Cerro Catedral Resort Reviews
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Visitor reviews for Cerro Catedral Ski Resort
September 30, 2016
John from United States
I skied there four days in September, 2016. Two of the days were sunny and warm, and two were very stormy with 18 inches of snow (good) and a lot of high wind (not so good, especially because the good skiing is mainly above treeline). On the two sunny days the snow was good with nice spring conditions, though it did get heavy later in the day on the last day, which was very warm. On the two stormy days the snow was good though rather heavy due to the relatively low elevation and late time in the season, but in wind and heavy snow visibility it can become impossible since you are above the tree line. There are plenty of nice intermediate (blue and red) runs and despite other comments I have seen the grooming seemed fine to me. Also, I thought the signage was as good as most places and I like the European and South American system of marking the edges of the runs with small signs; color-coded to the rating of the run. Wish U.S. areas would do that. The view at the top is the most spectacular of anywhere I have skied; think Telluride mountain scenery combined with Tahoe lake views. Definitely worth a trip but be aware of the visibility limitations on stormy days and of the fact that, unless you are really lucky, the lower half of the mountain is not skiable so you will need to ride up on the gondola or 6-pack chair to where there is snow, ski the upper mountain, then ride down again at the end of the day. Lots of good food and drink options both on-mountain and in the base village and of course pretty unlimited if you stay in the city of Bariloche.
Cerro Catedral Ratings
Overall: 3.5. Based on 137 votes and 250 reviews. Vote
(1) At least one overnight stop, (2) requires a whole day, (3) requires more than half a day – you may have time for a few turns (4) arrive by lunchtime and ski all afternoon, (5) there is a main airport within an hour of Cerro Catedral.
Public Transport: 3.6
(1) There are no buses or taxis to Cerro Catedral, (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.
(1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.
(1) No places to stay in/near Cerro Catedral, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.
Cheap Rooms: 3.6
(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.
Luxury Hotels: 4.0
(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Cerro Catedral.
Ski in/Ski out: 3.5
(1) The ski area is located far from any accommodation, (3) a free ski bus takes you to the ski area in a short trip, (5) Ski-in ski-out accommodation is available.
(1) There are no child care facilities at Cerro Catedral, (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.
(1) Occasionally gets enough snow for skiing, (2) is often closed due to a lack of snow, (3) occasionally suffers from a lack of snow, (4) rarely suffers from a lack of snow, (5) Cerro Catedral is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.
(1) Cerro Catedral relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.
Snow Grooming: 3.4
(1) There are no snow groomers at Cerro Catedral, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Cerro Catedral are groomed daily.
(1) there is nowhere to ski when it is windy or visibility is bad and lifts often shut, (3) there are some trees for poor visibility but main lifts sometimes close, (5) Cerro Catedral is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.
Nearby options: 2.4
(1) If snow conditions are poor at Cerro Catedral, it will be poor everywhere nearby, (3) there are good alternatives within an hours drive, (5) other locations on the same lift pass provide a rich variety of snowsure ski conditions.
Regional rating: 3.4
(1) Cerro Catedral usually has poor snow conditions compared to other resorts in region, (3) has average conditions for the region, (5) usually has the best snow conditions in the region.
Lift Staff: 3.6
(1) The staff at Cerro Catedral are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Cerro Catedral are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.
(1) the resort is always busy and there are usually long lift queues, (3) it is quiet apart from occasional weekends and school holidays, (5) it is uncrowded and lift queues are very rare.
Ski Schools: 4.3
(1) No ski schools available, (2) one or two ski schools but local language only, (3) a few ski schools but book early for multi-lingual instructors, (4) plenty of ski schools and multi-lingual instructors available, (5) excellent ski schools with friendly multi-lingual ski instructors.
Hire and Repairs: 4.2
(1) Nothing can be sourced, not even ski-wax or ptex. (3) there are some ski shops but rentals need to be booked in advance, (5) good quality ski equipment can be purchased or hired and overnight repairs are possible.
Variety of pistes: 4.1
(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Cerro Catedral has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.
(1) Beginners can only watch others ski and snowboard, (3) a few gentle slopes but beginners will get bored in less than a week, (3) Vast areas of gentle terrain.
(1) No intermediate terrain at Cerro Catedral, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.
(1) Nothing for advanced skiers and snowboarders, (3) enough steep terrain for a few days with some good offpiste, (5) Enough steep terrain and offpiste areas to entertain advanced skiers for at least a week.
Snow Park: 2.9
(1) Not even a kicker at Cerro Catedral, (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.
(1) No off-piste worth mentioning, (2) off piste is out-of-bounds, (3) some varied offpiste that stays fresh for one or two days, (5) a vast array of off-piste routes that can stay untracked for several days.
(1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around Cerro Catedral, (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.
(1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) Cerro Catedral has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.
Mountain Dining: 3.8
(1) Nowhere to buy food by the pistes, (3) some places to eat up on the mountain but they are often busy and expensive, (5) there is a variety of excellent mountain eateries right next to the slopes to suit all budgets.
(1) Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. (5) A wide variety of places to eat and drink in the resort, from fast food to fancy restaurants.
(1) Nothing to do, not even a bar, (3) there are a few bars in the resort but nothing special, (5) clubs and bars stay open until very late and have a friendly atmosphere.
Other Sports: 2.8
(1) No sports facilities at all apart from ski lifts, (3) resort has just a small public swimming pool, (5) resort has all kinds of sports facilities, including a full-size swimming pool.
(1) Besides the snow and walking there is nothing to do here, (3) the non-skier will find things to do for few days but may become bored after a week, (5) the resort area is a fascinating place to visit, regardless of winter sports.
Winter Walks: 3.0
(1) Very limited walking and no snowshoe trails, (3) a couple of designated scenic walking/snowshoe trails, (5) extensive and diverse winter walking trails for all abilities.
Ski Pass Value: 2.7
(1) A 1 week ski pass is overpriced compared to the number of lifts available, (3) the ski pass is averagely priced and covers a reasonable number of lifts, (5) ski passes are excellent value for money and cover a lot of lifts spanning a big area.
Value (National): 3.0
(1) Overall, Cerro Catedral is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the country and not worth the money, (3) overall represents average value for money, (5) overall offers the best value resort in the country.
Value (Global): 2.7
(1) Overall, Cerro Catedral is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the world, (3) overall it offers pretty average value for money compared to resorts from other countries, (5) internationally the resort offers excellent value for money.
August 07, 2016
Jack mayhoffer from Argentina
Absolutely beautiful resort but don't believe anything this website tells you about conditions.
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July 19, 2016
Guy from Argentina
Average. Rocks in snow at top. Hardly any snow at bottom. Half mountain open and all good areas inaccessible. Will never come back. Bad food, expensive and poor skiing.
August 03, 2015
Ken Stauffer from United States
Snowboarded there August 3-9, 2008 with the Lancaster Ski Club. It snowed 18" over 5 days before our arrival & had 12", 39", 4", 1" consecutive snow days during our stay. Our group stayed in Bariloche @ the Hotel Nevada. The conditions made this trip Incredible!
July 21, 2015
ronagliati from Brazil
I am sorry to start with this sentence. Sell or rent the ski resort for the Americans, Japanese, Chileans.
A huge mountain with the worst care of the company who takes care of the tracks and the safety of the people.
They don't prepare the tracks; as if they didn't have snowcats.
It snowed a meter and 80 cms on July 18th of 2015 and I destroyed my board on the 20th 'cause of the rocks on the tracks, not outside on the tracks.
I go sky early in the morning expecting good tracks but what I see is the worst work of the people responsible for the tracks.
Not only one track can be called a good one and just good.
The track Lynch used by the Argentinean alpine ski team is full of holes, moguls and huge imperfections. How can an alpine team practice on a place like this?
I am sorry, but I have to inform people who really want to ski safe about these bad aspects.
We don't travel abroad to suffer or see others suffering because the treatment Catedral Alta Patagonia gives to the terrain.
Bad sinalization is also a problem. If there is a rock on the track there is no sign at all. I am saying on the track.
The sight-seeing is amazing, the pleasure and safety you expect is the worst.
Won't talk about hotels, hosterias, restaurants, 'cause they are really good.
The public transport to the mountain, Cerro, is ok, not good, ok. Too much time waiting for the buses.
I have 30 years of ski and snowboard, i travelled around the world, not only in USA and Europe, but Chile and Argentina also, and Cerro Catedral is surreal. It should be but it is not, and the responsibility is with Catedral Alta Patagonia.
I won't talk about the ski lift chairs 'cause they are too old and too slow. They have the main ski lift called Express but it is not an express.
Sell or rent to another company who really can take care and transform Cerro Catedral in a place that can be compared with the Chilean ski resorts.
This information I have provided is for the people who really enjoy skiing and snowboard.
I hope this information can be useful in the present and in the future.
September 03, 2013
owain price from Argentina
Snow-forecast has been the forecast of choice for everybody in Cerro Catedral for the 9 seasons I have lived here but there is another way to know what's going to happen next - observe the Teros, a local plover like bird that nests on the ground. A pair have been nesting in the same spot in my front garden for 9 years. Every year the first warmish day in early August they show up, a sure sign a big snow storm is not far away. They come and sit right on the spot where they nest, even though its buried under up to a metre of snow (in 2006 .. we wish past couple of years). So if you aint got wi-fi observe the teros .. (see fotos for pic)
(note from the editor: amazing!)
September 01, 2013
S.A. from Argentina
Relacion precio calidad servicio. Es caro.
[note from the editor: post edited for the sake of relevance.}
May 31, 2013
Andrew from United States
Outstanding views, difficult to find something nicer. Regarding conditions of the pistes, they are quite good and well maintained.
The resort has everything you may need regarding facilities, food is good and prices are reasonable.
A must to try in South America.
September 14, 2012
alejandra gentil from Argentina
Beautiful landscapes and sightseeing! Dangerous young people out of control, disrespectful...alcohol should be forbidden! I didn't feel protected by the patrol (people skiing too fast, in intermediate areas).
August 21, 2012
Oswaldo Colombini Neto from Brazil
I have just returned from Bariloche and Cerro Catedral. Great place, wonderful food and lots of things to do.
The only bad thing is the weather and quality of snow
It's just too warm for a ski resort.
This year more than half of the resort is snowless and this in early August. What makes it even more sad is the fact that this is going to be worth every year until the closure of the resort. It is just too low for the place. They should have built the resort at Cerro Tronador which is much higher.
Another thing I did not like was the restrictions for skiers to take the big cable car until Punta Nevada. It makes no sense in Europe; most of the big ascents for skiers are made in closed lifts and that princess chairlifts are very scary and old