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Cerro Catedral Resort Reviews

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Cerro Catedral Resort Reviews

Visitor reviews for Cerro Catedral Ski Resort

Cerro Catedral Ratings

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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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 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!
July 28, 2010
Hugo from Ski Argentina Argentina
Today we had wonderful snow in the mountain at Cerro Catedral. Unfortunately, Catedral Alta Patagonia opened less than 20% of the mountain. Only Intermedia and Punta Nevada (Cuadruple) were available. In theory it was because of the strong wind. People at Alta Patagonia have to know that it is not unusual for a mountain to have strong wind. By the way, I have had stronger winds in other resorts both in Argentina and other countries and most of the lifts remained opened. In my view the problem is that in Cerro Catedral lifts are too old. However, they charge for the tickets as if they have excellent lifts. Unfortunately, nothing has changed!
July 15, 2010
Hugo from Ski Argentina Argentina
I'm traveling to Catedral (Cerro Catedral) next week. It's encouraging to read better reviews this year. Hopefully, Alta Patagonia has learned from past seasons and understood that its duty as ski resort manager is to open most of the lifts every day (in a mountain it happens to snow from time to time), to provide groomed runs, to prevent avalanches etc. I'll send my fair report of Cerro Catedral once in the mountain.
July 12, 2010
owain price from Ski Australia Australia
I live at Cerro Catedral for the past 6 winters and most of the comments are way out of date - they bought 6 new grooming machines and are using them well with more groomed terrain open than I have seen - great news for groomed run skiers and for those who love this place for the tree skiing that has been awesome already so far.
June 19, 2010
Laura from Ski Argentina Argentina
I have been in Cerro Catedral the last 4 winter seasons and I really have fun. There are plenty of tracks and the mountain is enormous, unique in Argentina!! In spite of what some people say, for me the service in Catedral was excellent. Last year, I went with a friend and she had a strong accident. The employees in charge of mountain security and patrol worked fast and effectively and thanks to that my friend is fine! This year we are planning to go again, and have fun as usual!! We're waiting anxiously for our winter holiday in Catedral!
June 15, 2010
Cristian Roberts from Ski Argentina Argentina
Snow is starting to fall in Bariloche, and is great because we are on top of the winter season. I live in Buenos Aires and although Catedral (Cerro Catedral) is not the nearest ski resort to go from here, I return every winter because, with plenty of snow, it is the best mountain for skiing in South America. As many things in Latin America it has things to improve, but it do has great runs, great views and friendly people... What else can you expect from a ski week?
January 26, 2010
Edson from Ski Brazil Brazil
I've been four times in Bariloche. A beautiful place with incredible landscape. The mountain is great, the slopes could be very interesting but the company is really a disaster! No grooming, no segnalization, very old lifts, bad organization, big queues and expansive like USA or Europe; the service for costumers is lightyears; far from the tops resort....
October 09, 2009
John from Ski Argentina Argentina
This was my third season at Catedral (Cerro Catedral). After moving here two and a half years ago I absolutely fell in love with Bariloche and especially Catedral the mountain, hence a one season boarding holiday turned into starting a business here and Argentine residency. The first season: 2007, was incredible snow, amazing powder practically every week and all the way down to the base. Everyone said to us don't expect the snow to be like this again, what we were not told was how bad the mountain is operated when there is little or no snow. Admittedly, the last two seasons have not been good snow in general. However, the mountain is operated in such a ridiculously poor manner, that if it does snow, it really doesn't make much difference as Alta Patagonia never put the snow to work, i.e from the start of the season grooming the slope evenly and thoroughly to create a good piste base. The annoying thing is that they have plenty of snow cats to easily groom the mountains, unfortunately these are often left buried in snow; genious management. About two weeks ago they had a grooming competition, but hey, lets not get them to actually groom the slopes for paying customers. I am not going to repeat comments about rocks/stones, queues, car park fees, old lifts (one of which I have never heard of or seen running in 3 years) run at half speed to save the company on the electricity bills, the lack of knowledge or assistance, the high price of the tickets, most of the mountain not being open, etc, wow this list is huge and I could keep going. The only redeeming quality is the Cerro Catedral mountain itself, which is spectacular and lots of fun when you make the effort. The management company is doing everything, it seems, in its power to destroy this image. Do Alta Patagonia predict another economic crash on the horizon? Is this the reason they have the wost customer service relations of any ski resort in the world, thinking lets rip them off as much as possible now, make as much money as we can now, 'cause in a few years there might not be anyone here? Can such a large company seriously run itself so badly? I can not think of any other reason why a company would treat its customers with such disdain and disrespect. For example, 2 days ago when there actually was amazing powder, we did some excellent off-piste; off-piste because only 3 lifts were open. After doing a run we ended up walking down to top of Princessa 1, which was still running. We went to get on, and save ourselves a 40 min walk down the mountain, but were told it was closed. We asked if they let us down? After a 30 minute wait they said yes, and started the lift (it ran the quickest I had seen in the last 3 years). On arrival at the bottom we were accosted by Catedral staff, demanding our pass numbers, in a very aggressive way, with one guy going so far as grabbing a girl by the arm and trying to shake her pass number out of her, but with no reason as to why they were asking us for this we all left. They then pursued some of the people and then sent the police after others. Totally mindblowing considering we had asked, patiently waited and were then told it was fine for us to go down. Do they understand customer service and satisfaction. To finish, I really can't see the Cerro Catedral mountain changing its business practices, unless it is forced. I really wish this wasn't the case as I myself work in tourism in Bariloche and AltaPatagonia is extremely damaging to winter tourism in this beautiful place I now call home, which in turn is damaging my business and that of thousands of others working in the same field. Recently there has been many protests over Wal-Mart coming to Bariloche. When will the protests begin to the local council, to force a change in the methods or ownership of the one company that is single handedly destroying winter tourism in Bariloche. From a concerned snowboarder
September 14, 2009
Anthony van Zantwijk from Ski South Africa South Africa
Skied at Cerro Catedral during the week starting 22 August 2009. Yes, the weather was lousy for two days (with no skiing) and the slopes were badly groomed following a large snow fall. However, when the lifts to the top of the mountain were opened, the skiing was fantastic. We found the people at Cerro Catedral friendly. Yes, information is sparse, but one can get by alright. Will go back.