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Visitor reviews for Cerro Catedral Ski Resort

Cerro Catedral Ratings

Overall: 3.5. Based on 158 votes and 264 reviews. Vote

Snowsure: 3.1

(1) Occasionally gets enough snow for skiing, (2) is often closed due to a lack of snow, (3) occasionally suffers from a lack of snow, (4) rarely suffers from a lack of snow, (5) Cerro Catedral is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.

Variety of pistes: 4.1

(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Cerro Catedral has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.

Off-piste: 3.5

(1) No off-piste worth mentioning, (2) off piste is out-of-bounds, (3) some varied offpiste that stays fresh for one or two days, (5) a vast array of off-piste routes that can stay untracked for several days.

Scenery: 4.5

(1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.

Access: 4.6

(1) At least one overnight stop, (2) requires a whole day, (3) requires more than half a day – you may have time for a few turns (4) arrive by lunchtime and ski all afternoon, (5) there is a main airport within an hour of Cerro Catedral.

Public Transport: 3.6

(1) There are no buses or taxis to Cerro Catedral, (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.

Accommodation: 4.2

(1) No places to stay in/near Cerro Catedral, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.

Cheap Rooms: 3.6

(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.

Luxury Hotels: 4.0

(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Cerro Catedral.

Ski in/Ski out: 3.5

(1) The ski area is located far from any accommodation, (3) a free ski bus takes you to the ski area in a short trip, (5) Ski-in ski-out accommodation is available.

Childcare: 3.8

(1) There are no child care facilities at Cerro Catedral, (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.

Snowmaking: 2.4

(1) Cerro Catedral relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.

Snow Grooming: 3.4

(1) There are no snow groomers at Cerro Catedral, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Cerro Catedral are groomed daily.

Shelter: 2.7

(1) there is nowhere to ski when it is windy or visibility is bad and lifts often shut, (3) there are some trees for poor visibility but main lifts sometimes close, (5) Cerro Catedral is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.

Nearby options: 2.3

(1) If snow conditions are poor at Cerro Catedral, it will be poor everywhere nearby, (3) there are good alternatives within an hours drive, (5) other locations on the same lift pass provide a rich variety of snowsure ski conditions.

Regional rating: 3.3

(1) Cerro Catedral usually has poor snow conditions compared to other resorts in region, (3) has average conditions for the region, (5) usually has the best snow conditions in the region.

Lift Staff: 3.6

(1) The staff at Cerro Catedral are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Cerro Catedral are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.

Crowds/Queues: 2.7

(1) the resort is always busy and there are usually long lift queues, (3) it is quiet apart from occasional weekends and school holidays, (5) it is uncrowded and lift queues are very rare.

Ski Schools: 4.2

(1) No ski schools available, (2) one or two ski schools but local language only, (3) a few ski schools but book early for multi-lingual instructors, (4) plenty of ski schools and multi-lingual instructors available, (5) excellent ski schools with friendly multi-lingual ski instructors.

Hire and Repairs: 4.2

(1) Nothing can be sourced, not even ski-wax or ptex. (3) there are some ski shops but rentals need to be booked in advance, (5) good quality ski equipment can be purchased or hired and overnight repairs are possible.

Beginners: 3.4

(1) Beginners can only watch others ski and snowboard, (3) a few gentle slopes but beginners will get bored in less than a week, (3) Vast areas of gentle terrain.

Intermediates: 4.3

(1) No intermediate terrain at Cerro Catedral, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.

Advanced: 4.2

(1) Nothing for advanced skiers and snowboarders, (3) enough steep terrain for a few days with some good offpiste, (5) Enough steep terrain and offpiste areas to entertain advanced skiers for at least a week.

Snow Park: 2.9

(1) Not even a kicker at Cerro Catedral, (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.

Cross-country: 2.9

(1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around Cerro Catedral, (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.

Luge/Toboggan: 2.4

(1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) Cerro Catedral has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.

Mountain Dining: 3.8

(1) Nowhere to buy food by the pistes, (3) some places to eat up on the mountain but they are often busy and expensive, (5) there is a variety of excellent mountain eateries right next to the slopes to suit all budgets.

Eating: 3.9

(1) Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. (5) A wide variety of places to eat and drink in the resort, from fast food to fancy restaurants.

Apres-Ski: 3.8

(1) Nothing to do, not even a bar, (3) there are a few bars in the resort but nothing special, (5) clubs and bars stay open until very late and have a friendly atmosphere.

Other Sports: 2.7

(1) No sports facilities at all apart from ski lifts, (3) resort has just a small public swimming pool, (5) resort has all kinds of sports facilities, including a full-size swimming pool.

Entertainment: 3.7

(1) Besides the snow and walking there is nothing to do here, (3) the non-skier will find things to do for few days but may become bored after a week, (5) the resort area is a fascinating place to visit, regardless of winter sports.

Winter Walks: 3.0

(1) Very limited walking and no snowshoe trails, (3) a couple of designated scenic walking/snowshoe trails, (5) extensive and diverse winter walking trails for all abilities.

Ski Pass Value: 2.8

(1) A 1 week ski pass is overpriced compared to the number of lifts available, (3) the ski pass is averagely priced and covers a reasonable number of lifts, (5) ski passes are excellent value for money and cover a lot of lifts spanning a big area.

Value (National): 3.0

(1) Overall, Cerro Catedral is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the country and not worth the money, (3) overall represents average value for money, (5) overall offers the best value resort in the country.

Value (Global): 2.7

(1) Overall, Cerro Catedral is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the world, (3) overall it offers pretty average value for money compared to resorts from other countries, (5) internationally the resort offers excellent value for money.

Show all 35 ratings

September 14, 2012
alejandra gentil from Ski Argentina Argentina
Beautiful landscapes and sightseeing! Dangerous young people out of control, disrespectful...alcohol should be forbidden! I didn't feel protected by the patrol (people skiing too fast, in intermediate areas).
August 21, 2012
Oswaldo Colombini Neto from Ski Brazil Brazil
I have just returned from Bariloche and Cerro Catedral. Great place, wonderful food and lots of things to do. The only bad thing is the weather and quality of snow It's just too warm for a ski resort. This year more than half of the resort is snowless and this in early August. What makes it even more sad is the fact that this is going to be worth every year until the closure of the resort. It is just too low for the place. They should have built the resort at Cerro Tronador which is much higher. Another thing I did not like was the restrictions for skiers to take the big cable car until Punta Nevada. It makes no sense in Europe; most of the big ascents for skiers are made in closed lifts and that princess chairlifts are very scary and old
August 19, 2012
Ludwig de saeger from Ski Monaco Monaco
In general I like Bariloche. Not cheap anyway. Two problems: there is not enough snow, only up in the mountains (it is just too warm). Other problem, changing euros. Better get money with your ATM card. Didn't find in Cerro Cathedral places that change euros. Prices, similar to European ski resorts. For fun after skiing go to Mute. Great DJ. Party starts after five. Good gun between 6 and 8. Regards
August 15, 2012
EDWIN GERMANY from Ski Germany Germany
Simply the best snow center in South America. I´ve been in Chapelco, Las Leñas, La Hoya but it's not comparable with Bariloche and Cathedral snow center. Greetings.
August 19, 2011
Chris the Canuk from Ski Canada Canada
I had my first taste of Andean powder today. I was sceptical to even visit Catedral after all the bad reviews. It's a pretty good resort from what I saw today. Yes, the lifts are slow, the staff not so friendly, the bus was crowded both ways, the snow heavy on the sunny slopes, the park was the smallest I have ever seen (3 features and closed due to snow they had 2 days ago, ha ha ). You also need a leash for your board to ride the T bars which is stupid. That being said, remember this IS South America. Don't expect the same standards for anything. Even if it is almost as much you would pay to ski a comparable resort back home. On the positive side the bus leaves from outside of the main hostels every hour until 8pm and is only $2. It has good intermediate runs and some areas for more and advanced skiers and riders. I've been snow boarding for 20 years and found some challenging spots. The weather was great and the line ups never more than 5 minutes (weekday). Most chairs were running. I sill found lots of fresh two days after it had snowed. There was hot food to be had for a buck or two ( empadadas, fries etc) and beers were $2 so no complaints there. Overall worth a visit.
June 27, 2011
Duncan Cullman from Ski Sweden Sweden
Argentina is one of the few countries in the world where all the high peaks are white and snow covered but the lifts have not begun to run because of various reasons including volcanic ash but if the lifts do in fact run you'll have just a jolly time as I did when I won a slalom race there running last in 1964 even though there was no snow left in the flushes. Be sure to bring an extra pair of shoes as yours may not be there after the last run unless you tie them around your neck. But you'll have the very best story to tell at all the ski parties later. [note from the editor: some editing done to maintain relevance without political comment]
June 24, 2011
Miles Clark from Ski United States United States
Last season, 2010, at Catedral was All-Time. I don’t know where some of the other comments are coming from. It snowed all year save for a 3 week window of high pressure when it stayed cold and the backcountry was unreal. In early September, Catedral got 6 feet of snow in 3 days. I’ve spent two seasons down there and I’m headed back this year. If you like powder, backcountry, sidecountry, big mountain skiing, this is the place. Definitely bring your skins down. Granted, the park is a bit lackluster, but if you want park, I think Australia or New Zealand have that dialed. Overall, remember this: Argentina is incredible but things run differently there. Just relax and smile and know that you’ll get yours and you’ll be fine. The people down there are the warmest people I’ve met.
April 13, 2011
Ruben from Ski United States Minor Outlying Islands United States Minor Outlying Islands
For the last 5 years I have been going to Cerro Catedral as it is the closest and largest resort and the resident season pass is moderately priced. My only advice to those considering coming to Argentina and buying a season pass.. or planning your trip around Catedral.. read the reviews first... Sorry, there are a lot of good people that work there.. but you're throwing money away.. Almost every single powder day, the best lifts (at least the ones allowing access to the pistes steep enough to ride the powder) are closed, and hardly ever are more than half of the lifts running. Including, pictured on the advertisement map, one that has never ran. (La Laguna only access to south side of mountain). At least the park has been hooked up well the last couple years, just takes them a while to get around to it.. I will reiterate on the transport, it is very poor, the buses fill up and you can be stuck waiting hours to get home.. The lifts are run at reduced speeds.. no argument possible there.. Food and ticket prices are priced at or above US and European costs. But the quality of the resort just doesn't justify it.
September 23, 2010
Jez from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
I live in Bariloche and have spent the last 4 seasons snowboarding at Cerro Catedral. There has been more snow this year and the grooming has improved but is still not excellent. I have seen fewer rocks, probably because of the amount of snow. In previous years not all rocks on the pistes have been marked. They selectively update their website to enhance the amount of groomed snow. If there is a snow fall (even if it is only 2cms) it will immediately be updated on the website. If snow melts fast they take their time to update the website. I have seen it change from 50cm of groomed piste to 15cm from one day to the next, when in reality it happened over the course of a week or more. The website recently showed 15cm of groomed snow at the base when in fact you had to ski around the muddy patches. Last week I saw a dog roaming around on the piste (I think it may have been a search and rescue dog), it was chasing after the skiers and borders and barking at them; no handler in sight. Service at the resort doesn't seem to have changed much; the staff don't always 'bump' the seats, annoying when they are standing alongside you. You expect them to do it, they just watch as the seat slams into the back of your legs. Over the last week or so the lift operators have been very friendly, although to a point where my girlfriend (on the chair alone) has felt intimidated as they stared at her and gave an over-friendly 'good morning' every time she got on the lift. I travel to Cerro Catedral by public transport; the buses are always crowded and if you are waiting for the bus on the road between the town centre and the resort, the bus will not stop if full, so you may have to wait an hour for the next service.
August 26, 2010
patrick from Ski Argentina Argentina
Hi everyone, what a dump we are getting! Of course I will have to wait a minimum of 3 days to ski the mountain, things have changed but not that much.. I did not get run over by an instructor this year, instead it was a Brazilian beginner snowplowing at about 40kph. I wish these people with whistles would " blow their toys" at the right people, not expert skiers who have not run into anyone in 39 years of skiing. The grooming has improved a lot this year. Congratulations! Please read John's message to see how unreal this place can get... Please come, enjoy the food, people and the mountain. Take care and good luck. [note from the editor: this post has been changes slightly to try and prevent ongoing threads. Our Resort Review facility is not a forum.]