Head down to Argentina for the best summer skiing and riding of your life. Earn college credit on some of the best snow and terrain on the planet, with world class coaches and professors.

Sierra Nevada College has teamed up with SASS Global Travel to offer summer courses in Bariloche, in the spectacular Argentinian Andes. SASS Argentina has been operating a full service, big-mountain, backcountry, skiing and snowboarding camp since 2004 to take advantage of full-on winter conditions in the middle of summer. SASS Global Travel provides logistical know-how, an extensive network in the winter sports community, and their beautiful campus at the base of Catedral Alta Patagonia, South America’s largest resort.


SNC will operate an academic program for two one-week sessions on the SASS campus, all taught by SNC faculty. Students from any college or university—and high school students age 15 or older—are eligible to receive college credit from SNC for courses taken during the program. Students who enroll in SNC courses will co-enroll in the full-service SASS Argentina experience, which includes: lodging, lift passes, breakfast / tea / dinner daily, backcountry guiding and coaching every day, local airport transfers and an authentic Argentine asado BBQ featuring the world-famous lomo beef. Students are housed in on-mountain shared lodging alongside SASS coaches, guides and the SNC faculty. This creates a vibrant community of athletic and academic exchange which inevitably spills over into the after-hours environment.

Course Schedule:

Session 1a: August 2 – August 9, 2014

  • Freeriding (PHED 111 – 411) : 2 credits

Session 1b: August 9 – August 16, 2014

  • Freeriding (PHED 111 – 411) : 2 credits
  • AIARE Level 1 Avalanche and Backcountry Skills (PHED 229) : 2 credits
    (Includes Certification. $195 certification fee required.)

Students may take one course during each one-week session, and may enroll in one or both sessions.


Sierra Nevada College Course Credit: $333 per credit hour / $666 per 2 credit course / $861 for AIARE includes certification fee
SASS Camp Package (includes lodging, lift passes, breakfast / tea / dinner daily, backcountry guiding and coaching every day, local airport transfers and an authentic Argentine asado BBQ featuring the world-famous lomo beef):

  • Adults: $2,595 for one week, $5,090 for two weeks
  • Under 18: $2,795 for one week, $5,490 for two weeks
Two-Step Registration:

1. Register as an SASS Argentina participant and ensure your space in the program on the SASS website. You can complete the entire camp registration process and pay online through their secure server.

2. Register for course credit at Sierra Nevada College:

  • Current SNC Students: Register for course credit through the usual Summer Semester registration process.
  • Non-SNC Students: Visit the SNC Summer in Patagonia Registration Page to register with Sierra Nevada College and choose your courses. You will receive information about payment of the SNC course fees when your registration has been processed.

Transferring Sierra Nevada College Credits:

Every College and University has its own rules and regulations when it comes to accepting transfer credits. Only your home institution can decide whether they will accept your credits from Sierra Nevada College, so it is important to discuss your transfer credits with your school’s transfer center, registrar’s office and/or advisor.

Here is some information to bring with you when you speak with your home institution about taking courses through Sierra Nevada College.

  • Sierra Nevada College is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).
  • The courses you will be taking are at a college level. No remedial courses are being offered in South America this summer.
  • You can find the link to our catalog here: http://www.sierranevada.edu/resources/catalog/. This is where you will find full course descriptions if your home institution needs them.
  • While the PHED courses will be graded on a Pass/No Pass level, all Passing grades are equal to a letter grade of a “C” or better, as indicated on page 39 of the 2013-2014 Catalog.
  • Once you have completed your courses in South America and your grades have been posted, you will want to send an official transcript to your home school. You can order an official transcript HERE.

If you or your home institution has further questions about the courses, or about Sierra Nevada College, you can contact Jane Rainwater in the Registrar’s Office at 775-881-7435 or email her at jrainwater@sierranevada.edu.

Financial Aid:

Financial Aid may be available for to help defray the costs of tuition, travel, and room and board for those who qualify. Students must be enrolled at least half-time (6 credit hours per semester) to be eligible.

  • Current SNC Students: If you are enrolled in at least 6 credits you may be eligible for Federal Student Aid and should contact the office of Financial Aid to determine what is available. You can combine other SNC Summer Semester courses with SASS courses to reach 6 credits. For questions contact Judy Roberts at 775-881-7439 or jroberts@sierranevada.edu.
  • Non-SNC Students:If you are a degree seeking student at your University/College you may be able to sign a consortium agreement between schools to receive financial aid at your University/College. (For those who qualify, refer to your Financial Aid office for eligibility)
    1. Confirm SNC credits transfer to the degree you are seeking at your home university/college (see above).
    2. Request a Consortium Agreement form from the home University/College Financial Aid Office and complete.
    3. Register for Summer courses.
    4. The Financial Aid office should fax the Consortium Agreement to the number below for certification : (775) 832-1678 ATTN: Nicole Ferguson – Director of Financial Aid

    If you or your home institution has further questions about Financial Aid Consortium Agreements, or about Sierra Nevada College, you can contact Nicole Ferguson- Vice President of Financial Aid at (775) 881-7404 or email her at nferguson@sierranevada.edu.