Striking Lifties Shut Down Bariloche, Argentina Ski Area

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In a phenomenon you'd never imagine seeing in the U.S., the lifties at Bariloche, Argentina's Cerro Catedral ski resort are on strike and have blocked access to the chairlifts. According to Argentine news outlet ANBariloche, the ski areas employees are demanding a 30% increase in wages, and have blocked entrance to the chairlift both yesterday and today.

Local police breaking up a tussle between striking lifties and ski instructors and shop owners furious about losing business. ANBariloche photo.

Local ski instructors and business owners, who operate independent of the ski resort, confronted the striking lifties today at the main six-pack lift, which quickly escalated into a fistfight that local police had to break up. Maybe Vail Resorts should step in?

Either way, with a big storm barreling down on the Andes right now, the timing couldn't be worse for skiers and riders.

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