Cerro Catedral

Ski Resort in Argentina

Introduction

Cerro Catedral is a mountain located 19 kilometres (12 mi) from San Carlos de Bariloche, and inside the Nahuel Huapí National Park, Patagonia, Argentina. The mountain is the biggest ski center in South America and in the southern hemisphere (120 km/75 miles of slopes across a 600-hectare surface) with a huge infrastructure for practicing winter sports. It's open all year round and has 40 lifts (including chairlifts and cable cars) that transport 35,000 people an hour.

Cerro Catedral Ski Resort has the most modern resort base in South America, including a shopping mall and accommodation options with more than 5,000 beds within walking distance to the main lifts. Access is a paved road (not as common as you would think in Argentina) with a variety of easy transportation options both from nearby San Carlos de Bariloche and the Bariloche airport (airport code BRC). Bariloche itself is a fun tourist city with great restaurants, nightlife and once off the busy main avenues, stunning Patagonia scenery.

During the summer months there are lots of adventure activities available for the entire family. From climbing to hiking, mountain biking, rappelling and much more. Enjoy breathtaking scenery, the finest cuisine and an area where cars and motorbikes are forbidden. Visit the Bike Park where inexperienced and expert riders can descend eight different trails marked on the southern side and center of the mountain.

Cerro Catedral info card

Ski Resort Location: 12 miles from San Carlos de Bariloche, Patagonia Argentina
Elevation: 1,050m (3,445ft) to 2,050m (6,725ft)
Ski Resort Vertical Drop: 1,000m (3,280ft)
Ski Resort Inbound Terrain:  Close to 1500 skiable acres, with a total of 120 km in runs and cat roads.
Ski Lifts: 38 with a mix of six-packs, cuads, doubles, t-bars, disk surface lifts, a gondola.
Off-Piste and Backcountry Access: Excellent
Heli-ski:  No
Annual Snowfall: 300 inches (over 760 cm)
Bariloche Ski Season: You can ski Catedral from June to October
Ski and Snowboard Park: Yes
Night Life:  One of the best scenes in South America


Catedral Alta Patagonia Ski and Snowboard Terrain

At 1,200 hectares (3,000 acres) Cerro Catedral has the largest lift accessed ski terrain in South America, approximately half of which is off-piste terrain. This mega ski resort has 1,150 metres (3,773 ft) of vertical drop, and 120km of slopes with a split of 15% beginner, 60% intermediate, 20% advanced and 5% expert.

The Cerro Catedral ski resort is best suited to intermediate and advanced riders, and there’s also adequate terrain for beginners. Catedral is known for the good tree skiing, and experts also have a range of alpine off-piste options as well as backcountry chutes and bowls. And for terrain park junkies there’s a decent park.

Monstrous lift lines have been common place at Catedral, although lift infrastructure modernisation continues in an effort to improve uphill capacity. Of the 37 lifts there is a mix of new high speed lifts, elderly slow double chairs that look like hand-me-downs, and a handful of T-bars. Relative to most other South America ski resorts, the lifts are considered ultra-modern.

Beginners and non-skiers

There is plenty of playing to be done at this resort. You can take a lesson, rent snowbikes, or go tubing. Aside from that, just take in the amazing views across the lakes and mountain ranges or enjoy yourself in the shopping mall or plaza at the base. Non skiers can also take the tram to have lunch at a refugio up on the mountain to fully experience and enjoy the breathtaking views from high on the mountain.  If you prefer to stay downtown, there are endless things to do in Bariloche from shopping, people watching, touring the local cafes and chocolate shops, or taking it easy around the central plazas.

Intermediates

A large portion of the resort is dedicated to intermediate skiers and snowboarders, and the staff does an average job on their grooming to keep the pistes running throughout the season. Off the piste you can practice your skills in a mix of packed powder and of course fresh pow after a storm.

Snowboarding Bariloche?  A note to those looking to snowboard Catedral. There tends to be quite a bit of traversing involved to get to certain zones on the mountain, so be prepared. The lift operators are strict about using a snowboard leash. No shirt, no shoes, no leash? No dice!

Advanced

Experts have a range of off-piste options as well as backcountry chutes and bowls and hikes including Refugio Frey Hut, for backcountry ski touring and splitboarding. The Southern side of the mountain offers excellent hikes to the steep chutes, bowls and cliff bands of Punta Nevada and La Laguna on the resorts backside.

Freestyle

The Catedral terrain park in the Nubes zone is one of the most progressive and established ski and snowboard parks in all of South America. A dedicated lift and a full time staff of both grooming and snow park specialists have helped develop this park into one of the best. There are features and sections for all abilities from those just being introduced to terrain parks all the way to skiers and riders looking to push the limits of the sport.

A full calendar of skiing and snowboarding events assures there is almost always action to watch through both night time contests at the base area to globally recognized series taking place in the park.


Climate

The climate is affected by the altitude. At higher elevations, at the weather station, the climate is classified as an alpine climate or a tundra climate (Köppen ET) while at lower elevations, the climate is classified as a cool mediterranean climate (Köppen: Csb). Cerro Catedral has the highest frequency of days with snowfalls in Argentina, averaging 98 days per year.


When to Visit

Cerro Catedral is definitely not an undiscovered ski resort. It is always crazy busy, and can be really frantic in the peak holiday season in July.The best time to visit Catedral is probably from mid August onwards.


Villa Cerro Catedral Accommodation

The village at the base of Cerro Catedral has a good selection of accommodation within easy reach of the slopes. The 5,000 beds of Cerro Catedral lodging include hotel and guesthouse accommodation. The village has a good range of restaurants, bars, shops, and ski and snowboard facilities.

Alternatively the city of Bariloche can sleep about 20,000 guests with accommodations ranging from hostels up to 5 star hotels. Bariloche has a rocking nightlife and all the chocolate shops a choc-a-holic could ever dream of.


Cost of a Catedral Ski Vacation

An Argentina ski vacation is pretty cheap for most international travellers considering the typically favourable currency exchange. Cerro Catedral in particular provides good value for money, especially when taking into account the well developed lifts and village, and the inexpensive food. It costs a little more than Villa la Angostura/Cerro Bayo or La Hoya/Esquel, but Catedral is remarkably inexpensive compared to the over-priced Las Lenas. It’s also significantly cheaper than some of the Chile ski resorts that only have resort owned accommodation and facilities.

And if you stay in Bariloche accommodation, a Catedral ski holiday can be really inexpensive.

Transportation - Get In

The Cerro Catedral ski resort is located 20km from the town of San Carlos de Bariloche; a 25 minute drive. Cerro Catedral and Bariloche are situated in the Nahuel Huapi National Park in the Rio Negro Province of Argentina.

Cerro Catedral is situated in the Lakes District of Patagonia, 1,621km (1,007 miles) southwest of Buenos Aires.


Getting to Bariloche

Bariloche has its own airport located 11km (7 miles) from downtown, with 2 hour flights originating from Buenos Aires, 1,621 km away. See the Bariloche travel page for more information on getting to Bariloche and Bariloche car rental.


Getting from Bariloche to Cerro Catedral

The drive from Bariloche to Cerro Catedral is very easy on a fully paved road that is well sign-posted, wide and has safety barriers; a far cry from the gnarly roads found at other South American ski resorts such as Valle Nevado. Unfortunately the ski resort has started charging for car parking (AR$25 in 2011) but the upside is that it’s a fully paved car park.

If you don’t have a car there are semi-regular buses from the centro of Bariloche or along Moreno Street. The buses are cheap (AR$6) but the downside is that the buses can be absolutely packed. Sometimes you may not be able to get on the bus and have to wait for the next one.

The other option is to catch a taxi or remise (chauffeured car). A remise between central Bariloche and Catedral may only cost about AR$75; best to negotiate the price before you leave. Taxis (with a meter) will generally cost more; approximately AR$110 (2011 rates). You’ll have no difficulties getting back from Catedral to Bariloche as there is a taxi and remise rank where the cars queue up for your business. As at other Argentina ski resorts, it’s somewhat surprising that many of the taxis and remises don’t have roof racks for skis or snowboards!

If you’re heading from the Bariloche airport straight to Cerro Catedral village, remises and taxis are readily available. A remise will cost about AR$100.

Accommodation & Hotels


Ideally situated on a bluff above Playa Bonita on the shores of Lake Nahuel Huapi they have unparalleled views and are only 7km from downtown Bariloche and 12km from the ski center at Cerro Catedral. Suites that are 45m and larger are equipped with a Private Spa (double Jacuzzi with air blower, ozone therapy and 21" LCD TV in view, sauna with aromatherapy, Scottish shower, Finnish shower with aroma color therapy, and towel warmer), 2x2m beds with pure Egyptian cotton bedding, 32" LCD ambilight TV with Home Theater, safe. Apartments can accommodate up to 5 guests and its residences have capacity for up to 9 guests .Both are comprised of a living/dining room, private deck and 32" LCD TV with Home Theater. The kitchen is fully-equipped and includes a grill in most of them. The master suite is complete with a private spa which includes a Scottish shower, Finnish shower with aroma color therapy, two-person Jacuzzi with ozone therapy and towel warmer. The second bedroom has its own bathroom with a Jacuzzi. A third bedroom for two also has its own bathroom. All this makes its residences the ideal getaway for families.

  • WHAT KIND OF HOTEL
    • This is a wonderful boutique hotel, as guests say.
    • Guests say the hotel is perfect for a romantic getaway.
  • GOOD TO KNOW
    • Friendly service
    • Great view
    • Friendly atmosphere
    • Professional service
  • CHARMING LUXURY LODGE & PRIVATE SPA SUMMARY
    • With an excellent TrustScore of 96, this hotel is one of the top 1% in its city. Guests highly recommend it because of its rooms, service and location.

 


Property Location: Located in Bariloche (Playa Bonita), Lirolay Suites is convenient to Viento Blanco and San Eduardo Chapel. This 4.5-star aparthotel is within close proximity of Parque Ecoturistico Cerro Viejo and Cerro Otto Cable Car.

Rooms: Treat yourself to a stay in one of the 12 individually decorated guestrooms, featuring fireplaces and private spa tubs. Your pillowtop bed comes with down comforters. Kitchenettes are outfitted with refrigerators and microwaves. LED televisions with cable programming provide entertainment, while complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected. Private bathrooms have jetted bathtubs and rainfall showerheads.

Amenities: Relax and unwind with massages, body treatments, and facials. Additional features at this aparthotel include complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and ski storage. Guests can catch a ride on the shuttle (surcharge), which operates within 200 km.

Dining: Enjoy a bite to eat at a coffee shop/café, or stay in and take advantage of the aparthotel's 24-hour room service. Mingle with other guests at a complimentary reception, held daily. Quench your thirst with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.

Business, Other Amenities: Featured amenities include dry cleaning/laundry services, a 24-hour front desk, and multilingual staff. A roundtrip airport shuttle is provided for a surcharge (available on request), and free valet parking is available onsite.

  • WHAT KIND OF HOTEL
    • Guests think this is a family-friendly hotel.
    • Guests say the hotel is perfect for a romantic getaway.
  • GOOD TO KNOW
    • Great view
    • Friendly service
    • Friendly atmosphere
    • Professional service
  • LIROLAY SUITES SUMMARY
    • With an excellent TrustScore of 94, this hotel is one of the top 3% in its city. Guests highly recommend it because of its rooms, service and location.

 


Llao Llao Hotel & Resort, Golf-Spa is conveniently located in the popular Llao Llao area. The property features a wide range of facilities to make your stay a pleasant experience. Free Wi-Fi in all rooms, facilities for disabled guests, Wi-Fi in public areas, valet parking, car park are on the list of things guests can enjoy. Comfortable guestrooms ensure a good night's sleep with some rooms featuring facilities such as television LCD/plasma screen, internet access – wireless (complimentary), whirlpool bathtub, non smoking rooms, air conditioning. Take a break from a long day and make use of hot tub, private beach, fitness center, sauna, golf course (within 3 km). No matter what your reasons are for visiting San Carlos de Bariloche, Llao Llao Hotel & Resort, Golf-Spa will make you feel instantly at home.

  • WHAT KIND OF HOTEL
    • Guests recommend this hotel for golfers.
    • Guests recommend this as a luxury hotel.
    • Guests recommend this as a wellness hotel
  • GOOD TO KNOW
    • Friendly atmosphere
    • Professional service
    • Rooms could be larger
    • Great view
  • LLAO LLAO HOTEL & RESORT, GOLF-SPA SUMMARY
    • With an excellent TrustScore of 93, this hotel is one of the top 2% in its city. Guests highly recommend it because of its service, location and breakfast.


Bosque del Nahuel Hotel is a popular choice amongst travelers in San Carlos de Bariloche, whether exploring or just passing through. The property features a wide range of facilities to make your stay a pleasant experience. To be found at the hotel are free Wi-Fi in all rooms, Wi-Fi in public areas, car park, room service, airport transfer. Some of the well-appointed guestrooms feature television LCD/plasma screen, fireplace, internet access – wireless, whirlpool bathtub, air conditioning. Enjoy the hotel's recreational facilities, including ski equipment rentals, ski lessons, hot tub, fitness center, sauna, before retiring to your room for a well-deserved rest. No matter what your reasons are for visiting San Carlos de Bariloche, Bosque del Nahuel Hotel will make you feel instantly at home.

  • GOOD TO KNOW
    • Professional service
    • Nice building
    • Great reception
    • Friendly service
  • BOUTIQUE HOTEL & APART BOSQUE DEL NAHUEL SUMMARY
    • With an excellent TrustScore of 92, this hotel is one of the top 6% in its city. Guests highly recommend it because of its service, rooms and amenities.


Aldebaran Hotel is a project that was born from a passion for the environment and customer service, with exclusive rooms that combine natural local elements with modern sophistication. Different stones and wood from the area are much in evidence in the decor, with natural rock arches, details in local stone and wood, sometimes with a rustic finish and sometimes with a more elaborate, polished look. Rooms are exquisitely decorated, creating an atmosphere of maximum comfort, while magnificent views fill our guests with tranquility and peace. The original cuisine is exquisite and there is a chance to use the hotel's exclusive spa to feed the body, mind and soul. The surroundings are ideal for a variety of water sports, such as adventure kayaking in double or individual canoes or duckies, inflatable kayaks for the less experienced to enjoy this exciting sport. There are also horse rides and walks along the unexplored peninsula where the hotel is situated, where you will find leafy forests with local species, paths and viewpoints marked with mythical legends. NOTE: Kids under 6 years old are free of charge. In case of an additional bed, it will have no charge but is subject to availability, otherwise the kid must share bed with parents.

  • WHAT KIND OF HOTEL
    • This is a wonderful boutique hotel, as guests say.
    • Guests say the hotel is perfect for a romantic getaway.
  • GOOD TO KNOW
    • Great menu
    • Professional service
    • Friendly atmosphere
    • Great view
  • ALDEBARAN HOTEL & SPA SUMMARY
    • With an excellent TrustScore of 93, this hotel is one of the top 7% in its city. Guests highly recommend it because of its rooms, service and location.


Property Location: With a stay at Villa Huinid Lodge in Bariloche (Downtown Bariloche), you'll be convenient to Fenoglio Museum of Chocolate and Piedras Blancas Lookout. This family-friendly hotel is within close proximity of Bariloche Casino and Cerro Viejo Eco Park.

Rooms: Make yourself at home in one of the 21 guestrooms featuring minibars. Rooms have private patios. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and cable programming is available for your entertainment. Private bathrooms with shower/tub combinations feature jetted bathtubs and rainfall showerheads.

Amenities: Relax at the full-service spa, where you can enjoy massages, body treatments, and facials. You can take advantage of recreational amenities such as a health club, an indoor pool, and a sauna. Additional amenities at this hotel include complimentary wireless Internet access, an arcade/game room, and ski storage.

Dining: Grab a bite to eat at the hotel's restaurant, where you can take in a garden view, or stay in and take advantage of room service (during limited hours).

Business, Other Amenities: Featured amenities include a 24-hour business center, express check-in, and dry cleaning/laundry services. Planning an event in Bariloche? This hotel has facilities measuring 1937 square feet (180 square meters), including a conference center. A roundtrip airport shuttle is provided for a surcharge (available 24 hours), and free self parking is available onsite.

  • GOOD TO KNOW
    • Great view
    • Nice building
    • Pleasant hotel grounds
    • Comfortable beds
  • VILLA HUINID LODGE SUMMARY
    • This hotel has an excellent TrustScore of 89. Guests highly recommend it because of its rooms, service and location.


Property Location: With a stay at Cacique Inacayal Lake & Spa Hotel in Bariloche (Downtown Bariloche), you'll be minutes from Bariloche Casino and Fenoglio Museum of Chocolate. This 4-star hotel is within close proximity of Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi and Civic Center Bariloche.

Rooms: Make yourself at home in one of the 67 air-conditioned rooms featuring refrigerators and minibars. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available to keep you connected. Conveniences include phones, as well as safes and desks.

Amenities: Pamper yourself with onsite massages, body treatments, and facials. You're sure to appreciate the recreational amenities, including an indoor pool, a spa tub, and a sauna. Additional amenities at this hotel include complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and an arcade/game room.

Dining: Satisfy your appetite at the hotel's restaurant, which serves breakfast and dinner, or stay in and take advantage of room service (during limited hours). Quench your thirst with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.

Business, Other Amenities: Featured amenities include a business center, express check-in, and dry cleaning/laundry services. Free self parking is available onsite.

  • WHAT KIND OF HOTEL
    • Guests say the hotel is perfect for a romantic getaway.
  • GOOD TO KNOW
    • Great view
    • Friendly service
    • Rooms could be larger
    • Nice building
  • CACIQUE INACAYAL LAKE HOTEL & SPA SUMMARY
    • With an excellent TrustScore of 88, this hotel is one of the top 12% in its city. Guests highly recommend it because of its rooms, service and location.

Ski Area

Cerro Catedral is sometimes called the Whistler of South America, in part because of the size of the ski resort and the huge vertical. Whilst it’s only about a third of the size and only 70% of the vertical of Whistler Blackcomb, Catedral is still a giant, especially by South American standards!

The mountain can be roughly broken into three vertical parts. The base area is narrow with a handful of beginner and intermediate runs largely serviced by surface lifts and slow double chairs. The middle area of the ski resort is also below the tree line and is characterized by an abundance of cat tracks that wind down the mountain. The déjà vu cat tracks can make orientation a little challenging initially, and they may provide an annoyance (and potential danger!) to off-piste riders heading through the trees. The upper part of the mountain is above the timberline and fans out into a huge area providing terrain for intermediate, advanced and expert riders.

Cerro Catedral can also be divided into two sides; these were separately owned many years ago. If you want to ride both sides, be aware that it’s easy to move from lookers’ left to right but not so easy to move the other way without returning to the base.


Beginner Terrain at Catedral

Most of the beginner terrain is at the base area, so if the snow cover is scant, poor beginners may be dodging around patches of dirt. Confident beginners can also upload and download the gondola and head up to La Hoyita.


Intermediate Skiing and Boarding

Catedral is fabulous for intermediates due to the vast number of blue runs (for low end intermediates) and red runs (for strong intermediates).

Whilst the terrain for intermediates is great (except for all those silly cat tracks!), there are a couple of downsides for intermediates. Firstly the quality of the grooming can be very shoddy with big seams in the corduroy, so best not to be a speedy Gonzales. Also the slopes are often crowded and the other riders seem to be very unpredictable. Sometimes great agility is required to get down the runs in one piece!

The piste have coloured poles to indicate the level of difficulty and there’s a little bit of signage about the place, but low end intermediates should keep a very keen eye on a trail map.


Terrain Park

The terrain park is reasonably good by South American standards and offers hits for beginner, intermediate and advanced riders. Features include rails, boxes and jumps, and sometimes a ski/boardercross course is set up. The terrain park is in the upper reaches of the resort where snow cover is not an issue. Cerro Catedral hosts frequent events so there’s plenty of opportunity to watch the pros at work.


Advanced Skiing and Riding

Despite the black runs being labelled as being for “experts”, these are really just single diamond black runs suitable for advanced riders. There are only a handful of black on-piste runs with the main fun being off-piste. The in-bounds tree skiing is lots of fun if the snow is good, but just be careful of the drop-offs onto the cat tracks. In the alpine areas the world’s your oyster across the various big bowls.


Expert Ski and Snowboard Terrain

The in-bounds Nubes area has some great challenging terrain and offers to-die-for views. This rocky area has a range of chutes of varying degrees of difficulty. Unfortunately freshies don’t last long now that this area is no longer hike-to-terrain (unless of course the Nubes chair is closed). A hike up to the Punta Princesa area also offers gnarly terrain, but you possibly won’t want to go there after watching the video below.

If you head outside the resort boundary to the skiers’ left there are lots of great lines through the hairy Lenga trees. Creek crossing and finding the right exit point might be tricky without some frustrating experimentation or a guide. The wrong exit points may result in hours spent hacking through the cane!

The Laguna area is a favourite. Don’t be fooled by the poma lift that runs up into this area– it’s not operational and is just there to tease you! A short 15 minute hike leads to the lower part of Laguna. This area has a cirque that offers an abundance of wide lines, cliffs and chutes. One gnarly sphincter-puckering chute is so exciting it will give you an erection (and I’m a chick)!

A 45 minute hike up the ridge to the top leads to sweet long lines, or beyond Lagunas is some fantastic backcountry terrain. Avid ski tourers should also consider a night or two at Refugio Frey.

Ski lifts

Catedral Alta Patagonia has 37 ski lifts. Whilst the lift infrastructure is a far cry from lifts at high profile North American ski resorts, the lifts at Cerro Catedral are fantastic relative to other South American resorts where an abundance of surface lifts are the norm.

The Amancay Gondola is the main lift from the base up to the left side of the mountain, whilst the super fast Sextuple lift (six-pack) with the bubble is the primary lift from the base up to the right side of the mountain. Both of these lifts as well as other double chairs can be downloaded. There are 3 quads chairs; otherwise the chair lifts consist of slow double and triple chairs. Catedral also has lots of surface lifts, but unless you’re a novice you’ll be able to avoid these.

Catedral Alta Patagonia also has a cable car, although this is only for pedestrians.

The considerable development over recent years has alleviated the previous problems of really really long lift queues that were commonplace. However if even a few lifts are closed due to wind for example, the lift lines can be horrendous, especially on the slow double chairs. As is typical of Argentina, there is minimal organisation to maximise lift capacity. There are no singles lanes and quad chairs commonly only have one or two people sitting on them. When you’re standing in a lift queue this can be a little infuriating, but you just have to learn to get into the Argentine culture of “all in good time”.


Catedral Lift Tickets

Cerro Catedral lift tickets are amongst the most expensive in the country. In addition to this, kids 12 and above are considered adults, and they also charge a small fortune for infants (0 to 5). However lift ticket prices seem somewhat reasonable considering the size and infrastructure of the resort, and they’re not as expensive as Las Lenas where there are only 13 lifts. And of course depending on the currency exchange, the lift tickets are significantly cheaper than at Whistler, Vail or Park City!

Cerro Catedral has electronic keycards which are scanned through turnstiles without the need for contact, however if you just purchase a day pass at the window they’ll give you a lift ticket that needs to be inserted into a machine at the turnstile.

Buying a lift ticket on-mountain can be a process. There are often queues and once you get up to the ticket window you can see Argentine efficiency at its best….not! And as at other Argentina ski resorts, if you want to use your credit card you’ll need to enter the PIN, sign the receipt, AND provide your passport number. They may even want to see your passport.

Activities & Things to do

Apart from downhill skiing and snowboarding, Cerro Catedral offers a small range of other activities.


Other Skiing Activities near Cerro Catedral

Cerro Catedral has a small amount of cross country skiing near the upper station of the Amancay Gondola. The Nordic skiing trails are only 4km in length and they double back on each other.

There are also cross-country trails at Cerro Otto which is 5km from Bariloche. A free shuttle bus leaves from the centro area of Bariloche. Cross country ski equipment is available from the cafeteria at Cerro Otto.

Cerro Lopez is another spot for cross country skiing and it’s possible to stay overnight at the Cerro Lopez Refugio.

For a very unique backcountry skiing experience, check out Mallin Alto Sled Skiing. Half the adventure is getting there so you can just do single day trips, but to get the full adventurous experience you should stay for a night or two in the rustic glamping-style lodge in a remote mountainous spot south of Bariloche.

Just over an hour south of Bariloche is the Baguales Cat Skiing operation. They offer single day snowcat skiing trips or multi-day packages that include all meals and accommodation in their mountain lodge.

Keen backcountry skiers and snowboarders can stay overnight at Refugio Frey(Frey Hut – elevation 1,700 metres) which is only accessible under human power. It’s more of a hotel than a hut, and you can get pampered with fine wines and fine food. From the refugio there are an abundance of awesome ski and snowboard lines, including steep chutes and more mellow alpine bowls. There are various mountain guides that can take you out there.


Family Activities

Snow tubing and tobogganing is available up at La Hoyita, near the top of the Amancay Gondola.


Adventure Activities

Snowmobiling and quad bike tours are available that run along a short trail through the forest. Quad bikes are also available for rent.

Snowbiking is another option to explore the trails of Cerro Catedral. This is particularly great for non-skiers and snowboarders because it’s relatively easy to pick up. Snowbike rentals are available at Sextuple Rental and lessons are available through the Catedral Ski School.


Leisure and Relaxation

Non-skiers can also enjoy the views of Cerro Catedral by riding up the sightseeing cable car and other lifts. You can head to Refugio Lynch for the best views on the mountain or join in the afternoon frivolity at a few of the other restaurants.

If you’re in need of some major rest and relaxation, head to Spa del Cerro. In addition to a heated indoor swimming pool, sauna and solarium, the complex offers a range of day spa treatments such as massages, facials and body treatments at very inexpensive rates.

Restaurants & Nightlife

Villa Catedral has a pretty good range of dining and drinking options, especially relative to other ski resorts in South America.


Cafes and Eateries

In addition to the on-mountain refugios and restaurants (see the Cerro Catedral services page) there are lots of day-time eateries and cafes in the village of Cerro Catedral, and the food court in the shopping mall provides very cheap eats.

There are also various chocolate shops where you can stop for a hot chocolate, a coffee, and nibbles of divine naughtiness.


Cerro Catedral Restaurants

Whilst there are an abundance of day time dining options, restaurants for evening dining are a little more limited, especially if you want to eat dinner at gringo time. The village looks pretty deserted between about 7 and 9pm when many of the restaurants and bars are closed.

Rodeo Pub and Steak House (Rodeo Parrilla) is the best restaurant on the hill and it’s even open at gringo dinner time. The décor is funky and really inviting, and the service is amazing, particularly in a country that is renowned for sloppy service. Argentina is also known for the amazing steaks, and Rodeo does very fine examples of great steak. The bife de lomo medallions in particular are to die for. The menu is extensive and even vegetarians will be kept happy. Drink and eat up big – the bill won’t hurt the hip pocket.


Bars, Nightlife and Après

Whilst the rest of the world calls it “après ski”, Argentina calls it “after ski”! After-ski sometimes goes off at Cerro Catedral, particularly at Mute (pronounced Moo-tay) where they often have a very festive atmosphere. Relax on one of the leather couches or get up and dance to some of the DJ tunes. They even have a free ski and snowboard “cloak room”.

Mute is probably also the most vibrant nightlife spot later on in the evening. It’s only open some evenings and they have bands or DJs playing great 80s and 90s music. The drinks are cheap and you can also have dinner there.

Jackson’s Bar next to the Soul Max Hotel is great for a laid-back drink or for dinner. They have 2 for 1 happy hour drinks before 6:30pm.

The village also has a handful of other bars. Party animals that need a huge variety of bars and clubs can head down to Bariloche where things won’t kick off until about 1am.

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