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Bariloche trip report (honeymoon part I)

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When your fiancée asks if you can spend one week of your honeymoon skiing, you know you chose right:-)

Since neither kolkie nor I had been to Argentina before, we picked Bariloche, for the combination of great skiing and beautiful sights. In hindsight, we were very lucky - conditions were below average at several other resorts in Chile and Argentina, and well above average in Bariloche.

We got to our hotel on the edge of Lago Nahuel Huapi late at night, and we were greeted by this sight when waking up:



The Cerro Catedral skiing area itself turned out to be superb. Not large by Euro standards (I’d say about 80 kms of runs mainly arranged in one large valley and on its sides) but fantastic views over the Andes, the steppe, Lago Nahuel Huapi and Lago Gutierrez.

Moreover, there’s lots of opportunity for touring and offpiste skiing in the adjoining valleys.

We booked Lucas Swieykowski, a Bariloche local, as guide. Besides being a superb skier (member of the Volkl freeride team amongst others), he was excellent overall - very friendly and adapted very well to our standard and skiing objectives.

Here are some of the photos (action ones mainly taken by Lucas):

Synchro skiing:


Going up:


Touring up:


Moody view of Lago Nahuel Huapi:


kolkie enjoys some fresh powder:


...and aces her first couloir ever:


(despite skiing with a torn meniscus!)

Lucas sets up a cool shot of me:


Another scenic touring shot:

(I took this, but missed a great opportunity. The group behind was actually formed of seven people - had I waited I could have called the photo “Snow White and the seven dwarves”!)

Admiring our tracks from the resort (couloir on looker’s left):

Here’s a dawn shot from the shore of Lago Nahuel Huapi:



... and a “goodbye Bariloche” shot - we hope to be back soon!
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Stunning part of the world captured in some lovely pics
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amazing...
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@horizon,
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When your fiancée asks if you can spend one week of your honeymoon skiing, you know you chose right

AND when she is either a complete natural or has worked bloody hard at it, or possibly both. Absolument formidable! Very Happy
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Excellent. Thanks for sharing. Wishing you many adventures together.
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no mention of steak & malbec
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Wow! Beautiful! Wishing lots of happy adventures!

So jealous (my wife does not ski)
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@horizon, fake news, nothing ever happens in the Andes in August, everyone can just moove along Very Happy

Best wishes for you both though and wait until next year when the addiction to SA will come back strong!



@Mr.Egg, sí señor! Very Happy
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Fab. Well played.
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@horizon, looks amazing!!
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Thanks for sharing.

PS How was the Apres Ski? Toofy Grin
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Nice!
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You’ve struck gold!
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Thanks for sharing.

PS How was the Apres Ski? Toofy Grin


Standard honeymoon fare of a quiet cuppa and checking your socials. Laughing
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Thanks for the wishes everyone!

@Hurtle, @BobinCH, I fully agree with both of you!

Re steak, El Boliche de Alberto was great, and El Patacon, next to our hotel, wasn’t far behind!

Re après ski, Toofy Grin
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Thanks for sharing.

PS How was the Apres Ski? Toofy Grin


Given that it was a honeymoon, the question really is inappropriate Embarassed
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Sucks

++++++vibes++++++


You've changed kit sponsor (you know @spyderjon will be on it like a hawk) - or was Lukas supplying the hardware?


Seriously though looks tremendous - glad kolkie's knee held up. She better than you yet? Tick...tock....


Cerro is where I totally knocked myself out and in a fugue state had managed to get myself to a lodge and buy a hot choc before I "woke up"...that could have gone worse
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@horizon, Fantastic.....well done to you both!
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Bob wrote:
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Thanks for sharing.

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Given that it was a honeymoon, the question really is inappropriate Embarassed


Was only interested in other important cultural aspects of the holiday like how was the dancing on the tables in ski boots to cheesy ski music. How much was a pint and did they have sky football on the telly. Sheesh, some people have dirty minds.
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@DB, Having been to Bariloche I can vouch that apres includes some absolutely first rate meat restaurants - as in grilled over an open fire and brought to your table on a sword and sliced off in an endless stream of "we bring the meat". Patagonian lamb, pampas beef, pork all superb.
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What great shots. Thanks for sharing them and all the best to you both!
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Great pics! Good to get an insight in to Bariloche... it has been on my radar for a while... maybe 2020!
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Great pics. Loved skiing in Bariloche back for the 40 year B-day bash. Wife knew I had always wanted to ski on my birthday in July, so it was a great present. The mountain is very picturesque. So is the surrounding area. Patagonia is a beautiful part of the world. Everyone should make the trek down their once in their lives!
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Hmm. Ignore the photos. @horizon, could make a wet weekend in Wigan look amazing. wink
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Hmm. Ignore the photos. @horizon, could make a wet weekend in Wigan look amazing. wink


Laughing NehNeh Very Happy
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Wow, just wow. Congratulations!
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Great report. Great pics (wow). Thanks for sharing Very Happy

Argentina is on our to do list - so a few Qs if I may....

How did it work logistically? Did you fly in to somewhere near the skiing - or did you have a loooong commute from further afield?

Did you get to Buenos Aires?

Any other 'do-able' ski areas (however small) in the vicinity of Bariloche?

Cheers.
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Great report

Cesars second home- nice area my daughter told me. Smile
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Hmm. Ignore the photos. @horizon, could make a wet weekend in Wigan look amazing. wink


Hmm offensive to pie eaters. Warriors match at the DW, pies, trip to the Heinz factory shop, a bit of misty eyed reminiscing about Northern Soul at the Casino or raves at the Pier depending on your age and you've still got an amazing weekend wink
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Gorgeous photos, what an experience!
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Laughing Laughing

mountainaddict,
We flew to Buenos Aires, spent a couple of days there to see the city, and then took another flight to the Bariloche airport (about 2.5 hrs). From there we rented a car and stayed at a hotel on the Lake Nahuel Huapi (30-45 minutes drive from the airport depending on traffic), and we drove up to the Cerro Catedral ski resort each day (about 20-25 minutes' drive). The car was not absolutely necessary but made life a lot easier as the buses are crowded - in fact we took hitchhikers up and down the mountain almost every day. We could have stayed in the resort, of course, but we wanted a nicer hotel. (Next time we might stay in the resort).

Other ski areas in the neighbourhood: Villa la Angostura (Cerro Bayo) - 1.5 hrs away, and San Martin de los Andes (Chapelco ski centre) - 3h away. Both seemed interesting albeit smaller than Cerro Catedral, but we never got to go there, as we had enough offpiste terrain to keep us busy in Cerro Catedral.
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Lynch's still there?
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