Late-Season 18” Sneaker-Powder Dump in Bariloche, Argentina TODAY | Photo Tour:

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Unknown ripper on Nubes this afternoon.  September 20th, 2013.
Unknown ripper on Nubes this afternoon. September 20th, 2013.

Today was a very unexpected sneaker powder day at Catedral ski resort in Bariloche, Argentina.  The forecast wasn’t calling for much and it rarely ever snows in town, especially not this late in the season.  Despite these two factors it did snow a lot (up to 18” up top) and it did snow all the way down to town (2,900 feet).

Catedral ski resort in Bariloche, Argentina with snow to the base and below.  September 20th, 2013.  photo:  snowbrains.com
Catedral ski resort in Bariloche, Argentina with snow to the base and below. September 20th, 2013. photo: snowbrains.com

The snow didn’t start until 2am and it stopped by 8am.  It must have come in hard and heavy because the mountain was caked with good, dry, late season snow this morning.  The entire town was shocked to wake up to 2” in the streets.  This was only the 3rd or 4th time it’s snowed in town and stuck all year.

Nico Freeride taking a bite outta Nubes in the am.  September 20th, 2013.  photo:  snowbrains.com
Nico Freeride taking a bite outta Nubes in the am. September 20th, 2013. photo: snowbrains.com

The skiing at Catedral ski resort in Bariloche, Argentina was good today.  We hiked Nubes first thing and the snow was perfect.  12-18” deep and you weren’t hitting the icy under layer at all until the very bottom of the run.

La Laguna tracks in the morning.  September 20th, 2013.  photo:  snowbrains.com
La Laguna tracks in the morning. September 20th, 2013. photo: snowbrains.com

We then headed over to La Laguna and the snow was a touch deeper than Nubes.  The Playground was good albeit a touch sun affected already due to the sun’s strength this time of year.  La Laguna proper was solid and you could even do a bit of hucking.

The Nubes chair opened up in the afternoon and allowed for many high speed pow laps with not much of a crowd on it.

Nubes tracks this afternoon right after chair opening.  September 20th, 2013.  photo:  snowbrains.com
Nubes tracks this afternoon right after chair opening. September 20th, 2013. photo: snowbrains.com

People were fired up today at the hill.  No one expected this late season sneaker powder day and everyone welcomed it with open arms.  In my 4 seasons down here, I’ve never skied powder this late in the year and I’ve certainly never seen it snow this low this late in the year.

Happy people abound today in Bariloche, Argentina.

Argie mob session on Nubes before the chair opened today.  September 20th, 2013.  photo:  snowbrains.com
Argie mob session on Nubes before the chair opened today. September 20th, 2013. photo: snowbrains.com

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Tracks in The Playground today. September 20th, 2013.  photo:  snowbrains.com
Tracks in The Playground today. September 20th, 2013. photo: snowbrains.com
One of the boys ripping out of Nubes today.  September 20th, 2013.  photo:  snowbrains.com
One of the boys ripping out of Nubes today. September 20th, 2013. photo: snowbrains.com
Ride to the mountain today.  September 20th, 2013.  photo:  snowbrains.com
Ride to the mountain today. September 20th, 2013. photo: snowbrains.com
Early morning tracks near La Hoya chair today.  September 20th, 2013.  photo:  snowbrains.com
Early morning tracks near La Hoya chair today. September 20th, 2013. photo: snowbrains.com
Lower Laguna tracks + snowboarder tearing into the pow.  September 20th, 2013.  photo:  snowbrains.com
Lower Laguna tracks + snowboarder tearing into the pow. September 20th, 2013. photo: snowbrains.com

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