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 another typical Spring week in the Argentinian mountains, with mostly dry weather - a mixture of sunshine and cloud. Temperatures range from as low as -10C overnight to as high as +10C in the afternoons, but more commonly not so cold and not so hot during the night and day! Catedral (0/100cm / 0/40") is aiming to stay open for another fortnight but has closed more of its terrain and now only has about a third of its slopes operating, This means it no longer has the most terrain open in the world at present although still top three with about 50km (31mileS) of runs still.

The country's other big-name resort, Las Lenas (15/60cm / 6/24") has a higher percentage of its terrain open but plans to close at the end of next week. Caviahue (150/200cm / 60/80"), which should make it to the first weekend in October, is still posting the country's deepest snowpack (and marginally the deepest in the world as other areas that had deeper a week ago have seen their levels thaw lower).

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)
Fri Sat Sun Mon Tue

(4827m — 6960m)

snow report 5 days ago

1 cm
2 days ago
4
clear clear clear snow showers light snow
Mid station 5894 m
3100m 3150m 3050m 3250m 2800m

(1650m — 1740m)

snow report 3 days ago

6 cm
4 days ago
1
part cloud clear part cloud cloud light rain
Mid station 1695 m
2700m 2900m 3350m 2050m 1700m

(942m — 1020m)

snow report 4 days ago

1 cm
14 days ago
part cloud part cloud part cloud cloud clear
Mid station 981 m
1050m 1050m 1400m 1950m 1500m

(1647m — 2045m)

snow report today

125
60
Spring snow 5 cm
9 days ago
cloud clear part cloud part cloud light snow
Mid station 1846 m
2900m 3150m 3450m 2300m 1800m

(1149m — 1749m)

snow report 4 days ago

5 cm
4 days ago
4
rain showers clear part cloud cloud light snow
Mid station 1449 m
2400m 2600m 3050m 1800m 1500m

(194m — 966m)

snow report today

125
40
Wet 2 cm
4 days ago
1
cloud clear clear cloud cloud
Mid station 580 m
700m 500m 500m 1550m 1300m

(1109m — 2179m)

3 cm
4 days ago
3
rain showers clear cloud light rain light snow
Mid station 1644 m
2350m 2350m 3000m 1850m 1500m

(1251m — 1981m)

snow report today

Chapelco webcam
120
Spring snow 2 cm
4 days ago
1
clear clear part cloud cloud light snow
Mid station 1616 m
2650m 2700m 3100m 1950m 1600m

(1347m — 1850m)

snow report 11 days ago

1 cm
11 days ago
part cloud part cloud cloud light rain snow showers
Mid station 1598 m
2000m 2100m 2900m 2250m 1550m

(2240m — 3430m)

snow report today

45
15
Spring snow 2 cm
7 days ago
part cloud part cloud part cloud part cloud light snow
Mid station 2835 m
3350m 3300m 3500m 3200m 2500m

(1397m — 1550m)

snow report 4 days ago

2 cm
4 days ago
1
clear clear part cloud cloud light snow
Mid station 1474 m
2650m 2700m 3100m 1950m 1600m

(2580m — 3194m)

snow report 5 days ago

1 cm
5 days ago
3
clear clear clear rain showers light snow
Mid station 2887 m
3050m 2950m 2850m 3300m 2700m

(2693m — 2985m)

snow report 5 days ago

1 cm
5 days ago
3
clear clear clear rain showers light snow
Mid station 2839 m
2950m 2850m 2800m 3200m 2650m

(1343m — 1880m)

snow report 4 days ago

1 cm
4 days ago
1
snow showers part cloud cloud light rain light snow
Mid station 1612 m
1900m 2000m 2900m 2150m 1500m

(1000m — 2498m)

snow report 3 days ago

1 cm
7 days ago
10
snow showers part cloud cloud light rain light snow
Mid station 1749 m
1850m 2100m 2900m 1750m 1450m

(1000m — 1750m)

snow report 4 days ago

3 cm
4 days ago
2
cloud clear cloud rain showers light snow
Mid station 1375 m
2150m 2300m 3000m 2000m 1450m

(2901m — 3301m)

snow report yesterday

1 cm
yesterday
15
clear rain showers clear part cloud light snow
Mid station 3101 m
3150m 3000m 3000m 3450m 2750m