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Ride with a Pro Patagonia

Ride with a Pro

Professional freerider Elyse Saugstad
Elyse Saugstad
Freeride World Champion

Ride the legendary mountains of Patagonia with professional freeskier Elyse Saugstad. This once-in-a-lifetime experience features 6 days of backcountry skiing in a wide mountain reserve boasting world-class terrain spanning wide open bowls to narrow chutes.....

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Advanced level. Skiing in all snow conditions. Good physical shape.
Private departure during the austral winter.
The Trip
5 nights, 1 night Bariloche, 4 nights Baguales mountain reserve. Camp leaded by Elyse Saugstad with 2 days catski, 2 days back country combination. With Elyse, get the necessary skills to get to the next level.
The Pro
Elyse Saugstad hails from Girdwood, Alaska where she found her passion for skiing big mountains in Alaska and around the World. During her career as a professional skier Elyse won the Freeride World Tour Overall in 2008 and the Freeride World Tour's "Female Line of the Year" in 2009. After a successful run at competing she turned her focus towards filming whereupon she won the coveted Powder Magazine Video Award's "Best Female Performance" in 2013 for her segment in Teton Gravity Research's Co-Lab contest movie. Elyse was also the only female to be voted into the finals of Teton Gravity's Co-Lab Edit contest in a field of over 40 men, and ended up in the top 5 of the contest. In 2014 Elyse won "Best Female Freeride Segment" at the IF3 Montreal International Film Festival for her segment in the movie Pretty Faces. Elyse was recently named as one of ESPN's "Top 50 Women in Action Sports". Elyse co-founded and runs an avalanche awareness and snow safety clinic for women called SAFE AS with other professional female skiers. Through her unique experiences as a professional athlete Elyse had the opportunity to give a Tedx Talk in San Francisco. Through all of her exploits and ski camps Elyse strives to share her enthusiasm for playing in the mountains
Traditional Mountain lodges and refuges with comfort and great services
The Skiing
Right in the heart of Patagonia, 30 miles south from Bariloche, Baguales Mountain Reserve, surrounded by the Villegas River and the Foyel River, combines pristine mountains, various terrain allowing every skier and boarder to find happiness. Because of its immensity, Baguales counts not only on a Lodge and two fully-equipped cabins offering comfort in accommodation and quality in mountain services but also on three unparalleled refuges which have been strategically built to offer many backcountry options. We are still doing first descents every season. The spot unique location among hundreds of hectares of untouched mountains.
Day 1: meeting at Bariloche Airport. Transfer from Airport to Baguales Mountain Reserve. Estimated trip time: 1 hour. Ascend to La Mesada Refuge (1,660metres above sea level) by 4×4, snowcats, snow mobiles. Security briefing. Dinner and overnight stay at La Mesada Refuge
Day 2: Full-day Cat-skiing program with between 8 to 14 downhill rides depending on the general level of the group, snow condition and accessibility. The day finishes in the Pintado Refuge, located on the north-eastern border of Baguales between Mount Hermanos and Mount Carreras. Estimated vertical meters: around 4500 / 5000 m. Dinner and overnight stay in the Pintado Refuge. In case of bad weather conditions or bad weather forecast for the following day, overnight stay will take place in Valle Norte Refuge.
Day 3 - 4: Combination of backcountry and cat skiing: Backcountry skiing in the area of Mount Pintado or Mount Valle Norte during the whole morning and until after lunch. Cat skiing during the afternoon to go back to La Mesada Refuge. Estimated vertical meters: around 2,000 / 2,500 m cat skiing and 1,000 m backcountry skiing.
Day 5: Backcountry skiing days. From the refuge we start climbing up to the high ridge of Mount Ciruela to ski on the big south-eastern amphitheatre. Estimated vertical meters : around 1,400 m.
At the end of the day, we will get ready for returning to the city of San Carlos de Bariloche. Overnight in a cozy hotel in Bariloche.
Day 6: Transfer to the airport.

What is included
Camp leaded by pro skier Elyse Saugstad.
1 mountain guide UIAGM certified.
4-day backcountry - Catski.
Safety equipments (Airbags, beacon, probe, shovel)
all meals.
5-night accommodation according to the program.
transfers in/out.
3850 USD per person.

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