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 REPORT It's been another week of battling to open terrain at Argentinian ski areas with little or no fresh snow to report and most of the country's centres operating on a 10-40cm (4-16") base. Most, but not all, as sadly Las Lenas still has no snow cover at all and cannot open. Catedral (10/15cm / 4/6"), the biggest in South America by uplift, has battled to somehow open 20km of runs.

It posted pictures of staff manhandling large sheets covered in snow to fill gaps on the slopes to open upper mountain runs. On Sunday, it announced limited opening times to try to limit the use of the slopes and preserve the thin cover. Caviahue (30/45cm / 12/18") has the deepest reported base and 5km of runs open, about a third of its normal area.

Summary of forecast snowfall and ski conditions for resorts in Argentina. Fresh snow is forecast at 10 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

Resort
snow depth
top and bottom

on-piste

off-piste

Last Snow

Next 9 Days
0–3 | 3–6 | 6–9
snow (cm)
Next 5 days weather forecast.
Freezing level (m)
Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat

(4827m — 6960m)

clear clear clear clear clear
Mid station 5894 m
3150m 3150m 3100m 3150m 2900m

(1650m — 1740m)

snow report 3 days ago

3 cm
3 days ago
7
clear clear clear light snow part cloud
Mid station 1695 m
3950m 4250m 3100m 1400m 950m

(942m — 1020m)

snow report yesterday

5 cm
yesterday
2
6
part cloud part cloud snow showers snow showers part cloud
Mid station 981 m
550m 1150m 550m 200m 400m

(1647m — 2045m)

snow report yesterday

30
20
Packed powder or groomed snow 1 cm
3 days ago
8
clear clear part cloud part cloud light snow
Mid station 1846 m
4050m 4250m 3300m 2100m 1700m

(1149m — 1749m)

snow report yesterday

40
5
Packed powder or groomed snow 4 cm
3 days ago
10
clear part cloud rain showers light snow clear
Mid station 1449 m
3650m 4050m 2050m 950m 0m

(194m — 966m)

snow report yesterday

95
20
Icy
Varied
1 cm
2 days ago
4
9
2
part cloud part cloud part cloud snow showers cloud
Mid station 580 m
0m 600m 650m 0m 0m

(1132m — 2179m)

Cerro Catedral webcam
1
6
clear part cloud light rain light snow clear
Mid station 1656 m
3600m 4000m 1750m 850m 250m

(1251m — 1981m)

snow report yesterday

Chapelco webcam
25
10
Packed powder or groomed snow 1 cm
3 days ago
3
clear part cloud part cloud light snow clear
Mid station 1616 m
3750m 4100m 2550m 1200m 450m

(1347m — 1850m)

snow report 4 days ago

1 cm
4 days ago
1
1
part cloud part cloud light snow snow showers clear
Mid station 1598 m
2650m 3800m 1650m 750m 400m

(2240m — 3430m)

snow report 8 days ago

6 cm
8 days ago
clear clear part cloud clear part cloud
Mid station 2835 m
3600m 3700m 3700m 3000m 2650m

(1397m — 1550m)

snow report 3 days ago

1 cm
3 days ago
3
clear part cloud part cloud light snow clear
Mid station 1474 m
3750m 4100m 2550m 1200m 450m

(2580m — 3194m)

snow report 9 days ago

1 cm
9 days ago
clear clear clear clear clear
Mid station 2887 m
3350m 3300m 3100m 3150m 2950m

(2693m — 2985m)

snow report 9 days ago

1 cm
9 days ago
clear clear clear clear clear
Mid station 2839 m
3250m 3200m 3050m 3100m 2850m

(1343m — 1880m)

snow report 4 days ago

2 cm
4 days ago
2
3
part cloud part cloud light snow snow showers clear
Mid station 1612 m
2350m 3850m 1550m 600m 250m

(1000m — 2498m)

snow report 4 days ago

16 cm
4 days ago
14
27
clear part cloud mod snow light snow part cloud
Mid station 1749 m
3000m 3800m 1500m 300m 0m

(1000m — 1750m)

snow report 4 days ago

3 cm
4 days ago
2
7
clear part cloud light rain light snow clear
Mid station 1375 m
3500m 3950m 1550m 650m 0m

(2901m — 3301m)

1
clear clear clear clear clear
Mid station 3101 m
3650m 3650m 3850m 3800m 3200m