Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

July 25, 2010

Skiing at La Hoya

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My first day skiing in Argentina

I was not sure if I was going to go skiing today after my massive all day bus ride yesterday. But I managed to get up early, get dressed and catch the shuttle bus up to the mountain. I am staying at the Casa del Pueblo hostel, which is pretty cheap for 45 pesos or about twelve bucks a night. It is a bit of a madhouse with young Argentinian skiiers holidaying and having lots of fun. Well I got up the mountain and bought a day ticket for 140 pesos which is about forty to fifty dollars. I just wanted to get up the mountain and suss it out to see if it is worth staying here for a couple of months. It is pretty massive with the lifts in a big bowl with slopes all around in a big semi-circle.

La Hoya
My first day skiing in Argentina

I took it pretty easy at first as I have only skiied about four days in the last couple of years. The slopes were pretty icy first thing in the morning because the sun had not hit the pistes yet. I just skied down the double chair, taking the easy way down and just taking it pretty gentle. I think there are about five chairs and a few T-bars and these pomas scattered around the place. I did not go exploring but stayed on the same pistes. I might leave that for another day when I feel a bit more confident.

The Andes
A view of the Andes from La Hoya ski resort

I met lots of nice people who are very friendly. I am enjoying it very much. Sometimes I have difficulty with the language but I manage to flounder along and express my needs somehow or other. I am trying to learn Spanish but it is very slow and painful. Que lastima!

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