I'm in an apartment with no Wifi so have to walk 10 minutes to a hotel. The Wifi is slow so it takes a long time to load detail TR's with lots pics which I'm not going to do on a duplicate basis. Thus my comments here will be concise with links to the details.
My arrival day Friday in Buenos Aires generally went according to plan. Saturday arrival in Las Lenas was not so easy. After overnight flight Thursday and an overnight bus Friday my feet swelled and barely fit in my boots Saturday. My feet were not normal skiing until .Monday morning and I was generally much more tired than on typical winter ski trips or my last trip here in 2005.
Saturday afternoon skiing was tedious because the wind shut all the chairs about an hour after I got on the hill, leaving just the pomas. There were long lines for both tickets and limited lifts open. Here's the wind up high over the closed Vulcano chair.
Sunday Marte was open until about 11:20 when the wind shut it down again.
Windblown powder skied very well in some places like this but other places it was more slabby breakable crust. Despite the wind the afternoon was warm and turned most of the lower mountain to spring conditions.
With no overnight freeze the lower half of the mountain remained in spring mode Monday. Wind packed most of the upper mountain snow overnight. The good news is that Marte was open all day so I got 4 runs up there. Skiing was very challenging with the more variable snow and my slow recovery from the travel. Here's an adventurous line I skied about 3PM Monday.
Tuesday had low clouds in the morning and started snowing about noon so I did not ski. It's clearing up today but the winds are strong and both Marte and Vulcano are closed. People are skiing powder on Cenidor from Caris and I might consider skiing this afternoon if the wind abates and Vulcano opens.
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