I have made it down to Bariloche, Argentina, my latest stop on a whirl-wind trip of South America ski destinations, accompanied by my Norwegian travel contingent. We have seen blue bird pow conditions in El Colorado, above the smog of Santiago, more of the same at South America's only cat skiing operation, Ski Arpa Snowcats. I happened upon my brother Les there, high in the Andes, an odd circumstance.
After the border re-opened between Chile and Argentina, we ventured near Las Lenas, to a horse assisted hut. Except the horses never showed, or our guide. Long story short, we spent 24hrs on 1 granolar bar each, forcefully entered a vacant ranch stone hut and slept there for the evening, and reaching the real hut the following day on empty stomachs. Skied some very interesting terrain stratling the border between Argentina and Chile, on marginal snow.
I will spend a few more days in Bariloche, before parting ways with my Norwegian friends, and experiencing what Las Lenas has to offer. Below, a Even Ofstad is pictured during today's brief ski session before the lifts closed due to high winds.