Combine the snowy wilds of the Andes with the lively urban scene of a South American city.
All international flights to Argentina arrive in the capital. A stopover in Buenos Aires at the beginning or end of your ski holiday actually helps with trip logistics: from here regular flights serve Bariloche and Malargue - the gateway airports to the ski resorts of Cerro Catedral and Las Lenas.
Buenos Aires is a European-style city with beautiful colonial architecture, old-world cafes, a frenzied nightlife, gourmet cuisine, large-scale shopping malls, cobbled streets lined with antique shops, and a dizzying choice of museums.
The historic Dorrego Square comes alive at weekends with performers, most notably tango dancers; tango music was born in the suburbs of the city. Popular night-time activities include touring the wine bars and taking in an opera at the famous Teatro Colón.
San Carlos de Bariloche is 30 kilometres (19 miles) from the popular Argentinean ski resort of Cerro Catedral (or ‘Catedral Alta Patagonia'). This close proximity means skiers can actually stay in the city and catch a bus to the ski resort, opening a wider choice of accommodation and nightlife.
From downtown Bariloche there are regular bus services to Cerro Catedral every 30 minutes provided by the Tres de Mayo company, with stops on Moreno Street, between Beschtedt and Palacios, and at the Civic Centre. It's a 45-minute bus ride from Bariloche to the ski resort.
Bariloche boasts an impressive setting on the shores of Lake Nahuel Huapi and backed by the Andes. Attractive stone buildings with balconies line the streets and pretty squares. Evenings are an upbeat affair with a wealth of bars, restaurants, live music, and dancing.
Santiago de Chile
Sergio Begue, founder and trip leader for Andes Ski Tours, says, "Santiago de Chile is the classic trip extension when skiing in Chile. Spending two or three days here will give guests the chance to explore the city, wine region, and even the beach resort of Vina del Mar."
El Colorado is a 45-minute drive from Santiago, giving skiers the option to stay in the city and catch a shuttle bus to and from the resort each day; $40 (USD) day return with Ski Total. Alternatively rental cars are widely available.
Santiago is one of Latin America's most modern metropolitan areas, with Spanish colonial architecture, wide tree-lined avenues, and a charming old district of Barrio Brasil. Chile's capital is known for its fine museums, artistic enclaves, and thriving café culture. The beautiful and extensive valleys surrounding the city give rise to famous Chilean wines.
Ski And City Packages:
Snowventures is offering the seven-night "Bariloche Ski Package" priced from $646 USD per person. It includes airport transfers; ski passes; mountain transfers; and lodging in a superior hotel in the town of Bariloche, just a short drive from Cerro Catedral. The price is based on two sharing a room. More information
cts turismo is offering the five-night "Ski Santiago" package priced from $428 USD per person. It includes five nights' lodging at a hotel in Santiago with breakfast; four full-day excursions to the ski resorts of Valle Nevado, Portillo, and El Colorado ski centres; and all transfers. The price is based on two sharing a room. More information