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


ARGENTINA There's been some light to moderate snowfall across Argentina over the past few days with Cerro Castor (45/130cm), one of the world's most southerly major ski areas, now reporting the country's deepest base with 10cm of fresh. The continent's biggest ski area, Cerro Catedral (23/ 63cm) near the ski town of Bariloche, by contrast, has the lowest base in the country so far.

Although, as usual, there are more than twice as many runs (35) and lifts (25) open as anywhere else in the country. Caviahue (60/90cm) has posted the biggest snowfall accumulation since the weekend with 12cm (5 inches) of fresh snow.

Summary of forecast snowfall and ski conditions for resorts in Argentina. Fresh snow is forecast at 2 resorts. Powder is reported at 0 resorts and 0 are reporting good piste conditions.

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Recent Eyeball Snow Reports for Argentina

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Ski resorts of Argentina, alphabetically

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Weather Next 5 days weather forecast.
Freezing level (m)
Thu Fri Sat Sun Mon

(4827m — 6960m)

snow report 19 days ago

2 cm
19 days ago
6
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 5894 m
3050m 3400m 3150m 2200m 1850m

(1650m — 1740m)

snow report today

39 cm
today
66
31
partly cloudy
heavy snow
heavy snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1695 m
950m 900m 1300m 650m 700m

(942m — 1020m)

snow report 16 days ago

4 cm
16 days ago
5
1
snow showers
snow showers
partly cloudy
light snow
clear
Mid station 981 m
600m 350m 150m 250m 350m

(1647m — 2045m)

snow report 2 days ago

130
60
Packed powder or groomed snow 37 cm
today
37
38
clear
light snow
heavy snow
moderate snow
snow showers
Mid station 1846 m
1200m 1150m 1450m 900m 600m

(1149m — 1749m)

snow report 2 days ago

47
1
Packed powder or groomed snow 26 cm
today
80
25
1
light snow
moderate snow
heavy snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1449 m
1250m 1000m 1000m 700m 800m

(194m — 966m)

snow report 2 days ago

2 cm
2 days ago
1
6
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 580 m
300m 300m 100m 200m 150m

(1132m — 2179m)

snow report yesterday

Cerro Catedral webcam
65
15
Wet
Heavy
42 cm
today
73
28
1
light snow
moderate snow
heavy snow
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 1656 m
1200m 900m 850m 700m 700m

(1251m — 1981m)

snow report 2 days ago

Chapelco webcam
72
5
Packed powder or groomed snow 26 cm
today
61
19
light snow
heavy snow
heavy snow
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 1616 m
1100m 1050m 1100m 650m 600m

(1347m — 1850m)

snow report today

19 cm
today
36
5
1
light snow
snow showers
light snow
snow showers
clear
Mid station 1598 m
1150m 850m 550m 550m 650m

(2240m — 3430m)

snow report 2 days ago

55
25
Packed powder or groomed snow 6 cm
today
3
46
snow showers
snow showers
partly cloudy
snow showers
clear
Mid station 2835 m
2300m 2600m 2400m 1300m 1000m

(1397m — 1550m)

snow report today

16 cm
today
55
17
light snow
heavy snow
heavy snow
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 1474 m
1150m 1050m 1100m 700m 650m

(2580m — 3194m)

snow report 18 days ago

18 cm
18 days ago
12
partly cloudy
clear
clear
snow showers
partly cloudy
Mid station 2887 m
2850m 3200m 3000m 2050m 1700m

(2693m — 2985m)

snow report 18 days ago

17 cm
18 days ago
14
partly cloudy
clear
clear
light snow
clear
Mid station 2839 m
2900m 3250m 3000m 2050m 1700m

(1343m — 1880m)

snow report today

34 cm
today
62
12
3
light snow
snow showers
light snow
snow showers
snow showers
Mid station 1612 m
1100m 800m 450m 500m 650m

(1000m — 2498m)

snow report today

opens in 16 days 77 cm
today
157
70
6
moderate snow
moderate snow
heavy snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1749 m
1150m 1000m 750m 650m 750m

(1000m — 1750m)

snow report today

35 cm
today
59
27
1
light snow
light snow
moderate snow
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 1375 m
1200m 800m 600m 600m 500m

(2901m — 3301m)

snow report 19 days ago

4 cm
19 days ago
7
clear
clear
clear
snow showers
clear
Mid station 3101 m
2800m 3400m 3200m 2050m 1600m