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All of the staff at the mountain are very helpful. If someone can't speak English, they will find someone who can. Much better service than any US ski resort. Above tree line skiing is amazing. Trails that interconnect all parts of the mountain. Many snack, meal restaurants on the mountain, even at the top and not expensive for on mountain food service. Excellent trail markers which will keep you on the trail that is within your skiing ability. Most of all, it is a very beautiful ski mountain, fantastic views.... Full Review
The Catedral is a big place to go, cheap bus from bariloche city centre, short 1 hour trip, go and comes hourly. lot of tracks from begginer to professional. recomended place... Full Review
Catedral is the biggest resort in Argentina. The vistas of Lake Nahuel Huapi are incredible and the stegasaurus like ridgelines with granite spires piercing through the snow make Catedral one of the most aesthetic areas to ski. Lagunas is a sweet off piste zone. There are numerous on mountain refugios that are great to duck into for a coffee, or pastry or a full on decadent lunch.
Bariloche is a great adventure city with tons going on. There is much more to do near the city center than at the resort.
The downside to Catedral is it can get very busy. Don't expect the resort to get running early on a big dump day. Also the lower mountain is poorly designed, lots of criss-crossing trails. Catedral does have some decent tree skiing, but the best terrain is higher up the mountain. The amount of off piste terrain is enormous but beware this is a big avalanche zone with serious consequence.... Full Review
This is the best ski resort in South America. It is close to the city of bariloche which can be access from buenos aires by car, train, bus, plane. It got a lot of hotels (really good quality), restaurants ( excellent food), pubs. And it is full of goodies.
Over the weekend it gets crowded. I ski here for the first time.
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Bariloche – Cerro Catedral
You can tell a ski area with soul when you step outside of the car for the first time. Within the first few breaths. How do you know? I can’t really tell you. But, think about it. Some resorts are so “designed” that you feel the place was made by machines, for machines. So, when I pulled up in the dirt parking lot at Bariloche, something struck me deeply. Mountains towered above me, condors really do circle overhead at times, but it was the hodgepodge of new and old, heavy timbered structures with flashes of techno driven jumbo-trons blended with the multicultural effect of a country rich in variety of ethnicity and culture. Cerro Catedral…I will find out why it has that name. But I was instantly aware I was somewhere special. Oh goob...it means Cathedral Mountain and I can see why. My kind of religious icon - The Church of the Open Ski Slope.
You could say it was because I had been floating a river back home in Oregon only 48 hours earlier in the smack dab middle of the dog days of August. Transported almost painfully in a saga of airline overdose to this new world in Argentina. Well, new to me. People have been skiing in Bariloche for almost 100 years. The lucky ones live just down the valley along the shoreline of lago Nahuel Huapi, others make the pilgrimage from Buenos Aires for long weekend holidays or a weeklong family vacation. I was here to officiate ski races for the South American Cup (FIS) races and some national championship events.
The first lift I loaded was Condor 1, followed by Condor 2. We skipped Condor three to traverse into the next valley and snag a ride on a fairly modern Quad. They call their one six pack a Sextuple – yep sex to play. But, to give you the idea…Bariloche is a mix of new high speed lifts and a pile of European hand me down double chairs and t-bars. So when you read the resort has forty-four lifts realize that some of them mean you will be balancing your butt next to someone else who may just not be anywhere near the same height as you from butt to boot soles. Deal with it. Regardless of the transport method you will be wowed by the scenery at Bariloche.
Come here for the skiing, stay for the culture, and maybe even sneak in on some wild night life. I can sense it is possible, but my 7am lift ride each day for course inspection precluded that option.
I was housed at the memorable Knapp house…it took me a little bit of time to realize this was a reference to the von Trapp family ala the Sound of Music. Quality craftsmanship, euro style room configurations, and some goulash on the menu was the strongest hint of the reference. But, the beds were comfy, the showers hot, and the proximity to the lifts was a definite bonus.
The thing that strikes me about skiing in South America is that there is tons of laughter. Lots to be happy about in a place where simple fun reigns over keeping up with the Joneses. Old people here have deeply furrowed faces, but like James Buffet says…the wrinkles only go where the smiles have been.
Ski Bariloche and you will leave with more character lines than you arrived with.
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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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Estuve en la temporada 2007 , mucha nieve bastante gente.Mucha infraestructura en la base del cerro catedral, tome clases en la escuela mountain catedral, precios my accesibles y muy buen servicio, lo recomiendo ampliamente.Hay mas escuelas pero es la mas armada y mejor preparada , tiene clases para chicos con programas muy buenos , mis 2 hijos aprendieron mucho en una semana... Full Review
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