Fri Sep 05, 2008 4:50 pm
Fri Sep 05, 2008 5:37 pm
Patrick wrote:The big snow event that happened earlier in the week and transformed itself in wetsnow. Difficult to ski. I skied a beautiful run and the extremity of the resort (North-East facing) every similar in few to the Hobacks at JH. At the end (at least the line I took) you need to negotiate the baboos.
Fri Sep 05, 2008 6:01 pm
We've had a discussion before that while Patrick's verbal language skills are impressive (and in 2 languages), he has some issues with writing. My guess from context is that at low elevation there are some Argentine native plants that resemble bamboo. Nearly all of the Southern Hemisphere native vegetation is at least semitropical in origin. That's why the tree line is so low in New Zealand vs. similar mild, ocean dominated climates in the Northern Hemisphere.baboos
Fri Sep 05, 2008 7:17 pm
Tony Crocker wrote:I guess Patrick is worn out. I took the liberty of editing his date in the title to Sept. 5.
Tony Crocker wrote:On the downside, we know Catedral has a sketchy snow record. I thought main exposure was east, but if it's northeast (analogous to Jackson's southeast), that's a deadly combination.
Tony Crocker wrote:You could see there was lots of interesting off-piste, but it was all refrozen spring snow, so we were confined to the groomers.
Tony Crocker wrote:I'd never heard of La Hoya. Presumably Esquel is between San Martin and Bariloche? So maybe skiing was better than Catedral. But where's Patrick's report?
Tony Crocker wrote:My guess from context is that at low elevation there are some Argentine native plants that resemble bamboo.baboos
Sat Sep 06, 2008 9:21 am
No, Portillo had excellent off-piste corn at the right time of day. It was the Valle Nevado group where off-piste generally sucked.It's the same analogy conditions/commercial wise last year between Termas and Portillo.
Sat Sep 06, 2008 9:38 am
Sat Sep 06, 2008 6:46 pm
Sun Sep 07, 2008 12:59 am
I have little doubt Patrick is right about this. My opinion of the Valle Nevado Group is that rarely have I seen so little made out of so much. Where the lifts are is mostly flat. Decent terrain is a PITA to reach, and especially to spend much of one's day. Although she got much better conditions that we did, I'm still surprised that a Mammoth/Vail skier like skibum4ever wanted to spend that much time there.In my opinion, the possibilities are much greater at Catedral than the 3 Santiago areas combine.
Sun Sep 07, 2008 2:08 am
Tony Crocker wrote:My opinion of the Valle Nevado Group is that rarely have I seen so little made out of so much. Where the lifts are is mostly flat. Decent terrain is a PITA to reach, and especially to spend much of one's day. Although she got much better conditions that we did, I'm still surprised that a Mammoth/Vail skier like skibum4ever wanted to spend that much time there.
Sun Sep 07, 2008 11:51 am
Very true, but each lap requires 3 lifts plus a road shuttle not provided by the resort. So how many runs per day will you get out there, particularly when someone in your group has to sit out each run to provide the shuttle? Compare to Powder Country, where a mom-and-pop area runs a shuttle bus to help out access to a large off-piste area.the interesting terrain is off the ridge line up the back side of el Colorado where you ski down to the Valle Nevado access road.
At the rate of 1-2 runs per day I have no doubt this is true.you could spend weeks exploring it since you have a good mile of ridge line.
Mon Sep 08, 2008 6:47 am
jamesdeluxe wrote:Not that I would have to chops to ski it, but is that stuff to the looker's left of the Nubes and Hoyita lifts hikable?
Sat Sep 20, 2008 6:46 pm
Tue Sep 30, 2008 1:30 pm
but is that stuff to the looker's left of the Nubes and Hoyita lifts hikable?
Tue Jul 07, 2009 10:49 pm
Wed Jul 08, 2009 5:33 pm