From Sand to Snow

Written By: jeff

Posted On: December 12th, 2010

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I arrived in Bariloche, Argentina early Sunday evening. After clearing customs, I met my ride and was off to the B&B. Knowing that Bariloche would be cold, I didn’t want to take any chances with faulty heating or hot water. So, I found a cute little B&B just outside of town. It would mean a short walk to the town center. But a hot shower and heat every day at an affordable rate was well worth it.My ride from the airport was free, at least from a monetary perspective. It had been arranged by the B&B as part of my stay. Unfortunately, they partnered with a local travel agency with shuttles that wanted to “help” me. So, here I am just off the boat, bags in hand listening to a sales pitch by a very nice woman. I had immediate, intense Peru flashbacks. I was tired and couldn’t be bothered. I listened politely and then asked to be taken to the B&B. There was a delay and after standing up by the door and staring at my “helper”, I made my point and finally left to go to the B&B. Ski Village in Cerro Catedral in Bariloche, Argentina. Copyright

On Monday, the first order of business was finding out the status of my skis.  From the FedEx website, I tracked them to customs in Buenos Aires.  So, I knew they were at least in the country.  Little did I know, that was the easy part.  I received the customs paperwork in a FedEx package delivered by its local partner.  To proceed further all I would need to do is present myself in Buenos Aires to customs and I could get my stuff.  Um, excuse me?  Let’s see.  I’m in Bariloche.  The package is addressed to Bariloche.  There’s a customs office in Bariloche.  Do you think I could clear my stuff in Bariloche at the local customs office?  Of course not.  That would make life to easy.  So, to make a long, tedious and painful story short…It’s now the following Monday night. And I am sitting without my skis after having paid “fees” to local brokers for more than I paid FedEx to ship my stuff to Argentina.  It turns out that flying to BA for a daytrip would’ve been cheaper!

On a lighter note, we’ve already had two big snow dumps in Bariloche.  So, there’s fresh powder on the slopes. I spent Saturday at the base to get oriented.  I found all the essentials including a couple of places to get ski lessons.  I just learned in February so I figured a couple of half-day lessons couldn’t hurt to get me going again.  I bought a couple of pieces of gear that I didn’t already have.

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View From Atop Cerro Catedral in Bariloche, Argentina. Copyright

The ski village is beautiful and much quieter than what I experienced in Breckenridge.  Part of the reason is that the July school break for Brazil and Argentina are over so the kids are back in class.  Most of the people I saw running around were people with really little kids, young adults (like me of course) and a few older die hards (like anyone over 37).  I also saw a 50/50 split of skiers and snowboarders.

The mountains for skiing aren’t as high as Colorado so getting around is fairly easy.  I was in my tennis shoes, not my ski boots so I was slipping around a little bit.  A couple of weeks ago, I started to question my wisdom in taking a ski vacation.  But, once I was in the village, I knew this was the right thing to do. And I was as excited to be skiing (or the promise of it soon) as I was in February when I finally learned.

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Place To Warm Up On Cerro Catedral in Bariloche, Argentina. Copyright

OK, off to the slopes tomorrow finally and I will pray to the ski and delivery gods that my stuff shows up soon.

Originally Published August 13, 2007

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