Patagonia: An Unmissable Destination For Cross-Country Skiing in Argentina
Original Writer – Hugo Garnier (French Language)
Translated by May Malar Win
Argentina is a perfect destination for cross-country skiing. In general, it has many sites where you combine adventure and the pleasure of skiing. Patagonia is a must for ski touring. This region offers impressive hiking tours through vast spaces and picturesque landscapes. Lakes, mountain villages, forests and wild nature are within easy reach. Here is an idea of itinerary to give you an overview of the journey.
Ski Touring around Bariloche
After your arrival in Buenos Aires, join San Carlos de Bariloche, the capital of Patagonia. This town is well located at the foot of the Andes mountains, on the South coast of Lake Nahuel Huapi and in the park and near the ski slopes. Located at 764 meters above sea level, it is set in a landscape of mountains, lakes, forests and rivers surrounded by numerous high peaks of the Andes. To discover the wealth of the region, head for Cerro Catedral, the largest ski area on the continent.
It is 20 km from the city and has 103 km of slopes located at an altitude between 1,000 and 2,100 meters. You can not miss it during your holiday in Argentina. Your hike will take you to the Regy Frey through corridors and needles that give to a circus leading to various passes, corridors and summits. The landscape is really impressive with powdery snow. To reach the Principal Catedral, you will make several climbs to admire a breathtaking view of the lake. After this you will continue to the Jakob refuge, crossing the Cancha de Futbol and also Cerro Brecha Negra. Before reaching Bariloche, you will make a descent in the vast valley Casa de Piedra.
Next Step from Calafate
Calafate is a city in the province of Santa Cruz. It is located in Patagonia near the southern shore of Lake Argentino. It should be noted that it is the gateway to the southern region of Patagonia. From here, drive to the village of El Chalten 215 km north, renowned for being the national capital of hiking. For your information, the landscapes in this part of Argentina are truly breathtaking. Very well located, El Chatén is located at the confluence of the Rio Fitz Roy and the Vueltas near the Los Glaciares National Park.
During a ski tour, you will explore the Cerro Mosquito at an altitude of 1,300 meters, where there is a lookout that promises a view of all the Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre chains. Always at the foot of the Fitz Roy, you will admire the Glacier de Los Tres. After your return to El Chalten, plan a day of skiing on the Vespigniani glacier. To complete your trip, do not miss the Perito Moreno Glacier, a very famous glacier in the area.
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