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Cerro Catedral, Alta Patagonia, Bariloche, Argentina

Internet: www.catedralaltapatagonia.com

39 lifts (18 chairlifts, 21 surface lifts), 2,964 acres, 3,168 vertical feet, 1 terrain park

Click here for trail map

Towering above the beautiful Lake Nahuel Huapi, the famous Catedral Alta Patagonia Bariloche resort is known today, as the Whistler of South America. Being 12 miles from Argentina’s top tourist destination, Bariloche, Catedral has transformed from the oldest ski area of Argentina into a modern, world class resort with the accommodations, restaurants, and facilities to please any taste. With in the boundaries of one of Patagonia’s most scenic national parks, the breath taking views and long, steep slopes around the mountain are what true rider’s dream of, especially during the months of July and August.

At the base of the mountain, the little ski town, Villa Catedral has a perfect blend of bars, restaurants, hotels, casinos, and malls that are steps away from the 6 major lifts that access the mountain in every direction. On any given day during the season, thousands and thousands of Argentines appear around 10:00 or 11:00 to hit the slopes with skills and with out.  With 39 lifts, Catedral Bariloche boasts to be able to transport 35,000 riders an hour, and during the high season. They actually do it. Most of the lifts have substantial lines during mid day, and therefore the slopes can get very crowded. On the main slopes extreme caution should be exercised at all times. With skiers and snowboarders flying down the slopes at all speeds, some New York highway driving skills are helpful to get down the mountain in one piece.

Child Care: Full day high/mid/low season $30/25/21, half day high/mid/low season $25/18/16.