Cerro Catedral

I haven’t mentioned the ski hill here, as with most towns the ski hills give access to a tremendous amount of backcountry skiing.  It is also an important place for me, since I can get some quick vertical when the weather comes in, or when I want to have a family day but also need my vertical.

Cerro Catedral is a pretty amazing hill, 16 chair-lifts, 20 land lifts, plus two gondolas. There is 3773 feet of relief and a huge variety of terrain. Great fall line groomers, lots of learning zones, and some good inbounds gnar. They have this Laguna zone that is accessed with the craziest poma I have ever seen, steep as sh#$ and it has a 90 degree turn in it. I guess it has been closed for years and was finally opened yesterday. The Laguna zone is wild, lots of cliffs and spires and a lot of fun runs to shred.  I was skiing it yesterday and also today, since the lift was never really open it is a safe backcountry zone.  I also have used the hill to access to the Frey hut and all the terrain around it.  I have been assuming that I am allowed to tour up the hill instead of paying, and so far no one has said anything. Till today, someone finally told me I am not allowed and then he let us continue up and out of bounds. But I honestly hope that I am not stepping on toes but I do need to use this resort for my access and quick vertical.  Time will tell whether I get away with it or not.

Two decent 9000+ days and I was hoping for more but I am feeling a little sick and I will wait and see how I feel in the morning. I have been coughing for a month and wondering when it would actually hit me, maybe now maybe not….

  1. frosty August 6, 2010 at 8:21 am

    Hey Greg,
    Enjoying all the updates. Got any photos of the craziest poma.
    Cheers Frosty

  2. korengles August 6, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    How do the snow conditions compare between Chile and Argentina? Are you encountering less wind on the Agentina side or is i a wash? Take care of your cough and it was hot as Hades at OR this week… as of now your in the right place weather wise!


  3. Greg August 7, 2010 at 8:54 pm

    Doug, So far I have had consistently better skiing here in Bariloche, less wind, but there have been a few windy days. Bariloche, has a lot terrain, lots of granite that creates a huge variety of lines, small couloirs and some large ones. It won’t take me too long to ski most of the more dramatic lines, but I will have fun traveling around these beautiful mountains. i’ll try and always include some terrain photos to show what’s available.

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