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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

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 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 10, 2009
Ron Barnes from Ski Australia Australia
My wife and I had a wonderful all round skiing experience at Cerro Catedral at the end of July 2009 for a week. Although the snow was only moderate we did have a full day of fresh powder. Most of the mountain is not groomed so it is best suited for intermediate and above. I strongly recommend that you hire a guide as their knowledge of the mountain gives you the best possible chance of skiing first tracks powder. They also know where to get the best lomitos and hot chocolate on the mountain. The crowds were light even though it was their school holidays. The apres-ski is not a major feature of Argentinian skiing but we still had fun at the local hotels and the hospitality of the locals is great. The food is typical Argentinian and there is lots of it. Do not expect to eat before 10 pm but as the sun does not rise until about 9 am, you have plenty of time to rest. The bus into Bariloche should not be missed nor the town. Make time to visit the chocolate supermarkets. Out of 10, I rate the skiing 6, apres-ski 6, food 7, people 8, overall experience 9 and Aerolineas Argentinas 1. Fly Air Chile or Qantas.
August 11, 2009
Diego DH from Ski Argentina Argentina
I´ve been to Andorra, Campo Felice and most of New Zealand's South Island pistes. Unfortunately, the lifts, grooming and personnel are awful at Cerro Catedral. At the end of August you can find good snow and powder on the top. Avoid mid to the end of July as there are lots of families. Cerro Catedral is a bit expensive, but the city is excellent with great nightlife, people etc.
August 17, 2009
Graciela from Ski Argentina Argentina
Bariloche (Cerro Catedral) is an incredible place for natural places, for the views and for the lakes, but really horrible for skiing. It's definitely not a ski resort. The lifts always opens late,the slopes are badly groomed (when somebody grooms...), the queues are eternal, prices are more expensive than USA or Europe and information about the mountain doesn't exist. This was my last holiday in Bariloche. I'll start to go to Europe for skiing where there are a lot of ski resorts much cheaper than Cerro Catedral, even if you count the price of the flight.
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 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.]
April 30, 2008
Kim from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Living in Bariloche and skiing in Catedral. I skied most of the 2007 season. I had a great time but the place is certainly not without problems. Here´s the good and bad of the place. GOOD: Scenery: Really some of the best scenery in the whole world on a clear day. Snow: We had a dump of 2-3ft every 10 days or so. If you stay for 2 weeks you´re almost certain to have a few spectacular days at some point. Off-piste skiing: The areas La Laguana and La Palmera offer some pretty challenging options as does the out of bounds section under Nubes. Be careful though. One guy died in an avalanche while I was there. Food: Incredible (assuming you´re not vegetarian). Have the 3 course steak meal of your life with views of Chile from the top of Catedral for about a tenner. Get good at moguls. They´re everywhere. Bariloche morning bus connections are excellent and Bariloche´s a pretty decent place to live with some nice hostels. Getting back you may need to queue a while to get on the bus but there´s plenty of them. Journey time is about 40 mins. BAD: Random Argentinian factors. Stuff happens in Argentina that you´re not used to if you´re European. A few examples I recall include the resort being closed due to a catering strike, resort closed due to local elections, resort closed due to a gondola falling of the cable, day being ruined by incompetent staff in some unexpected way. Grooming: Despite owning many snow-cats, they are rarely used. Lifts: Nubes works well and when the queues aren´t long so does sextuple. Many of the other lifts are a complete joke, e.g. Princessa 1,2 and 3, Condor 1,2 and 3 which have been scavenged from US and European resorts and crawl up the mountain at an unacceptable snails pace. Cat tracks are everywhere and are a pain if you want to do long continuous wide runs. You can work them to your benefit if you can work out the good points to use them as a jump.
May 31, 2013
Andrew from Ski United States United States
Outstanding views, difficult to find something nicer. Regarding conditions of the pistes, they are quite good and well maintained. The resort has everything you may need regarding facilities, food is good and prices are reasonable. A must to try in South America.