People per Guide
Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct
Type of Trip
In this ski trip we climb Mt Villegas and the Ciruela Range and enjoy a day or two of great ski runs there. This is the shortest of my set of programs offered in Baguales, taking only 2 days while still offering some great backcountry skiing with very characteristic landscapes of the Baguales Reserve.
Right in the heart of Patagonia, Baguales Mountain Reserve, surrounded by the Villegas River and the Foyel River, combines pristine forests, open wilderness, steppe, imposing mountains, deep canyons, valleys and curiously rocky summits where the majestic Andean Condor ( vultur gryphus) can be spotted.
The vast panoramic scenery reflects the infinite extension of this landscape which in its deep valleys covered by lenga beech (nothofagus pumilio) hosts local fauna as well as other introduced species. The untouched serenity of this natural reserve and its region serves as an invitation for birds and crystalline water sounds.
Minimum: 2 persons
full backcountry ski equipment
(ideally light), ARVA, avalanche beacon, shovel,
probe, helmet, light or aluminium crampons, warm
and waterproof clothes, one pair of thin gloves and
another pair of warm protective gloves, glasses and
goggles, sun-blocking cream, torch, a 30-litre
backpack and liner to sleep in the refuge.
What is Included in this pack:
transfers in/out, one-night lodging in shared
bedroom and bathroom, all meals and lunch,
transfer with baggage to refuges in snowmobile.
Of course, full IFMGA guide service.
What is NOT Included:
Backcountry ski equipment
All our mountain guides are IFMGA/UIAGM certified.
In case you do not bring you own backcountry skis, you will be able to rent skins, skis and rescue equipment, ARVA, avalanche beacon, shovel and probe (USD 100 additional charge). Boots not included.
Spots of interest
Transfer from Bariloche
Transfer from your hotel at 8.00 am to Baguales
Mountain Reserve. Estimated transfer time: 1 hour.
Climb up the Mount Villegas
Ascend to La Mesada Refuge (1,660 metres above sea level) by 4×4 vehicles, snowcats, snowmobiles.
By crossing La Mesada, we climb up the South face of Mount Villegas and we go skiing on the wide eastern-side slopes and varied alternative routes this incredible mountain offers.
Dinner and overnight stay at La Mesada Refuge
High ridge of the Ciruela Range
Day 2: We climb up to the high ridge of the Ciruela Range to ski the south and south-east slopes of this incredible amphitheatre that maintains the best snow throughout the winter
In the afternoon we descend up to La Mesada Refuge and then to the parking lot to start the return trip to the city of San Carlos de Bariloche
Estimated vertical meters: 1400 m.
One of the lodges
About the Guide
I am the current director of the GAM-IFMGA courses. I live in the region of Nahuel Huapi and work in Patagonia and the Central Andes. I climbed the mountains Fitz Roy and Torre and climbed on Aconcagua, the Himalayas and the Alps.
I am AAGM Mountain Guide since 2004 and IFMGA Mountain Guide 2005.
I work now mainly for Baguales Mountain Reserve. Only 30 miles south of the city of San Carlos de Bariloche and just one hour drive from the International Airport of the same city, it is a unique place of endless immensity and captivating silence where nature remains untouched.
Boosting innovation, Baguales is a pioneering initiative and the first of its kind both in Patagonia and the Andes Mountains. Throughout the whole year, we offer top quality services in summer and mountain activities in winter: horseback riding, trekking, climbing, mountain biking, canoeing, fishing and skiing. The possibilities of a unique experience in intimate contact with nature are endless.
Because of its immensity, Baguales counts not only on a Lodge and two fully-equipped cabins offering comfort in accomodation and quality in mountain services but also on three unparalleled refuges which have been strategically built in the infinite grandeur of the mountains around.
Baguales, a place where intimacy with Patagonian nature combines with the best quality in mountain lodging and adventure services.
Visit me and experience real wild Patagonia!