The Best Ski Resorts in Argentina
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The Best Ski Resorts in Argentina

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Mar 8, 2018

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By Margo Lynott

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Last updated on December 28th, 2020 at 03:54 pm

The Best Ski Resorts in Argentina

Are you thinking about a skiing trip to Argentina? Well, slap on your boots, wax your boards, and get a fresh pair of snow goggles because Argentina’s ski resorts are a great reason to visit the country! The best time to visit Argentina when booking a ski trip is from June to September. This is when Argentina experiences iceberg cold weather (especially the further south you are), which creates fantastic skiing and snowboarding conditions.

Argentina also features some of the world’s tallest mountains and the mighty Andes provide the perfect backdrop for some of the best skiing in South America. If you haven’t thought about adding Argentina to your snow-sport travel repertoire, you should strongly reconsider. Read below for The Best Ski Resorts in Argentina!

Where are the best ski resorts in Argentina?

First things first, check out where the Argentina ski resorts are on this map below.

1. Las Lenas Ski Resort (Mendoza, Argentina)

Las Lenas Ski Resort is one of the largest Andean ski resorts in South America. It is located at the base of the Andes Mountains in Mendoza, the area that is normally known for its wine tours. People obsess over the incredible ski and snowboard terrain that Las Lenas provides. Some even go as far as saying that there is more skiable terrain here than at Whistler. This internationally favored ski resort offers a snowy playground for both beginners and experts. As you would expect with these kinds of credentials, Las Leñas, with South America’s most modern lift system, is one of the more exclusive resorts in Argentina.

Enjoy 13 ski lifts, hundreds of chutes and bowls, and a vast amount of out of bounds space to shred. There is even a basic snow park located in the center of the resort where the advanced can practice their tricks! What’s the greatest attribute of Las Lenas? It’s the best lift-accessed terrain in the Andes. Many of the lifts take you right back to the resort. There are many other winter activities here besides skiing. Snowshoe for a different perspective of the mountain, or go cross-country skiing. Las Leñas is also open during the summer months (October to June) when you can take part in a wide variety of mountain activities; for example, mountain biking, hiking, climbing, and horse riding.

Après-ski at Las Leñas Resort

Plus, in your downtime or on a night out after intense outdoor, physical activity, tourists can explore the Centro Commercial La Piramide – where casinos, restaurants, shops, hotels, and a lively nightlife present themselves. Whether you unwind over a dinner of classic fondue or Argentine steak, or you want to let your hair down in one of the nightly discos, Las Leñas Argentina ski resort has it all.

International and Argentine cuisine can be found at Cuatro Estaciones (four corners), one of the restaurants in the excellent Piscis hotel. If it’s the Argentine steak you’re after, Restaurant Club de la Nieve is your best bet, not to mention that the restaurant also serves the best fondue in the valley! Our pick, however, is Bar Edelweiss, where culinary students at the Universidad Nacional de Cuyo prepare international dishes to the highest standard. Night owls looking to continue the après-ski into the early hours have the choice of two discos in town.

2. Los Penitentes Ski Resort (Mendoza, Argentina)

Advanced, intermediate and beginner skiers and snowboarders are all welcome at Los Penitentes Ski Resort. This medium-sized ski resort is equipped with 8 ski lifts and 25 runs of various lengths and drops. Though Penitentes is a small center, there is an abundance of hotels in the area where guests can stay.

There are also plenty of services such as ski schools, a snow garden, a shopping center, restaurants, and more. Consider combining an Argentina food and wine tour with a snowboarding vacation! There’s nothing better than experiencing both the excellent wines and mountain ranges that Argentina has to offer!

3. Cerro Caviahue Ski Resort (Neuquén Province, Argentina)

Caviahue Ski Resort is smokin’ and we mean literally – Caviahue is located on the very active Copahue Volcano. The ski resort’s unique terrain is ideal for beginner skiers and snowboarders and is considered family-friendly. You can enjoy views of the horseshoe-shaped blue lake while you glide down the mountain.

Après-ski, head to the town of Caviahue, which rests at the base of the Copahue Volcano along the shores of Lake Caviahue. The town continues to evolve with new restaurants and shops, while still preserving its original charm. If you avoid the peak holiday period in July, lift tickets are inexpensive and Caviahue accommodation is reasonably priced compared to other Argentina ski areas.

4. Chapelco Ski Resort (Neuquén Province, Argentina)

The Chapelco Ski Resort’s name comes from the Chapelco Mountain itself and is located near Bariloche, Argentina. Tourists often choose this ski resort due to its proximity to the vacation-resort town of San Martin de los Andes, one of Argentina’s most charming Lake District villages. The region has not gone through any severe deforestation, which means tree skiing is bountiful and at its peak.

Chapelco offers 11 lifts for skiers and snowboarders, including a brand-new, high-speed quad and a gondola. Beginner, intermediate and advanced runs are available across the mountain. Patagonia Argentina ski resorts are very popular amongst tourists, so book fast before all the space fills up!

5. Cerro Bayo Ski Boutique Resort (Neuquén Province, Argentina)

Cerro Bayo Ski Boutique overlooks Nahuel Huapi Lake and offers some of the best winter skiing and snowboarding in Argentina. This ski resort designed several exclusive sectors for each type of skier and/or snowboarder. There are runs specifically for beginners and intermediate riders, as well as off-piste tracks for experts looking for a thrill. Riders can get their freestyle on at the improved terrain park, which includes drawers, rails, and even a big air. In the summertime, come to Cerro Bay for some excellent hiking!

6. Cerro Catedral Ski Resort (San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina)

Cerro Catedral Ski Resort prides itself as the largest and most developed ski resort in South America. Located in San Carlos de Bariloche, Cerro Catedral has the largest lift-accessed ski terrain on the continent. Best suited for intermediate and advanced riders, this mega ski resort has 1,150 meters of vertical drop and 120 km of slopes.

There is an abundance of hotels and hostels for visitors to stay, as well as ski schools for all ages, levels, and styles. At night, explore Bariloche which has a little bit of everything: bars, cybercafes, snacks, pubs, traditional and international restaurants.Make sure to plan ahead if you would like to stay here because Cerro Catedral is an extremely popular ski resort in Argentina!

7. La Hoya Ski Resort (Chubut, Argentina)

La Hoya Ski Resort is in southern Argentina and offers riders some of the most powdery snow! The snow conditions stay fresh all year round due to the fact that the slopes do not receive much sun. Alpine and Nordic skiing and snowboarding are popular here. The terrain also offers a special area for randonnée skiing, a circuit for snowmobiles and exciting off-piste areas with deep pow. Families frequent La Hoya Ski Resort often. 10 lifts and 24 runs are available. Pack a bag and head on over to La Hoya!

8. Cerro Castor (Ushuaia, Argentina)

Cerro Castor slopes

Cerro Castor Ski Resort sits on the slopes of Mount Krund in Ushuaia, Cerro Castor Ski Resort offers 15 small cabins for an intimate ski experience at the end of the world. And that isn’t a marketing ploy, it is actually the most Southern Ski Resort in the world. With views of the Beagle Channel and a modern lift system, it’s a great choice for anyone hoping to visit a medium-sized resort. It’s got 33 trails and 8 chair lifts and plenty of room to roam around with 1600 acres of skiable terrain. The trip to Ushuaia is quite charming too, with its port, quality restaurants, and cute shops.

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