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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Are you thinking about skiing in Argentina? Well, slap on your boots, wax your boards, and get a fresh pair of snow goggles because Argentina’s ski season starts in just 3 months! From June to September, Argentina’s 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 snowsport travel repertoire, you should strongly reconsider. Read below for The Best Ski Resorts in Argentina!

Here we go! 

First things first, check out the Argentina ski resorts map below for a clear visual on where the resorts mentioned in this blog are located!

Las Lenas Ski Resort – Mendoza, Argentina

Las Lenas Ski Resort is one of the largest Andean ski resorts in South America. 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. 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. How great is that?! 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.

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 Wine Tour with a snowboarding vacation! There’s nothing better than experiencing both the excellent wines and mountain ranges that Argentina has to offer!

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 resorts unique terrain is ideal for beginner skiers and snowboarders and often attracts families. 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.

Chapelco Ski Resort – Neuquén Province, Argentina

Chapelco Ski Resort is named after the Chapelco Mountain itself and is located in southwestern Argentina. Tourists often choose this ski resort due to its proximity to 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 spread across the mountain.  Patagonia Argentina ski resorts are very popular amongst tourists, so book fast before all the space fills up! 

Cerro Bayo Ski Boutique – 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!

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. At 1,200 hectares, 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 the quaint town which has a little bit of everything: bars, cybercafes, snacks, pubs, traditional and international restaurants. Interested in Bariloche ski packages? Check out our Highlights of Argentina Tour. Make sure to plan ahead if you would like to stay here because Cerro Catedral is an extremely popular ski resort in Argentina! 

La Hoya Ski Resort – Chubut, Argentina

La Hoya Ski Resort rests 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 offered. Pack a bag and head on over to La Hoya! If you’re still looking for more ski vacations, check out our Skiing in Ushuaia, Argentina Tour

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