We just finished a 21 day ski tour with our brazilian clients, visiting Pucon and Corralco in Chile and Caviahue, Cerro Chapelco, Cerro Bayo and Cerro Catedral in Argentina. The volcanic ash emergency is in the past, all ski resorts had zero ash and the snow was pretty good. During the three weeks it snowed twice and we were lucky to ski on powder snow in Argentina.
However within the past 8 days there has been sunny days only and the snow has melted at the base of all these resorts. Skiing was still very good on the middle and high part of the ski resort and skiing off-piste was still great (specially in Cerro Bayo and Caviahue). Although you cannot ski back to the hotels or vans located at the base of resorts because of the lack of snow in that part. We had to take a chairlift to get back down the hill. Hopefully we’ll get more snow storms in the next coming weeks (actually it is snowing right now!).
One of the highlights of this tour was the great surprise at Cerro Bayo, now they have a 6-person bubble lift that takes you to the middle section of the ski resort. And for next year that bubble will take you as high as the ”pistas Provinciales”. This is an area where you have to hike up for about 20-25 minutes and then access an amazing backcountry area. In 2013, no more hiking up, but enjoying effortless the best off-piste skiing of Cerro Bayo!