Overall Rating

Cerro Catedral

Cerro Catedral3.5/53
Cerro Catedral3.5 out of 5 based on 3 reviews
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Cerro Catedral - Reviews

Cerro Catedral - Reviews

Go if you are in the country

Chris Leshock
26/09/2019
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Month Visited:
    September
  • Admin Rating
    4

Go if you are in the country

Chris Leshock
26/09/2019
Skied Cerro Catedral on September 21st, 2019.

PROS
Large resort, never felt crowded on the runs/piste
Amazing views, snow capped peaks in most directions, glacial-fed lakes to the East and South and lots of exposed granite.
Good on-mountain food and beverages and patio decks to enjoy
Good village at the base
only 25 minutes by road to near-by town of Bariloche (either place is fine to stay at IMO)
Interesting areas of off-piste terrain
Friendly locals and skiers

CONS
Slow and old chairlifts.
Massive waits to get on the chairs
No organization or lines or gates to improve the wait process. Everyone just pushes through each other. Like animals...
Must download to get back down to the village, as snow line is about 500 vertical feet above the base village during most of the season (heavy snowfall can open the runs all of the way down for a few weeks during the middle of the season).

Definitely worth the effort to ski here. If you go, be at the lifts early, by 9am opening time. Lines are reasonable then, but get long by 9:30 am (we waited 40 minutes for the 6 seater chair at 10 am). Worth skiing 1 or 2 days. Combine this with a visit to Baguales Mountain Reserve Catskiiing about an hour south of Bariloche if you can. Baguales is awesome and totally worth the $500/day cost, and dinner/overnight cost of $300. Good airport (BRC) but only have non-stop flights to/from Buenos Aires (AEP and EZE), could not get non-stop to/from Santiago (SCL).

Great terrain, unpredictable snow and the best backcountry!

Peter Nave
11/04/2013
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  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    18-35
  • Admin Rating
    4

Great terrain, unpredictable snow and the best backcountry!

Peter Nave
11/04/2013
This area has great tree skiing and reliably receives storms but due to its low elevation the coverage can be really spotty. The 2012 season was just that, a spotty one with mandatory downloading on the chairs over the last pitches because they were nothing but dirt. When the storms did hit they were fantastic, immediately covering the mountain's great tree skiing from top to bottom with beautiful powder.

The high snow line makes it all the more worth it to visit Refugio Frey. Information about the refugio is found at the 'Club Andino' office in central Bariloche. This was the best hut I've ever visited; the snow, the terrain, the hut, the works were all perfect.

Overall I 100% recommend Bariloche as the destination of any ski trip. Don't be mislead by its Argentinian address, fly in and out of Santiago to get there!

Catedral is Popular for Good Reason

08/09/2011

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  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Admin Rating
    4

Catedral is Popular for Good Reason

08/09/2011
Cerro Catedral has the biggest and best terrain of any of the ski resorts we’ve visited in South America, and we’ve rated it as the best overall ski resort in South America because it has lots of great factors going for it.

The snow quality at the top of the mountain is pretty good, and better than nearby Cerro Bayo and Chapelco where the top elevation is lower. A great advantage of Catedral is the huge size of the mountain. The terrain for advanced and expert riders is superb with lots of variety, and some chutes will get the palms really sweaty. The slackcountry and backcountry terrain is also very noteworthy. The lifts are pretty good relative to other South America ski resorts, although the many slow double chairs are rather primitive.

Whilst some call Catedral the “Whistler of South America”, Catedral doesn’t have even a fraction of the organisational skills of Whistler Blackcomb. This plays out when the lift queues are long and the staff do nothing to aid lift loading to maximise lift capacity. It can be frustrating to watch 2 people sitting on a quad chair when there’s a half hour wait for the lift. But after a while the lack of service, signage and ski patrol work just adds to the charm of the resort and you quickly learn not to care. This is all part of getting into the culture of Argentina!

Back to the lift queues…… we visited in a supposedly quiet season when it wasn’t teeming with Brazilians (the season Volcan Puyehue spewed its guts) yet it was still really busy. Thankfully there aren’t too many great riders, but the freshies in-bounds still disappear too quickly. Another con is the quality of the snow anywhere except at the top of the mountain.

A major advantage of Cerro Catedral is the village. It’s a rarity in South America to stay on-mountain in a vibrant village. Of course Cerro Catedral’s proximity to Bariloche is also a huge plus.

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