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Argentina

Submitted By: Dobish on April 27, 2012

Administrator: Dobish

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Cristo Couloir

Cristo is a fairly wide snow gully, and is not particularly technical to ski.  That said, it is steep enough to demand advanced ski abilities.

Cristo is rated D8 or D9 depending on snow conditions.  For information on the D rating system, see here: http://www.wildsnow.com/articles/ratings/ski-board-d-rating-system.html

In good snow conditions, Cristo can be skied right off the summit.  Depending on snowpack, there may or may not be a few rocky patches to navigate.  The gully has a few rollovers, the steepest reaching 40-45 degrees.  The slope has a double fall-line, and is generally a bit mellower if you stay towards the skier's right side.  While not a true no-fall zone, the double fall-line nature also means that a sliding fall in the couloir could be dangerous.

Cristo Couloir is a very large avalanche path and has claimed it's share of victims.  As such, this route is recommended as a spring descent in times of good stability only.  Also, whether you're driving or skinning up Blue Lakes Road, be aware that several major avalanche paths threaten the road near the dam.

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Details

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.

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