Catedral ski resort in Bariloche, Argentina just got a 2-foot, very cold storm. We got snow to the bottom of the mountain. Yesterday, the snow was light and fluffy in La Laguna lift access backcountry and just about everywhere on the mountain. As often happens in the Andes, the wind blew last night and pressed the snow in most spots.
Upper and Lower La Laguna held up to the wind well and stayed relatively light and fluffy. The Playground got wind pressed and the afternoon sun that came out yesterday cooked it pretty good. The snow was punchy and catchy in the Playground today. It stayed cold and cloudy all day which kept the snow in great shape. Today was one of the coldest days we’ve had this year.
Lower Laguna was stellar, however. Dense, but rippable snow coated everything and was great for slashing and moderate hucking. Laguna was very popular today. Likely the most people I’ve ever seen out there.
There was definitely some wind slab out there today. The wind slab that I encountered was hard and unreactive and about a foot deep. I saw no cracking nor avalanches today.
Tomorrow is looking good for a longer adventure into the backcountry.
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