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Explore Exhilarating Snowscapes in Argentina, Chile, and Switzerland


The team at Vagabond invite you to embrace the magic of snow-covered landscapes in three magnificent destinations

These countries boast breathtaking scenery, exceptional infrastructure, and a vibrant film industry, making them perfect choices for your next snowy production. Learn about each location below, and get in touch when you’re ready to hit the snowy slopes with the VGBND team. 

Argentina

Snow season: Mid-June to October

Picture yourself amidst the awe-inspiring Andes Mountains, capturing the raw magnificence of Patagonia’s snow-draped peaks. Argentina offers an abundance of diverse locations that effortlessly blend rugged landscapes with an unmistakable cinematic charm. From the vast expanses of the Pampas to the striking ice formations of Los Glaciares National Park, every frame tells a captivating story. 

Filming in Argentina offers a myriad of advantages. The country boasts a highly skilled local workforce, state-of-the-art production facilities, and well-established production service companies that ensure smooth operations throughout your shoot.

Strengths:

  • Stunning mountain scenery, including the Andes Mountains
  • Diverse landscapes, from glaciers to deserts
  • Rich cultural heritage, including the ancient Inca ruins of Machu Picchu
  • Accessible year-round

Locations:

Las Leñas: This is one of the most popular ski resorts in Argentina, and it’s easy to see why. Las Leñas has some of the best terrain in the country, with steep slopes, deep powder, and plenty of backcountry options.

Cerro Catedral: This world-class ski resort is located in the beautiful Bariloche region. Cerro Catedral has a wide variety of terrain for all levels, and it’s also a great place to go for winter hiking and snowshoeing.

Cerro Castor: Located in the Tierra del Fuego region, this is the southernmost ski resort in the world. Cerro Castor is known for its stunning views of the Beagle Channel, as well as being a great spot for skiing, snowboarding, and cross-country skiing.

Penitentes: This is a smaller ski resort, but it still offers great slopes for skiing and snowboarding. Penitentes is located in the Mendoza region, and it’s known for its challenging terrain and its proximity to the Aconcagua mountain.

Caviahue: This is a more remote ski resort, but it’s worth the trip. Caviahue is located in the Neuquén region, and it’s known for its volcanic scenery and its excellent powder snow.

Chile

Snow season: June to September

Prepare to be enchanted by the mesmerising beauty of Chile, where snow-capped volcanoes, ancient forests, and crystalline lakes form a dreamlike backdrop for your production. Nestled in the heart of the Andes, Chile offers a diverse range of snow-filled locations, from the surreal landscapes of the Atacama Desert to the striking wilderness of Torres del Paine National Park. In addition to its awe-inspiring scenery, Chile provides a supportive and thriving film industry. Collaborate with local professionals who possess extensive experience working on international projects, ensuring your production receives the utmost care and attention. Chile’s rich cultural heritage and well-developed infrastructure further enhance the experience, making it an ideal destination for capturing your next snow-laden masterpiece.

Strengths:

  • World-class skiing and snowboarding
  • Varied landscapes, from volcanoes to glaciers
  • Rich cultural heritage, including the ancient city of Rapa Nui (Easter Island)
  • Accessible year-round

Locations:

Valle Nevado: Located in the Andes Mountains, this is the largest ski resort in Chile. Valle Nevado has a wide variety of terrain for all levels, and is an ideal place for winter hiking and snowshoeing.

Portillo: Also located in the Andes Mountains, Portillo is known for its challenging terrain and its stunning views of the Andes mountains and Laguna del Inca lake.

Nevados de Chillán: This is the place to be if you’re looking for great skiing and snowboarding in the Southern Andes. Nevados de Chillán has a wide variety of terrain, including volcanoes, glaciers, and forests.

Antillanca: Antillanca is known for its stunning views of the Puyehue-Cordón Caulle volcanoes, and offers great skiing and snowboarding in the Lake District.

Futaleufú: This is a great destination for backcountry skiing and snowboarding in Patagonia. Futaleufú is known for its wild and rugged terrain, and its proximity to the Nahuel Huapi National Park.

Switzerland

Snow season: December to April

Step into a postcard-perfect winter wonderland as you venture into Switzerland, a country renowned for its stunning Alpine landscapes and picturesque towns. From the majestic peaks of the Swiss Alps to the charming villages nestled in the valleys, Switzerland presents an idyllic backdrop for your snow-covered production. Skiing on glaciers begins in July here, providing a wealth of options for terrain.

Working in Switzerland is a filmmaker’s dream — the country’s well-organised infrastructure, efficient transportation systems, and renowned precision ensure seamless logistics, allowing you to focus on the creative process. With a wealth of experienced crews, cutting-edge production facilities, and a long-standing tradition of filmmaking excellence, Switzerland provides the perfect canvas for your vision to come to life. 

Strengths:

  • Iconic snow-capped mountains, including the Matterhorn
  • Picturesque villages and towns
  • Excellent infrastructure
  • Accessible year-round

Locations: 

Saas-Fee: Saas-Fee is a car-free village in the Swiss Alps that is known for its world-class skiing and snowboarding. It is also a popular training ground for professional skiers and snowboarders, as well as Olympic medalists. The area has a long and reliable snow season from October to April, allowing athletes like Chloe Kim, David Wise, Red Gerard, Alessandro Hämmerle, and more to train year-round in varied terrain and high altitude.

Zermatt: This is one of the most iconic ski resorts in the world, and it’s easy to see why. Zermatt is located in the shadow of the Matterhorn, and it offers some of the most stunning views in the Alps.

Verbier: This is another world-class ski resort in Switzerland, known for its varied terrain and its vibrant après-ski scene. Verbier is also a great place to go for other winter activities, including hiking and biking.

St. Moritz: One of the more luxurious ski resorts, this is a great place for an upscale winter getaway. St. Moritz is also home to the Cresta Run, which is one of the most famous bobsleigh tracks in the world.

Grindelwald: This charming village is located in the Bernese Oberland, and it’s a great destination for skiing, snowboarding, and hiking. Grindelwald is also a great base for exploring the Jungfraujoch, which is one of the highest peaks in the Alps.

Laax: With beautiful spaces for freestyle skiing and snowboarding, this is a great place to include on your next trip. Laax has a number of world-class parks and rails, and offers great spaces for hiking and biking.

Source: LBB Online

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