Nice pictures from that last report. Perhaps it's best at Las Lenas when it only snows a little bit and doesn't cause Marte so much trouble.
However there are some red flags for those considering traveling from North America. These resorts average 2/3 of their season snowfall by the end of July. So Portillo's current season-to-date of 110 inches (though 25 of it in the past week) and 31 inch base at the hotel can certainly be viewed as "low tide." The other problem is that the MEI index crossed decisively into La Nina territory for MAY/JUN and many forecasters think La Nina will strengthen further. As we know, La Nina is as bad for Portillo/Valle Nevado/Las Lenas as it is for SoCal and Arizona.
One of Patrick's favored spots, Chillan, is reporting base depths of 63-106 inches. But base depths in Argentine resorts, like those in Portillo/Valle Nevado group, are no more than 4 feet.
Adam is not going to Las Lenas this year. He would have been sharing the apartment with fewer people at thus higher cost, so combined with the lean snow year he bailed.
The July 11 eclipse finished at sunset in far southern Patagonia near El Calafate. With a view 1 degree over the horizon in the direction of the Andes the odds of a clear view were a longshot. So some of the people who went there signed up for a charter flight above the likely clouds. They arrived only to find that the flight was cancelled. Many other visitors complained of chronic delays/missed flights on Aerolineas Argentinas and general inefficiencies that we skiers have heard about or experienced in Argentina. Fortunately the story had a happy ending because they beat the weather odds and had a stunning view: Found a different source per admin
Even more impressive is this video from David Makepeace, who was on the same tour as I in western China 2 years ago: http://www.eclipseguy.com/news/raw-vide ... -july-2010