Almost two months now of successive warm humid fronts rolling in from the Atlantic, bringing persistent precipitation sometimes in the form of snow crystals but mainly taking the shape of liquid condensation..yes, i mean rain. Rain, sometimes heavy rain and often rain right up to the tops of the mountains. The absence of cold temperatures is really unnatural. Anytime there’s a reasonable fall of snow it seems inevitably to end in rain..making for generally pretty shitty conditions for ski. I’m getting a little tired of consoling myself with “well, at least we have some snow”.. There comes a moment when the consolation is minimal. However there have been some good days..
A fine day of skiing among the trees on the SouthWest slopes of Hermana Menor was to be had two weeks ago, 10-15cm of fresh snow made for reasonably sweet conditions..and it continued to snow all day with little wind. So next day when the clouds gave way briefly to the sun – and the temperatures stayed low – expectations were high. We were not disappointed..there was a delightful surface layer of fairly light creamy snow, not exactly deep powder but pretty good..and ideal for my little son. So we headed to La Loma del Noruego with its suave undulating terrain.
It’s a few kilometers hike from Cotos but it was worth it..it could hardly have been better for a four-year-old’s introduction to powder ski!
When skiing with my son i usually have him on a short rope, but on this day i let him go free..and he did just fine. We skied straight down the Loma at first, then veered off to the right towards Valdesqui (local ski station) and descended the gentle terrain almost as far as the road, stopping just above the ski station’s car park. Over 100m vertical in total, pretty cool. And skiing wild and free..just next to one of the busiest ski stations in the country.
So there have been some good days, despite the rain.