VIDEO: Backcountry Backflips in Big Patagonia Terrain

Miles Clark | | Conditions ReportConditions Report

This video is of one run in Alaskita in Bariloche Argentina on September 13th, 2014.  It show’s the 2nd part of the run first then the first part.

I think it’s safe to say we just had the best week of the season here at Catedral ski resort in Bariloche, Argentina.

Alaskita.
Alaskita.

On Monday, September 7th, the storm came in strong enough to close the mountain entirely.  It was a cold and windy storm that snowed to the bottom of the mountain.  Spots in La Laguna had over 5 feet of snow laying around.  I’d say that in general, the upper mountain got about 2 feet of quality snow.

Alaskita and much of the Van Titter headwall and Tronador sticking out.
Alaskita and much of the Van Titter headwall and Tronador sticking out.

Tuesday was good in bounds.  Wednesday was stellar in La Laguna.  Thursday was epic and scary in Alaskita.  Friday was fast powder on Tower Chute off the back of La Laguna.  Saturday was backflipping fun in Alaskita.  Today was another round of Tower Chute with the last shreds of powder.  Spring and hopefully the corn cycle begins tomorrow.

Negative prink skin track.
Negative print skin track from the previous day.

The video above is from yesterday, Saturday, in Alaskita.  The upper spine was a bit beat up but fun.  A lippy natural featured made for a fun backflip and the chutes between the lower fingers were fun.  Every kind of snow you could imagine was out here with most of it being pretty funky.  As long as you were going fast, it was all fun.

The Tower Chute that I skied today and Friday.
The Tower Chute that I skied today and Friday.

AVALANCHE OBSERVATIONS:

I detected no instabilities, saw no avalanches nor cracking on this day, Saturday, September 13th, 2014.  After a few melt freeze cycles, things appear well bonded.  The main danger now is the afternoon heating.

BARILOCHE FORECAST:

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PHOTO TOUR:

Beautiful lake Nahuel Huapi in Bariloche, Argentina.
Beautiful lake Nahuel Huapi in Bariloche, Argentina.
Tronador.
Tronador.
The Van Titter valley is a backcountry paradise.
The Van Titter valley is a backcountry paradise.
Tronador and the Van Titter valley.
Tronador and the Van Titter valley.
Alaskita and more.
Alaskita and more.
Alaskita and much of the Van Titter headwall and Tronador sticking out.
Alaskita and much of the Van Titter headwall and Tronador sticking out.

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