Ar Ski Argentina

Along with Chile, Argentina is one of the two main South American ski destinations. Also like Chile it has a mixture of basic local ski centres and high calibre resort complexes – around 20 in total – initially attracting the local and international jet set, but now widening their scope to pull in dedicated northern-hemisphere skiers from all walks of life who can't face the limitations of glacier skiing for eight months of the year.

Unlike Chile, when you go to ski Argentina you’ll find the country has no major ski centres near to its major cities, although the town of Bariloche, which is closest to Cerro Catedral, has earned the nickname "Ski Town South America". Indeed with more than 40 lifts, more than half of them chairlifts and gondolas, it operates more lifts than any other ski resort on the continent and more chairlifts than any other ski area in the southern hemisphere.

Skiing in Argentina or Chile is the best choice for skiers who can cope with long haul flights but can't cope with a shortage of fresh powder snow. Along with Chile and New Zealand, Argentina ski resorts offer the best powder skiing opportunities in the Southern Hemisphere, with heliskiing available from most of the major resorts.

People began skiing in Argentina's at the first ski centre with lifts which was Catedral – although its first lift, ordered in the late 1930s from Italy, was delayed by World War 2 as the ship carrying it was lost in the Atlantic, a replacement arriving more than 10 years later.

Other ski areas, like Chapelco and Las Leñas are far more recent additions. The former was originally serviced when it opened in 1978 by what was at the time South America's only gondola lift and has worked with Vail Associates from Colorado on its design.

Las Leñas arrived five years later in the early 1980s and now rivals Catedral for the top spot in Argentinian skiing, benefitting from being far closer to capital Buenos Aires, only 120km (75 miles) away. It was the first South American area to offer World Cup ski races only a few years after opening, in 1985, and has built a reputation for high quality on and off the slopes.

Other Argentinian ski resorts of particular interest include Cerro Castor which is the world's most southerly 'proper' ski area since opening in 1999 with three quad chairs, near Argentina's famous southern tip of Tierra del Fuego. It is located 27km (17 miles) from the regional capital of Ushuaia City (South America and the world's most southerly city).

The same year the more basic Batea Mahuida Snow Park opened on the Mahuida Volcano. This is noteworthy as it was a cooperative enterprise by the indigenous Puel Tribe in the hope of maximising their natural assets and stemming the loss of their younger generation from the remote mountainous area. All 250+ members of the tribe have the same surname – Puel.

Good points in skiing or boarding Argentina are that the local people are very friendly and hospitable local communities. You also know you're on the snow when 98% of the world's resorts are shut through "lack of snow" which gives you a delightfully smug feeling inside.

There are world class resort amenities and facilities in the major resorts and also very reasonable prices away from the purpose-built complexes. Slopes are generally uncrowded with modern lift infrastructure at the larger resorts.
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Argentina: latest snow conditions round-up

Summary of forecast snowfall and ski conditions for resorts in Argentina. Fresh snow is forecast at 11resorts. Powder is reported at 2 resorts and 4 are reporting good piste conditions.

Recent Eyeball Snow Reports for Argentina

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Best powder (2)Best piste conditions (4)

Ski resorts of Argentina, alphabetically

Bottom Mid Top
Resort Webcam Top
snow depth
top and bottom
Good piste
on-piste
Powder
off-piste
Fresh snow depth
last snow
Fresh snow depth
next 9 days
0–3 | 3–6 | 6–9
snow (cm)
Weather Next 5 days weather forecast.
Freezing level (m)
Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

(4827m — 6960m)

1
clear
clear
clear
clear
light snow
Mid station 5894 m
3000m 3450m 3000m 3000m 2650m

(1650m — 1740m)

18
clear
clear
light snow
clear
clear
Mid station 1695 m
2050m 2000m 1500m 1100m 1150m

(942m — 1020m)

9
rain showers
light snow
snow showers
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 981 m
1450m 650m 450m 350m 1000m

(1647m — 2045m)

snow report 2 days ago

100
50
Packed 3 days ago
7
clear
clear
light snow
snow showers
partly cloudy
Mid station 1846 m
2350m 2700m 1750m 1500m 1200m

(1149m — 1749m)

snow report 2 days ago

55
15
Packed 2 days ago
37
1
partly cloudy
moderate snow
light snow
clear
snow showers
Mid station 1449 m
1600m 1700m 1150m 550m 750m

(194m — 966m)

snow report 9 days ago

90
40
Packed
Packed
4
2
3
rain showers
snow showers
snow showers
light snow
partly cloudy
Mid station 580 m
1350m 350m 100m 400m 600m

(1132m — 2179m)

snow report 2 days ago

80
20

Excellent

Powder
6 cm
3 days ago
34
2
partly cloudy
moderate snow
light snow
clear
snow showers
Mid station 1656 m
1500m 1450m 1100m 600m 900m

(1251m — 1981m)

snow report 12 days ago

110
50

Excellent

Powder
12 days ago
22
3
partly cloudy
light rain
snow showers
clear
light snow
Mid station 1616 m
1700m 1700m 1200m 600m 1000m

(1347m — 1850m)

snow report 3 days ago

90
40

Excellent

Powder
16 cm
3 days ago
19
partly cloudy
snow showers
light snow
clear
clear
Mid station 1598 m
1600m 1650m 1050m 450m 800m

(2240m — 3430m)

snow report 5 days ago

Las Leñas webcam
30
25
Wet
×
Not Enough Snow
11 days ago
4
clear
clear
clear
cloudy
clear
Mid station 2835 m
2900m 3400m 2800m 2550m 2550m

(1397m — 1550m)

17
3
partly cloudy
light rain
snow showers
clear
light snow
Mid station 1474 m
1750m 1750m 1250m 600m 1000m

(2580m — 3194m)

opens in 2 days
4
clear
clear
clear
clear
light snow
Mid station 2887 m
3000m 3450m 3050m 3150m 2800m

(2693m — 2985m)

snow report 33 days ago

35
25

Good
×
No snow
26 cm
33 days ago
5
clear
clear
clear
clear
light snow
Mid station 2839 m
2950m 3400m 2950m 3000m 2700m

(1343m — 1880m)

34
partly cloudy
snow showers
light snow
clear
clear
Mid station 1612 m
1600m 1600m 1000m 450m 650m

(1000m — 1750m)

29
1
1
partly cloudy
moderate snow
light snow
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1375 m
1650m 1700m 1100m 500m 800m

(2901m — 3301m)

1
1
clear
clear
clear
clear
light snow
Mid station 3101 m
3400m 3900m 3550m 3300m 2800m