Bariloche, Argentina Conditions Report & Photo Tour | Spring Skiing on July 28th

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Las Nubes @ Catedral
Las Nubes @ Catedral

It’s been an interesting season thus far in Bariloche.  They got some strong snowstorms in June that were big enough to form a solid base up high that still exists.  Then the snow stopped.  They got about 6 inches 11 days ago, then the wind hammered the mountain for 3 days and stripped that new snow away.

Earlier this week, it was really cold and Catedral ski resort was a popsicle.  Later this week, it warmed up and turned on the freeze-thaw spring cycle.  Today started out hard, but it got hot quick, there was no wind (look how glassy the lake was today), and corn was harvested.

Cerro Negro in the foreground.  Chilean volcano in the background
Cerro Negro in the foreground. Chilean volcano in the background

I stayed on Nubes (the highest lift) all day and it progressively got softer throughout day.  The off-piste was fun for a few hours.  You had to follow the sun, but if you did, you were able to ski off-piste corny snow until 4.

Overall, it was a fun day.  Nubes laps are quick up and long down and there weren’t any significant lines today.  Resident passes turn back on tomorrow after being blocked out the past two weeks during winter vacation.  Tomorrow might be a bit more busy as they all come back, but not too bad.

Dragon's
Dragon’s Throat off the Nubes Chair

We are definitely short on snow right now at Catedral.  The bottom of the mountain is completely dry.  The upper mountain has snow, but it needs a refresh badly.  The forecast isn’t helping.  Right now, we’re likely looking at about 7 more days of sun…

It is nice when it’s clear, though.  You can’t beat the views at this place.

BARILOCHE FORECAST:

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 ABOUT CERRO CATEDRAL SKI RESORT:

Cerro Catedral is a mountain located 19 kilometres (12 mi) from San Carlos de Bariloche, and inside the Nahuel Huapí National ParkPatagoniaArgentina.

The mountain holds one of the biggest ski centers in South America, with a skiable area of 2 km2 (0.77 sq mi), over 100 km (62 mi) of ski runs, and a lift capacity of 22,200 skiers per hour.[1] It is also very popular due to the magnificent view of the Nahuel Huapi lake. – wikipedia

PHOTO TOUR:

Park is mellow right now, but at least it'sthere
Park is mellow right now, but at least it’s there
Lake Nahuel Huapi (tiger island) and isles
Lake Nahuel Huapi (tiger island) and isles and boats

Las Nubes ChairLas Nubes Chair

Cerro Catedral backcountry
Cerro Catedral backcountry
This says it all about the coverage near the base
This says it all about the coverage near the base
Princessa ridge
Princessa ridge
Melting out a bit above Militares
Melting out a bit above Militares
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Backcountry options are endless

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11 thoughts on “Bariloche, Argentina Conditions Report & Photo Tour | Spring Skiing on July 28th

    1. Siamac, you having fun down there? I’m sure you are. Shoot us a report if you get time. Have fun.

  1. Yikes. Low tide down south eh? I remember long, slow, sharky, stream crossing, mudd skimminh, ice bump dodging, first timer slaloming bottom of the mountain jaunts, but I don’t remember seeing it that bad.

    Sending you snow vibes Mee-lays!

  2. Thanks for the excellent report. Sounds like the Tahoe season last year. I am a last minute traveller so I appreciate the honest boots on the ground reports.

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