Monday, June 18, 2012

Magical Patagonia Chalet

As the temperature soars into summer where I am in North America, the temps are falling as ski season gets going in South America.  So, for a South American Ski House of the Day check out the magical Las Baitas Superior Ski Lodge in San Carlos de Bariloche, in the Patagonia region of Argentina.

The house is a charming 3-bedroom log and stone chalet:

It's got a nice semi-circle shaped balcony off of the second floor bedroom...and has a direct view of the ski trails from that balcony.  The arched entrance above the front door offers a nice welcome to this quaint chalet.  And that beautiful exterior stonework continues inside with a full stone wall in the living room...

...that merges into the cozy, warm fireplace.  Nice place to warm up after a few ski runs:

One of the things I like best about this chalet is this really inviting kitchen with its beautiful, unique stone and wood bar:
When a space is filled with so many curved lines and natural elements...I think it becomes so very welcoming and comfortable immediately.  The rental listing describes this chalet as having a magical environment, and because of features like this bar, I'd agree.  This curved stone bar, with plenty of wine glasses hanging within reach,  looks like a perfect spot for apres-ski socializing and maybe a glass of a local Argentinian wine:

One of the three bedrooms in this ski house is this one with colorful accents on a king bed:

...and another is this multi-bed room with a log-beamed ceiling on the second floor and connected to that great balcony above the front door (and, by the way, I like those ski pictures on the wall in this bedroom):

Las Baitas Lodge is located at Cerro Catedral Ski Area, one of the largest ski areas in South America with 62 miles (100 km) of groomed trails.  (Cerro Catedral is now open with a heavy snow in this week's forecast).  According to Powderhounds, this ski area has the largest lift-accessed terrain in South America, about half of which is off-piste, with good tree skiing and back-country chutes and bowls.

And this magical Patagonia ski chalet is just across the trails and only 100 meters from the ski lifts at the base.

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