After much uncertainty and even more anticipation, it looks like the ski season is officially starting in South America. Today’s snowfall covered the southern tip of the continent with a beautiful white blanket of snow. Resorts in Argentina have reported large amounts of snow, ranging from 15-55 cm, in the past 24 hours.
Thanks to this wonderful accumulation of snow, ski resorts have confirmed their opening dates. First of all, props to Caviahue for being the first to open, back on June 19. Cerro Catedral is planning to open for skiing on July 1, running the Amancay gondola and Diente de Caballo double chair in the Punta Princesa zone of the mountain. The southern-most ski resort on the planet, Cerro Castor, is also scheduled to open July 1. Chapelco and La Hoya will start running their chairs on July 2, and Las Leñas has announced their plans to open for skiing on July 4.
The forecast for Bariloche and the surrounding area is looking good: cold temps with a few more inches of snow over the next couple days, followed by sunny skies for the opening weekend. Cold temps and snow look to resume following the week’s end. As stated in our previous post, the airport in Bariloche is set to re-open July 8, after being closed since the June 4 eruption of the Puyehue Volcano. This rounds out the good news for the ski season in Patagonia, bringing a great sense of relief to us all. Vamos!