Bariloche, Argentina experienced 3 straight weeks of good powder from August 4th – August 25th. Then, it got hot… real hot. The mountain was closed for two days on August 26th & 27th for wind and a bit of rain (it’s closed again today for wind and rain).
When we left the mountain on August 25th, the high that day was -8C (17F) and there was plenty of snow to the bottom of the mountain. When we returned on August 28th, the high was +15C (60F) and there was no snow at the bottom of the mountain.
Yep, we’re riding lifts to get down the mountain again. We haven’t had to do this since August 2nd. It was splendiferous skiing to the bottom of the hill each day, and even more splendiferous when we were skiing powder to the bottom a couple weeks ago.
Temperatures have remained hot everyday since August 26th. Highs generally in the 10C-15C (50F-60F) range at the bottom of the hill.
Temperatures are forecasted to remain high at least through next Wednesday. There is a system or two rolling through this weekend and early next week, but snow levels will be high. How high, we aren’t sure, but we’ll let you know as they get here.
It’s starting to feel like an early spring here… But you never know, just as fast as this place went from almost no snow to 130 inches of new snow in 5 days – then from tons of snow and cold to tons of melting and heat in 2 days – things could turn back around quick.
The bright side is that the upper mountain still has plenty of snow and that’s where the best skiing is anyway. All we need is 4 inches of snow and some wind, and we’re back in business up top. Down low, it’s gonna take something more to turn it back around.
We certainly aren’t seeing the Santa Rosa storm anywhere in the forecast just yet…