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Cerro Catedral Ski Resort
Mount Catedral is one of the most attractive ski resorts in the Southern Hemisphere, with over 2965 acres (1200 hectares) of skiable terrain. 39 available lifts, among which you will find the modern chairlift Sextuple Super bubble, with disengagement, the Resort has a lift capacity for about 35,000 riders/hour.
Terrain for skiers and snowboarders of all ability levels is available; over half is for intermediates. Mount Catedral is a paradise for advanced skiers who can choose from cruisers, moguls or off-piste skiing.
21 Mountain Restaurants and Bars, spread all over the mountain.
At 1030 meters over sea level, Catedral is a pioneer among South American ski resorts, being the most complete, and it continues updating its facilities to offer visitors the most advanced infrastructure.
Base Elevation: 3,380 ft. /1,030 m
Summit Elevation: 7, 837 ft./ 2,388 m
Runs Maximum Elevation: 6,892 ft. / 2,100 m
Vertical Rise: 3,512 ft. / 1,070 m
Terrain: 1,482 acres / 600 hectares
Slope: 3º to 60º
Winter season average snowfall (according to statistics)
Summit (7,837 ft.): 236 inches / 6 meters
Intermediate (5,251 ft.): 118 inches / 3 m
Base (3,380 ft.): 59 inches / 1,5 m
Weather conditions permitting, lifts open daily at 9 a.m. and close at 5 p.m.
Ski and snowboard lovers find in Catedral the most extensive skiable surface of South America: over 2,964 acres (1,200 hectares), half of which comprises prepared runs, while the other half is off-piste terrain with breath-taking views and exciting adventure!
The Resort has more than 1,482 acres (600 hectares) of east-facing slopes suitable for skiing, with an excellent blanket of snow from early June to early October, and enjoying full daily light exposition. Its direct and close-to-base access to runs makes of Catedral a unique resort, with the most complete facilities on Base, which is at 3,380 ft. (1,030m) above sea level.
The maximum reachable height above sea level, at 6,892 ft. (2,100 m), offers one of the most impressive views of the Andes mountain chain.
Green Trails: 4 (abc sur + camino central de plaza a base + abc norte de 1200 a base + caminito 1200)
Green Areas: 6 (Hoyita, 2000, Superior Amancay 1 y 2, Base, Plaza, Zona 1200)
Blue Trails: 25
Red Trails: 15
Black Trails: 10
This is an especially designed area for skiers and snowboarders to go beyond. With the proper safety measures, everything is set so that you can have a great time with your friends and, why not? Watch and admire the best.
• Big air
• Skate mini-ramp at the Base
• DJ`s cabin
Catedral Alta Patagonia offers 40 available lifts, among which you will find the modern chairlift Sextuple Super bubble, with disengagement; the Resort has a lift capacity for about 35.000 riders per hour.
1 Cable Car
10 Double ski chairs
1 Sextuple Super bubble
1 Combi ski chair(cuadruple and double)
2 cuadruple ski chairs
2 Triple ski chairs
5 Soga lift
1 Telecabina cuádruple
Refugio Neumeyer (Challhuaco Mountain Hut)
Distance: 11,19 miles away from Bariloche
If you are driving a 2WD vehicle, Challhuaco provides transportation service from the access way. For more information, phone 428995
A magic, enchanted place surrounded by lenga forests that invites to listen to the silence. A welcoming fire always burning in the fireplace makes it the perfect place to enjoy a good meal and share experiences.
The Refugio Neumeyer, located in the Challhuaco Valley at 1200 meters above sea level, is open all year round. For several decades it has been a vacation home for families who seek an encounter with nature, or outdoors activities with no frills other than good food and different types of splendid scenery.
Walking along the woodland trails, ice skating on the frozen Laguna Verde or practicing cross country skiing through beautiful forests, is a marvelous experience of being by yourself and in harmony with nature, far away from the pollution and stress of large cities.
Refugio Berghoff (Cerro Otto)
Distance: 5 miles away from downtown.
Otto Meiling, the pioneer of Argentine Andean mountain climbing in Argentina, built the Refugio Berghoff on Cerro Otto. It is one of seven mountain cabins (refugios) operated by the Club Andino, and was declared Municipal Heritage.
The refugios provide a haven for hikers, climbers and cross-country skiers across the region and provide with delicious home made meals. The large fire inside welcomes visitors to this magic place, where you can admire the views of the surrounding landscape and learn about the history of the ski in Argentina, with pictures that show the first ski factory created by Otto Meiling, also founder of Club Andino Bariloche.
Cross Country Ski Center (Cerro Otto)
Tour: 5 miles away from town.
If you are driving your own car, check out the road conditions before heading out. Always carry chains or snow tires.
To reach the Cross Country Ski Center, take the same road leading to Piedras Blancas at km 1 of Los Pioneros Ave, and drive for 7 km through a slightly winding mountain road along which you can admire thick lenga woods and beautiful views of Nahuel Huapi Lake.
Besides the typical mountain cabin (Refugio Berghoff), there are more than 2500 acres of groomed runs for skiers and snowboarders of all ability levels.
Activities: Cross Country Ski School, snowshoeing, sled trips and snowmobiles.
International Biathlon Competitions and the Argentine Cross Country Skiing Championship are held every year.
Piedras Blancas (Cerro Otto)
Tour: 3,73 miles away from town
If you are driving your own car, check out the road conditions before heading out. In winter, always carry chains or snow tires.
At km 1 of Los Pioneros Ave, you get to a slightly winding road that takes you up to Piedras Blancas winter sports parking lot, after driving for about 5 km.
Piedras Blancas has characteristic features that distinguish it from other winter resorts.
It is actually the birthplace of skiing in the region, imported by Otto Meiling, who built Refugio Berghoff on Cerro Otto.
The beautiful snow clad mountains provide a haven for hikers, climbers and cross-country skiers. It also offers a variety of activities an area of 15 acres: guided walks through the woods, snowmobiles, cycling excursions on mountain bikes, rock climbing and a mountain refuge where delicious homemade cakes and hot chocolate is served…
Cerro Otto Cable Car
Distance: 3,10 miles from “Estación Inferior”
There are different ways to get to the Estacion inferior of the Cerro Otto Cable Car
1º Taking De Los Pioneros Avenue and Sara María Furman st., only 5 kilometers away from Bariloche, you get to the base of Cerro Otto. At this point there is a cable car that takes tourists to the revolving tearoom/café.
2º There is also a free shuttle service available from town to the cable car station and back (bus stops at the corner of Mitre and Villegas and Pagano and San Martin streets, opposite the National Parks Superintendence building),departing at different times.
3º By public bus (lines 50 and 51)
You can drive to the top of Cerro Otto, taking the slightly winding road leading up from Km 1 of Avenida de los Pioneros to Piedras Blancas Winter Complex (5 km). A little farther up, you get to the Nordic Ski Center and Refugio Berghoff, a Municipal Historical Site. Drive another 3 km along a narrow mountain road to the upper parking area of the Cable Car Complex, from which you can get to the Revolving Tearoom/Snack Bar.
Don’t forget to check out the road conditions before heading out. In winter season, always carry chains or snow tires.
The cable car transports 500 people an hour and travels 4609 ft to “Estacion Superior”, at 1.405 meters above sea level, at a regular speed of 3 meters/second, both in descent and ascent. The tourist enjoys the trip completely protected against weather conditions, as the 42 compartments are closed and built on a steel frame, covered with polyester fiber and glazed with Plexiglas.
The ticket includes the ride up in the cable car with panoramic windows, which takes 12 minutes to the top, and access to the complex where the snack bar rotates 360º every 20 minutes, providing magnificent views of the surroundings.
Visit the surprising Art Gallery where replicas of Michelangelo’s David, Pietà and Moses, made by Pietro Bazzanti Art Gallery in Florence, Italy are exhibited.
Nature lovers will find countless activities to make their day unique at the Cerro Otto Cable Car Tourist Complex. In winter there are 3 bobsled slopes of varying difficulty and guided snowshoeing tours.
The latest novelty:
• The MOUNTAINTOP FUNICULAR made up of two units that carry 30 people each. It climbs 160 meters up the mountainside, saving time and allowing you to enjoy the bobsled or Otto Kart slopes more comfortably. During summer it’s also used for carrying people up from the parking area.
• OTTO KART: Similar in design to European systems, this attraction consists of inflatable tubes specially designed for sliding down one of the traditional bobsled slopes. Guaranteed fun for everyone, as you speed safely down the mountain. The pass includes three slides and ascents in the Mountaintop Funicular.