Tony Crocker wrote:My understanding that Patrick is planning a return to Las Lenas this year, which seems the wise choice at this point.
Tony Crocker wrote:According to on-the-snow it' s 41F and raining at Portillo and the Valle Nevado group today. Chillan has improved some, 74 inch base at the top though only 4 at the base. Las Lenas 24-55 inches and 83% open.
Tony Crocker wrote:According to on-the-snow it' s 41F and raining at Portillo and the Valle Nevado group today.
Patrick wrote:Possibly looking at lesser known ski areas to tag up in this trip, not sure of the logistic of it. If I wasn't solo and it wasn't Chile, I would get definitely get a car to check them out.
Tony Crocker wrote:Lesser known in South America often means more TISA factor and even less reliable conditions. And it nearly always means no beta/recent TR's on ski forums whether the skiing is going to be any good.
Tony Crocker wrote:The bottom line is that you DO need a car for flexibility when you have such inadequate info in advance. This is another problem with the ski streak driving one's schedule. With more time flexibility it might be easier to hook up with someone else on a ski forum to share car rental/lodging expense. Early to mid-August is a more popular time frame to do that I suspect.
Tony Crocker wrote:I don't think the streak timeframe is bad for many places in SA. Extremely Canadian prefers it for Las Lenas. I do think the quality of the trip would be enhanced by sharing a car and lodging, not to mention Patrick's known desire to hold down costs.
Example, if I had a car, would you have agreed to spend 2 days at Penitentes then 1 in Mendoza prior to making it to Lenas?
Tony Crocker wrote:Example, if I had a car, would you have agreed to spend 2 days at Penitentes then 1 in Mendoza prior to making it to Lenas?
If I knew Marte was closed at the time, you bet. Maybe a couple of days at Portillo too. If I knew Marte was open I would not waste any time getting to Las Lenas ASAP though. Having the car makes it easier to make those flexible calls.
I was off the grid for 10 days. It would be nice to know what's actually happening in South America now, even if pictures won't be part of the reports until much later.
Portillo snowfall is 128 inches, that's 4 inches in the past 2 weeks. Base depths 24-47 inches Las Lenas, 4-75 inches Chillan, not much change in those numbers either.
Tony Crocker wrote:Not sure why Patrick would go to the VN group in a year like this.
Tony Crocker wrote:They are between Portillo and Las Lenas and get less snow than either. September conditions there during an average 2007 made it quite clear to me that I would not want to be there in a subpar season.
Tony Crocker wrote:Also, I believe Patrick violated his previous sensible rule to wait until mid-July or so before committing where to go for the streak. It was quite clear by then that this was a marginal year for South America.
Tony Crocker wrote:And yes, it IS all about the streak. Despite my personal puzzlement at this use of one's ski resources living where he does, I think Patrick has a possibly unique ski accomplishment.
Tony Crocker wrote:Has anyone else even heard about an easterner with a monthly ski streak? It would not surprise me if no one else has ever done it before for 7 years living continuously in the East the entire time.
Patrick wrote:Season started strong.
Patrick wrote:In an ideal world, I would have unlimited resources...
Patrick wrote:I'm sure I'm not alone.
Patrick wrote:There are also a number of Quebec skiers, as well as Kiwis, Canadians, Americans, Frenchs, Swiss, Germans...many are repeating visitors.
Patrick wrote:If you would have followed the various forums and sources, you would have known that Termas was the right call.
Tony Crocker wrote:Patrick wrote:If you would have followed the various forums and sources, you would have known that Termas was the right call.
That's why I did read those forums. I would say Chillan was first choice and Las Lenas second. Also Cerro Castor was supposed to be good, particularly if you throw in the fairly accessible backcountry down there.
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