Stay...in the charming city of Bariloche, population 100,000.
Ski...on sunny pistes next to Gothic cathedral-looking spires.
Travel...by flying right into the San Carlos de Bariloche airport.
Enjoy...stunning views of the Nahuel Huapi Lake from the slopes.
Explore...Bariloche, a unique little city offering local traditions mixed with Swiss influences.
Taste...incredible local cuisine and famous Argentine wine.
Experience...shopping, snowmobiling, sight-seeing, snowshoeing, snow tubing and more.
Located in Argentina's northern Patagonia region, Bariloche is a small city that serves as the gateway to the country’s renowned ski area, Cerro Catedral. Cerro Catedral is named for the Gothic cathedral-looking granite spirals that sit atop the mountain. As a South American heavy-hitter and the largest lift-accessed ski area in that part of the world, Cerro Catedral will meet, and exceed, every modern ski resort standard. The resort recently underwent a several million dollar facelift, on both chairlifts and infrastructure. Cerro Catedral is distinguished as one of the only South American ski resorts with a true base village. The base village provides about 5,000 beds that are namely ski in, ski out, or slopeside hotels. Plus, it offers a respectable variety of restaurants, shops and bars to suite any après-ski interests.
The city of Bariloche can accommodate 20,000 guests with ranging from budget lodges five-star hotels. Located just eight miles from Cerro Catedral, Bariloche’s proximity, and its own airport, is part of what makes it a convenient and hassle-free South American ski vacation. Plus, it provides vacations with the opportunity to ski and to explore the city, and even Lake Nahuel Huapi, all in one day. No other Argentinean ski area can match Bariloche in nightlife, dining, cinemas, theater, or its eight discos and a casino.
Bariloche is an attractive small city with a little more than 100,000 people. The Swiss influences are apparent in its chalet-style buildings and chocolate shops. The city offers contrasting—and stunning—views of the gorgeous Lake Nahuel Huapi and the Andes. Bariloche serves as the epicenter to several other Argentina ski resorts, including Cerro Bayo, Cerro Chapelco and Perito Moreno ski area.
Skiers who crave powder fields and spectacular scenery, must ski from atop Cerro Catedral ski resort’s dramatic Piedra del Condor, or Stone of the Condor, peak. Here there are wide-open snow fields and long gullies, all above the timberline, making it a prime locale for the best snow conditions.
Bariloche skiing offers terrain for all levels of ability, but experts and adventure-seekers will be pleased to know that half of Cerro Catedral’s 3,000 acres is off-piste/backcountry terrain, accessed from the new La Laguna chairlift. Renowned for tree-skiing and aforementioned backcountry chutes and bowls, Cerro Catedral is best suited to intermediate and expert skiers and snowboarders, but offers beginner skiers plenty of options. Freestyle skiers and snowboarders will be happy with the terrain park offerings on a Bariloche ski vacation, too.
Pire Hue & Cerro Catedral Are WonderfulWe had a really amazing experience and recommend very highly both the lodge and ski area .
Weather bad / Cerro Catedral customer service worseIf I could leave a ZERO star rating I would. The weather which is out of everyone's control was really bad even though we were in the middle of ski season. Snow coverage was poor throughout the mountain and probably should have been closed on one or more days of our ski pass which ran from 7/12 to 7/14. Cerro Catedral would not offer an exchange (for a later date), a credit, or a refund. Their attitude was "if one trail is open", the mountain is open and too bad. Customer service like this would last one minute in the United States and the mountain would close in one season! Feel bad for people who have little or no other choices to ski - thankfully, we have so many great choices in the US and I will NOT travel to South America to ski again. Only reason I was there was to visit my daughter who was studying abroad in Buenos Aires and feel blessed and fortunate that I got to spend quality time with her. The town of Bariloche is quite nice, especially the town centre and the scenery throughout this area is spectacular. Too bad the ski experience did not match the great rest of the trip!