Winter in Bariloche is synonymous with skiing. Plainly put, winter sports rule the day during the colder months in the Southern Hemisphere (June to October), attracting South Americans, Americans, and Europeans to what many of us think of as “summer snow.” If you’re planning to hit the slopes in Bariloche, here are some best bets.
Situated just 20 minutes outside the city, Cerro Catedral ranks among the region’s biggest and most convenient ski resorts. The resort gets its name from the spire-like granite peaks thought by some to resemble a Gothic church, and the views across Lake Nahuel Huapi are certainly awe-inspiring. Skiers and snowboarders will find 3,000 acres (1,200 hectares) of lift-accessed terrain. There are plenty of runs for beginners, as well as challenges for intermediate and advanced skiers.
Those looking for a more low-key alternative to bustling Cerro Catedral will find it at Cerro Bayo. This relatively small ski area, at just 494 acres (200 hectares), offers 16 lifts and 25 marked trails, many with stellar views of Lake Nahuel Huapi and into Chile. The resort sits above the village of Villa La Angostura, about an hour north of Bariloche.
Located near San Martín de los Andes, Chapelco ski resort attracts visiting families with amenities such modern lifts, a ski and snowboard school, equipment rentals, and plenty of restaurants for refueling between runs. About a quarter of the resort’s skiable terrain is suitable for beginners, and there’s even a small terrain park for freestyle skiers and snowboarders.
Cerro Perito Moreno
Those willing to travel a bit further from Bariloche—about 75 miles (121 kilometers)—will find a no-frills skiing experience at Cerro Perito Moreno. What the area lacks in size and amenities it makes up for with its relaxed atmosphere, excellent scenery, and relatively inexpensive prices.