Trip Report: Cat Skiing Baguales, Argentina | The Real Patagonia

Miles Clark | | Trip ReportTrip Report
Baguales. photo: snowbrains
Baguales. photo: snowbrains

One hour south of the bustle of Bariloche, Argentina is a special place called Baguales Mountain Reserve.  Baguales is a large cat skiing operation with four huts, expansive terrain, exotic wildlife, and nothing around for miles.  The amount and variety of terrain here is impressive.  This is Patagonia.  The Patagonia you read about in books and hear about in stories.

When I arrived last Wednesday, we were anticipating spring skiing, so we ate some gourmet breakfast snacks and drank tea while things softened up a bit.  We loaded the first cat around 10:30am and never looked back.

Baguales ambassador Lucas going big on Wednesday. photo: snowbrains
Baguales ambassador Lucas going big on Wednesday. photo: snowbrains

Once in that cat, it was non-stop.  We skied 3 laps in the first playful zone before changing aspects and changing zones.  By the end of the day, we’d skied 6 different zones on 6 different aspects.  There had been some intense heat the prior days, which made some interesting runnels that once soft, were actually damn fun to ski and play with.

Baguales is big.  Big enough to allow for following the sun as it moves from aspect to aspect throughout the day.  Big enough to give its clients options on where to go and what to ski.  Wether they have powder or corn, they’ve got the terrain variability to make the day’s conditions work.

Big snow on the main lodge. photo: snowbains
Big snow on the main lodge. photo: snowbains

What really turned me on was their four rustic refugios (huts) placed deep in the backcountry.  One at the base of some playful freeride terrain and one at the base of the big, bad Cerro Villegas.

Cerro Villegas is a freeskier’s paradise.  Steeps, cliffs, roll overs, chutes, and wide open faces.  A week living in the refugio at the base of Villegas would be a dream come true for any freerider.

Apres ski is GOOD at Baguales. They even have draft beer. photo: snowbrains
Apres ski is GOOD at Baguales. They even have draft beer. photo: snowbrains

Baguales offers daily cat skiing and they rent out the refugios for backcountry skiers.  There is something for all ability levels and anyone will appreciate the beauty and serenity of Patagonia it its reality.

PHOTO TOUR:

The road to Baguales in the early morning isn't bad. photo: snowbrains
The road to Baguales in the early morning isn’t bad. photo: snowbrains
Cerro Villegas and the Baguales main lodge. photo: snowbains
Cerro Villegas and the Baguales main lodge. photo: snowbains
Baguales ambassador Lucas sending. photo: snowbrains
Baguales ambassador Lucas sending. photo: snowbrains
The crew!  photo:  meli
The crew! photo: meli
Client Dino loving the views from inside the cat. photo: snowbrains
Client Dino loving the views from inside the cat. photo: snowbrains
Baguales guide Guianni preparing an entrance to a run by breaking down the cornice. photo: snowbrains
Baguales guide Guianni preparing an entrance to a run by breaking down the cornice. photo: snowbrains
Climbing up to the best run of the day.  photo:  meli
Climbing up to the best run of the day. photo: meli
Guide Luciano tearing it up. photo: snowbrains
Guide Luciano tearing it up. photo: snowbrains
View from the main lodge of Baguales. photo: snowbains
View from the main lodge of Baguales. photo: snowbains
Guide Luciano. photo: snowbrains
Guide Luciano. photo: snowbrains
Views from inside the main lodge are unreal. photo: snowbrains
Views from inside the main lodge are unreal. photo: snowbrains
Apres ski, Baguales style. photo: snowbrains
Apres ski, Baguales style. photo: snowbrains
Vistas on the way to Baguales from Bariloche. photo: snowbrains
Vistas on the way to Baguales from Bariloche. photo: snowbrains
This small valley holds a refugio. Imagine staying here for a week... photo: snowbrains
This small valley holds a refugio. Imagine staying here for a week… photo: snowbrains
Lunch is good. Baguales brings lunch, snacks, drinks, and killer brownies. photo: snowbrains
Lunch is good. Baguales brings lunch, snacks, drinks, and killer brownies. photo: snowbrains
The views from the main lodge are amazing. photo: snowbains
The views from the main lodge are amazing. photo: snowbains
The Main Lodge at Baguales. photo: snowbrains
The Main Lodge at Baguales. photo: snowbrains
Cerro Villegas. photo: snowbrains
Cerro Villegas. photo: snowbrains
Client Robert tearing it up with the fun runnels in the background. photo: snowbrains
Client Robert tearing it up with the fun runnels in the background. photo: snowbrains
Blurry morning warm up by the fire.
Blurry morning warm up by the fire.
Views from inside the main lodge. photo: snowbrains
Views from inside the main lodge. photo: snowbrains
Vistas de Baguales. photo: snowbrains
Vistas de Baguales. photo: snowbrains
Lucas and Robert and stoke. photo: snowbrains
Lucas and Robert and stoke. photo: snowbrains
Rooms at Baguales are rustic and crazy comfy. photo: snowbrains
Rooms at Baguales are rustic and crazy comfy. photo: snowbrains
Baguales. photo: snowbrains
Baguales. photo: snowbrains
Vistas de Baguales. photo: snowbrains
Vistas de Baguales. photo: snowbrains

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