29 Aug 2012, Posted by Master of Chaos in Blog, No Comments.
Greetings from Bariloche and Cerro Catedral in the heart of skiing Patagonia, Argentina. It’s official, the first annual Powdercats South of the Equator Trip has begun! On Saturday, August 24th, Powdercats Guests Andy George, Greg Swaboda and Kyle Warren flew into the Bariloche airport where SGT’s “Office Ninja”, David Burg and I scooped them up and ran away up the hill to beautiful Cerro Catedral.
We got the guys settled in at SGT’s Base 41 complex and got ready for our first day on the hill.
We woke to low clouds and fog…not the bluebird we’d been hoping for. The first morning of the trip was dedicated to a safety orientation on the mountain and beacon/rescue drills. After a discussion of the basics, all three were able to perform successful beacon searches. As much of the skiing (that we’re looking for) is outside the ski area bounds, it is vital that the guests become familiar with avalanche procedures to be a solid part of the team. Unfortunately the low clouds kept us on the lower reaches of the mountain…the big views and terrain would have to wait.
For the last two days thankfully, we’ve been able to get up high and venture out into Catedral’s vast side, and backcountry. Stunning views all the way to Chile and impressive terrain greet us around every corner. The skiing has been a bit of a mixed bag with some older powder, a bit of spring corn, and some…variable conditions. That said, as I sit writing to you, it’s raining here in the valley and snowing on the mountain!!
Tomorrow could be the day we’ve been waiting for! Stay turned for more updates. Hope your summers are treating you well.
Cheers – Eric Deering.