Argentina is a beautiful and wonderful country, full of amazing sights and experiences. There’s no shortage of reasons to visit South America’s silver treasure trove, and winter sports enthusiasts will find perhaps the most exciting reason of all: Argentina has ski resorts for everyone. tastes and all levels of experience, a place where thrill seekers can come to make the most of the snowy landscapes and thrilling Andean mountains
When to go skiing in Argentina?
Yes, while Switzerland may have some of the most famous ski resorts in the world, Argentina is here to challenge its place as the ultimate winter destination. Ideal for true winter lovers or, alternatively, for those who hate summer, the winter season in the southern hemisphere is reversed, from June to September. Don’t go looking for snow in Argentina in December!
The best times to go skiing in Argentina are from late June to late September or early October (depending on the mountain, the winter season can be longer), when snow is practically guaranteed.
What are the best ski resorts in Argentina?
From new and up-and-coming resorts to tried-and-true historic resorts, Argentina has something for every skiing desire and need.
Cerro Cathedral – Bariloche
First, let’s get rid of the obvious: Bariloche is Argentina’s most popular winter destination, and for good reason; one of the main ones near Cerro Catedral, a picturesque mountain that is home to the largest ski center in Argentina – and South America. Cerro Catedral has 53 ski, snowboard, and downhill ski runs for all skill levels.
The structure is suitable for families with children and seasoned skiers, with many restaurants, accommodations and slopes that remain open even during the summer. From the top of Cerro Catedral, the breathtaking view of beautiful Lake Nahuel Naupi is sure to make a lasting impression.
Las Lenas – Mendoza
The site of the 1990 Pan American Winter Games, Las Leñas, in the province of Mendoza, is one of the most important South American cities for winter sports. The ski area culminates at more than 3,000 meters above sea level, with a drop of 1,200 meters; as such, its slopes are revered by skiers, locals and visitors alike.
Las Leñas has 29 varied and marked snow slopes for different levels of skiing, courses for children and adults, a wide range of rentals, large off-piste areas for extreme skiing and a snowpark. Beyond that, five-star mountain hotels, nightclubs, a lively foodie scene and casinos make Las Leñas the perfect place to get the most out of your ski vacation.
Cerro Chapelco – San Martin De Los Andes
20 km from the charming town center of San Martín de Los Andes and overlooking beautiful Lake Lácar, Cerro Chapelco is often a strong contender for Argentina’s best ski resort. With a state-of-the-art structure, Cerro Chapelco has 28 ski slopes of different difficulty and more than 1600 hectares of ski area. Ski and snowboard lessons are available for athletes of all ages.
Beyond skiing and snowboarding, Cerro Chapelco also offers sledding (with huskies), snowshoe hikes, and snowmobile rides. It has become famous for its 5-star accommodations and charming après-ski options, including traditional Andean restaurants and handicrafts.
Cerro Bayo – Villa La Angostura
On the edge of beautiful Nahuel Huapi Lake, Cerro Bayo Ski Boutique is an extremely fun stop. Just 9 km from the charismatic Villa la Angostura mountain village, Cerro Bayo attracts visitors from all over to take advantage of its skiing facilities, with 6000 meters of uninterrupted slopes and freestyle snowboard runs, and over 1500 meters of off-piste ski areas. trail in between unique Andean forests.
Argentinian wine and cheese spreads and traditional empanadas are winning après-ski treats, and at Villa la Angostura visitors will find an exciting mix of cool bars, fun shops and cozy restaurants to visit after a day. skiing day.
Caviahue – Copahue
Have you ever thought of skiing on a volcano? Well, Caviahue has it all. In the heart of Patagonia and bordering Chile, the ski resort of Caviahue is the base of the – still active! – Copahue Volcano, right next to the crystal clear Copahue Lake. With 1000 hectares of skiable area, Caviahue has 20 slopes for four different levels of experience, with freestyle slopes, as well as a ski school structure.
The ski resort has rentals, parks, hotels and accommodations, but visitors can also stay in the small town nearby. Beyond skiing, Caviahue offers guided hikes amid the South American pine forest (Pehuenes or Araucarias), dog sledding and hot springs.
Cerro Castor – Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego
And finally, why not a ski resort at the end of the world! The southernmost ski resort on the planet, the state-of-the-art Cerro Castor Ski Resort is one of Ushuaia’s top attractions and hosts the Freestyle Slopestyle World Cup. Like Caviahue, Ushuaia has a longer ski and winter sports season (June – October) due to its colder temperatures and proximity to the interesting continent of Antarctica – which also ensures an impressive area of smooth and thick snow, perfect for cross-country skiing.
Cerro Castor has 31 runs for all levels, as well as extensive off-piste ski areas for more experienced skiers. Beyond skiing and snowboarding, other winter activities such as ice skating, sledding and snowmobiling are very popular, as well as hiking and sightseeing through the snowy landscapes of Tierra del Fuego. The mountains also have a varied gastronomic offer for après-ski and tax-free shopping in Ushuaia.