It snowed like crazy today at Catedral ski resort in Bariloche, Argentina for the third time since Tuesday.
I couldn’t help but laugh and smile today as I rode the Nubes chair alone. It was a Saturday on the last weekend of the season, it was nuking snow, it was a powder day, and no one was out.
The last Saturday of year is generally reserved for slushy skiing, sunburns, talking to girls, and seeing if you can have one drink at each refugio on the mountain (good luck, there’s 12…).
This season, spring was completely hijacked by heavy snows. Of the 3 weeks we consider spring skiing down here (roughly Sept. 7th – Sept. 30th) two of them were full on powder this year. The big spring snow had special significance this year. There were times in late August when it looked like the mountain might have to close any day due to thinning snow.
Then, boom – it started nuking snow on September 7th. Since September 8th, it’s been almost all powder days down here. The kind of powder days that make you laugh and smile because in the darkest hour, you could have never imagined a scenario so sweet.
It’s been a fantastic end to the season here in Bariloche and we’ve still got a few more powder days to go before Catedral minimizes operations on October 1st.