A ski resort with terrain for all levels and closeby lodging, lots of apres ski activities and a good ski school make for great vacations on snow.
Bariloche: The Gateway To The Cerro Catedral Ski Area
San Carlos de Bariloche, also known as Bariloche, is a city in the province of Rio Negro, Argentina. It boasts an impressive setting on the shores of Lake Nahuel Huapi and is backed by the Andes.
Attractive stone buildings with balconies line the city streets and pretty squares. Evenings are an upbeat affair with a wealth of bars, restaurants, live music, and dancing.
The San Carlos de Bariloche Airport is the gateway to the popular, modern ski area of Cerro Catedral (also known as ‘Catedral Alta Patagonia').
Getting to Bariloche is easy: first fly to the Argentinean capital of Buenos Aires and then catch a connecting flight (there are four daily flights with Aerolineas Argentina (Austral), LAN Argentina, and American Airlines) to Bariloche. Alternatively, overnight buses from Buenos Aires are available and depart on the hour.
Bariloche is 30 kilometres (19 miles) away from Cerro Catedral. This close proximity means skiers can actually stay in the city and catch a bus (45 minutes) 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.
Cerro Catedral (1030m/3379ft) has access to 120 kilometres (75 miles) of terrain. Its 50 ski runs, suitable for beginners, intermediates, and advanced levels, are served by 38 lifts, including a modern bubble and six-seater chairlift. There's also a snowpark with rails, boxes, and ramps.
300 professional instructors with international certification offer lessons in different languages. Group and private lessons are available for Alpine skiing, snowboarding, carving, telemarking, Nordic skiing, and ski touring.
The southern side of Cerro Catedral offers hikes to the steep chutes and bowls of Punta Nevada and La Laguna on the backside. The extensive backcountry skiing benefits from easy access and exits and also has incredible views of the 3554-metre-high Mount Tronador.