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 The excellent winter of 2019 continues in Argentina where the healthy bases were regularly top[ed up again through the past week with some nice moderate snowfalls - enough to give a good layer of powder on the slopes but not enough to cause any operational difficulties! Cerro Castor (75/200cm) is posting the deepest base in the country still and has all of its terrain open but all of Argentina's areas are fully open, or very nearly so.

Cerro Catedral (40/105CM), THE largest area by uplift posted a ‘winter wonderland' image on Saturday morning after 10cm of fresh snow there and even Las Lenas (25/55cm)

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

All resorts

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)
Sat Sun Mon Tue Wed

(4827m — 6960m)

snow report 4 days ago

12 cm
4 days ago
1
clear
snow showers
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 5894 m
3400m 3200m 3650m 4150m 3950m

(1650m — 1740m)

snow report 3 days ago

4 cm
3 days ago
37
11
1
partly cloudy
rain showers
light snow
cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1695 m
2050m 2000m 1800m 2900m 2350m

(942m — 1020m)

snow report 17 days ago

2 cm
17 days ago
1
7
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
snow showers
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 981 m
1150m 850m 600m 700m 400m

(1647m — 2045m)

snow report yesterday

150
115
Packed powder or groomed snow 2 cm
3 days ago
29
9
1
light rain
partly cloudy
moderate snow
cloudy
heavy rain
Mid station 1846 m
2300m 2300m 2300m 3150m 2800m

(1149m — 1749m)

snow report yesterday

120
6
Packed powder or groomed snow 1 cm
today
25
13
moderate snow
light rain
light snow
light rain
moderate snow
Mid station 1449 m
1700m 1650m 1650m 1800m 1750m

(194m — 966m)

snow report 7 days ago

2 cm
7 days ago
7
9
4
cloudy
partly cloudy
snow showers
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 580 m
1100m 600m 400m 400m 250m

(1132m — 2179m)

snow report 2 days ago

Cerro Catedral webcam
11 cm
2 days ago
33
16
moderate snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1656 m
1650m 1450m 1550m 1600m 1600m

(1251m — 1981m)

snow report yesterday

Chapelco webcam
185
20
Packed powder or groomed snow 4 cm
3 days ago
26
15
snow showers
light rain
snow showers
partly cloudy
moderate snow
Mid station 1616 m
1750m 1700m 1700m 2200m 1850m

(1347m — 1850m)

snow report 2 days ago

3 cm
2 days ago
14
13
light snow
cloudy
snow showers
snow showers
snow showers
Mid station 1598 m
1600m 1450m 1450m 1350m 1500m

(2240m — 3430m)

snow report yesterday

55
20
Packed powder or groomed snow 8 cm
2 days ago
6
clear
partly cloudy
rain showers
clear
clear
Mid station 2835 m
3150m 2850m 3200m 3800m 3500m

(1397m — 1550m)

snow report 3 days ago

4 cm
3 days ago
22
9
snow showers
light rain
snow showers
partly cloudy
moderate snow
Mid station 1474 m
1750m 1700m 1700m 2200m 1850m

(2580m — 3194m)

snow report 2 days ago

2 cm
2 days ago
clear
partly cloudy
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 2887 m
3250m 3050m 3450m 3950m 3750m

(2693m — 2985m)

snow report 2 days ago

2 cm
2 days ago
clear
partly cloudy
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 2839 m
3250m 3050m 3450m 3950m 3800m

(1343m — 1880m)

snow report 2 days ago

4 cm
2 days ago
26
27
moderate snow
cloudy
snow showers
moderate snow
snow showers
Mid station 1612 m
1500m 1350m 1250m 1150m 1300m

(1000m — 2498m)

snow report today

1 cm
today
73
57
heavy snow
light snow
snow showers
moderate snow
moderate snow
Mid station 1749 m
1600m 1300m 1150m 1300m 1400m

(1000m — 1750m)

snow report 2 days ago

6 cm
2 days ago
29
11
moderate snow
light snow
snow showers
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1375 m
1650m 1500m 1450m 1500m 1550m

(2901m — 3301m)

snow report 4 days ago

5 cm
4 days ago
clear
clear
clear
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 3101 m
3400m 3050m 3650m 4150m 4050m