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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.

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September 02, 2008
Gabriel from Ski Argentina Argentina
I've spent one week skiing in Catedral this year (Aug 11th to Aug 16th), I have good snowfall, some sunny days, and as always in Catedral, the spectacular views and unmatched landscape. I've skied here for almost 22 years, and it's still my favourite resort. However, this season the service was the worst in many years. Lack of workers in the appropriated amounts, bad piste grooming, endless queues for main lifts, longest and best run never packed (nubes), snow cats running late in the afternoon, instead during night, lifts closed for unknown reasons, long queues in ticket offices, etc. I've heard the worst comments during the waitings for lifts opening. I think that the resort reduce the staff because the poor snow in the beginning of the season and when the big snowfall came, they did't manage to cover all the tasks related to a good resort service. I saw one lift closed during unmatched snow and sun conditions only because they didn't clean the fresh snow accumulated on the seats of the chairs. Unbelievable in a world class resort like Bariloche. I think that this season was especially bad because the late snow. But when remembering season 2007, I still think that Catedral is the best ski resort in all southern hemisphere. I hope that the company that is running the mountain service take note of the problems and do the best to correct them for the next year.
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.]
August 20, 2010
g. from Ski United States United States
Hike at Cerro Catedral if you want to ski any vertical or decent terrain. I agree that the runs have far too many cat tracks cut into them...so that beginner skiers can get down the mountain. This is unfortunate when you are skiing down a pitch and hit one. This resort gives great access to the backcountry...Refugio Frey and Jakob.
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
July 10, 2019
David from Ski Argentina Argentina
Beautiful place with outstanding landscapes. Snow quality - good when you have it. Would say that 90% of the season you cannot ski all the way down. Expect to stop midway and get a lift to the base. Some days expect high winds and very low visibility. Mountain runs - fun tracks for intermediate level, beginners only at the base with huge crowds. Just a few for advanced, not really for advanced if you are looking for it. Infrastructure - very old lifts and I doubt about how secure they are. Missing investments. Poor resting areas for families to recovery from cold. Lets say there are none available. Only options are the small restaurants fully packed and you cannot sit unless you spend money. Personnel - general impression is bad. Had an issue with my lift card and had to buy a new one as there was zero intention by the local manager to solve it. I felt I was robbed as they did not refund 2 days of my lift pass. Overall Cost /Benefit - as expensive as any other American ski resorts but with much less infrastructure. Do not recommend as there are many other better options to go.
August 07, 2009
Peter from Ski United States United States
The main car park has been divided in two and they are now charging AR$25 to park in the closest half to the lifts. Needless to say, very few people park there and when the free half is full, people have to park on the roadside if they don't want to pay. Today I was with friends and we parked on a side road, then had to walk through the mud to the lifts. Also, take what the website says about the snow conditions with a pinch of salt; it says 20cm of powder at the base, what it means is puddles and slushy snow, with grass poking through the pistes. Even at the top there were many rocks and none of them were marked. Wear a helmet because if you fall it could be lethal.
August 06, 2009
agustin from Ski Argentina Argentina
Skiing in Cerro Catedral is the same as other resorts in Argentina. The problem is that in the ski business profitability is not obtained by selling lift tickets. It is impossible to afford with huge investments only gain from such sales. Ski resorts like Aspen or Vail earn lots of money with real estate and selling great services for skiers. Alta Patagonia, Las Leñas, please stop the bleeding across the mountain, do you want to be Penitentes?
August 05, 2009
Lucas from Ski Argentina Argentina
CAPSA are taking 150 pesos for the use of just one little, old lift at the base of the mountain with 40 square meters.
August 19, 2010
Fredrick from Ski Argentina Argentina
Hi there to everyone. Cerro Catedral has at the time the best quality snow ever.. Best groomed in history. I would give 10 points to the administration of the mountain. Everyone is happy with this. Also let you know than it's a snowbike friendly ski area! As a matter of fact Cerro Catedral has the newest lifts in Argentina. So relax, get to the slopes and...enjoy the snow!
September 01, 2008
ValdiSkier from Ski France France
Monday 1st Sept is third day of worsening snow conditions. Almost no snow at the base when I arrived (3 days ago) and yesterday night we were struggling in the cold walking in 80 cm of deep and heavy snow for the 500 m from the parking to the hotel. Skiing is impossible unless you want to queue up for hours and like beginners pistes at the high cost... This is the mountain, it could be tricky... but snow cats were working at night maybe not enough to cope with such a snowfall. You will know more tomorrow as conditions right now seem to be improving