Bariloche, Argentina Conditions Report: Sneaker Powder Day with Owen Leeper

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Owen Leeper getting into it yesterday. image: owen leeper

A storm rolled in last night.

It didn’t feel like it dropped much snow, but when I got to the Cerro Catedral at 9am, there was new snow to the base – a good sign.

My 1st track in La Laguna yesterday. image: snowbrains

I headed straight to the top lift of Nubes and it was cold.

The new snow wasn’t very deep and the old snow underneath was hard and uneven, but there were some good turns.

I skied one lap before the notorious Patagonian wind arrived.  It got really cold.

After my 2nd lap, they closed the Nubes chair due to the wind so I headed over to the backcountry zone of La Laguna.

La Laguna is more protected and had blown in smooth.

Laguna skied like a dream.

Owen amongst giants. image: snowbrains

On my 2nd lap, I found my buddy and former Jackson, WY housemate, Owen Leeper.

We had a blast skiing the 4-6″ of new snow in Laguna for a couple of laps before cruising the rest of the mountain to show him around a bit.  This was his first day in Patagonia.

Lake Nahuel Huapi and the Condor III chair yesterday. image: snowbrains

The skiing in Laguna was crazy fun.

It’s always more fun when you didn’t expect much.

Spectacular for my 2nd day of the season.

Nubes at 9am. image: snowbrains

No crowds nor lines yesterday.

Yesterday reminded me how much I love this very special place.

Thanks, Bariloche.  It’s good to be back.


image: catedral, yesterday


image:, yesterday


Pow. Nubes. image: snowbrains
Moonset. image: snowbrains
Owen in Laguna. image: snowbrains
Slash on Nubes. image: snowbrains
Dawn patrol. image: snowbrains
Nubes. image: snowbrains
Lake silhouette. image: snowbrains
Sunrise on Punta Princessa yesterday. image: snowbrains

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5 thoughts on “Bariloche, Argentina Conditions Report: Sneaker Powder Day with Owen Leeper

  1. Beautiful place and nice pictures. I know that zone well, both in summer and winter. Patagonia is “my place in the world”.
    If someday you want a more “wild” Patagonia, I recommend some ski mountaineering routes in Laguna del Desierto, near El Chaltén, much further south of Bariloche. For example, Mount Vespignani.
    Cheers from an Argentinean in Europe.

    1. Thanks, Rodrigo.

      I’ve been wanting to ski Chalten for years… I went to Calafate last year for 1 day. First time in that zone. Unreal…

  2. Get it Miles! So much fun following your travels. Can I be happy for you and at the same time just a bit jealous?!? Yes I can! Seriously, watching your footie helps me with the FOMO. Thanks and keep up the stellar “work”!

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