This 1966 Mercedes-Benz school bus wants to take you skiing in Argentina

This 1966 Mercedes-Benz school bus wants to take you skiing in Argentina

Last season, FREESKIER published a story that followed Nate Abbott’s stint with the Faction Collective crew—traveling and skiing throughout Argentina in a refurbished 1966 Mercedes-Benz schoolbus named La Chanchita. Such an experience may have seemed out of reach for our readers back then, as that kind of trip is usually accessible to pros and other industry insiders only. But, now, La Chanchita is available for booking and its owner Manu—a lively Frenchman who’s relocated down south in search of an authentic and unique skiing lifestyle—wants you to hop on board.

La Chanchita is based out of San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina, where Manu conveniently picks guests up from the local airport or bus station. From there on out, one of the most authentic ski trips offered on this planet ensues; living simply out of the bus, weaving around the Andes and shredding world-class snow.


San Carlos de Bariloche is located near Argentina’s west coast by the base of the Andes.

If you’re worried about the idea of living out of a bus, we get it. Today’s ski world has conditioned many to think their only options are five-star hotels and restaurants. But this bus is a thing of beauty that anyone can appreciate; it sleeps five comfortably and has a has a kitchen, toilet, shower, wood stove and electricity. In other words, it has all the ingredients you need to escape modernity and simply go skiing.

To book a trip on La Chanchita, head to its official website, email Manu or give him a call via whatsapp at +5492944928979. And, in the meantime, follow along on Facebook and Instagram.

Behold, La Chanchita

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Imagine the post-ski meals you’d chef in this kitchen.

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The main hangin’ area is extra cozy.

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In case you were wondering, it snows a lot in Argentina.

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Damn, La Chanchita.

Watch the Faction Collective’s bus-venture from last season

Let ‘er rip, folks!

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