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Bariloche July 2009 Photos

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Finally uploaded some pics from my iPhone.  My buddy has lots more pics but heres a few.  Conditions were a bit less than Epic I'm afraid.  Did I mention they have NO snow making ?  At least you can ski but you better be good at ice skiing.

Also wear a helmet & pads as there were lots of rocks, shrubs, and dirts poking through

Heres a shot of the North slope, there are some great runs up there and a wicked narrow trail on the edge that will really get your attention


Heres the South side, my favorite, almost nobody here, no lift lines, nice long run, very fast but lots of ice  I doubt you'll ever see a lift line like this at Aspen or Tahoe.  Not built for fat Americans
  Sadly this is the bottom of the mountain.  I said there was no snow making.  Well they had all 4 blowers on the bunny slope
 

post #2 of 9
This is it what it can look like ,I took these polaroid & spliced pics from my september 2001 trip

From the base




From the top.









Edited by stanton - 8/4/2009 at 05:10 pm GMT
post #3 of 9
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Nice, Ive heard that Aug & Sept are the best months to go but Ive also heard that the storms blow West so Chile gets the best dumps
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Great photos. They take me back to when I was there in August, 1977. It was a three week ski racing camp. I was 17, had worked to earn my fare and it was my first experience out of North America. Wow!

I was invited to race in an FIS DH race that included some national teamers from around the world that were training there. The Army was brought in to shovel and boot pack snow for the final schuss and the finish zone as the conditions were pretty slim.

The trip was fantastic. I took a lot of slides when I was there and the beauty of the area still amazes me. Unfortunately I haven't converted them to digital.

Here are a couple of shots of me in the race, the first is higher up on the hill, the second going into the final schuss.





We spent the first night of the trip in Buenos Aires. During the night we heard what we thought was a riot. In the morning we learned that Argentina had just won a World Cup soccer match.

One kid in our group was arrested in Bariloche for having his hair too long. There were army patrols with machine guns everywhere.

The bus drivers hosted a going away party with a traditional barbecue. Unfortunately I was too young to enjoy the wine.

I go there frequently in my memories. The picture of the summit above the clouds is how I remember almost every morning. Riding up through the clouds to the sun to ski above a sea of clouds was awesome.

MR
post #5 of 9
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Cool, I was in Argentina in the 70s at my Aunt's ranch, didn't ski much back then

I remember the Military Junta days

These days I am going to BA often, plan on hitting Bariloche again end of August, should be better snow by then

I was considering flying to Malargue at Las Lenas or San Martin but they only have 1 flight per week to those cities, so its back to Bari
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Mmmmmm..... Ranch...... Beef....... (apologies to Matt Groening)

I remember the first meal we had in BA. We left the hotel which was on a main throughfare, right downtown, and walked just a little way to a restaurant that had all sorts of cuts of meat cooking over wood fires.



MR
post #7 of 9
Cool Pics . Would love to see much more of these kind of archive photos on these forums rather than the same boring stuff that is repeated all the time nowadays.
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Originally Posted by stanton View Post

Cool Pics . Would love to see much more of these kind of archive photos on these forums rather than the same boring stuff that is repeated all the time nowadays.

You obviously have not visited the retro memory or hot dog threads.   Much fun to be had in those!!!
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I remember back in 2000 at Las Lenas at the bottom of the lift they built a shed for the ticket takers

So they built the shed in the summer and didn't take into account that there could be 4 feet or more snow there

So the top of the Shed was at about knee level after the snow

and I'm pretty sure they probably STILL have not fixed it

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