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TR: Alta Patagonia late August 2009

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Well, after almost 2 weeks since I came back, here it is.

The 6 of us arrived in Bariloche and drove 3 hours to San Martin de Los Andes to ski Chapelco.
San Martin de Los Andes is a very nice small town, facing a beautiful lake.

It was a bad season, but luckily, 1 week before we arrived some good snow began to fall


And the way to Chapelco was already covered with snow



We skied 4 days in Chapelco, and it snowed every day.
Chapelco is a small/medium resort with 2395 ft vertical, not lots of long runs, not too challenging, but no lift lines and a very nice vibe.



The back side of the mountain reminded me of the Canadian Rockies



After that, we drove back to Bariloche to ski Cerro Catedral, and the first day there was REAL powder day!




Catedral is considerably bigger than Chapelco, but a lot more crowded and the lifts that take you to the top are more exposed,
and they close them lots of times.



But the top of the mountain gives you some very nice views!





The second day we got some blue skies, and by noon things where already tracked out.

Then it rained for 2 days and temperatures rose a lot. but the lake Nahuel Huapi in Bariloche was still beautiful.



After the rain, It didn't freeze up, and the snow was soft but spring like, but the bottom runs were a mess...



Unfortunately I don't have some nice action shots, but here are two of then



post #2 of 8
 Looks really fun.
post #3 of 8
These are really nice pictures!
Nice action shots!
post #4 of 8
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We had a great time, except for the rain...
But that is part of the Patagonian package
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Some of the pictures remind of the Val D'Isere valley. Definitely seems like a nice resort from your descriptions and pictures. Nice TR!
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 Stoke = good!

Thanks.
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Yup, good stuff!
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Originally Posted by skiking4 View Post

Some of the pictures remind of the Val D'Isere valley. Definitely seems like a nice resort from your descriptions and pictures. Nice TR!
Thanks!

Well, I still never skied the Alps, but I'm sure we could compare the views... but not the resorts...

But I'd say that if Cerro Catedral received some reliable Utah powder, it would be amazing!
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