Although I am from South America (Peru), I had never been to ski there. A month ago I felt like I needed a break from work, so what better than to go to Argentina and spend a week skiing! I used airline miles, called an Argentinean friend who moved to Bariloche a few months ago, and in a couple of days got everything booked to head south. There are no action shots on this TR as I was skiing by myself all week.
Day 1: I arrived Saturday night to Bariloche and my plan was to start skiing Sunday, but my friend and his coworkers had organized an "asado", so instead of skiing we headed to Villa la Angostura, 60 miles away from Bariloche (close to Cerro Bayo). When we got there we headed into what I thought was the house:
Turns out, this was the "quincho," a building solely for the purpose of grilling. It had a parrilla, a kitchen, a bench, bathroom, and a TV for watching soccer. It also was larger than a 1-bedroom apartment in town, amazing. Here is my Argentinean friend preparing the asado:
After all that food we went hiking to the lake. It was overcast but the views were still fantastic.
Day 2: I woke up to rain in the town. Headed to the mountain and it was also raining there and up to 1,500 ft up from the base. So my first day of skiing in 4 months consisted on dust over crust, with limited visibility, and intense rain. I still managed to have fun and explore the lower mountain a bit (the top was closed). These types of slopes were a bit new to me: