Perito Moreno Ski Area
Perito Moreno is a little ski area located near El Bolsón that is operated by Club Andino Piltriquitrón (est. 1946). The Perito Moreno ski resort is completely no frills and takes skiing back to its roots. It delightfully lacks the commercialism seen at nearby Bariloche
and Cerro Catedral
The ski resort was named after Francisco “Perito” Moreno who was an explorer and surveyor of the borders of Chile and Argentina, so he became a pioneer of skiing in South America. The only problem is that Perito explored lots of areas in Argentina and has various places named after him! Whilst Cerro Perito Moreno has a small glacier called Perito Moreno, it’s often confused with the famous Glacier Perito Moreno in the Santa Cruz Province of Argentina. To further confuse matters, there’s also the Bariloche suburb of Perito Moreno, the town of Perito Moreno, the national park, and a museum with the same name!
Cerro Perito Moreno Ski and Snowboard Terrain
The Perito Moreno ski area is very small and essentially consists of a handful of groomed runs that have been cut through the forest. These runs are not particularly long and the ski area has a vertical drop of 450 metres. The area is serviced by a slow double chair lift and primitive surface lifts which are a bit of a “drag”!
Cerro Perito Moreno caters to beginner and intermediate skiers and boarders who want to get a few turns in. The official statistics for the terrain split are 20% beginner, 60% intermediate, and 20% advanced, but the stats don’t tell the true tale of the terrain.
Even though the ski area is called the “dark expert”, experts shouldn’t get too excited about abundant prospects of challenging terrain. Off-piste skiing in-bounds is very limited, but for those willing to go for a long hike, the area offers some good backcountry.
You might need to do a snow dance to worship Huey the snow god, because Cerro Perito Moreno is not naturally blessed with abundant snowfall and the snow is often not well retained.
Where is Perito Moreno Ski Resort?
The ski resort is situated on Cerro Perito Moreno in the Andes Mountain Range, 26 km (16 miles) from the town of El Bolson in the Rio Negro Province of Argentina. El Bolson is 121 km south of Bariloche
El Bolson Argentina
The ski area has very basic ski club lodging. Most people stay down in El Bolson where accommodation consists of simple hotels, hosterias, cabanas and a few hostels.
El Bolson is a town in a valley at the base of Mount Piltriquitrón. It has about 30,000 inhabitants, many of which are offspring of the hippies that arrived in the 60s and 70s. The town today continues to attract hippies and skilful artisans that appreciate the laid back lifestyle.
El Bolsón has an unusually mild climate relative to other nearby Patagonian towns, and as such the main economy is based on growing fruit and hops. Not surprisingly, there are lots of locally brewed beers available in town!
El Bolsón is also famous for the big market that is held from 10am to 4pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and weekends. Buy handicrafts or art, and feast on the waffles and local beers.
The El Bolson restaurants have typical Patagonia fare such as trout and lamb, but vegetarians can also stuff their bellies with vego food in El Bolson. Cafes or shops selling chocolates and homemade ice-cream are also commonplace.
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Why Ski or Snowboard at Cerro Perito Moreno?
The area possesses great scenic beauty and the really relaxed atmosphere of the ski area and the town are a bit seductive. Perito Moreno has no crowds, no attitude, and it’s really cheap!
Perito Moreno is popular with families. On weekends they often have family events, musica pumping from the speakers near the confiteria, and they may have cartoon characters handing out lollies to the kids (and the adults!). Perito Moreno offers plain simple family fun.
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