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Bariloche International: 22 km
(13 mi)
Top: 2,180 mts. (7,153 ft.)
Bottom: 1,030 mts. (3,378 ft.)
Vertical Drop: 1,150 mts. (3,773 ft.)
120 km of groomed trails.
1 High speed detachable.
1 Quad + 1 Double.
From mid-mountain to the base.

Easy. Ski off to the right of Condor chair or the laguna T-bar.

Most developed ski resort in South America.

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Cerro Catedral Ski Resort is the most traditional ski area in the Andes. As the first ski resort in operation – it was founded in 1939 – this place set the standard for skiing in South America being today the most developed resort with 40 lifts and 120 km of groomed trails.

It is located in northern Patagonia only minutes away from the beautiful city of Bariloche. Known as the Argentinean Switzerland Bariloche and the Lake District are unforgettable featuring lakes, forests, volcanoes and a trully unique arquitecture. Also several flights a day connect this city with Buenos Aires.

As the resort base altitude is not really high for the area – 1,030 mts. – snowmaking facilities have been installed in recent years and several new lifts are serving more efficiently the upper part of the mountain.
As a lower resort than the ones located at the Central Andes the snow here is sometimes a bit more humid and heavy but the skiing is fantastic as well. The views of the Gutierrez and Nahuel Huapi lakes from the slopes are nothing but amazing.

Cerro Catedral Ski Resort may be considered as an intermediate-advance resort but it also features some excellent black runs and really fun inbounds off-piste terrain. This is the largest skiable area in the Andes offering tree skiing.

Thanks to the recently opened Laguna T-bar a super fun off-piste area can be accessed. This side of the mountain holds excellent snow conditions.

When it comes to backcountry exploration it is highly recommended to hire a guide in advance as the gates are not marked and the exit zones are not easily visible from the resort.
A really important highlight in Cerro Catedral is the terrain park. Designed and managed by on of the top snowboarders in South America this park offers several rails, boxes, jumps and stairs. There is also a big air and a broder cross course.

We usually recommend to ski Cerro Catedral around July or early August as snow conditions are excellent  and temperatures are low. The season usually runs from mid-late June to early October. If you decide to come around June or even early July you will have a few chances of not having enough snow at the base area but this won´t be a problem as skiers usually ski from mid mountain to the top where the most lifts are located.
The last two weeks of July are holidays meaning more skiers will be there with you but again thanks to a really well developed lift system the waiting times are pretty short.

We really enjoy skiing in August as the mountain holds excellent snow, the snowpack is thicker and the lines are almost non-existent. The last big snowfall of the year – Santa Rosa coming around August 30th – leaves 2 or 3 feet of new snow which will change into spring conditions by mid September. In a good year you will be able to ski corn by October 12th.

Cerro Catedral offers a wide variety of accommodation as well as restaurants, bars and discos. As it is located near the city of Bariloche there are three main areas for guests to stay at.
he first option would be spending your stay at the base of the slopes where several hotels and lodges are available. Staying here means a short walk to the lifts and a quite area after skiing. Even when there are a couple of restaurants open at night most guests staying here have dinner at the hotel.

The second area to stay at is downtown Bariloche. With many lodging facilites, restaurants, bars, casino, shops and more this is the place for those looking for a more active life after skiing. For some the downside is the short ride to the slopes.

And the third area is the one located along the Nahuel Huapi lake shore. The main road – Avenida Bustillo – offers a wide variety of beautiful lodges including the famous Llao Llao Hotel Golf & Spa resort. This is home in some of our tours. By staying at this area you choose a really special location – usually half way from both the slopes or downtown Bariloche – and the views of the lake and the surrounding mountains.

Of course skiing and snowboarding are the main atractions during the day but hang gliding and snowmobiling are available during the season. Lifts run from 9 am to 5 in the afternoon but fun activities at the base area go on for another hour or so.

The plan usually includes a drink after skiing, a relaxing moment before dinner – which most Argentinean usually take from 9 pm until midnight – and bars, casinos and discos before bed time.
As Bariloche is a year-round destination there are many non-skiing activities available from traditional excursions to adventure 4WD vehicle rides over the snowed mountains. Sailing the Nahuel Huapi lake is another memorable experience here.
When shopping in Bariloche don´t forget to stop by at one of the many local chocolate houses.

Bariloche, head of the Lake Distric in the Argentinean Patagonia, offers the best sceneries in the Andes. Surrounded by incredible mountains and volcanoes this city has a lot to offer.
When it comes to skiing we would recommend this mountain to intermediate and advanced skiers and snowboarders. We also recommend this mountains to experts looking for a taste of Patagonia and skiing here for a few days only.

This place is also excellent for those looking to combine skiing with traditional leisure travel. And keep in mind this could easily be one of the most romantic destinations all over the Andes.
We strongly recommend spending a few days in Bariloche and a few more days skiing in any of the Central Andes resorts. This way you will get to ski the best in South America.

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