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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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