SASS Argentina – Getting the Most Out of Your Backcountry Trip to Bariloche

D’Arcy McLeish | BackcountryBackcountry

[sponsored by SASS Argentina]

Make new friends, ski fat pow and enjoy a little time in the mountains.
Photo – Ben Girardi/SASS

August is one of those perfect summer months. It offers up more options for fun than at any other time in the year. And sure, a lot of those options are summer options, but for skiers and riders, August has to be top of the list. You see, August is that time of year when your snow addiction starts to creep back into your life and you wake up every morning wondering if it’s opening day at your local ski hill. That’s where Argentina comes in. It’s full winter down there in August and in Bariloche, you won’t find anywhere else on the continent as well set up to cater to big mountain backcountry skiers and riders.

Hang time.
Photo – Ben Girardi

Enter SASS Argentina. SASS has been booking ski trips around the world and in Argentina since 2005 and they have their system dialed so they can do the logistics and booking for you. Every August in Argentina, they offer some of the best backcountry skiing and riding trips in the world. Based in San Carlos de Bariloche, which is surrounded by some of the most spectacular mountains in South America, SASS is running five week long backcountry camps in Argentina starting July 29th with options to spend some time skiing or riding in Chile as well.  Kids under 18 are welcome during sessions 1 – 3 and it’s adults only for sessions 4 and 5.

Happy days touring under an Andean Sun.
Photo – Be Girardi

So if you’re really feeling like getting the most out of your trip, SASS offers an Argentina/Chile combo trip. This is the cadillac of backcountry trips and allows you to experience two epic locations in one trip. With the combo trip, you get a full session at SASS Argentina camp and then 3-6 nights (you choose!) of snowmobile-accessed skiing on the other side of the Andes in Chile. In a word – Epic.

Argentina Pow.
Photo – Ben Girardi

The beauty of the SASS programs are the focus is on mixing backcountry education and knowledge with some of the best skiing you’ll ever do. The SASS philosophy is not just to take you to the goods, but to educate you enough to start looking for the goods upon your return home. This is something not many operators do. SASS puts the focus on backcountry awareness, mountain knowledge, snow safety and learning to be safe in the mountain environment. All critical skills to ensure you have a long and fulfilling ski touring experience both here and for years to come at home.

SASS Chile.
Photo – Lucas Moore

The best part, though, is all you need to do is pack your gear SASS will take care of everything else. SASS takes care of all the logistics and makes travel to Argentina easy and accessible, allowing you to really maximize your time away and not worry about all the little things.  Meals, airport transportation, lift tickets, professional guiding, backcountry education, their own lodge in the base area, weekly asados (Argentinean BBQs), and a ton of fun with other like-minded travelers – all taken care of.  

Session 1, All Ages: July 29 – August 5, 2017

Session 2, All Ages: August 5-12, 2017

Session 3, All Ages: August 12-19, 2017

Session 4, 18+: August 19-26, 2017

Session 5, 18+: August 26 – September 2, 2017

Argentina/Chile Combo Session – INQUIRE NOW:

These session are base on a start date of one of the first four sessions in Argentina, with you then choosing 3, 4 or 6 night options for the Chile side of things. 

Start dates:

August 5, 12, 19, 26, 2017


SASS is here to take the headache out of the international travel and make sure you spend your time and effort on the mountain in the terrain you have been dreaming about rather than in transit. INQUIRE NOW, you won’t regret it.

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