Due to a lack of snow, Argentine ski resorts in the provinces of Neuquén and Río Negro have been forced to delay their season openings. With winter break just a short two weeks away, the resorts are especially worried about what this will mean for tourism. If guests show up, you can only stall them for so long with hot chocolate and marshmallows before they catch onto your distraction game and realize there’s no snow.
Thanks, global warming.
In Ushuaia’s case, the opening of its ski resort Cerro Castor might have to be delayed for the third time this year, as it has experienced the driest June on record, according to local press. If the southernmost city in the world can’t get enough measly flakes of snow to cover its hills, we might as well turn in our skis for a surfboard.
Beyond delaying opening dates, resorts also have the option to partially operate, meaning keep certain runs or parts of the mountain open that have enough snow. Following this strategy, representatives from ski resort Cerro Catedral in Bariloche said that they might soon be able to open some beginner runs. Las Leñas also has different parts of the mountain open, as well as a resort in Mendoza.
There is some good news, however: In Chubut Province, La Hoya resort is on schedule to open July 1, two resorts in Mendoza are fully functioning and a suspected cold front could soon produce enough snow on other mountains around the country, maybe just in time for vacation.
Is winter actually coming? Let’s hope so for the sake of our newly waxed skis.