Bariloche, Argentina Conditions Report: Cliff-Hucking Good

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Catedral ski resort in Bariloche, Argentina was closed yesterday due to high winds and a wet storm.  Snow levels were high.  It likely rained to the top yesterday.  As the storm was ending, it got cold and dropped some good snow.  Everyday since August 2nd here has either been a powder day or the mountain has been completely closed.

First tracks down La Laguna at noon today.
First tracks down La Laguna at noon today were nice.

This morning was bluebird.  I ran straight up Nubes and found ok snow.  It was very wind pressed and punchy and I nailed a rock on my first lap.  As I was coming down Nubes they opened the chair.  I stayed and got in 3 more runs before deciding to check out La Laguna.

La Laguna and the boys of SGT today.
La Laguna and the boys of SGT today.

When I got to Laguna I realized that made a mistake that morning.  La Laguna had much better snow and much more of it.  Laguna has a bit more wind protection and a bit less elevation compared to Nubes.

Random ripper coming down Nubes today.
Random ripper coming down Nubes today.

I got in 4 laps in La Laguna and it was damn fun.  Soft snow, a bit dense in spots, but terrific overall.  You could huck, but you needed a steep landing.  The couple flatterish landings I had were thumpers.

The Playground and lake Nahuel Huapi
The Playground and lake Nahuel Huapi

I didn’t see any evidence of avalanches or instability today.  There wasn’t that much new snow.  Maybe up to a foot of new snow in spots, but it really depended on the wind and what it did to each zone.

Random rippers in a sea of tracks.
Random rippers in a sea of tracks.

Tomorrow’s forecast is showing big wind and a bit of snow.  Hopefully they can get some terrain open.  The rest of the week shows a warm up and no real snow.

BARILOCHE FORECAST:

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PHOTO TOUR:

La Laguna got some love today.
La Laguna got some love today.
My first run of the day that involved a huge core shot.
My first run of the day that involved a huge core shot.
My second line in the video.
The third line in the video.
The Playground.
The Playground.

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2 thoughts on “Bariloche, Argentina Conditions Report: Cliff-Hucking Good

  1. As always an awesome report Miles. I know exactly which rock you hit. It was exposed a few days ago. I think that is my favorite line on Nubes. I use the more human chute at the bottom skiers left. Watching this put me right back there. We really enjoyed our trip to Bariloche and seeing you. The sad part is the trip was too short. Should have made it at least 2 weeks. Watching this gives me Cero Catedral homesickness. Now we ski through your eyes. Keep up the great reports and slay the pow.

    1. Ha ha, that rock is evil.

      Glad you had such a great trip here. Bariloche is amazing. Thanks again for the Baguales report.

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