcountry experiences.
Raquelle D.
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