Related Regions: Argentina, Bariloche, South America, Southern Hemisphere

Cerro Catedral Alta Patagonia Resort Reviews

by: southamerica - 5th June 2008

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  • 4All-Mtn. Terrain
  • 5Family Friendly
  • 4Aprés Ski
  • 3Terrain Park
  • Overall Value

Full review

Bariloche and its ski resort Cerro Catedral have undergone huge changes the past few years. I remember the first time I went in 2002 I thought it was horrible and it was extremely poorly organized with it being 2 seperate mountains and 2 seperate lift passes and companies. In 2004 this all changed and became one interconnected mountain owned by Alta Patagonia who began a "modernization plan" spending millions adding new lifts, infrastructure on the hill and at the base. One great thing about Cerro Catedral is that most of the time when it snows you can normally ski here as there are trees as compared to the high alpine resorts further north. There is actually a the large town of Bariloche with a multitude of restaurants, shops, restaurants at lower prices than isolated ski resort prices. There is also lots of non skiing things to do in town, and also do lake cruises or hikes around the mountains and beautiful surrounding lakes. Bariloche also has a lot of different accommodation options hotels, apartments, cabins, private homes at the base, downtown, and in between. One downfall to Cerro Catedral is that it is at lower elevation so sometimes you can get wet snow and the occasional rainy day. This does not always happen but is known to sometimes. However, Bariloche has had the best snow of all the resorts in South America 2005-2007. The terrain here is not definitley not as advanced/experts like at resorts like Las Lenas. You do not have these huge, long couloirs and steep chutes that Las Lenas has.It can also really get busy during school holiays high season in mid to late July. You do have some steep parts and you can do 5 minute hikes up to some steeper terrain in between rocks at the top and traverse 10-15 minutes to the out of bounds Laguna area to the left side of the resort. Bariloche has definitely gotten busier over the years with no real low season, but is a beautiful place and still not only one of my favorite places to ski, but favorite place just to walk around, eat and go out.

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