After yesterday’s inbounds powder day, I decided to go into the lift accessed backcountry via Cerro Catedral ski resort in Bariloche, Argentina today.
The morning was clear, cold, windless.
I reached the top of the couloir I was to ski quickly.
I’d heard from locals that it didn’t go. That it ended in a cliff.
I hoped the new snow would have filled and connected it to the apron below.
I dropped in.
The snow was punchy. “Carton” (cardboard) they call it here in the Andes.
I struggled down the couloir as it steepened.
As I reached the choke, I noticed the jagged rollover below.
It didn’t go. Or did it?
After carefully investigating the cliff in the chute I found a way through.
I sidestepped and sideslipped through a hanging no fall zone that scared me.
On the apron below, I was very content.
I made a few turns in the “carton” then decided not to descend to the valley floor.
I traversed to a safe ledge and had a nice lunch before skinning out of one of my favorite zones on Earth.