36 Hours Later…And Now In Ushuaia

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Sam Bass psyched to have made it to Ushuaia, Argentina.

Wow…36 hours of non-stop traveling…and now I’m here in Ushuaia with an amazing group of people. It was very cool to see the group size heading to Antarctica slowly grow from just three of us flying out of Jackson, to larger numbers rendezvousing in Atlanta…and increasing even more in size in the Buenos Aries airport.

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Mountain views out of the plane flying into Ushuaia.

views-out-of-el-calafateI’ve probably only slept about 3-4 hours during all the fights (even after taken Ambian), but I’m so fired up to ski )as well as getting here with all my luggage) that I’m sitting here with a bottle of classic Argentinean malbec and unable to sleep even though I should be exausted. The scenery in Ushuaia is so amazing as well and I could easily see how one could disappear down here…forever. I hope to get out to stretch the legs and ski tomorrow on some of the terrain just out of town as it’s about a five minute drive to get on the glacier.

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Looking towards Patagonia from El Calafate.

I also met my roommate for the Antarctica cruise today, Sam Bass, an editor for Skiing Magazine and he seems like a great guy, and I’m sure we will have some good laughs together on the ship. Big thanks to Doug Stoup and IceAxe.TV for putting this whole thing together, as I’m sure it will be a time to remember for all. Ciao for now. –RandoEsteban.

10 Comments

10 Responses to “36 Hours Later…And Now In Ushuaia”


  1. 1 gringo Nov 3rd, 2009 at 5:01 am

    Holy Endless, skinny, long shots Batman! just the one photo form the airplane has more lines in it than the entire Titty Range…almost. Looks like a mix between the Central Alps and the Chugach.

  2. 2 randosteve Nov 3rd, 2009 at 5:06 am

    no doubt g! and i’m pretty sure most of those canyons/draws come from right out of town…or darn close to it. ushuaia is actually a pretty big town, but i haven’t seen a mcdonalds yet…so it’s still got a long way to go.

    t-minus 1 hour until skiing…and it can’t come quick enough. :)

  3. 3 Dav Nov 3rd, 2009 at 6:51 am

    Tell Sam way to go on the Red Sox hat! Snow conditions look good above Ushuaia.

  4. 4 Dave V Nov 3rd, 2009 at 9:01 am

    Have fun down there Romeo! I heard the snow pack is thick in them there hills down there!
    DV

  5. 5 Ian Nov 3rd, 2009 at 10:25 am

    That Sam character is bad news. Make sure he wears a helmet…good thing there aren’t many tress down there he might center punch with his forehead.

  6. 6 randosteve Nov 3rd, 2009 at 11:01 am

    Will do Dav. Good skiing today…variable…and man that wind sure come in hot!!! Luckily it’s not too chilly.

    Thanks Dave. Those that were here last year say there is definitely more snow this year. You can ski more or less to the base of the lift up by the glacier.

    Thanks for the heads up about Sam Ian…but he did buy me a beer last night, so he’s still got 5 stars in my book. :)

  7. 7 Stan Nov 3rd, 2009 at 12:10 pm

    Have a good trip down there Steve. Looks like they had a good ski season this year.

  8. 8 mombass Nov 3rd, 2009 at 12:22 pm

    OH MY GOZOOMBAYIES
    love you BOY!

  9. 9 Sky Jun 9th, 2010 at 7:26 pm

    Is November the time to go there since it is so far south? Any idea how it is in late August? Thanks!

  10. 10 randosteve Jun 10th, 2010 at 5:40 am

    sky…i’m not completely sure what it is like in late august, but my guess there is more snow that time of year, but less sun.one thing i would bet money one though…is that there will be some great skiing to be had.

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