This blog is being written for you in Bariloche, Argentina! I have been lucky enough to see a lot of the world and along the way I have met amazing people, plus, I have been immersed in many different cultures by venturing outside the U.S. border.
Visiting South America marks the 6th continent I’ve been to, all I have left is Antartica! And this was also my first time snowboarding in another continent. In fact, snowboarding at Cerro Catedral was the main reason for coming here (and getting away from the hot North American summer didn’t hurt either).
Cerro Catedral is in the heart of Patagonia, it has a total of 37 lifts and 3000 acres on and off-piste terrain. According to Powder Quest, it is known as the place to ski and snowboard in Patagonia, and it is one of the most popular resorts in South America.
My experience in Cerro Catedral was quite an adventure, mostly because it was so different from snowboarding in America (and mostly in the East). For starters, I cannot speak Spanish, which makes everything more complicated when you are trying to ask questions. For example, it took me quite a while to figure out that the top of the mountain was closed one day due to high winds.
Other differences were that I am used to having a large trail map at almost every chairlift in the United States. Not only were there almost no trail maps at Catedral, but trails were rarely marked since most of the skiing was above tree line. What I found most intimidating was that the lower half of the mountain consisted of predominantly “cat-tracks” which are winding trails that are only a few feet wide, there are lots of blind corners, and there is no fencing between you and long steep drop on a cloudy day. Literally no room for error, which can be scary when it’s your first time in a new place.
Despite the challenges of snowboarding in a foreign country, with a different language and culture, I had a great time and would do it again in a heartbeat. Life is short, live it to the fullest!
More photos of Bariloche with my Nikon D610 85mm and 35mm lens: