8 Days / From $3899 / Call: 1-888-565-7158
Group size: 8 maximum. Solo travelers welcome.
Reserve This Trip
This powder hunting road trip through beautiful Patagonia connects the three iconic resorts, Cerro Bayo, Chapelco and Cerro Catedral for a range of all mountain terrain like no other. Make big laps while feeling like you are at a private resort at Cerro Bayo, explore the expansive upper bowls and misty tree lines at Chapelco, and finish with the endless line combinations and vast bowls found at Cerro Catedral in Bariloche.
Take your riding to the next level with our certified instructor-snowboard guides on our exclusive 8-day snowboard progression adventure in the Northern Patagonia region of Argentina.
- Maximum 8 guests!
- Freeride the top Patagonian resorts, Catedral, Chapelco, and Cerro Bayo
- Progress your all mountain riding and improve on multiple levels
- Experience another culture, country and language while you shred
- Comfortable hotels, restaurants, pubs, breweries, and nights out
- Breakfasts & dinners of fresh local ingredients (dinners on the town)
- Private transportation the whole trip, maximizing time on snow
- Knowledgable bi-lingual guides/coaches that have specific experience in the region
- Resorts are open until 5pm in Argentina giving you more time on snow
Amazing, Luke made me aware of some small details that will change the way I ride forever. I did not truly recognize these mistakes until he made me aware of them. Now as I correct these mistakes my ability to ride has been taken to another level. This trip to Argentina will allow my riding to progress to a level I didn’t believe I would ever achieve. Luke is a phenomenal instructor, guide, and trusted friend. — John Barron, Argentina Snowboard Progression Adventure
Starts & Ends: San Carlos De Bariloche, Argentina (airport code BRC)
Day 1: Arrive to Bariloche Airport (BRC) to meet your PowderQuest guides at the airport between 5-6 PM and load up for the beautiful drive around Lake Nauel Huapi to the small town of Villa Angostura and home to Cerro Bayo. Check into our hotel, unwind from your flight and meet in the lobby for wine and appetizers while discussing the trip goals with the guides. Dinner on the town at one of our favorite local restaurants.
Day 2: Full day riding Cerro Bayo. Depending on snow conditions terrain can include open bowls, tree lines, gully riding, small cornice drops and natural jib lines in this perfect all mountain progression setting. Finish with an après session at the base and head back to get ready for a night on the town with dinner at our favorite restaurant.
Day 3: Following breakfast we take a scenic trip through the famous 7 Lagos en route to our next resort, Cerro Chapelco for another day of riding and taking your skills to the next level with your trip hosts. Check in to our local hotel followed by a delicious dinner in the town of San Martin De Los Andes.
Day 4: A full breakfast of homemade goodies gets the crew ready for a full day riding the expansive upper and lower terrain of Cerro Chapelco. Plan on riding open bowls, wider chutes to practice freeride technique in steeper terrain, and some of the best tree riding in the area. Hit the town after dinner and check out the laid back snowboard scene of San Martin at the local pubs or try your luck at the casino.
Day 5: Another day of Chapelco riding. Focus turns to linking laps together through varied terrain and conditions to challenge edge control and ultimately increase style. Connecting terrain with natural gullies, windlips, drops, and more, will challenge riders to make the mountain your park. Fuel up on empanadas and local micro brews before the group embarks on final leg of the road trip to San Carlos De Bariloche. Late dinner on the town in Bariloche after checking into our hotel. With options ranging from checking out local breweries to all night discos, Bariloche has something for everyone.
Day 6: Get ready for a full day of exploring a resort that has a huge amount of terrain connected through a scattered system of lifts and cat tracks. Cerro Catedral has an upper and lower section with huge portion of the ridge line stretching from end to end. If conditions are right, make huge laps that start with steep high elevation terrain that feeds into wide-open tree riding onto the front side of the mountain. Apres starts on the hill and continues in the base area as you look back at the mountain and check out your lines.
Day 7: Last day of riding the terrain of Cerro Catedral. Exploring and navigating the expansive amount of terrain available becomes more natural as the crew has a full day session putting all the advice from the week to the test. Our final farewell dinner and goodbye to the guides followed by an evening on the town if you are up for it.
Day 8: Departure day. Breakfast at the hotel, exchange contacts with new friends and final round of high fives! We include a group transfer at 11:00 AM to Bariloche Airport to meet your flight out to Buenos Aires. Please schedule your return flight to Buenos Aires anytime after 12:00. If you decide to not take the 11:00 AM shuttle, your transfer to the airport will be an additional cost payable to the driver or taxi. This can be arranged via the friendly hotel staff. If you want extend your stay in South America check out our suggested add on tab at the top of this page of some great ideas!
Enjoy your vacation and concentrate on the riding and brilliant culture. We take care of the rest!
- Daily instruction, resort guiding and full time trip hosts Meet our guides
- Lift tickets
- Comfortable lodging, private bath
- Breakfasts and dinners
- Red wine, mineral water at dinner
- Private transportation
- Adventure trips, massage, spas, etc. replacing lift tickets on weather days
You are responsible for your inbound and outbound international flights (our agents can assist you), required travel insurance and lunches.
Booking This Trip
$3899 per person, based on twin or double share occupancy, private bath.
Solo travelers will be paired with another guest in a twin share room, private bath, or if you prefer more privacy, we have a few single rooms available for a $1200 upgrade.
- A 30% deposit is required at time of reservation. Final payments are due 60 days before trip departure.
- If we have less than 5 guests sign up, the trip will have one guide.
- When booking your trip you agree to our Terms and Conditions detailing our cancellation policy.
- After receiving your deposit you will be directed to an online link to sign our Trip Release Waiver. View waiver
Or call 1-888-565-7158 or contact us via email to book with our office staff.
Arriving and Departing- Airport Details
You need to fly into and out of Bariloche, Argentina (airport code BRC), via Buenos Aires. See this trips itinerary in the Overview tab for details on when to schedule your arrival and departure. We have travel agents we can recommend to help you with your flight reservations. Contact us for their info.
Meeting The Guides
Your guides will meet you at the Bariloche airport the first day of the tour. An official meeting time and place will be emailed to you a few weeks before the tour. On the last day of the tour, we include a group shuttle to the airport to catch your return to Buenos Aires.
Extending Your Stay
Extending your stay is a great way to get in a few more powder days, check out the urban culture of Buenos Aires, visit a classic vineyard, and more. See the Extensions Tab for suggestions.
Snowboard Progression Packing List
An important note: Because of the trip itinerary and moving around to different ski areas and towns, we are unable to accommodate board rentals. Please arrive with your own snowboard, tuned and ready to go!
- Snowboard (recently tuned!)
- Extra binding screws and straps and wax are a good idea
- Boots (good idea to carry on plane if you can)
- 22-26 Liter backpack. The Dakine Heli Pro is a great option
- Hydration system or water bottle to fit in your backpack (we prefer stainless steel water bottles)
- Snowboard leash to attach your board to your leg, required at several ski areas here
- Helmet (we recommend Smith Helmets
- Portable tool kit for loose binding parts and simple repairs
- Padded board bag (Da Kine makes great travel bags with wheels, leaving enough room for the rest of your gear.)
- Polypropylene or Merino wool long underwear and wool blend socks
- Light/packable down jacket or vest
- Warm stocking hat (Beanie or Toque)
- Neck gaiter/ face mask
- Wind/waterproof shell with hood (Goretex is recommended)
- Wind/waterproof snow pants (Goretex is recommended)
- Gloves or mitts (Da Kine)
- Sunglasses and goggles (Smith is our favorite)
- Sun block (AT LEAST 35 SPF) and lip balm
Personal first aid kit to include at least the following:
- ibuprofin or similar for headaches, aches, etc
- Moleskin and band-aids
- Light weight toilet articles
- Prescription medicine
- Personal items for women
- Large plastic garbage bag for wet clothes
- Ear plugs for light sleepers
AND OF COURSE…
- Airline tickets
- Credit card, ATM card, and credit card cancellation phone number
- Starting cash in U.S. dollars
- Small travel clock alarm for those early powder days!
- Bathing suit for hot springs, spas and pools
- Rain jacket, or use your snow jacket/shell
- Portable music and headphones
- Converter and Plug adapters
- Energy Bars
Passports, Visas, Entry Fees
PowderQuest recommends bringing a rubber band to keep all your documents secure in your passport. It is also a good idea to bring a photocopy and have a backup of your passport to keep separate form the original.
A passport, valid for the length of your stay is required for most countries.
Reciprocity fees are no longer charged for Canadian, Australian, or USA passport holders. Woo Hoo!
If you traveling with a passport from another country, it is a good idea to check online with the Argentine Embassy for updated requirements.
Required Travel Insurance
Personal travel insurance that includes emergency evacuation coverage is mandatory to travel with PowderQuest. Click for details and to book online
What to Expect When Traveling in South America and with PowderQuest
Meals and Restaurants
A true highlight to the trip! All meals, with the exception of some lunches are included with your tour. Our guides selection of wine and mineral water is included with dinners on most tours. This will generally consist of 2 glasses of wine and a bottle of water. Should you want to drink more, including beer and mixed drinks, this will be an additional cost.
In addition to the delicious food included with our stay at many of the resorts, PowderQuest guides have selected great restaurants serving everything from local favorites to international. Many guests say they have eaten the best meals of their lives with us!
The norm in South America is lunch around 2pm, a smaller tea and cakes snack around 6pm and then a late dinner. We will usually be having our dinners between 8pm-9pm as most restaurants don’t open before 8.
- Activities outside our described tour itinerary
- Any airline/airport taxes and charges due to excess, oversize or overweight baggage, including on flights that are included with the cost of the tour.
As our guest, your safety is a priority to PowderQuest both on and off the mountain. Security in Chile and Argentina, even in the larger cities is quite safe. Common sense should be used, especially in busy city areas where pick pocketing can occur.
Ski Resort Infrastructure
Overall expect later starts than you are used to at home. The 7:00 AM tram line up simply does not exist in the Andes. Most ski resorts open by 9:00 AM but full mountain operations can be delayed until mid-morning for no apparent reason. When there is fresh snow or a current storm, these delays can be even longer. However, due to longer natural light, you can also ski later into the afternoon in South America. Some resorts do not stop running lifts until as late at 5:30 pm.
Groomed runs are not what you find in Aspen or Vail, and mountain hazards and boundaries are not marked as vigorously as you find at home.
The ski resorts in the Andes vary from modern with millions of dollars in infrastructure to rustic areas with little more than a small cafeteria and a few tow-lifts. In many ways, we find this positive. This is not written to discourage you from visiting this beautiful part of the world, however, if you are accustomed to North American ski resort amenities, you will find the infrastructure of some resorts we visit more rustic, especially the speed and layout of the ski lifts. South America simply runs on a different pace.
The good news is, we find it all evens out. Some lifts may be slower, however 45 minute lift lines are virtually non-existent in the Andes. In addition, you do not have thousands of skiers fighting for those untracked powder runs. If you come down with an open mind you will find this part of the world fascinating and quite often comfortably relaxing!
Snowboarders should expect to encounter long traverses to access some of the better terrain at several ski resorts.
Weather forecasts are available and our guides are competent in understanding weather maps and local forecasts. However weather is not an exact science and the info available is not like in North America and Europe. Sometimes just like anywhere, forecasts are completely inaccurate.
Winters in Chile and Argentina can throw anything at us from warm and sunny “spring-like” days to bitter cold, blizzard like conditions. Fog can be common at lower elevations, while bluebird skies welcome us once reaching the snow.
Rain is common at low elevations including many of the towns we will be visiting. The resorts generally receive deep snow from Pacific storms and can be accompanied with winds. Preparation for all types of weather and ski conditions is recommended.
Cell phone coverage and general internet access are quite good. Before your trip you will receive a list of phone numbers of our accommodations and guides where you may be reached in case of emergency.
We have done our best to secure accommodations on most tours in areas where there is internet access available but few locations it is either unavailable or slow at best. Take this in stride and revel in the luxury of being disconnected for awhile!
Chile and Argentina are two of the most modern countries in Latin America. With quality foods and an abundance of well-stocked pharmacies (including personal items for women), the only discomforts travelers occasionally have, are upset stomachs and a temporary bowel disorder. This is common with travels anywhere in the world, and can be avoided by drinking bottled water.
With active tours including full days in the snow and sun, it is important to stay hydrated. Keeping updated on vaccinations, especially tetanus, is always a good idea. There are no health requirements for entering Chile or Argentina.
Sunburn is always a concern in the mountains especially with the snow reflection and higher elevation. Sunglasses, goggles like Smith Optics, and quality sun block with SPF factor 35 and higher are a must in the Andes.
Frostbite can also be a factor. Staying warmly dressed, well hydrated, and regulating body temperature by using layers and ventilation in the outer layers are good ways to prevent.
Currency and Exchange Rates
The official currency of Chile and Argentina is the peso (Chilean peso and Argentine peso). Both currency value on the dollar fluctuates. For daily updates, click here.
Use of a credit card and ATM’s are your best bet for good exchange rates during your stay. In Argentina many shops will accept dollars at a higher rate than the official exchange rate.
Time throughout the winter months in Chile is the same as EST (New York City). Argentina is one hour ahead.
Measures and Voltage
The metric system is used in Chile and Argentina. For power, 220 volts AC, 50 cycles. Be sure to buy a plug adapter & converter if you plan on bringing electronic equipment. Quality batteries are easy to find.
Laundry service is available in just about every town and resort we visit, and can generally be dropped off and picked up within the same day.
We encourage you to tip your guides if you feel you have received outstanding service. A typical gratuity varies between 3% to 7% of your tour price, per guide. For example. $4000 trip = $120-$280 per guide.
PowderQuest covers the gratuities at dinners. 5-10% is a normal gratuity in bars restaurants and pubs. Tipping your hotel staff and driver is encouraged if they have provided you with excellent service. Your guides will be able to help suggest amounts to leave for your driver and hotel staff.
For most of us who are from North America or Europe, we are used to and expect that things run smoothly. We are not only on time but usually at least 5 minutes early. With the exception of trains, buses and most flights, Chilean and Argentine services are not known for their punctuality.
We provide the above information so you will have a clear picture of what to expect before you arrive.
We encourage you to embrace your trip to South America with all it has to offer, and if that means that things are not right on schedule, let that be part of the adventure! For more info have a look at our Frequently Asked Questions page.
PowderQuest has hand selected a mix of comfortable, small to medium size bed and breakfasts and inns in Patagonia, Argentina. Most are family run with cozy beds, private bathrooms, and include breakfast. All of our accommodations have free WIFI internet and relaxing social areas where you can get to know the group and enjoy a glass of Malbec wine before heading off to dinner at one of our favorite nearby Patagonian restaurants.
If you have some extra time before or after your guided trip with PowderQuest, come wander the colorful neighborhoods of Buenos Aires, sample the local wines, get in some more powder days, or venture off to one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the world in the rainforest bordering Argentina and Brazil. Argentina has a lot to offer.
Below are some of our staff’s top picks.
Often ranked as one of the top destinations of all South America, Buenos Aires should not be missed. We offer a wide range of comfortable hotels, transfers, unique city tours, tango lessons, world-class shopping, and more. Add This to My Trip
Why not spend some extra days in the mountains lapping up more powder! We’ll set up your lodging, transportation to the ski hill, lift tickets and more.
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With a height of close to 270 feet and close to 2 miles wide, Iguazu Falls on the border of Argentina and Brazil is truly breathtaking. Ranked as one of the World’s most spectacular waterfalls by Travel and Leisure.
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Mendoza, Argentina produces outstanding wine, including the countries top Malbecs. Stroll the vineyards, sample the award winning wine, and take in the vistas of surrounding Andes Mountains.
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