This update if from 11:30am local time.
Catedral ski resort in Bariloche, Argentina is experiencing its second day of being hammered by a big storm along with its second day of closure. High winds, low visibility & avalanche danger have been the reasons behind the closures.
The top of mountain reported 70cms (28 inches) falling in 24 hours as of 10am this morning and it’s still snowing hard all the way down to the base of the mountain.
Winds are currently consistently blowing at 50kph (30mph) at the top of the mountain and 30kph (20mph) at mid-mountain. Visibility is lower than yesterday. Most webcams on the mountain are simply showing white.
2 days ago, there was absolutely no snow at the base of the mountain. Now, there is about 6 inches of new snow at the base and progressively more snow as you gain elevation.
The forecast for today is for 30 more centimeters (12 inches), high winds, and snow levels rising a bit above the base. We’re hoping that snow level stays at the base and doesn’t rise.
The forecast also shows another wave of snow beginning tomorrow through Wednesday with cold temps. It’s lookin’ to be a good week at Catedral.
It appears that there may be a small wind of opportunity tomorrow for the mountain to get a lift or two open. If nothing else, bring your skins and skin up and get a tree run or two on the lower mountain.
NOTE: Avalanche danger is going to be very high above treeline. We do not recommend anyone hiking above treeline in the coming days. There is no avalanche control at Catedral, ski patrol knows very little about avalanches, and there is no reliable avalanche forecast. You’re on your own when it comes to avalanche safety, knowledge, and information here.
View live video of top of Catedral ski resort:
See how the mountain was before the storm:
Learn more about South American Snow here: