This was a tough one for both Bariloche and Cerro Bayo. The cleanup was quick though with Bariloche airport having many dumptruck loads of ash taken off the runway. The danger is not only to any engine with an air intake (cars, planes, plows etc... ) but to the environment in the region. I wonder what the animals think about all this??
I attached a picture of the rivers from my friend Alejos front yard. He is a fly fishing guide in the summer and ski instructor in the winter. "ash" is small rock particles and stones. Starting spongy and then getting more and more solid as the eruption progresses.
On the mountain Catedral has been getting snow to the base and it looks like winter already. They are still stating that things are on track to open and I am more inclined to believe that news the further away we get from the original eruption. 10 days is the window from most of the reporting I have sifted through before one can feel a bit safer the volcano has settled down.
Havent heard any reports from Cerro Bayo (across the lake from Bariloche) but there were confirmed reports of up to 1 meter of ash on the slopes.
The worry now is the Government of Argentina getting out of their own way for a change, stepping up and running their own Aerolineas Argentinas airline to show the world the situation is turning around. If things worked as they should, the ticket prices would be dropped dramatically on all travel to and from Argentina Ski Resort hubs. Unfortunately things very rarely work as they should, which is both the allure and the achilles heel of the culture.
Chilean Ski Resorts remain unaffected by this disturbance.
If you have any more specific questions feel free to email me and I will help answer if I have or can find the information. Busy this time of the year but Im happy to help if I can!