Snorkeling the Gnar Pow: Skiing 2021-22 Thread

Zososoxfan

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Yes, I'm stretching board etiquette to create a new thread. Should anyone vociferously object to considering [Northern Hemisphere] summer ski trips as the start of ski season, I will move this post to the '20-'21 thread and someone else can have the honor of starting the '21-'22 thread.

With COVID and a second baby born in October last year, I sadly missed out on a trip this winter. That and other factors have me chasing a trip to Patagonia, Argentina for August that I previously mentioned in the other thread. I've been scouting this trip for months, and most of the details are nailed down or at least thoroughly researched. The biggest question remaining is whether there will be a 2-2 split between resort days and cat skiing days, or whether it will be 3-1 (3 days at resort, 1 in the backcountry). The 2-2 configuration would allow for a rest day (or a third resort day). I'm leaning towards the 2-2 config, but still sussing out details with vendors/agents.

The 2 resort days will be at Cerro Catedral, the most modern ski resort in South America. This is relevant because research says that even some good resorts down South have antiquated lift infrastructure. Cerro certainly has some of that too, but also features a high speed 6-chair, and 3 high speed quads. Cerro has a lot of skiable terrain (3,000 acres; 3,700 ft. of vert), but apparently shines because of slackcountry access. Because of that, I've arranged for day 2 at Cerro to be guided.

After 2 or 3 days at Cerro, I've planned to head to the Baguales mountain preserve for 1-2 days of guided cat skiing. Since snowfall in Bariloche can be hit-or-miss (frequently compared to the Sierra Nevadas), this is a hedge against bad conditions and is also just an experience I've always wanted to do. If I'm gonna fly halfway around the world for a few days of riding, I want to have the best opportunity to make them awesome days!

Anyway, I'm mentioning all of this here to solicit feedback. If you've been to Bariloche, have any thoughts about the configuration, or just want to share your experience about similar trips, please let me know! If you're interested in coming along, let me know that too!! The group hasn't been confirmed yet and I plan to help anyone who wants more info (e.g. ski school, childcare, table service at clubs, all of the above?!?).
 

DJnVa

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I really have nothing substantial to add, at least at this point, but as an east coast skier (except for one day at Loveland in CO) I'm excited that this coming season a friend of mine in Colorado Springs, has invited me out there. And she has an Epic Pass. So I might hit some big time slopes in 6-8 months.
 

kelpapa

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I really have nothing substantial to add, at least at this point, but as an east coast skier (except for one day at Loveland in CO) I'm excited that this coming season a friend of mine in Colorado Springs, has invited me out there. And she has an Epic Pass. So I might hit some big time slopes in 6-8 months.
Depending on how many days you are going to be here, you can get an epic local for $600 right now. That might make sense for you if you're here a week.
 

Preacher

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I’m strongly considering doing a similar trip in August to Argentina. I have about three weeks of use or lose vacation days I have to take before October 1st. I’d like to spend about 4-5 days in Buenos Aires before heading to Cerro Catedral and maybe spending about a week there. If I’m going to do it, I have to block out the dates probably this next week.