The ski season in Argentina starts in July, reaches its peak in August and finishes at the end of September. The most important ski resorts in the country
are Cerro Catedral
in Mendoza and Chapelco
in San Martin de los Andes.
All ski resorts located on the Argentine side of the Andes, from Mendoza to
Tierra del Fuego, have slopes indicated for beginners, intermediate and advanced
skiers.The larger differences being in the advanced, with a wider variety
of designs and of course more difficulty due to the layout.
The province of Mendoza has several winter sports resorts. Mountains in this
area are higher than in Patagonia: Las Leñas resort, in the Mendoza
Andes, has an excellent reputation for the quality of powder snow, with its
valleys running North to South framed by large pieces of bare rock. Most slopes
are obstacle free. Los Penitentes is another resort in Mendoza, where beginners
can try to acquire experience at the base of the mountain, for the tracks
are designed close to the buildings that form its structure.
The province of Neuquen has a portion of the Andes where valleys run east
to west, with a tendency to narrowing. There the weather is more humid due
to the presence of the great lakes and the vegetation is more exuberant. The
tracks go through deep green forests that splash the snow.
Chapelco has excellent and well looked after slopes, with a complete infrastructure
that includes services in the mountains and good access from the cities. The
area located next to the Graef shelter is appropriate for a risk-free descent.
You can get there by cablecar. It is ideal for beginners for it has a series
of gentle slopes.
In Neuquen you will find Caviahue
resort, where you can combine ski and thermal waters in
the neighbor town of Copahue, at the base of the volcano after which it was named. This ski resort has a variety of slopes, good for all levels. Plus,
you have the option of practicing nordic ski on the sides of Copahue volcano or any other mountain of the region.
is one of the most recommended resorts of the Neuquen region for beginners,
even though it has slopes for every level. It has good snow conditions, beautiful and quiet surroundings, family atmosphere and affordable prices.
In Bariloche, Rio Negro province, you will find Cerro Catedral. It is the
oldest winter resort of Argentina and one of the most traditional. It is the
most important of South America due to the conditions of the slopes and the
variety of services.
It is skiers’ paradise, the snow conditions couldn’t be better
and it has modern means of elevation. The landscape is breathtaking with high
beech forest, crystal water lakes and the view of the Tronador and Challhuaco
mountains to complete the experience.
In the Province of Chubut you will find an old and small ski resort called La Hoya
It has good technology, excellent services and very affordable prices.
All the area is full of old legends related with the stories of the famous American gunmen Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
, who were in this
area running away from the law and doing what they pleased.
Tierra del Fuego has the perfect conditions for nordic ski, for its wide plain
covered in snow favour it.
Beginners in nordic ski will feel safe in the gentle slopes located on the
mountainous area of the island.
These winter sports resorts have elevation means.
Cerro Castor, Altos del Valle
, en la Ruta Nacional 3, Glaciar Martial, Francisco
Jerman, camino al Glaciar Martial, Haruwen, Las Cotorras, Solar del Bosque y Tierra Mayor.