Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep
After landing in Mendoza, we will meet at the airport and transfer to our spectacular accommodation in the mountains.
Once at the lodge, we’ll check all the equipment and make sure we are ready to start this adventure.
Later, we will conduct an avalanche beacon search and safety clinic and we will have the required helicopter briefing.
Finally, we will have a welcome Dinner at the Lodge.
Immediately after breakfast we’ll walk to the heliport located only yards from your room.
Soon we will carve our first turns in the pristine Andes in the UCO Valley, an unforgettable alpine setting of Himalayan proportions.
Each group will have a minimum of 1 heli-ski guide, a 4:1 & 5:1 ratio depending on the number of guests and helicopters we use.
Today we’ll take it slowly. It will be your first day exposed to the thin air at nearly 15,000 feet elevation in the magnificent surroundings of the dramatic and rugged Central Andes Mountains.
Back to the base for the night to a well deserved gourmet dinner at the Lodge.
After breakfast we gain altitude as we become more comfortable and familiar with the terrain, as well as better acclimatized to the altitude.
There is always the possibility of discovering a new landing zone, or virgin terrain that has never been explored before. It is highly likely that you will have the chance to pioneer a few runs with us, since the terrain is vast and much remains unexplored.
Return to Base and dinner at the Lodge.
We continue discovering the Andes and tracking fresh snow.
Picnic at mid-day, then continue heli-skiing and/or heli-boarding. By this time the group will be well acclimatized and feeling stronger. We may go a bit higher or perhaps move to a different valley, depending on conditions, group strength, and abilities.
Return to Base for dinner.
After breakfast we will repeat our heli-ski routine. Those who are ready for a break can soak at the nearby hot springs, go horseback riding, choose a day of resort skiing, or simply relax at the Lodge.
After breakfast we will continue with our exciting program; more heli time, more turns and vertical feet in the majestic Andes Mountains.
Return to Base for dinner.
After breakfast we start our 6th and final day of our heli-ski / heliboard journey into the Andes. After skiing, we pack and transfer you to your 5-star hotel in Mendoza, The Mendoza Park Hyatt, for an enjoyable Friday evening in this friendly and fun city.
Breakfast and relaxing morning at your hotel. You may choose to continue traveling in Argentina and South America, or return home.
Mendoza International Airport
The Vines Resort and Spa
Mendoza Park Hyatt
An Internationally Certified UIAGM / IFMGA Mountain Guide, Rodrigo has been a guide for 30 years. He has led 24 expeditions to Denali and 28 expeditions to Aconcagua — the highest peaks in North and South America, respectively. He has been a member of expeditions to Shisha Pangma and Cho Oyu in the Himalaya, and his climbs in Patagonia include the North and Central Towers of Paine, Agujas Guillaumet and Poincenot, as well as Cerro Torre attempts. He’s made Patagonian Ice Cap explorations including the first east-west traverse of the northern Ice Cap. He holds first ascents in Antarctica, the Andes and Alaska; speed ascents of Denali, Aconcagua, and Juncal. He’s guided the Ellsworth Mountains and Mt. Vinson in Antarctica and has extensive climbing and guiding experience in Yosemite and the Alps, including Frendo Spur and the Grand Jorasses. He’s a former Technical Committee member for the American Mountain Guides Association and a Senior Guide at Exum Mountain Guides in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Rodrigo speaks fluent English, French and Spanish.
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