After many ski resorts across Argentina were forced to delay their opening seasons, a much-awaited snowfall has finally allowed them to begin opening one by one. Today, Catedral Alta Patagonia in Bariloche, Río Negro Province, opened its slopes — just in time for winter vacation.
Although there is currently only 6 cm of snow on its base runs (hardly enough to enter a snowman-building contest or do any proper damage in a snowball fight), most of the precipitation at the famous Cerro Catedral has gathered in the higher ends of the peaks. According to weather reports, there is estimated to be up to 45 cm of snowfall in the highest runs and around 37 cm mid mountain.
Other ski resorts which had also been closed due to the lack of snow have now begun to open as well, including Cerro Bayo in La Angostura, Neuquén Province; Cerro Castor in Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego Province; and many in Mendoza Province, according to local reports However, runs at La Hoya resort in Chubut Province remain closed except for one.
These resorts have spent the past couple weeks worried about what the delays would mean for tourism. Many opened their doors partially to slopes that had enough snow, and others scrambled to put together other activities for tourists to do until a proper snowfall. At ski resort Catedral Alta Patagonia in Bariloche, this meant allowing visitors to ascend the mountain via chairlifts and enjoy views and tours such as the Historic Cable Rail Tour and the Nature Tour. Those in charge of tourism also promoted snow shoeing, sledding, zip lining and cross country skiing on different mountains in the area.
But fret not. We can now shred some gnarly pow on the slopes this winter. Take that, global warming.