Skiing in Bariloche
The low peaks and scenic views make this area of Argentina make for a fantastic ski destination
Still, arguably, one of the skiing destinations in South America, the region around Bariloche and further north is an ideal destination for those looking for a bit of the white stuff. One of the great benefits of basing yourself in this area of Argentina is that the ski slopes of both Cerro Chapelco and Cerro Catedral are relatively low and so it is easily possible to sleep by the waterside and ski during the day.
The Cerro Catedral offers probably the best skiing in the region and is located around a half an hour’s drive from the town of Bariloche. The peak itself is at 2,388m and so does offer a fairly wide range of slopes, from the more challenging at the top to the intermediate and beginner slopes, amongst the tree line, further down.
Due to its location one of the major benefits of skiing here is that, similar to Queenstown in New Zealand, you are offered outstanding views back to the lakes and hills of the Lake District, as you are skiing/boarding.
The resort itself is fairly busy during the main skiing months (from the middle of June through until the middle of October) but there are enough runs and lifts that it does not feel overcrowded.
Ski runs: 47
Standard: All levels, off-piste
Average temp: -5 to 10 Centigrade
Located to the north of Bariloche, just outside the town of San Martin de los Andes, Cerro Chapelco is slightly lower than Catedral, and also slightly smaller, but it still offers a great range for skiers. The main peak reaches around 1,920m, and, with a selection of 12 lifts, there are very few delays on the mountain.
The season on the mountain is the same as that of Catedral but, with fewer people, we tend to prefer this more intimate option if you are simply wanting to have a few days on the slopes. Remember, however, that it is a north facing resort and, as such, the snow is better earlier!!!
Ski runs: 22 – 3 black
Standard: All levels, off-piste, cross-country
Average temp: -5 to 0 Centigrade