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Ski Touring & Backcountry skiing in Ushuaia

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Join Merlín, a UIAGM-certified mountain guide, for this scenic, exciting and fun 7-day adventure backcountry skiing in Ushuaia. Explore a different mountain and valley each day of the trip before climbing Cerro Alvear on the penultimate day.



7 Days

Aug - Oct




* Enjoy the stunning scenery of Tierra del Fuego.

* Explore a different resort or mountain each day.

* Climb to the summit of Cerro Alvear and ski back down the East Face.


Situated on the southernmost tip of Tierra del Fuego,  backcountry skiing in Ushuaia is the perfect way to spend your last week of summer holidays!

Sandwiched in between the tail of the Andes Mountains and the Beagle Channel, Ushuaia is home to plenty of incredible and isolated mountain and valley landscapes!

Over the course of our week together, we will head out into the heart of this pristine landscape, enjoying stunning views and some of the highest quality powder in the Andes.

Each day we will head somewhere new, starting out in the local ski resorts for a bit of a warm up before progressing to the highlight of the trip: climbing Cerro Alvear!

However, before then, we will head to El Castor mountain and Cinco Hermano peak to ski on their slopes. From scenic vistas, we’ll enjoy incredible views back over Ushuaia as well as over the Beagle Channel.

We will also have the chance to ski in the magnificent Olum Valley and El Martial.

We cap off the trip by using our ice axes and crampons to climb to the summit of Cerro Alvear, before enjoying a phenomenal run back down the East Face.

By the time the trip is over and we are taking you back to the airport, you will already be planning your next adventure back!

So what are you waiting for? Book now for this scenic and exciting 7-day adventure  backcountry skiing in Ushuaia!

If you like the look of this trip then I think you may also enjoy my ski touring day in Cerro Vespignani!

Price includes

- Accommodation included

- Guiding fee

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Transport during the trip

Price details

Please note personal insurance is not included in the price of the trip and is mandatory.


Day 1: Arrival

After meeting at Ushuaia Airport, we will transfer to the hotel and go over the itinerary for the trip.

Day 2: El Castor

We will spend the day skiing at El Castor ski resort, including on the slopes of Castor Mountain.

Day 3: El Martial

We will spend the day skiing in the scenic valley of El Martial, above Ushuaia.

Day 4: Olum Valley & Cinco Hermanos peak

We will spend the day skiing on the Cinco Hermanos peaks above the Olum Valley.

Day 5: Cerro Alvear

We will climb to the top of Cerro Alvear using crampons and an ice axe before descending back down into the valley below.

Day 6: Paso Garibaldi

We will spend the day ski touring Paso Garibalid, either into Olum Valley or El Martial.

Day 7: Departure

We will take you to the airport and say our goodbyes.



More info

Equipment list: • Backpacks 30 liters • Head lump • Water bottle and small thermo flask • Merino or synthetic base layers • Mid layer fleece • Down or synthetic puffy jacket (hooded) • 2 pairs of gloves • Warm hut and buff • Extra socks • Waterproof pants and Jacket ( Gore-Tex) • Lens and goggles • Sun bloc & lip protection • Ski touring set: Skis, skins, boots, ski crampons, ski poles (compressible ideal). • Crampons & Ice Axe* • Safety avalanche set: Shovel, beacon, probe* • Helmet (optional)

Meeting point

Ushuaia Airport

About the guide

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Mountain Guide

Certified UIAGM-IFMGA Mountain Guide from Argentina.

I live in El Chaltén since 1998. I'm originally from Bariloche and I started with mountain activities when I was 15 years old. I've done climbing and ascents in many mountains of Patagonia, Perú, Bolivia, United States and Europe; such as Fitz Roy, Cerro Torre, Alpamayo, El Capitán, Mont Blanc and Aconcagua among others. I'm also a Ski Instructor and I am passionate for backcountry ski.

I speak fluent English, Italian and French and have been leading trips and expeditions for more than 20 years. I work together with a group of guides, so if I'm not available for the trip you request, one of my colleagues will guide you!



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What people are saying about Merlín



The guide was Valerie not Merlin. Valerie was super helpful and we had one of our best days in Patagonia! We hope that our use of Explore Share website ensured that the local guide was well compensated. Everything was well organised, the talk on the way about the trek was super interesting. The views stunning.



Teo was our guide and he was great! He was very knowledgeable about the different wildlife and plants. Without him we would have never attempted to summit or descend (which was worse - his belaying and short roping was totally awesome and we felt in good hands). The weather wasn’t the best but he definitely helped guide us on what to do with the crazy winds we got. His English was very good as well. Totally recommend this for anyone seeking a great adventure and these guys made us feel very ready with all the questions and information they gave us before the day! If you want a real adventure do this and not just Laguna de los Tres!



Great hike, exhilarating and so much beautiful scenery! Thank you Marco. Grateful for the hiking poles on the incline to the Laguna.



Teo was a lot of fun and very knowledgeable about the area. He was very considerate of how I was getting on. I had an amazing time!



Merlin is the top climbing guide in Chalten. Anything from simple sport climbing to hard multi pitches. I did a sport day with my brother and our girlfriends. We went to two different crags in Chalten, and climbed 10 routes, fun for the whole family. I got to lead climb and had my girlfriend belay me for the first time. Thanks Merlin and Martin! I want to return to climb Guillaumet with Merlin!

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