Bariloche, Argentina Conditions Report: World Class Tree Skiing

Miles Clark | | Conditions ReportConditions Report

The world’s best tree skiing?  Maybe.  Certainly the best tree skiing I’ve ever experienced anywhere…

Add yourself into this image digging a deep, trenching turn.  Lenga tree forest today.
Add yourself into this image digging a deep, trenching turn. Lenga tree forest today.

Catedral ski resort in Bariloche, Argentina received 3+ feet of snow on the upper mountain over the weekend.  Today was sunny and bright and was likely better than any single day we had here last season.

A lonely track hangs above lake Nahuel Huapi (puma island) on Cerro Catedral today.
A lonely track hangs above lake Nahuel Huapi (puma island) on Cerro Catedral today.

There was snow to the bottom of the mountain (which we never had last season) today which meant you could ski the incredible old growth Lenga tree forests on the lower mountain.

Climbing Nubes first thing this morning.
Climbing Nubes first thing this morning.

These trees are large, very widely spaced, the have no low branches, they have iridescent Spanish moss hanging from their branches, and they have no leaves in winter so there are no tree wells.  The tree skiing here is world class and rivals the tree skiing anywhere.  Once the forest fills in a bit more, there’s no end to the great jumps to fly off of when the stumps and downed trees are fully covered.

The main ski zone of Catedral today.
The main ski zone of Catedral today.

SNOW QUALITY TODAY:

I did my very first run on Nubes, the highest chair on the mountain.  The chair was closed, so I hiked up and found fast, fun, very wind-pressed snow.  I hit one air and the landing was pretty firm.

In the trees where the above video was filmed, the snow was soft, unaffected by the wind, and pretty damn near perfect in my book.  The trees was the place to be today.

Looking west from Catedral today.
Looking west from Catedral today.

CATEDRAL FORECAST:

The forecast for Catedral is for snow all week with a healthy dump on Thursday night.

Snow all week at Catedral with a good dump forecast for Wednesday.
Snow all week at Catedral with a good dump forecast for Wednesday.

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6 thoughts on “Bariloche, Argentina Conditions Report: World Class Tree Skiing

    1. I know, I know… Gaping hardcore… I forgot my helmet and googles this day. Kookasaurus I am.

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