Ski touring Haute Route Chamonix – Zermatt

Dates: March/April/May

Haute Route Skitour from Chamonix to Zermatt…from the French to the Swiss historical alpine capital

This six day Ski tour on glaciers for the most part, offers exceptional beauty of the landscapes.
We start in Chamonix, at the foot of Mont Blanc and ski across the Wallis region of Switzerland.  The tour ends with a unique ski descent on the foot of the Matterhorn down to Zermatt.

Daily itinerary

Day 1: Chamonix – Refuge d’Argentière
Chamonix – Refuge d’Argentière
Elevation gain: 200m
Vertical loss: 800m

Day 2: Refuge de Trient
Ref Argentiere  – Refuge Trient
Elevation gain: 1100m
Vertical loss: 300m

Day 3: Refuge Prafleuri
Refuge Trient – Refuge Prafleuri
Elevation gain: 700m
Vertical loss: 2700m

Day 4: Cabane de Dix
Refuge Prafleuri  – Cabane de Dix
Elevation gain: 800m
Vertical loss: 450m

Day 5: Cabane des Vignettes
Cabane de Dix – Cabane des Vignettes
Elevation gain: 850m

Day 6: Zermatt
Cabane des Vignettes – Zermatt
Elevation gain: 900m
Vertical loss: 2100m

Price:

1560.-€ (min. 4 persons, max 6)
This spectacular tour can be done in many different ways. Add . Please contact us for more informations.

Included in the price: Organisation, mountain guiding, Private Transport Champex – Verbier Day 2,  half board in the huts
Not included in the price: Lunch & Drinks, Lift tickets, personal insurance*, personal equipment

*We strongly recommend the purchase of a cancellation insurance.
*We also advise you to purchase personal ski insurance .

Level requirements

This trip is for experienced ski tourers who have already done at least one hut-to-hut tour or a multi-day ski tour. You should be able to skin up to 5 hours with up to 1100m vertical gain per day, at a good steady pace.
Efficiency in your skinning technique and confident moving over a steep and exposed terrain should be no problem. You are expected to be comfortable and safe doing kick turns on slopes of over 35 degrees.
Are you an excellent off piste skier, confident and efficient in skiing in all snow conditions without losing control over your skis?  Skiing on slopes of 40 degrees is not a problem of you?
You should be physically fit, ready to hike and ski for up to 8 hours per day without being too tired the next day. You have to be able to move reasonably fast (climb 400m/h).


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Ski tour Mont Blanc summit, France

Dates: March until beginning of June

Ski tour Mont Blanc:

“A challenging dream came true for me! I always wanted to ski that mountain and my mountain guide was fabulous!”

Ski touring up to the summit of Mont Blanc can be done from end of march until may and is a great spring 2-day adventure!

 

Itinerary:

Day 1 : Chamonix – Grand Mulets hut 3051m
Afternoon ride with the first part of the Aiguille du Midi – cablecar up to Plan de l’Aiguille (2310m).
Skitour up to the Grand Mulets hut.
+ 800m, Night at Grand Mulets hut (3051m)

Day 2 : Grand Mulets Hut – Summit – Chamonix
We start early today with a technical ascent of the north face of Dôme du Goûter cramponning, slopes up to 40º to reach the normal route, than continuing over to Bivouac Vallot to the great summit of Mont Blanc (4810m). Ski down to Plan d’Aiguille or Chamonix.
+ 1700m / – 2600m or -3500m

Price:

1100.-€
(Included in the price: Organisation, IFMGA-mountain guide)
(Not included: Overnight stay at mountain hut, Liftticket, Food & drinks, Guide expenses, personal insurance)

  • This programme is meant as a guide only. Depending on the conditions in the mountains and the abilities of the guest, your mountain guide may alter the route.
Personal Requirements:

Very good physical fitness, expert skiing skills and to be well acclimatized to altitude are needed to do this tour.
If you have a solid experience in ice climbing and ski touring, you’re ready to let the dream come true.

How it all began, the Mont Blanc first ascent:

1786: The Frenchmen Michael Gabriel Packard and Jacques Palma were the first to reach the top of Mont Blanc.

After hundreds of failed attempts by dozens of aspiring mountaineers, Paccard and Balmat made history when they became the first climbers to reach the summit of Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in the Alps. The mountain rises 4810m/15’711feet above sea level and is ranked No. 11 in the world in topographic prominence. The two Chamonix local ascended the summit on August 8th, starting the climb from the Chamonix valley.

The accomplishment was, and still is, considered historic. Eric Shipton, a British Himalayan mountaineer, described the feat, writing in his book Mountain Conquest:

“Theirs was an astounding achievement of courage and determination, one of the greatest in the annals of mountaineering. It was accomplished by men who were not only on unexplored ground but on a route that all the guides believed to be impossible.”

The first female climber

1808: The former maidservant Marie Paradis,  in 1808  became the first woman to climb Mont Blanc, joined by guide Jacques Balmat. For Paradis it was not an easy ascent. She was in such poor condition by the time the climbing party reached the summit that she actually had difficulty speaking and, reportedly, could not see the view from the peak. Her self designed outfit that she was wearing weighed just over 14 pounds.


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Chamonix Ski Touring Weekend


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Date: January  – May

Would you like to discover the Chamonix backcountry on skins or explore some new routes with us?

Patagoniatiptop’s UIAGM qualified mountain guides will make sure to find the best snow conditions in the area.
There are plenty of routes to choose from to suit all possibilities!

A few ski touring examples:
  • Col du Passon
  • Brêche Puiseux
  • Col du Belevdere
  • Col du Tour noir
  • Crochues Bérard
  • Col du Beugeant
Prices for 2 days of Guiding:

2 Skiers: 350.00€/ Skier
3 Skiers: 250.00€/ Skier
4 Skiers: 200.00 / Skier

Please contact us for groups with more than 4 skiers.


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Women’s Freeride & Skitouring Camp, Chamonix

Dates 2018: (Please ask us for private dates, also for mixed groups)

March:  25. – 29. 02. 2018 (So – Th)

April:  15. – 19. 04. 2018 (So – Th)

Highlights
  • 3 days ski teaching and guiding in the Chamonix valley
  • 4 nights at a cosy Chalet Hotel in the Chamonix valley with half board included
  • 2 Ski tours
  • Valle Blanche descent, the greatest ski descend in the world
  • Learn all about ski touring and back country skiing
  • Ski touring basics, including gear usage, uphill techniques, pacing, layering, and route selection
  • Avalanche awareness including terrain management and basic companion rescue strategies

 

Learn off piste skiing and ski touring with us!

Three days of world-class skiing with top, women-specific instructions from Ex-World Cup ski racer and certified ski instructor Ella Alpiger and IFMGA Mountain guide Federico Arletti.
This all-inclusive camp features the latest ski and ski-touring teaching techniques, avalanche safety informations and Chamonix unmatched Off-piste runs.

“It’s all about learning off piste skiing technique, backcountry skills, mountain safety, and most importantly, having fun in the outdoors!”

We will base out of Chamonix for 3 days of adventure skiing. Our goal is to ski the best places for the given conditions, and provide you with coaching and instruction in big mountain skiing.

“It’s a unique ski program that makes it easier, faster and more fun to learn to ski off-piste.”

Camp itinerary
Day 1: Arrival day

We welcome you at the cosy Chalet Hotel in Chamonix and enjoy a first dinner together. Maybe you want to enjoy a bath in the hot tub with a nice glas of wine.

Day 2: Off piste skiing work shop
  • Off piste work shop in one of the many ski areas in the Chamonix valley. We ski where we find the nicest snow. Get tips on your ski skills and technique to help you improve in a variety of ski conditions and terrain. Work on technique and mental preparedness that will improve your skiing in the backcountry, in steeps, trees, narrow chutes and crud.
  • Learn how to search with your avalanche transceiver in the afternoon. An important skill you have to know!

Night and dinner at the Chalet in Chamonix, take a bath in the hot tub and relax by the fire place.

Day 3:  Ski touring intro
  • Off piste work shop in the morning. Practice the tips you have learned yesterday.
  • Now we are ready to bring our back country skiing to the next level. We start with a short ski tour in the afternoon where you learn all about ascending with skins on your skis, ski touring itineraries and snow safety information.
    Night and dinner at the Chalet in Chamonix, enjoy a glas of wine at the fire place and check out today’s skiing videos.

    Day 4: Ski tour & Valle Blanche
  • We take the cable car up to Aiguille du Midi and skin over to the Italian side towards Col d’Entrèves (+400m).
  • Later we enjoy skiing the famous Valle Blanche or Noire  glacier run. It might be the run you have always dreamed of. Stunning views, huge glaciers and us skiing with trough that showing our new learned skills.
  • The course finishes at about 2-3pm in Chamonix.

The programme is given as an indication only. Changes and adaptation may be made to suit current technical criteria, safety requirements and weather conditions.

  • Ella makes it possible for intermediate and advanced skier to move to the next level of expertise in the shortest time possible. Get confident with the avalanche safety skills and make your first ski touring experiences.

    All in a group session designed to foster camaraderie. A truly elevated experience.
    Tap in to the pro’s fitness traits off the slopes, with a stretching class and an inspirational talks about mental training.
    Than relax in the Sauna, dine and socialize in Chamonix.
    “I hope you can join me for this amazing opportunity!”

Personal Requirements

If you feel confident on black slopes and have some off-piste experience, you’re ready to join this camp.

Resort

Chamonix , French alps. In winter, with 4 large skiing areas, Chamonix Valley welcomes snow sports enthusiasts from all over the world and from all walks of life who come to test their skills on and off the slopes of the Mont Blanc range. Here, even if it primarily for fun, skiing is as intense and exciting as the locality where it takes place!

Transfer included from Geneva 

Transfers to and from Geneva airport with guaranteed flexibility to match your flight times allowing you to fly from your local airport at a time that suits you is included in the price. If you’re traveling by train from Switzerland, you can reach Chamonix via Martigny.

 

Our Accommodation: Luxury Ski Chalet Les Bois  

An elegant traditional chalet with great facilities, Chalet les Bois is located in one the most beautiful areas in the Chamonix Valley and within close proximity to the Flegere ski lift.

This extremely comfortable chalet boasts a unique 85m2 dining, lounge and entertainment area on the top floor, offering breathtaking views of the majestic Mont Blanc from panoramic windows and the south, east and west-facing sun terraces.  Guests can relax in front of the open fire with a glass of wine or enjoy the home cinema with Bose sound.

Eight tastefully furnished twin bedrooms can be found on the lower two levels of the chalet, along with eight Japanese style bathrooms, six of which are en-suite.

This chalet also features a large outdoor hot tub in the gardens perfectly situated to admire the breathtaking views.

Chalet features
  • Champagne and canapés upon arrival at the chalet
  • Three course gourmet evening meal  – including special menus for those with dietary needs, prepared by an experienced chef
  • Excellent quality complimentary French and Italian wine (selection of red, white and rose wines), beer & soft drinks with all evening meals.
  • Full breakfast every morning: hot and cold option including eggs, bacon, fresh bread, pastries, fruit platter and a choice of cereals
  • Afternoon tea – home baked cakes, fresh bread and jams with tea and coffee
  • Tea, coffee and other hot drinks available at all times
  • Private transport to ski lifts: Morning and afternoon pick ups.
  • Transport into town in the evenings in private minibuses (return transport is subject to availability and charged locally)
  • Hot tub
  • Television
  • Selection of DVDs, Playstation / Wii games, board games, books
  • Internet access – WIFI and hard-wired with large iMac for guest use
  • Docking station for iPods and MP3 players
Costs

4 Skiers:                     1338.00€ per skier
6 and more Skiers:  1198.00€ per skier
Skiing only:               600.00€ per skier  (accommodation/half board, ski pass and airport transfer not included)

Included: Pro teaching and organization, 3-days Unlimited Skipass, Luxury Ski Chalet – Hotel with half board in a standard double room, 2 ski tours, Valle Blanche descent (if conditions are good), video-analysis,  Airport Transfer, lots of information about ski touring and avalanche rescuing, mental training tips, free Bus in Chamonix

Not included: Lunches, drinks, personal insurance, personal equipment (let us know if you need ski touring and avalanche safety equipment, it can be rented in Chamonix). Would you like to sleep in a single room? The price added for that is 270.00€.

 

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Private Ski & Telemark Lessons, Chamonix Valley & Megève

Dates: December – First week of May

Professional privat Ski – and Telemark lessons in the Chamonix valley & Megève ski area from December until end of April. Learn from the Swiss Ex-world cup ski racer Ella Alpiger and her team.

Everything about Chamonix ski resort is big. In the shadow of Mont Blanc, the highness mountain in the European Alps, the deep valley has more skiable slopes than seems reasonable. With several ski areas distributed across the huge mountain ranges to north and south, a thriving town in the centre and smaller, charming mountain villages in the valley, there’s something for everyone.

With the Mont Blanc as its backdrop, Megève is in a lovely sunny setting and has a beautifully preserved, partly medieval centre. It’s the capital of the mountain way of life, an authentic village in the Savoy Alps that is covered by a carpet of snow every winter.

Many different slopes in all different colors and challenging Out-bound runs are waiting for you to be discovered.
Beginners and Experts are welcome to join the lessons!

We will analyze your skiing on video camera. Fast technical progress and more enjoyable ski days are the result of that.

Prices:

Daily Ski and Telemark lessons, Off – piste days and Ski touring intro courses:
1/2 day (3hrs), 09:00-12:00 / 13:00 – 16:00: 210€
1 day (6hrs), 09:00 – 15:00: 350€ / High season February: 400€

Included in the price: Teaching, Video of your progress,  the pick-up at your Hotel is free.

 

Unlimited skiing

With the Chamonix Unlimited Skipass (more than 3 days) we can also enjoy skiing in Courmayeur (ITA) 15 Min., Verbier (CH) 40 Min. and Evasion Mont Blanc (Megève, St.Gervais, Les Contamines) (FR) 20 Min. by car from Chamonix.

Ski touring

Chamonix also offers great ski touring options not only for Experts. Let us introduce you to our favorite sport with a Ski touring Intro. Learn all about safety, snow and technique with an UIAGM mountain guide.

Off piste, powder courses

Explore the snow on the other side of the groomed run! If you have mastered the pistes and want to learn how to ski all trains off piste, come and sign up for our Off piste courses. We will teach you on all different slopes and terrains. Let’s train to get you fit to take a ski trip down the Valle Blanche!

Helicopter Skiing

Thanks to its exceptional geographical location between Italy and Switzerland, Chamonix is a major centre for Heliskiing from where you can reach a host of exciting destinations. For a day trip, there’s nothing simpler than getting dropped off by helicopter in Switzerland or Italy with a UIAGM – mountain guide, to ski the finest transalpine slopes of Val Veny, Cervinia, La Tile and Val Grisanche. Also exploring the mountains of the Valais in the areas around Trient in Switzerland, or even Zermatt.

Equipment

We proudly ski with K2 Skis, they offer a great range of skis and boots for all different kind of availabilities and snow conditions. Not sure which material to buy or rent? We are happy to recommend the perfect ski for you.

Accommodation

Do you want to sleep in down town Chamonix or rather a bit outside in the quite or maybe ski in and ski out? Chamonix has it all, let us find the perfect place for you!


How skiing came to France; did you know?

Skiing had come to Italy via Switzerland since about 1895. The natural thing for France would have been to copy the neighboring Italians. They went to the source instead, they wanted a missionary from Norway and in November 1902 one such providentially dropped in. A junior Norwegian army lieutenant called Herman Schultz that wanted to visit France as a ski instructor in order to get out into the wider world an learn French. Later two more officers where sent to France and they started a ski school to teach the French soldiers. Those soldiers showed a legendary marching ability and could accomplish to march up to 50 or 60 km a day on skis without really being worn out. They sometimes started at 4a.m. and didn’t return until 8p.m.

The ski school was so exhausting, both for teachers and the taught, that it only ran from Monday to Thursday, with the rest of the week free; for the French soldiery at any rate. On Friday and Saturday, the Norwegians were expected to teach the officers and on Sundays, their wives. The Colonel’s lady was particularly keen. The two instructors would support her on each side and she was wearing a hat and veil! …”Suddenly her skis broke trough the crust, and we ran on, but in confusion. It was not a dignified regimental commander’s wife who got her feet, covered in blood, with hat awry and tattered veil. Afternoon tea with her was cancelled. We didn’t see her for 14 days.”

first female skier in the French alps

 

Picture credit: vintage ski

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Ski touring Refugio Frey, Bariloche


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Dates: September/October

Ski touring around Refugio Frey in Bariloche is a must on a ski trip down to Argentina!

The hut is legendary and the ambiance is great! Not to talk about the great skiing options between Granite towers and mountain lagoons. Come enjoy a couple great ski days with us.

Ski touring Itinerary

1st day: Cerro Catedral – Refugio Frey
We pick you up at your hotel in Bariloche and drive to the Cerro Cathedral ski area. A few lifts bring us to the top of the mountain where our ski touring trip starts. We will reach the Frey hut after a first nice run down to Vantitter valley and a short ascend up to the hut. There will be plenty of couloirs with fresh snow to be discovered this afternoon.
Night and dinner at the cosy Frey hut

2nd day: Refugio Frey Ski touring
All day skiing around Refugio Frey today. We will discover mountain lagoons, ski between Granit towers and make sure you try a good Mate – Tee at the end of the day.
Enjoy a dinner and night at Frey hut

3rd day: Refugio Frey – Bariloche
There is lots to ski still today before heading back down to Bariloche.

Rates:

1 – 2 pax: 940.- USD
3 pax: 730.- USD
4 and more: 600.- USD

Included in the price:
Organisation, local IVBV-IFMGA mountain guide, Transport from/to your Hotel in Bariloche, Ski pass 1st day, 2 nights at mountain hut with full board

Not included in the price:
Hotel in Bariloche, personal insurance (accident, annulation, travel etc.), drinks

Refugio Frey

Located on the shores of Toncek lagoon, with turquoise cold waters, at the foot of Frey peak in Mount Catedral. Named after Engineer Emilio Frey, a member of the Border Committee presided by Perito Moreno since 1895. He was the park administrator of the Nahuel Huapi National Park and one of the founders of Club Andino Bariloche.

How to get to Bariloche
  • Take a 2hrs flight down south from Buenos Aires to Bariloche (BRC)
  • Coming from Chile: There are buses from Puerto Montt or Osorno

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Skitouring the Patagonian Volcanos

Dates: September and October

Ski Chile and Argentina with us!

7-14 days programs available. Tailor maid for you.

When the days start to get shorter in the northern hemisphere, spring is slowly waking up in Patagonia. For the ski touring fans this means corn and sometimes powder snow skiing under the south american sun. Some experts speak about the best spring skiing in the world.

All our ski touring goals between Bariloche and Temuco are between 2000 and 3000 meters high and no long acclimatization is necessary.

Our skiing adventure starts in Bariloche Argentina or in Temuco Chile airport and ends in either of both, depending on the itinerary you choose. We can offer a round trip or also a point to point trip. Bariloche is situated in the northern part of Argentina’s Patagonia in the Nahuel Huapi National Park. There are great ski touring options around the so called “Switzerland of south America” in the Patagonian Lake District. The incredible views down to the huge lakes and rainforests are stunning.

After the amazing volcano-skiing in Chiles “small south” where we ski volcanos like Casablanca, Osorno, Villarica or Lanin we cross the boarder into Argentinas lake basin.

We choose those volcanos and mountains with the best conditions at the moment we are there. (There are about 10 volcanos to choose from).

To relax between the tours, we take you to some of the worlds best hot springs in hidden valleys and eat great seafood as well as Argentine beef. Come join us on this exotic skiing adventure!

At a glance:
  • 14 days / 13 nights in Chile & Argentina
  • 8 volcanos
  • 3 hot springs
Day to day itinerary, a program option that we like:

Day 1: Meet at Temuco airport – drive to Malalcahuello
Your IFMGA –  mountain guide picks you up at the airport and drives you to the foot of the volcano Lonquimay.
Night in Hotel Malalcahuello

Day 2: Skitour volcon Lonquimay 2865m
Our first volcano, Lonquimay is surrounded by very old Araucaria trees and is perfect for a start into the Volcano-tour.
+ 1365m
Night in Hotel in Malalcahuello

Day 3: Skitour volcano Llaima 3125m
Llaima is one of the biggest volcanos in this area and stands in the Conguillio National park. It’s name means “the reawakened” in Mapuche language, the language of the local people.
+1325m
Night in Hotel Malalcahuello

Day 4: Travel to Pucon and hot springs „Los Pozones“
We use this day to relax and reload our batteries. The Pozones hot springs is the perfect spot to relax and enjoy nature. Pucon is one of Chiles favorite outdoor destination, a small vibrant town on the foot of Villarica vulcano. We spend the evening and night here.
Night in Hotel in Pucon
Drive: 160km

Day 5: Skitour volcano Villarica 2847m
A short drive up into the Villarica national park. Today we will climb the 2847m high volcano Villarica.
The long ascend is very much worth it: a view in to the bubbling Magma in the crater and a great downhill run on the slopes up to 35° back down to the car.
+1450m
Night in Hotel Pucon

Volcano Lanin …  is waiting for you

Day 6: Lanin bivouac (shelter) 2400m
A strato volcano on the boarder with Argentina and Chile that forms part of two national parks, Lanin and Villarica. It lies at the Atlantic-Pacific water device and is one of our favorite to ski on. Today we skin up to a shelter that overlooks both Chile and Argentina. The shelter is very simple but offers the perfect option to spend a night on the mountain.
+1300m
Night at bivouac Lanin

Day 7: Skitour volcano Lanin 3776m
We ski up to the top of Lanin and enjoy a long downhill back to the car.
Drive back to Pucon.
+1370m
Night in Pucon

Day 8: Hidden Hot Sprigs in the woods – Huilo Huilo Natural Reserve
A magical relax day! This natural hot springs  have an idyllic setting between the mountains. There are several pools with varying temperature for personal selection. The setting is very natural and quiet. After soaking our muscles we continue the drive into the Huilo Huilo natural reserve where we can discover the Valdivian rainforest.
Night in Huilo Huilo Nature Reserve

Day 9: Skitour volcano Choshuenco 2300m, travel south Llanquihue lake
The Mocho-Choshuenco volcano lies directly behind our Hotel, we cross the Huilo Huilo river with it’s clear blue water and skin up trough the rain forest to the top of this twin volcano.
After the tour we drive down south into Chiles Lake District and to the beautiful Llanquihue.
+1000m
Night in Puerto Varas

Going down south…

Day 10: Skitour volcano Osorno 2650m – Antillanca hot springs
Maybe the most perfect conical shaped volcano on the tour. We reach it after a short drive around Llanquihue lake, Chiles biggest sweet water lake. From the top we will be able to overlook the whole lake basin and all the way to the Fjords near Puerto Montt. A short drive brings us to Antillanca and it’s hot springs near the Argentine boarder.
+1300m
Night in Antillanca

Day 11: Volcano Casablanca 2050m, Travel to Bariloche, Argentina
Casablanca or the whit house is our last volcano in Chile. Easy to reach from the Antillanca ski area.
In the afternoon we drive over the Samore pass and the boarder line into Argentina down to the Nahuel Heap National Park
+900m
Night in Bariloche

The best of Bariloche, ARG

Day 12: Skitour Refugio Meiling, 2000m
The hike up to Refugio Meiling starts at the hamlet of Pampa Linda. It takes 1.5hr drive from Bariloche trough the Nahuel Heap National Park and along the pale blue Gutierrez and Mascardi lake.
We hike first trough a forest and skin up reaching the hut over a ridge with great views over the glaciers and waterfalls.
+ 1000m
Night at Refugio Meiling

Day 13: Skitour Cerro Tronador 3458m, Back to Bariloche
We start early this morning after a breakfast at the hut. We skin up over big, wide glaciers to the Blanco Pass. The last part to the summit gets a bit steeper, but no climbing techniques are required.
Ready for an unforgettable ski run down?
+1400m
Night in Bariloche

Day 14: Extra day

  • Please contact us for programs and prices tailored to your wishes!
How to get to to Bariloche, Argentina

Take a 2 hours flight from Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina.

How to get to Temuco, Chile

Take a 2 hours flight from Santiago de Chile, the capital of Chile.

Map with all the volcanos and our route
Map of all the volcanos we ski in Patagonia
Geography and History of Patagonia

Patagonia is the scene of the world’s great adventures. Even if you know little of the place, the name itself inhabits our subconscious, whispering of an unknown finger of the earth, el fin del mundo. You picture large silent spaces and windblown solitude.

The first Europeans to lay eyes on this landscape were led by Ferdinand Magellan, who pioneered passage trough the treacherous strait that now bears his name. His expedition named the mainland “Tierra de los Patagones” unwittingly spawning the myth of a race of Patagonian giants.

To the east of the Patagonian Andes, the pampa is an immense desert, by some accounts among the five largest deserts in the world. West of the Andes is another world. Here both the Central Valley and the Coast Range have sunk into the Pacific; what were once glacial valleys are now fjords, and what were once mountaintops ar now islands. Hotsprings lay revealed by coastal erosion while great glaciers further fragment the landscape, necessitating maritime or air travel. Great forests cloak the Andes from the Pacific shoreline to the continental divide, bisected by surging emerald rivers carrying glacial silt to the sea and providing habitat for fearless trout and salmon.


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