Bariloche, Argentina August 2022 Report: Big Snow, Long Chutes, Fairy Forests, & Spring Corn

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Miles slashing into the cream cheese spines on August 16, 2022. image: snowbrains

Report from all of August 2022

August was a wild month for all of us down here at Cerro Catedral ski resort and in the backcountry of Bariloche, Argentina.

There is much more snow than normal this with deep snow right to the bottom of the mountains.

Our first day of the season here was August 6 and it was already snowing…

We had a series of fun storm days starting on August 6.

August 6

On August 9, the sun came out and there was over a foot of new snow wind-slathered on everything.

We took full freakin’ advantage and were out into the backcountry early.

I ran into my old friend Jonny Conway on the skinner and that made it a great day.

August 9

Miles’ track all alone on August 9… image: snowbrains

On August 10, I went for a spicy line and took a hard fall I won’t forget anytime soon.

I lost my helmet cam & my regular camera somehow…

Humbling…

August 10

On August 11, I took a chance at a line I’d never skied before.

It’s usually just too rocky to try.

It usually doesn’t even cross your mind as a line to ski.

But on this day, it looked fill in, good, and ready to rock.

I went for it and it was unreal…

August 11

Then, it started snowing…

It didn’t stop snowing for 7-days.

The tree skiing down here is world class and on August 15, we got a full dose of the magical fairy forest skiing of Patagonia at Cerro Catedral.

August 15

On August 16 we were right back out into the forests of Cerro Catedral.

The snow was a delicious flavor of cream cheese and this was by far my favorite tree skiing day of the season!

Everything was so smooth and flat…

August 16

On August 17, we happily hit the trees again and it was pure joy out there.

We skied 2 completely different forests and had an absolute hoot out there.

Best tree skiing on Earth?

We think so…

August 17

August 18 was the last day of the big 7-day storm.

We skied the trees one last time and stumbled around in the upper mountain fog with big smiles.

This place can get a bit windy & foggy…

August 18

Right after the 7-day storm, the sun came out and cooked all the snow in this region by 10am on August 19…

We got back out there on August 20 with plans to ski a great line and it was rock hard ice so we just flew the drone around and got some pretty pictures.

The skiing was pretty lousy on refrozen slush.

August 20

On August 21 we thought we ski around and see what we could find.

The fog was so dense, we found nothing…

Maybe the foggiest day of our skiing careers.

Was funny and fun!

August 21

The fog cleared out on August 22 and we were back in the backcountry and we found a fun, slushy chute and some good times.

The top was pretty creamy and smooth.

The middle had some crunch.

The bottom choke was unpredictable with punch, scratch, slurp, rocks, and a bergschrund.

August 22

Another mini storm came through and gave us a chance at some 1″ powder skiing on August 25.

We went for it and it wasn’t amazing but it was still a good time 🙂

Is a 1″ powder day still a powder day?

August 25

After that mini late August storm, spring came in early and with a vengeance!

We knew exactly where to go.

These long chutes haven’t been skied by us for many years.

We were greedy…

We skied these chutes on August 31, September 1, and September 2.

Skiing these legendary lines made August about as complete as it ever can be.

We are feeling obnoxiously grateful…

August 31/September 1/September 2


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