Yes, there really are snow-capped mountains behind the hill. You can almost guess at where they are in the photo.
After last year’s disastrous season at Bariloche being completely ruined by the Chilean volcano, we were told that this season was perfectly clear. Imagine our surprise at seeing this view on our way into Bariloche. A year of planning and hoping was washed out in an instant.
The good news is that this was the worst hour of the worst day. It began improving immediately after we arrived. The wind was blowing from the northeast, which is an unusual wind direction. This raises up all the volcanic ash that has settled ‘downwind’ of rocks and ridges and brings it back again for another go. When the “proper” wave wind blows from the west, the air will be clear (the locals tell us.)