Putney Student Travel: Skiing In Patagonia | Cultural Exploration

Putney, VT

Overview

Cool off your summer by exploring the wilds of Patagonia. Immerse yourself in the vibrant rhythms and culture of Buenos Aires, then venture toward the blue horizons of Patagonia. Explore the majestic power of azure glaciers, then ski and snowshoe through the peaceful, snow-covered forests of Tierra del Fuego.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Grill your food over the slow cooking, open flame of a traditional asado.
  • Explore art and music in Argentina’s cultural capital, Buenos Aires.
  • Witness the power of the Perito Moreno Glacier as it calves off icebergs into icy Lake Argentina.
  • Explore the frontier town of Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world.
  • Ski and snowboard the pristine powder of Cerro Castor.
  • Hike through snow-covered lenga forests amidst the mountains of Tierra del Fuego.
  • Dash through open, snowy meadows on a dogsled ride.
  • Follow the footsteps of Magellan and Darwin as you cruise the Beagle Canal in search of penguins, whales, and other marine life.

OVERVIEW

Winter Adventure in Patagonia

Combine Patagonian outdoor adventures — downhill and cross country skiing, glacier trekking, dogsledding, and snowshoeing — with cultural immersion in Buenos Aires and smaller, frontier communities in the Tierra del Fuego and Santa Cruz Provinces. Get to know the people and customs of the world’s southernmost city, jumping off point for Antarctic expeditions and our cozy base camp for outdoor pursuits in the mountains of Tierra del Fuego near Ushuaia. In Buenos Aires, immerse yourself in the cultural hub of Argentina, eat a proper asado, steep gourds of hot mate in the quiet parks in the center of town, and explore the cultural and political history of Argentina’s boisterous capital.

Local Experts

Your Putney leaders team up with local Argentine experts, who guide us off the beaten path.  In Buenos Aires, trace the roots of tango with talented dancers and musicians. In Ushuaia, head out with knowledgeable backcountry ski guides to discover the hidden wonders of the remote, snowy peaks of Tierra del Fuego.  

Final Adventure & Backcountry Skiing

Explore the slopes of Cerro Castor and cross-country ski through the surrounding forests. Next, those students who wish can leave the boundaries of the resort to take to the backcountry with local, expert ski guides.  Our professional guides provide a once-in-a-lifetime experience for students who wish to experience powder at the “end of the world” like few can.

Accommodations

Group accommodations are carefully selected by Putney Student Travel to emphasize convenience, a positive group environment, and wholesome interaction with local people and fellow travelers.Accommodations in Argentina range from comfortable, family-run hostels with cozy communal areas for group meals and evening chats, to warm, rustic mountain refugios providing home-cooked meals and open common spaces surrounded by views of snowy peaks.

Physical Challenge Level

Skiing in Patagonia is a physically active winter adventure program. It’s important that students come prepared for winter weather and exposure to snow during the trip. Participants should arrive with an adventurous, can-do spirit, ready to experience a southern winter and possible snowfall during the trip.  Program days are full of winter activities including, but not limited to: downhill skiing, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, hiking, dogsledding, and glacier trekking.  You do not need to be at peak fitness to participate, but it is important that you have a desire to be physically active, and that you are excited about trying all activities.

A Typical Day

Due to the expeditionary nature of this program, each day is different, however here is an example of how we structure our time. Mornings generally start between 7:00 and 7:30 AM with a group breakfast, typically at our lodging.  By 9:00 AM, a full day of activities begins as we take a quick ride to the snow in the mountains outside town where a host of activities like skiing, sledding, snowshoeing, and hiking await us. Due to the short winter days at the high southern latitude of Patagonia, we’ll need to take advantage of the daylight hours as much as possible. Between 4:00 and 5:00 PM, our day of activities winds down and we’ll return to our accommodations, warm up with a late afternoon mate or hot chocolate, and recap the day’s adventures before cozying up to a warm, hearty meal of fire-roasted Patagonian lamb or beef, freshly baked empanadas, or handmade pastas. Evening activities may include a walk through town in search of an evening tea coupled with a delicious, dulce de lechealfajor, Argentine sweet-bread cookie sandwiches.

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