by Seth Lightcap. posted on 20 June
Bariloche, Argentina is one of the most incredible mountain towns on earth. If shredding the Andes in Bariloche is not near the top of your bucket list, it’s time to adjust that list. Like Chamonix, Jackson Hole or Lake Tahoe, the mountains rise straight off the city streets in Bariloche and the shred potential of the surrounding peaks is truly endless when the snow conditions line up.
Jones Ambassador Guide Chris Coulter spends every August riding in Bariloche working for SASS Global Travel. SASS offers 8-35 day snowboarding camps that include splitboarding sessions with Coulter in radical backcountry zones.
Here’s the lowdown from Coulter as to why you should join him in Bariloche this summer with SASS:
Coulter rips a line in the Bariloche backcountry. Photo - Ben Girardi/SGT
Spending August in Bariloche working with SASS Global Travel at Cerro Cathedral has become a constant point in my triangle of riding during the year. How could it not be? It’s a great traveling experience for a snowboarder to go to a foreign land in search of adventure and nothing beats riding pow in August!
Argentinian Asado’s (BBQ parties) are legendary.
The mountains around Bariloche offer a wide range of terrain and riding opportunities. Granite spires rise up off the ridges and offer a Mordor / Castle of Greyskull vibe to the mountains. There is truly something for all riders here - great alpine bowls and couloirs that pour into some of the most enchanted tree runs ever. We even have a park for extended high pressure periods. The SASS basecamp is also right on the mountain so we are in pole position to get the goods.
Refugio Frey is just outside the boundaries of Cerro Cathedral resort and surrounded by a cirque of insane couloirs.
SASS is a guided backcountry experience that emphasizes avalanche awareness and helps advanced riders push themselves. Whether you want to splitboard in the backcountry, spin laps at the resort or build backcountry jumps, SASS is for you. We ride it all on our courses.
SASS Argentina has been in operation for the past decade. We know these mountains like no one else and our guide staff and crew of pro coaches is there to put you in the right place at the right time. We love sharing this experience with our clients and friends. The all-star staff leads small groups of like-minded clients of similar ability all over the mountains every day during the month of August.
SASS Argentina makes a point to emphasize avalanche education at every opportunity. Both US and Canadian avalanche courses are available and offer you the ability to gain experience using the Andes as your classroom. Your lodging, food, airport transfers, lift tickets and guiding are all included. Group rate airfare discounts are also available to get you to Argentina for less.
Program runs from Aug. 2nd - Sept 6th. Sessions starting at $2,595 (USD). Click here for more info and don’t hesitate to contact SASS for more info.
Thanks hope to see you in Argentina!