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Visitor reviews for Cerro Catedral Ski Resort

Cerro Catedral Ratings

Overall: 3.5. Based on 161 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: 4.6

(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: 3.4

(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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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.
July 15, 2006
Nicolas from Ski Argentina Argentina
It's not real that you have to start most of the time at 1200 mts., last 4 seasons you could start from base, making it perfect for beginners who can learn to ski with a really small pendent and single elevation. Bariloche has an international airport, you can fly from the center of Brazil in almost 3 hours and from Europe and North America in 10 hours or less. The trip is quite long as we are the southern most country in the world but it's worth it. Argentina's (the country where Bariloche is located, province of Rio Negro) economy has devaluated, it's pesos' value making 1 dollar cost 3 pesos, so if you come with dollars each of them will value 3 times (or probably more) than in any other ski center in the world. If you are a pro, Catedral is also prepared for you. Chairlifts are great, very well maintained and modern. There are nice hostels for 8 or 9 dollars a night (check "Tango Inn" out) and if you like dancing there are 10 dance clubs in Bariloche city, including the famous Pacha.
September 08, 2006
Marcelo from Ski United States United States
Sometimes it helps to understand the perspective of the writer when reading a review. I’m an intermediate skier – used to skiing blue runs in Colorado resorts like Keystone, Copper & Durango. This was my 2nd trip to Catedral – we were there from 8/9/06 to 8/23/06. The conditions during this period were the best of the 2006 season. THE GOOD: Lifts – Plenty of them & lines are relatively short (our max wait time was 15 min) Scenery - Lakes, mountains & forests. It really is beautiful Price – Still a deal in USD. Single day lift tickets run between $20 USD & $40 USD depending on dates Ski rental availability – Good equipment & plenty of stores to rent from at the base. Snow Tour – free service with guides that take ski groups around the mountain to get to know the runs better. THE BAD Few “true” runs – There are a total of 35 green, blue & red runs per the snow report on the resort web site. Of those 35, only about 10 are true runs. The rest are trails or short connecting runs. Short “true” runs – Condor I,II&III is the only top to bottom combination. Pista 6 & Amancay are 2/3 of the mountain. Other than that, you can expect continuous runs of about 10 minutes before hitting a trail or connecting run. Too many crossings of runs – the trails cross many of the runs & makes for too many people going in different directions Snow conditions: The combination of humidity, low elevation & relative high temperatures for a ski resort makes for tough snow conditions. We got dumped on when we were there but powder & packed powder conditions lasted only 3 days. In my opinion, you should expect spring skiing conditions as a general rule. Grooming – Expect plenty of bumps by mid-morning. They don’t use snow machines to fill up & even out terrain when they groom at night. Bottom Line: Catedral gets rave reviews for it’s beauty and it having the largest infrastructure in S. America. Unfortunately its weak point is what matters the most to many – the quality of the runs & snow.
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.
June 23, 2008
Martin from Ski Argentina Argentina
Excellent place to ski, probably one of the best in the world! I know each ski resort has it's own pros & cons, but in this one, most of them are pros! A few bad ones: Too many trails and little long runs. Chairlifts are slow if you take the beginners lifts (Princesa, Esquiadores), if you take the others (there are like 29 more) you'll be ok. Lot's of moguls!
July 07, 2008
Aida from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Dear people, Unfortunately you are wrong! I live in Bariloche and I've got a season ticket. I wish I were in Cerro Catedral skiing no matter how easy the piste! The few lifts that are open are only for pedestrians; there is only one lift open to skiers provided they are beginners and go up with an instructor. I sincerely hope we get snow soon. You mention a "Thursday", again. If you are talking about today you're wrong. Blue skies, only a few clouds and warm. It is not easy to keep your spirits high, is it?
July 19, 2008
Robin from Ski Argentina Argentina
Conditions improved due to new 50cm we received of nice powder yesterday! Now we have more runs and lifts open. Winter is coming..
July 21, 2008
Marco from Ski Argentina Argentina
Yes Robin, nice amount of snow since Friday. That means 4 days ago now. A pity the "operator" AltaPatagonia still keeps more than half of the mountain closed for skiing, including the "Bosque" and "Liure" runs which have more than enough snow to make runs. Maybe they want to save if for next summer? No off-piste lifts, no terrain park, no natural half pipe... They make people stand in line waiting more than an hour (This is NOT an exaggeration) for the lift tickets, then another hour for the Amancay-cablecar to find out there are no runs open there, still NOBODY puts a sign up! In the afternoon only 2 of the lifts work to discharge all the people from the mountain, although it could easily done with 6. Add another hour or so to descend. That is 155 pesos (50 $US) for skiing from 10:00 - 17:00 minus 3 hours = 4 hours of skiing, or 130 pesos (42 $US) for 13:00 - 17:00 minus 3 hours = 1 hour of skiing if you decide to use a pass for half a day. I hate to say this because the mountain is beautiful, but the operator AltaPatagonia makes it a waste of time and money.
July 23, 2008
Robin from Ski Argentina Argentina
You`r right Marco, this is a monopoly, they can do what they want and nobody cares about it.. Today I asked if the ski lift at plaza was open and 4 different employs said yes, also the cashier who charged $155 each said yes it is open, but when we got there (1 hour later as you said) we noticed very surprised that the lift was NOT working. I did put a sign up being conscious that makes no difference for them anyway.. Alta Patagonia did make us waste our time and money. Really bad.. Also the few lifts they have working stops so many times on one way up that you get bored of skiing, 5 minutes down and waiting for hours to get up again. It`s a shame. I also hate to say this but is the very truth.
August 05, 2008
Louisa J. from Ski Argentina Argentina
I have skied Bariloche for the last 40 years. The mountain is fantastic, with breathtaking views of the lakes. The runs are rather on the short side but challenging and varied. The actual operator, Alta Patagonia, has invested in lifts but all of them are used and old. They keep breaking down and are very hard to fix (or so it seems since it usually takes days and sometimes weeks to have them running again). Runs are scarcely ever groomed and a good snowfall is seldom put to work by means of a good groom which would pack the snow and ready it for the next snowfall and so avoid your skis being hurt by stones. And as I mention this, how about working during the summer to make the pistes more friendly by removing some of the most obvious stones and flattening the parts where queues will form?. Usually they are uphill!! Amazing the things you have to do to reach your chair unhurt... While lift operators are friendly and easygoing, the people employed for selling tickets are not service oriented. Their hours are ridiculously short. The information provided by the mountain information service is usually wrong. And it is very tiresome having to show your ticket every time you take a lift... Locals have very rude manners, they push each other in queues and step on their neighbours skis or snowboards without a second thought. Food is great. Avoid school vacations!!