Both locals and tourists take part in this amusing and thrilling celebration with the yearning to enjoy snow at the mountain until spring comes.
A few days before each snow season, Mount Catedral hosts celebrations in San Carlos de Bariloche. For several days, both residents and visitors renovate the sport spirit of ski. The most significant moments take place at the ski center and also in the streets of town, especially at the emblematic Civic Center. Our visit to this southern destination coincided with this festival and we spread our our best vibes to join the preparations.
As we walked down Mitre Street, one of the main in the city, we witnessed the waiters and waitresses race. They were hurrying down winding Rolando Street carrying bottles and glasses on their trays. In spite of there being winners, it is not considered a competition but a display of skills. "The way down was very hard, because of the wind", said one of the waiters as he reached the main square.
The following day, we went to the ski resort, which welcomed us with a snowfall. The attendants were all wearing ski suits, attractive hats and a good mood. The atmosphere was joyful and the scene was picturesque. The stands offered information about services, promotions and news about apparel and skis or snowboards. Every year, experts find out about new materials, safety and fashionable colors, designs and patterns.
Contact: Secretaría Municipal de Turismo
Centro Cívico (8400) San Carlos de Bariloche, Río Negro, Argentina Tel: +54 294-429850
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