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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 14, 2009
Juan from Ski Argentina Argentina
I do not believe what is happening at Cerro Catedral. There is a charge of 150 Pesos (more than 40 Us$) to ski using one very old surface lift (75 meters), with poor quality snow (no more than 800 square meters), with thousands of people.
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 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 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.
June 15, 2009
Fernando from Ski Argentina Argentina
I'm from Buenos Aires and I have skied the last three years in Bariloche (Cerro Catedral). It is difficult to reach the bottom of the mountain whist skiing. You have to take a lift (and sometimes make a long line for it) at the end of the day. I ski in Bariloche (Cerro Catedral) because my family owns a house there. Otherwise, I would go to Las Leñas or some other place.
May 08, 2009
nacho from Ski Argentina Argentina
I live here in Bariloche (Cerro Catedral) and I have to say that, yes, the chairlifts are old and the slopes are in bad condition. It is not the responsibility of Bariloche or the people who works here, the responsibility is of Alta Patagonia that don't spend money on the slopes, chairlifts etc. However, we have to enjoy this fabulous sport and the snow. Remember that the world is changing and the snow will disappear in 20 years.
September 24, 2008
LUCHO from Ski Argentina Argentina
Hi everyone`s I`m work in the mountain, I live here for the las 20 years, and I think the problems is not the people who work on the resort, is not for the mountain, is not for the lifts, the problem here is only for the owner of the resort, yes Catedral Alta Patagonia or Capsa, same thing. Here in my mountain, yes my mountain because that places are from all the Argentain people, I tell you my mountain is really good and the landscape are one of the best of the word, when you see the great lake from the top of the "Cuadruple de Nubes" your satisfaction are complete. The slopes are very good, and I tell you again the problem is not from the snow, or mountain, or the people who work , the problem are again for the owner of Alta Patagonia/Capsa because doesn't spend any sent for have the machines good and work on the night to fix that piste. Come to Argentina and come to my mountain, I hope everyone have better lucky on the next season. .
September 17, 2008
Teresa G from Ski Argentina Argentina
I'm a decent blue-run skier who has not been lucky enough to have the chance to try other ski resorts worldwide. This means I cannot compare Catedral with other resorts in Europe and the US. Still, it's easy to notice that the lifts are dreadfully old and slow. Besides, the runs are awfully dangerous not only because of the fact that they are ungroomed and that there are a great number of unmarked rocks but also because of the reckless skiers who go past you at incredible speed or step on your skis in order to jump the queue while waiting for the overcrowded lifts. The ski-week we had was great due to the excellent weather conditions and although the snow was slushy at times, the runs were not icy at the top. Still, I guess we were lucky. It's a pity the service provided by Alta Patagonia is so bad!!