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Ski touring in Cerro López, Bariloche

Ski touring in Cerro López, Bariloche
Ski touring in Cerro López, Bariloche

Three possible itineraries for ski touring in Cerro López, an iconic mountain in Bariloche, North Patagonia, together with a IFMGA mountain guide.

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1 Day

Jul, Aug, Sep


Cerro López is an iconic mountain in the area of Bariloche, in North Patagonia. It was the birthplace of mountaineering for many generations.

Here you can find many itineraries for ski touring in a stunning setting. Each of them has different levels of difficulty.

From descents in the forest between lenga trees, to large slopes and gutters in good inclination in the high mountain, Cerro López and its surrounding peaks will let you enjoy unforgettable moments of skiing and freeride.

The three main routes to ski in Cerro López are the following:

Forest Filo de las Cabras

This is the shortest and safest option. It's ideal for skiing in special days when the weather is hostile to exit forest protection or when the conditions of avalanche risk are high.

Filo de las Cabras – Magnat

This is an excellent route to ski a lot in one day, changing environments and orientations. Once here, we can stay on the hillside that has the best snow, or reach two summits in one day. Depending on the physical condition of the group, we can make several descents.

Cerro López route

This route is also very good, because we can ski many vertical meters (over 600) and enjoy good snow and beautiful landscapes. This option is perhaps the most physically demanding. However, we can always dose the effort to manage the amount of descents we can perform.

The views from the summit and the slope of the descent are a great reward.

If you are travelling to Bariloche and you are interested in ski touring in Cerro López, please contact me. I also like ski touring in other locations in the area, like Frey or Pilquitron

About the guide

AAGM-certified high mountain guide with international IFMGA certification, paragliding pilot (with tandem license) and physical education teacher.
I have made numerous climbs, ascents and ski trips in Patagonia, Mendoza, Chile, Peru, Bolivia, Spain and the French Alps.
I work as an instructor and director in numerous mountain guide courses for the AAGM. I have opened many sport and multi-pitch routes in the Bariloche area and I am also author of climbing guide "Bariloche Vertical", published five times since 2004. In sport climbing I reach the grade of 8b worked and 7c on sight.
As a paragliding pilot, I have made numerous +100 kms flights in the mountains of Patagonia and several "hike and fly" tours, where I combine climbing mountains and flying down.
I look forward to guiding you in the beautiful mountains of Patagonia.





What people are saying about Pablo Pontoriero

Julian Blanco


March, 2022

It was an amazing trip!! We had no experience in paragliding but the guides made us feel very very safe, they have a lot of experience and are very professionals. If you are in Bariloche, don't miss the chance to fly with them. And also the Explore-Share team was always willing to help. 10/10!!



December, 2019

What an amazing experience! Felt very comfortable and safe with my wonderful guide Pablo. Highly recommended service and adventure. 5 star all day!!

Sebastian Beltramini


February, 2019

Pablo has been amazing during the 3 days we spent climbing. He's great at sharing his knowledge and constantly providing feedback for improvement. I definely recommend him and I plan on doing more with him in the future. As for the climbing itself, I'm totally satisfied and got to raise my experience quickly, finishing with a great multipitch climb.

Conor Coady


February, 2019

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Hesler Rodriguez


February, 2019

The paragliding experience was unbelievable! Getting to see Bariloche and it's surrounding lake and mountains was breathtaking. I would definitely do this again. Pablo was an amazing guide. He was very knowledgable and had a lot of experience paragliding. He gave clear instructions on how to take off and made you feel safe every step of the away. Throughout the trip, he will capture pics and videos for you to take home. He was very friendly and always looked out for your best interest.

John Johnson


December, 2016

Overall, Pablo was great. The weather for the trip turned out to be perfect climbing weather. Pablo was extremely friendly, accommodating, and helpful. We discussed my skill level and what kind of climbs I wanted to do. Pablo definitely helped me push myself, in a good way of course. He appeared to be extremely knowledgable of the area and was able to pick out some really exciting routes that he knew I would enjoy. I didn't want the climbing to be too easy and I believe Pablo understood that and got us on some really cool routes that he knew I would like, but would also push my climbing skills. I felt very comfortable while climbing with him as well, even when we were 6 or 7 pitches up. He's an excellent lead climber and made even the crux pitches look easy. Overall, the trip was incredible, definitely a trip of a lifetime. I wish I would have been able to get a few more go pro pictures from him, but that's really not a big deal at all. The few pictures I received were pretty great! Overall, the trip was great and I would highly recommend Pablo to other climbers of any skill level.



February, 2015

Why did we choose Pablo for this trip? - We had real confidence that Pablo knew the mountain and could offer us the type of support we needed - Jo had a "gut feel" that he would be the right choice - You, Nicolas, were very diligent in responding to my email requests - Pablo offered to meet us at our hotel in Bariloche to provide some advice before our trip into the mountains Our experience - Our first meeting in the hotel in Bariloche was extremely useful - giving us lots of advice and helping us plan our walk for the week prior to meeting in Otto Meiling - It was clear that Pablo is the best mountain guide for Cerro Tronador - He practically lives on the mountain and clearly has much experience of leading groups with different abilities and skills - He was the previous person to summit before our trip, 10 days before - Pablo knew the route very well and was able to guide us across the weak snow bridges - His rope technique and focus on safety was very reassuring - He taught me some new rope/knot skills - Our second day, traversing the glacier towards Refugio Rocca was also very pleasant. It saved us much trekking time and gave Pablo an opportunity to teach us more about the glaciers on Cerro Tronador Our advice - I would suggest that Pablo has a better presence on the internet - we only found him by chance and yet he clearly is the best guide for this area - Perhaps some photos and quotations from a few satisfied clients would help?


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