Catedral ski resort in Bariloche, Argentina has a chairlift called Nubes. It’s a high speed quad that rises 2,000-vertical-feet to the top of the mountain. It accesses steep, jagged terrain, cliff hucks, cruisy groomers, wide open bowls, natural halfpipes, and the terrain park. Nubes would be a solid chair anywhere.
Nubes is the key to days like today. Like Tahoe, Bariloche experiences mid-winter springtimes. If you embrace them, they’re excellent. Spring hit about 4 days ago here.
Today started out with firmer conditions that softened every run. The day started on fast, fun, empty groomers and slowly progressed into the off-piste and park.
11:30am was when the off-piste truly softened and the park opened up. From then until the closing bell it was fast, furious big mountain terrain draining right into the terrain park. The snow on the upper mountain was corny, soft, and fun. The park has three small jumps that progressively get larger. The second two are great for 360s and I even saw some cork 5’s and backflips off ’em today.
The weather was warm, but not too warm today. The sun generally stayed behind the clouds. There were times when the clouds hit the mountain and the visibility was near zero. Most of the time, it was just right.
I had a blast today. Non-stop Nubes laps from 9:30 until 3pm. There were no lines at all until about 1pm. Even after 1pm, the lines weren’t bad and were always less than 10 minutes.
The forecast shows some weather moving in the next few days. Looks like nothing heavy but certainly a bit of rain and a bit of snow. Winds look like they’ll be mellow enough to keep the lifts open. Hopefully this storm will leave cold (as they often do) and leave us with some powder.