Snowshoeing at Las Pendientes

Snow covered forests keep many secrets. Snowshoeing on the deep snow of its trails is a great way to discover them.

Cerro Chapelco in San Martín de los Andes has several circuits through the forest ideal for snowshoeing on virgin snow. This is a perfect family outing, even for those who have never set foot on a snow track before.

We were in awe of the winter landscape on the road to Las Pendientes. When we reached the base of the mountain 4 wheel drive trucks were waiting for a short but rough ride to our destination, a gated community at a height of 1,400 meters MSL. This harmonious development, its cabins partly hidden among native trees, has a private ski run.

We easily attached the snowshoes to our boots, which would enable us to walk on deep snow without sinking. Taking a look around, we noticed the skiers, snowmobiles and ATVs whizzing past and the snow groomers hard at work to ensure a perfect run. A group of toddlers from the ‘Snow Kindergarten’ gave us a lesson on skiing with no fear and no poles.

  • Daring to walk along its paths

    Daring to walk along its paths

  • The snowy forests

    The snowy forests

  • We were there ..!

    We were there ..!

  • Slight inclination to take up

    Slight inclination to take up

  • Feel free

    Feel free

  • Uninhibited laughter

    Uninhibited laughter

  • We arrived at the igloo

    We arrived at the igloo

As we headed for the woods, we learned they change from day to day according to the weather. Once the last houses had been left behind we continued up the slope towards the upper ridge. We had a superb view of Valle del Águila, Pradera del Puma a little further ahead and Mallín Grande way below. It was not long before we felt absolutely comfortable and focused on enjoying our freedom and the incredible nooks our guides pointed out to us. We could not believe the amount of rabbits and woodpeckers going about their business undisturbed by our presence.

As it was midwinter, the trees had shed their leaves. Nevertheless, they were covered in devil’s beard, lichen which only grows in areas with abundant oxygen. The snow covered trees and their guests were such a lovely sight.

We walked on hard snow, which others had trodden on and also on soft, spongy snow. It is difficult to explain how exhilarating it was to step on virgin snow. The sound it makes is different, the light blue in the holes is a different hue. We had a lot of fun, and even laughed at some silly falls.

When we reached an igloo, made of snow blocks and walked in, we were told to make ourselves comfortable as we would be having tea. We also had delicious local pastries and chocolate liqueur. A welcome rest, but also a chance to share our feelings after having crossed streams and opened up paths.

It was a quiet descent, with a stop at a viewpoint to see Lake Lácar, impressive even at a distance. As a surprise, we had the chance to try out bum boarding at a special run. Regardless our ages, we all took turns to slide down the slope, uninhibitedly, laughing all the way.

We said goodbye at the foot of the mountain, at the ruka, home of the Curruhuinca Mapuche community but not before having tasted their specialties. We all agreed the outing had been great fun and we had seen beautiful places we would never have spotted without our guides.

Autor Mónica Pons Fotografo Gentileza Andes x 3 - Deportes de Montaña

Recommendations Level of difficulty: medium. The outing requires good health and physical fitness.
The outing includes: transfers, guide, a snack, snowshoes and poles
Not cancelled in case of snowfall; in case of rain the decision will be made at the moment .
Time table and booking in advance at the agency.

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