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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 09, 2008
Federico from Ski Venezuela Venezuela
What Bariloche has to give with its amazing mountains, lakes and people, the resort management takes it back. It is amazing! The paradox: when it doesn´t snow, the snow making machines don't work and the snow report says that there are 20cm at the base of Catedral (lies...) so, ski is limited to a few beginner's trails And when it snows, then the snowcats don't work and the deep snow is a risk to the skiers.... so, beginner's trails again. Skiing in Catedral is just for those who are unconditional to Bariloche.
September 09, 2008
Juan Ignacio from Ski Argentina Argentina
I'll come back next year as I did in the last twelve years and I hope that Alta patagonia will solve all the problems of this horrible season. It was really a shame.
September 02, 2008
Erwin Wellen from Ski Netherlands Antilles Netherlands Antilles
We stayed from August 23 until August 28 in Cerro Catedral. Our first experience was a power failure in Catedral which caused a delay in the issuing of day passes. Fortunately a local person could provide us with tickets so we did not have to stand in the long line. Furthermore, when snow falls or with some with wind lifts are often closed. Reason = unknown. This resulted in long lines for the lifts that were open. Some lifts were also not open for snowboarders. Reason = "security reasons". Besides the negative experiences we had some wonderful days of boarding. We encountered fresh powder and unridden slopes which are wonderful for boarders. However, this place cannot compete with Europe or the US. The place certainly needs an upgrade. Oh, I almost forgot: my day passes did not work most of the time.
July 27, 2005
Susana from Ski Argentina Argentina
Catedral has fantastic views, surrounded by lakes and open views of the Andes and the volcanos of Chile The snow starts most the time at 1200 mts. and the base is at 700 mts. For that reason you must to take a chairlift or gondola to the start of the ski area. The slope are very different and challenging. Plenty of restaurants with good food and friendly people. Best place to stay is the Villa Catedral, in the base of the mountain but Bariloche city is 15 km away and has good hotels, restaurants, shops and all the amenities of a city. It has a train station, but the train is very primitive, and the airport is close to the city anyway.
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.
September 02, 2008
Jacques from Ski France France
Damian,I'm sorry but you are wrong;It's true that the tourist come here usually for a week,but I think that everybody wants a good service for this expansive sport;and here there's not a good service:opening late,a lot of lifts closed (too much are really old and always broken),really bad grooming,no signalling of the obstacles,big queues at the chairlifts and in the box offices,bad info,etc. I've skied in a lot of ski resort around all the world and no one is like Catedral; I love Argentina and I will come back like the last four years but let me say that peoples that work on this beautiful mountain aren't doing the best;and this is not for the bad season,the guilties are the owner of the company
September 02, 2008
Juan Martin from Ski Argentina Argentina
I'm not local but I ski in Catedral since 1986;Catedral always was a resort with services not really good,but this year it's incredible;I never see something like these; it look likes that the CAPSA's management does everything wrong on purpose. I'm sad too,cause I love this mountain,but the owner are spoiling this wonderful place
September 02, 2008
Damian from Ski Argentina Argentina
I agree with the most of the comments, but is really sad to me and my people read all the reviews about our town; the last year everyone was quite happy with the mountain, and now we have a shortage of snow and all of you complains about everything. Just because you have a bad experience this year, is not enough to say that Catedral and all the people who worked everyday in the ski resort are rude or not costumers oriented or something like that. We are doing the best we can to carry on with this bad season. I´m sorry, but I love the place were I live and all the critics comes from people who stays 10 days tops, not locals. Thank you.
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
August 30, 2008
Lucho from Ski Argentina Argentina
Example of a normal day in Catedral: Today (Saturday 30 of August) it's snowing like sometimes happens in winter in a ski resort. At 10 am open the first chairlift (condor I) with a beginner slope full of students, one intermediate slope without grooming. At 12.30 pm open the gondola just for experts because there's no slopes open! At 1 pm open sextuple and half an hour later quadruple de punta nevada. Obviously the slopes are with 50 cm of deep snow and people of information of Alta Patagonia lies that the opening so late was because the snow machines were working!! In every place of the world the snowcats groom the snow during the night or very early in the morning. Here, NEVER!!!! It's a lie that there was somebody working on the mountain today. Slopes are a disaster like every day of this season on Catedral. Capsa=verguenza!!!!