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.
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.
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.
ABOUT CERRO CATEDRAL SKI RESORT:
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. It is also very popular due to the magnificent view of the Nahuel Huapi lake. – wikipedia