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 REPORT The end of season feel extends to Argentina where Caviahue decided to call it a day on its short 2020 season at the weekend. Despite this the snow has continued falling on Argentinian slopes, around 15cm (six inches) reported on Monday/Tuesday.

Catedral (55/190cm / 22/72”), near Bariloche, now has the most terrain open of any ski area in the world (45km of runs), although it was closed earlier this week by the weather. Cerro Bayo (50/300cm / 20/120”) has the deepest snowpack in the world at present.

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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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 10 days ago

8 cm
10 days ago
1
clear
clear
snow showers
snow showers
partly cloudy
Mid station 5894 m
3450m 3400m 3400m 3250m 3150m

(1650m — 1740m)

snow report 3 days ago

4 cm
3 days ago
clear
clear
partly cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 1695 m
1350m 3100m 2650m 1600m 1950m

(942m — 1020m)

snow report yesterday

3 cm
yesterday
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 981 m
550m 1500m 1250m 850m 900m

(1647m — 2045m)

snow report 3 days ago

opens in 287 days 3 cm
3 days ago
clear
clear
partly cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 1846 m
1600m 3250m 2950m 2550m 2400m

(1149m — 1749m)

snow report today

300
50
Spring snow 5 cm
yesterday
clear
clear
clear
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1449 m
1950m 2750m 1950m 1250m 1300m

(194m — 966m)

snow report today

12 cm
today
6
8
light snow
cloudy
cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 580 m
100m 0m 1000m 550m 300m

(1132m — 2179m)

snow report yesterday

Cerro Catedral webcam
165
40
Hard
Varied
6 cm
yesterday
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1656 m
1600m 2650m 1800m 1200m 1050m

(1251m — 1981m)

snow report today

270
40
Packed powder or groomed snow 1 cm
2 days ago
clear
clear
clear
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1616 m
2050m 2800m 2250m 1300m 1450m

(1347m — 1850m)

snow report yesterday

11 cm
yesterday
clear
clear
clear
clear
snow showers
Mid station 1598 m
1700m 2350m 1450m 1000m 900m

(2240m — 3430m)

snow report 3 days ago

opens in 283 days 1 cm
3 days ago
clear
clear
clear
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 2835 m
2750m 3400m 3350m 3000m 2850m

(1397m — 1550m)

snow report 6 days ago

11 cm
6 days ago
clear
clear
clear
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1474 m
2050m 2800m 2250m 1300m 1500m

(2580m — 3194m)

snow report 10 days ago

opens in 280 days 18 cm
10 days ago
clear
clear
clear
rain showers
partly cloudy
Mid station 2887 m
3250m 3200m 3250m 3050m 3000m

(2693m — 2985m)

snow report 10 days ago

18 cm
10 days ago
clear
clear
clear
rain showers
partly cloudy
Mid station 2839 m
3250m 3150m 3250m 3050m 2950m

(1343m — 1880m)

snow report yesterday

20 cm
yesterday
clear
clear
clear
partly cloudy
snow showers
Mid station 1612 m
0m 2400m 1300m 950m 850m

(1000m — 2498m)

snow report today

41 cm
today
1
2
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 1749 m
1900m 2600m 1350m 1000m 750m

(1000m — 1750m)

snow report yesterday

10 cm
yesterday
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1375 m
0m 2650m 1550m 1000m 900m

(2901m — 3301m)

snow report 10 days ago

5 cm
10 days ago
clear
clear
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 3101 m
3150m 3350m 3350m 3250m 3050m