Bariloche, Argentina Conditions Report: Mini-Powder-Days Galore

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The Nubes chair today and fresh snow on rocks.
The Nubes chair today and fresh snow on rocks.

Catedral ski resort in Bariloche, Argentina has been receiving small, daily storms for the past week.  Just a few inches per day or so, but it’s been enough to give each day a mini refresh.

Katy, powder, Nubes, today.
Katy, powder, Nubes, today.

The key to having fun at a ski resort is being able to ski off-piste terrain hard.  If you can ski fast and make speed-check turns anywhere you like, you’re gonna have a blast.  Today was that way.  Yesterday was that way.  The day before yesterday was like that.  It’s been a fun week.

The haunted house of Nubes...
The haunted house of Nubes with snow today…

Today, we saw the biggest snowfall total of the week thus far:  3-5 wet inches on the upper mountain.  The new snow has been a bit wet and the temperatures have been a bit warm.  The wetter snow is denser and gives you enough float to stay off the old snow layer underneath -especially at speed.  The warmer temperatures soften that older, harder layer of snow underneath so when you do hit bottom, it’s soft and not icy.

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This combination has made the skiing the past 3 days a blast.  

Katy ripping Nubes today.
Katy ripping Nubes today.

We’ve mostly been skiing off the Nubes chair – the Mothership of Catedral.  We’ve been skiing Nubes all day, as fast as we can, non-stop.  Nubes gives you 2,000-vertical-feet of steeps, rocks, cliffs, groomers, canyons, and even a terrain park.  There has been 0.00 crowd in line at Nubes the past three days which has been the key to getting enormous amounts of laps in.

Lake Nahuel Huapi was a sheet of glass reflecting blue sky and clouds today
Lake Nahuel Huapi was a sheet of glass reflecting blue sky and clouds today

The forecast at Catedral is looking good.  Temperatures are going to drop and the snow is going to fly.  Looks like we’ll be getting snow down to the base, which is great for this time of year.

CATEDRAL FORECAST:

Catedral forecast
Catedral forecast

PHOTO TOUR:

The Nubes chair today and fresh snow on rocks.
Coca Cola girl a couple days ago. Yep, she gives you free Coke.
Katy
Katy
Katy ripping Nubes today.
Eric getting loose on Nubes today.

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Katy ripping Nubes today.
Katy ripping Nubes today.

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4 thoughts on “Bariloche, Argentina Conditions Report: Mini-Powder-Days Galore

  1. Sweet. Does it seem like Catedral runs Nubes more consistently than they used to (say, 2010 and before)? I recall them being pretty inconsistent with opening the chair.

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