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A Unique Place: Freedom, Adrenaline, Immesity

Chaltén Freeride

by Mountaineering Patagonia — since 1998 guiding in El Chaltén

Ski touring in El Chalten

Delving into the incredible landscape of El Chalten, discovering in every step a panoramic the Patagonia Argentina, with its vastness, solitude and peace; it is a luxury that few riders can take.

If you are of those who love to ski by yourself or with your friends by extreme slopes, Chaltén Freeride programs will meet your expectations.



Over 16 years guiding in El Chaltén

We are the only mountain guiding company of El Chaltén specializing in ski touring. Chalten Freeride is sponsored by Mountaineering Patagonia, an outdoor guiding company with over 16 years of experience leading trips in El Chalten and its surroundings through the Southern Ice Field, including climbing the Fitz Roy and most of the peaks in the area.

We consider El Chaltén a unique place to ski, with many unspoiled places and many new descents to get done!

We also offer our guiding services to go skiing in other destinations: Northern Patagonia, the Chilean Volcanoes, Mendoza, Cerro San Lorenzo and Ushuaia among others. 

You can find our guests review on tripadvisor when looking for new and exciting adventures in Patagonia. We put all our efforts to make your experience unforgettable!


An Activity not suitable for everyone

Ski touring while sharing the same principles as alpine skiing, it does not have much in common. Mainly there are no ski lifts; in fact there are no tracks!

We´ll approach carrying the skis to the beginning of the snow, then ski uphill and choose the slope to start our descent.

This activity requires previous ski experience, great fitness, and mental attitude to descent in remote areas of El Chaltén.




Ready to start your adventure?

If you continue reading, you must be interested to participate in one of our backcountry skiing programs in El Chalten, Patagonia Argentina.

We invite you to read our 2015 scheduled programs, or if you prefer, we can organize a private customize trip for you whether to participate alone or with your friends from this unique experience.


Ski Programs in Patagonia


NEW! Ski Cerro Castillo & El Chaltén » 11 Days
The scenery skiing in the Catedral and Lake District is amazing! Refugio Frey is know as one of the best mountain huts for ski touring and freeriding, with many possibilities all around!

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NEW! Ski Bariloche & Chaltén » 13 Days
The scenery skiing in the Catedral and Lake District is amazing! Refugio Frey is know as one of the best mountain huts for ski touring and freeriding, with many possibilities all around!.

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NEW! San Carlos de Bariloche » 6 Days
The scenery skiing in the Catedral and Lake District is amazing! Refugio Frey is know as one of the best mountain huts for ski touring and freeriding, with many possibilities all around!.

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NEW! The Chilean Volcanoes » 8 Days
The scenery skiing in the Chilean Volcanoes it´s unique! Combining Mountains Ascents, backcountry skiing and hot springs in the evenings, i´ts a trip hard to beat! It´s a challenging mountaineering adventure, to some of the highest Volcanoes in the North of Patagonia area: Lonquimay, Llaima, Villarrica, Osorno & Casablanca. The trip will be customized according to the group level, weather and snow conditions.

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Ski Loma del Diablo » Full Day 8 hs
The advantage of skiing in the Valley Mosquito is that being a valley, allows a range of options for the declines, with different orientations, depending on the weather and snow conditions. We can choose between climbing the main summit (1800m) or the “Mosquito” summit. From either summit you can have great views of Fitz Roy in a clear day!

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Ski Cerro Madsen » Full Day 12 hs
The views of Fitz Roy and Piedras Blancas Glacier are very impressive at the top! After a break and some photos, we´ll descent skiing , sometimes all the way down to the camp, then hike back to El Pilar and drive to El Chaltén. The activity takes about 12 hours, with a total elevation gain around 1300 meters.

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Ski Glaciar de los Tres » Full Day 12 hs
Then, we will either go around or across the lagoon (depending on the conditions), to continue up the glacier with the skis, until the saddle between “Punta Velluda” and “Cerro Madsen” (at approximately 1800 meters or 5905 feet a/s/l) . The view of the Fitz Roy is very impressive at the top!

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Ski Cerro Vespignani»Full Day 12 hs
It will take us about 6 to 7 hours to get to the summit. The views are worth it from the top! After a break, and depending on the snow conditions, we’ll have a few options for the ski descent. It will take us another two hours to get back to the car.

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Ski Madsen y Glaciar de los Tres » 2 Days
After a good breakfast with a picturesque sunrise, we’ll return to “Laguna de los Tres”. From there, we’ll get across the frozen lagoon with the skis, in order to continue our way up the glacier until the saddle between “Punta Velluda” and “Cerro Madsen” (at approximately 1800m a/s/l). Another great panoramic viewpoint! We´ll take off the skis and ski down.

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Ski Cerro Gorra Blanca » 4-5 Days
Starting from the Marconi Glacier base, we climb up Piedra del Fraile to Paso Marconi, and stay overnight at Refugio Garcia Soto (Chile), situated at the Cerro Gorra Blanca base. On the next day, we make our ascent to the summit, where we can enjoy incredible views of the Cerro Fitz Roy, and Cerro Torre among others. We will start our return trip skiing down on the same route to the refuge. Spend the night, and on the next day continue skiing on our way down until Lago Marconi or until the end of snow!.

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Ski One Week »7 Days
The program is designed to make 2 or 3 daily departures and then output with one or two camping nights. This flexibility allows to adaptig to the climatic conditions of the moment.

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@Chaltén Freeride 2015 E. Brenner 88 (9301) El Chaltén, Santa Cruz, Patagonia Argentina
Phone: ++54-2962-493194 Cel Phone: ++54-9-2962-409207


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