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 It has been colder and at times snowier in Argentina's mountain resorts in recent days with subzero temperatures, previously just down in the far south, the norm since the weekend across most ski areas. There's been snowfall too and it is still falling at some areas with temperatures dipping to 10 degrees below freezing overnight at times. Unfortunately, at the present time, there's no sign of when Argentina's lockdown will ease enough for ski areas to be able to open for their 2020 seasons.

Normally, they would begin opening in the latter half of June.

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

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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)
Fri Sat Sun Mon Tue

(4827m — 6960m)

snow report 2 days ago

3 cm
2 days ago
1
clear
clear
clear
light snow
cloudy
Mid station 5894 m
2800m 3150m 2300m 2250m 2350m

(1650m — 1740m)

snow report 3 days ago

5 cm
3 days ago
5
28
49
partly cloudy
snow showers
snow showers
snow showers
snow showers
Mid station 1695 m
1500m 1500m 1450m 950m 650m

(942m — 1020m)

snow report yesterday

9 cm
yesterday
2
6
clear
partly cloudy
light snow
partly cloudy
snow showers
Mid station 981 m
1050m 800m 700m 300m 300m

(1647m — 2045m)

snow report 2 days ago

opens in 21 days 4 cm
2 days ago
3
9
42
partly cloudy
snow showers
snow showers
moderate snow
clear
Mid station 1846 m
3200m 1750m 1800m 1300m 900m

(1149m — 1749m)

snow report 2 days ago

opens in 15 days 9 cm
2 days ago
6
33
34
partly cloudy
snow showers
partly cloudy
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1449 m
1300m 1250m 1150m 950m 850m

(194m — 966m)

snow report yesterday

6 cm
yesterday
1
11
3
rain showers
light snow
partly cloudy
snow showers
partly cloudy
Mid station 580 m
850m 550m 350m 150m 0m

(1132m — 2179m)

snow report 2 days ago

Cerro Catedral webcam
7 cm
2 days ago
6
27
32
partly cloudy
snow showers
partly cloudy
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1656 m
1250m 1200m 950m 750m 700m

(1251m — 1981m)

snow report 2 days ago

Chapelco webcam
opens in 15 days 7 cm
2 days ago
4
21
30
partly cloudy
snow showers
clear
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 1616 m
1350m 1300m 1100m 800m 650m

(1347m — 1850m)

snow report 3 days ago

1 cm
3 days ago
1
14
10
partly cloudy
snow showers
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1598 m
2200m 1150m 900m 750m 750m

(2240m — 3430m)

snow report yesterday

opens in 389 days 21 cm
yesterday
4
clear
clear
partly cloudy
cloudy
clear
Mid station 2835 m
3200m 2600m 1800m 1550m 1800m

(1397m — 1550m)

snow report 2 days ago

6 cm
2 days ago
4
20
27
partly cloudy
snow showers
partly cloudy
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 1474 m
1400m 1300m 1100m 800m 700m

(2580m — 3194m)

snow report yesterday

opens in 22 days 13 cm
yesterday
1
clear
clear
clear
light snow
cloudy
Mid station 2887 m
2700m 2950m 2150m 2050m 2200m

(2693m — 2985m)

snow report yesterday

14 cm
yesterday
1
clear
clear
clear
light snow
cloudy
Mid station 2839 m
2750m 2950m 2150m 2050m 2250m

(1343m — 1880m)

snow report 3 days ago

3 cm
3 days ago
3
31
21
rain showers
snow showers
partly cloudy
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 1612 m
2050m 1100m 800m 650m 650m

(1000m — 2498m)

snow report 3 days ago

15 cm
3 days ago
21
91
86
snow showers
snow showers
snow showers
snow showers
heavy snow
Mid station 1749 m
1950m 1050m 850m 750m 900m

(1000m — 1750m)

snow report 2 days ago

5 cm
2 days ago
6
28
35
partly cloudy
snow showers
snow showers
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 1375 m
1800m 1100m 850m 650m 700m

(2901m — 3301m)

snow report yesterday

16 cm
yesterday
2
clear
clear
clear
light snow
cloudy
Mid station 3101 m
3000m 3200m 2350m 2150m 2350m