In a shock announcement yesterday, Catedral Alta Patagonia in Argentina said it will open for skiing today, the first time it’s ever opened in April. The resort usually opens in June.
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Kicking off the southern hemisphere ski season, Catedral Alta Patagonia has sold 600 passes, 300 for each Friday and Saturday.
“With the Cerro Catedral team, we want you to start enjoying the winter. You can be one of the 300 that premiere the season before anyone else.”
– Resort Facebook Post
On both days the mountain will open from 10 am to 2 pm. Skiers will be able to take the Sextuple Express up and ski down the Lynch track then take the Lynch chair back up.
“The truth is that I have no memory of such an important snowfall in April. Together we were playing with the idea of opening a ski slope and something that started as a joke ended up becoming a reality. The team did not hesitate to get down to work and offer a unique experience for those who want to make a descent in April.”
– Matias Marcaccini, Mountain Manager
Due to the limited terrain, the opening is for intermediate/advanced skiers only, over 12 years old, and access to the lift is only with an April Ski Promo pass.
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Due to five feet of snowfall in the area, resort crews managed to prepare the resort in just 48 hours so that skiers and snowboarders can enjoy the first descents for what is hopefully a long winter ahead. After such a dry year last year, which saw many resorts close early and a number not open at all, the early season snowfall is much needed.
Having not been to South America for two years, SnowBrains can’t wait to return to our summer home for our twelfth ski season in Bariloche, Argentina.