• Overall Rating
Baguales Mountain Reserve4.9 out of 5 based on 2 reviews
Cheap Car Hire
 
Baguales Mountain Reserve - The beautiful, rustic & very cozy Baguales Lodge
Baguales Mountain Reserve - The beautiful, rustic & very cozy Baguales Lodge
Baguales Mountain Reserve - The Pistin Bully snowcat makes ascents easy
Baguales Mountain Reserve - The Pistin Bully snowcat makes ascents easy
Baguales Mountain Reserve - Or if the budget allows for it, max out your experience in their heli
Baguales Mountain Reserve - Or if the budget allows for it, max out your experience in their heli
Baguales Mountain Reserve - Also offer a cat assisted touring package
Baguales Mountain Reserve - Also offer a cat assisted touring package
Baguales Mountain Reserve - The lodge is located amongst all of the action in the wilderness
Baguales Mountain Reserve - The lodge is located amongst all of the action in the wilderness
Baguales Mountain Reserve - Has some steep terrain for those that like it that way
Baguales Mountain Reserve - Has some steep terrain for those that like it that way
Baguales Mountain Reserve - Is higher elevation than Cerro Catedral with drier powder
Baguales Mountain Reserve - Is higher elevation than Cerro Catedral with drier powder
Baguales Mountain Reserve - You will meet many of the locals in and around the reserve
Baguales Mountain Reserve - You will meet many of the locals in and around the reserve
Baguales Mountain Reserve - There is plenty of cruizy terrain for those who just want to float in the powder
Baguales Mountain Reserve - There is plenty of cruizy terrain for those who just want to float in the powder
Baguales Mountain Reserve - The night time sky is a spectacle
Baguales Mountain Reserve - The night time sky is a spectacle
Baguales Mountain Reserve - Snow mobiles are sometimes used to access some terrain
Baguales Mountain Reserve - Snow mobiles are sometimes used to access some terrain
Baguales Mountain Reserve - Don't forget to pack your chute
Baguales Mountain Reserve - Don't forget to pack your chute
Baguales Mountain Reserve - Offer terrain suited from strong intermediate to expert skiers & boarders
Baguales Mountain Reserve - Offer terrain suited from strong intermediate to expert skiers & boarders
Baguales Mountain Reserve - There are plenty of natural terrain features to ski and ride around
Baguales Mountain Reserve - There are plenty of natural terrain features to ski and ride around
Baguales Mountain Reserve - The culinary delights are part of the experience
Baguales Mountain Reserve - The culinary delights are part of the experience
Baguales Mountain Reserve - The terrain is huge with alpine and tree skiing options
Baguales Mountain Reserve - The terrain is huge with alpine and tree skiing options
Baguales Mountain Reserve - You can expect approx 4,500 meters of vertical a day when cat skiing
Baguales Mountain Reserve - You can expect approx 4,500 meters of vertical a day when cat skiing
Baguales Mountain Reserve - There are plenty of "scare your pants off" lines
Baguales Mountain Reserve - There are plenty of
Baguales Mountain Reserve - The lodge has very cozy living spaces with log fireplaces
Baguales Mountain Reserve - The lodge has very cozy living spaces with log fireplaces
Baguales Mountain Reserve - The staff at Baguales will go out of their way to make sure you have the time of your life!!!
Baguales Mountain Reserve - The staff at Baguales will go out of their way to make sure you have the time of your life!!!

Baguales Mountain Reserve Argentina (NOT OPERATING in 2017)

Cat skiing at the Baguales Mountain Reserve in Argentina brings together the serenity of being in a remote and pristine backcountry area of Patagonia, with the delights of skiing or snowboarding gorgeous untouched powder. It’s hard to know whether a powder hound will salivate more over the phenomenal Andes backdrop or over the seemingly endless number of powder lines.

And having a snowcat for the uphill mode of transport means that you can save time and energy for heading downhill in pursuit of those delicious deep powder turns. (If you’re not quite sure what cat skiing is, check out our overview of snowcat skiing). More recently, Baguales Mountain Reserve added heli skiing to its repertoire so now you can bang-out even more turns in a day!

Baguales Cat Skiing or Heli Skiing packages can be combined with some skiing at Cerro Catedral near Bariloche, but it’s probably best to start your vacation at Catedral. The snow quality at Reservas Baguales is renowned for being drier and superior to that of Catedral, and after the amazing experience of snowcat or heli skiing skiing, you may never be able to return to the crowds and chopped up snow at the ski resort!

Baguales Lodge

“Baguales” means feral or wild, and whilst wild horses may have once roamed the lands, there is definitely nothing feral about staying at the lodge. The main Baguales Lodge offers upscale accommodation in large double bedrooms with private ensuite. The lodge has sophisticated furniture, luxury rugs, a billiards table, and a large open fireplace as the centre-piece for après banter. There are also two self-contained cabins.

Dinner usually consists of a very hearty meal that features meat (no surprise there) or fish that can be accompanied with some renowned Argentinian wine.

Baguales Mountain Reserve Packages

No results found.

Where is Baguales Cat Skiing Located?

The remote Baguales Mountain Reserve is located in the southern part of the Nahuel Huapi National Park in northern Patagonia, Argentina. Reservas Baguales is located 30 miles south of the city of San Carlos de Bariloche, a drive that takes a little over an hour and offers some of the most amazing postcard scenery in Patagonia. See our Bariloche travel page for information on getting to Bariloche.

For day cat skiing, you’ll need to drive there yourself in a 4WD vehicle (car rentals are available in Bariloche or at the Bariloche Airport) and the last part of the drive is an adventure in itself with some river crossings. For the last part of the trip, the staff will transport you via snowcat or snowmobile up to the lodge.

For cat skiing packages that include an overnight stay at the lodge, transfers from the Bariloche Airport or a Bariloche hotel are included.

Alternatively, transport is provided if you’re on a multi-resort tour such as the Argentina Snow Adventure, Explore Patagonia, or the Patagonia Powder Off-Piste tour.

Baguales Terrain

The Baguales privately owned reserve offers a playground of about 10,000 hectares (25,000 acres), which is roughly 8.5 times the size of Cerro Catedral ski resort. And instead of sharing the terrain with thousands and thousands of punters, you only have to share the Baguales heaven with 27 others.

Many of the runs are not particularly long whilst some lines offer descents of up to 3,000 vertical feet. Depending on conditions and the speed of the group, you can expect 8-14 runs and up to 4,500 to 5,000 metres (14,760 to 16,400 feet) of vertical joy each day.

The minimum ability requirement is intermediate. In addition to open mellow slopes for intermediates, Baguales also has a variety of terrain for stronger skiers and boarders which is largely in the alpine.

More Reasons to Cat Ski with Baguales

Baguales offers a unique opportunity to ski in the wilderness of Patagonia without having to rough it, whilst rivaling some of the high quality Canadian cat skiing experiences.

Powderhounds are yet to review Baguales however here are some reviews from other guests>>

Reviews

Best Place to Enjoy Yourself

Daryl W. Hoffman
27/02/2016
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Snowboarder
  • Rider Age
    18-35
  • Rider Ability
    Expert
  • Country
    USA
My birthday falls on August 31st which happens to align well with the clockwork storm cycle of the "Santa Rosa" snow dump each year. Since Baguales elevation is much higher than local Catedral the rain and mud which you may see on a bad year; (I happened to have the plesure to stomp through lots of mud) its snowing nice fresh pow up there.

The short of it is. This place is still new and that means its completly badass and has room to grow. The shower alone is worth the trip as it overlooks the entire valley. The apre ski is good too as the staff makes sure you have a nice glass of Argentinian Red waiting when your done.

Loads of badass hikeable terrrain if catsking isnt your thing.

As far as the Staff goes they are exceptional. For example I left my sunglasses and they dilivered them directly to my hotel. Its like 2 hours away in Baguales. The guides know the area well and it got bad the with whiteout conditions and I wasnt worried a bit.

Bassically keep in mind Patigonia will do what it wants when it comes to weather. Absolutely perfect Blue bird one day and windy no viz wind soured the next. Bottom line is See for yourself... Baguales is sick.

Best Cat Skiing in South America!

Peter Lawler
01/07/2015
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Rider Ability
    Advanced
  • Country
    Canada
Baguales is not to be missed on a trip to Patagonia. The adventure to get to the main refugio (truck crossing a river, snowmobile and cat) is fantastic!

The terrain is huge and beautiful, runs are not really long but you ski a lot of variety in one day. The accommodations are excellent, food terrific and it has a super vibe. Guides and staff are excellent.

I have skied all over SA and the terrain, wildness and remote location make Baguales an absolute must visit. I can't wait to go back!