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Pass From Mendoza, Argentina to Santiago, Chile CLOSED | Ski Arpa Comp Delayed

Pass From Mendoza, Argentina to Santiago, Chile CLOSED | Ski Arpa Comp Delayed

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Pass From Mendoza, Argentina to Santiago, Chile CLOSED | Ski Arpa Comp Delayed

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Stuck in a blizzard on overpass

The snow gods have finally decided to smile upon the South America stops of the Freeskiing World Tour, with over 80cm (3 feet) of new snow expected to fall between now and Thursday. But the new snow comes with a price.  Event organizers are already calling the first day of the comp a weather day, because

Visiting Arpa will not be possible until Friday for inspection day. This expected storm will bring low visibility and unsafe snow conditions; we encourage you to ski inbounds ski areas while Arpa is preparing for the competition.

Julia Jimmerson, MSI

This snow is very good news for MSI, after the Red Bull Powder Disorder Yielded only marginal conditions, flat light, and a cancelled second day.  You can check out a recap of that rather interesting Day 1 here.

Hopefully things will clear up and stabilize in time to make the competition happen. The forecast is looking like things should be opening up for Friday, but the forecast system in Patagonia is anything but reliable. 

With the wintery weather the pass through the Andes has also been shut down due to low visibility, and could quite potentially spell disaster for those trying to travel from Argentina into Chile. Officials are hoping the pass from Mendoza to Santiago will reopen tomorrow, but with a storm of this magnitude only Mother Nature will get to decide the fate of travel.  Pray for pow! (But not too much!!)

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