Along the Southern Latitude 36° of the Andean Cordillera of Patagonia
lies an extraordinary abundance of active volcanoes that create some of
the best spots for backcountry skiing and riding with miles of majestic
For the "Del Norte Ski Tour" equipment list, click
This tour is for skiers and snowboarders with experience. Activities in
this tour are physically demanding with full days of skiing both downhill
and peak ascents. Climbing requires the use of snowshoes, telemark and/or
For snowboarders, it is necessary to either have a split board with skins
for climbing or regular board with kids skis and skins or snowshoes. (Snowshoes
can be provided by ATAC if requested). If you take kid's skis or use snowshoes,
consider how you will carry these items on the downhill with the pack
Randonee skis are the best type skis for those who normally ski alpine
style. Randonee skis allow for your heel to be free for climbing and fixed
for downhill. Skins are necessary to allow for traction while climbing.
Don't forget skins are necessary to allow for traction while climbing.
Gloves or Mittens -
W ith synthetic liners and waterproof/breathable shell.
Sun hat with brim.
- Jacket and Pants Shell -
Waterproof and breathable outerwear preferred for all conditions.
- Long underwear -
Polypropylene, capilene works well as a first layer.
- Fleece sweaters -
At least two mid-weight capilenes to wear under your shell.
- Socks -
Thick wool or synthetic blend socks work well with at least one other
layer of polypropylene.
- Warm hat -
Made of either fleece or wool.
- Backpack with a 40 liter capacity or more.
- Water bottle / camelbak (with insulated tube).
- Sunglasses and goggles -
With retainer to prevent you from losing them. Glasses rated for 100%
UV protection and neutral shades are recommended.
Sleeping bag -
Rated to at least freezing temperatures with either synthetic or down
- Sleeping pad -
A 'thermarest' or lightweight thin foam.
- Headlamp or flashlight -
We recommend the smaller LED styles.
- Eye glasses or contact lenses -
Lens cleaner for contacts and an extra pair of prescription glasses are
- Toothpaste, toothbrush, dental floss, feminine hygiene products, Biodegradable
soap and shampoo (small containers are recommended) and other personal
- Waterproof sunscreen and lip balm -
SPF 20 or higher.
- Medications -
Adouble prescription is recommended; one to be given to the trip leader
for safe keeping. Diabetics should bring a glucose monitoring kit. If
you have allergies, bring your own allergy medicine.
- Epi-Pen or Ana-Kit -
Individuals at risk for severe allergic reactions to insect bites or food
must bring at least one. Though we carry these items, we encourage a back-up.
journal, and pen -
Comfort Clothes -
Slacks, shirts, sweaters, socks, & shoes to use while traveling that
you might want but wouldn't take on the slopes.
- Valuables: Leave them at home! You may want some cash on you for emergencies
or gratuities -
2-3 person 4 season freestanding tents with vestibules for possible overnight
and bivouac. If you intend to bring your own tent / bivy sack, please
let us know prior to the trip -
- Community emergency first aid kit -
Our kit is thorough including Epi-Pens, ibuprofen, athletic tape, etc.
- Necessary avalanche and general snow safety / rescue equipment -
Passport (check expiration date) and plane tickets! -
Bring what you comfortably normally ski with if not already on this list.
Also, if you have any questions as to whether you have too much or too
little, be sure to call or write. For general reference, if you can't
carry everything you will bring, you probably have too much. Clothes can
be purchased in Argentina, though selections and quality are probably
better in the United States for most outdoors items.