Well, this is pretty pathetic.
Here is a rundown of my Argentinian Adventures.
This Argentinian Adventures started in Santiago, LAST year. One trip down here and I wanted to come back. I decided to go maggot style (ie. (almost) as cheap as possible).
Day 1: Agosto 28
Caddyshack on the plane:
Arrival in Santiago after an 11 hr flight. Air Canada had canceled the Tuesday night flight, but I hadn’t seen the email. 😳 Anyhow, Wednesday was now the correct date. Traded emails with a couple of maggots. The decision was to head for Pucón, the famed Santa Rosa storm looked like it was going to happen. One maggot that was supposed to take the bus at the same time, jumped the gun and headed down earlier. Found out he arrived in a rain storm in town. He eventually skied on the lower lifts before I got there.
Okay, so my plane got late and hoped in a minivan taxi for the Alameda bus terminal. Last day bus was at 12:50pm, I was on it. The trip lasted 5 movies. I watched 2 on the bus (The Last King of Scotland and Troy) plus the 2 on the plane (Caddyshack and some Danish movie with subtitles). Not surprised that the nude scene and perhaps the weed smoking were cut from the movie, but the O’Henry in the pool gag? What is wrong with people?
SuperNat was the one that told me about Pucón a few years ago. She had skied there as an alternative after all the roads to the resorts close to Santiago had closed in 2005.
Arrived in Pucón at midnight, it was raining.
King of Scotland on the bus
Ride from the airport to the bus station. Sunny and clear blue sky in Santiago.
After 11 hours in a plane from Toronto to Santiago, I traveled 11 hours by bus to Pucón.
Agosto 28 – Santiago y Pucon
Day 2: Agosto 29
It rained all day. Maggots and I decided against skiing, the forecast for the next day was sunny. One of us found this great tour. Saw some waterfalls, rivers and rapids, a beautiful lake…a finish in the Natural Hot Spring. The visibility was bad, so we didn’t really see any mountains.
A few bad things happened on this trip. I smashed my head while jumping into the van (nice red scratch) plus the one that is more serious. My money (most of it) disappeared while in the Hot Springs. At first I thought I had paid 40000 for breakfast instead of 4000 that morning, but once at the Hostal I noticed that I was missing even more. I had a 10000 CHP bill went I paid for the tour, that and my changed was gone at supper time. I have a few suspects, but not sure.
Needless to say, I was pissed. The maggots went out to check out the meat market while I stayed in the Hostal.
Day 3: Agosto 30
It’s was suppose to get better. It was still raining, but the cloud cover was higher. You could actually see some mountains to the North. The maggots were warm in their beds when the Brazilian and myself decided to head up the mountain. I had asked at the office where they organized the transport, they mentioned that 3 lifts were opened. Instead of leaving at 10am, I had to organized my bus ticket out of town (office was closed the next day). Went up at 11am, snow level was at about 1000 meters. Visibility was bad, real bad. The only thing open was the lower lift which is mostly below treeline. We were warned that the lift might closed. We paid anyway (price was discounted). On the slow lift in the rain, the rain was getting harder. I’m thinking about Tony and what he is going to say about the ski quality and dog tail analogy (no, I wasn’t😉 ). Vert for that lift is 189 meters, pretty green terrain. There seems to be a few fun shots to try, however the visibility was so bad, we didn’t try it for that run.
Once at the bottom, a sign at lift said…CERRADO…they closed due to wind. It wasn’t really that windy, the chairs weren’t even moving. Oh well, chalk one up on the TISA factor.
Once back in the town, the rain was only moderate, nothing what we had on the mountain. The maggots had left for the great Termas and the Brazilian changed his bus ticket to take the overnighter to Santiago.
I’m leaving the next day for San Martin de Los Andes in Argentina.
PS. Before Tony gets on me about the dog wagging thing, I recall him saying that he skied in the same type of conditions in NZ. The streak wasn’t my only motivation, I wanted to ski on this hill before leaving + feed up of not going anything. The Brazilian didn’t have a streak, he was tired of not skiing on his trip. He skied in rain in Bariloche and now in Pucón.
Enough for today, Internet is 3 peso/hour. :-s
This is how Ski Pucón looks without the clouds and rain.
Pucón – bottom lift below treeline was only open for 1 run. (source: nevasport)
Centro de ski Pucón – Chile
Originally posted on Mon Sep 01, 2008 4:36 pm on firsttracksonline