What's in this Area?
The south shoulder is one of the more difficult faces of Russell peak, because even though there are more options, there are also a lot more dangers. There are tight couliors, cliffs, and lots of exposure if the snow is not right. Depending upon the conditions, these lines can be completely filled in, or very exposed. They heat up pretty quick due to the sun in the spring, so you want to be careful up there. If you want to ski the south shoulder and you need an escape route, look south to Oatmeal Bowl for other options.[more]
Argentina is a big place, with a lot of skiing opportunities. There are ski areas, as well as backcountry 'refugios' that are similar to the hut systems we have in the United States. These refugios often have stoves, cooking supplies, and beds, but you must supply your own food and sleeping bags. The terrain is varied, but generally trending towards bigger lines with steeper aspects.
How to Get There
Bariloche is a superb location for starting your South American backcountry ski trip. Transportation to and from there is relatively easy, and you can find guides, maps, and gear in town. You will want to secure your own transportation, and it will be helpful if you come with your gear.