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Cerro Bayo

Cerro Bayo3/52
Cerro Bayo3 out of 5 based on 2 reviews
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Cerro Bayo - Reviews

Cerro Bayo - Reviews

Easy to Score Freshies

POWDERHOUNDS.COM19/10/2016
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Month Visited:
    August

Easy to Score Freshies

POWDERHOUNDS.COM19/10/2016
Los Lagos off-piste area
Freshies after lunch time
Powder day and no competition for the freshies
The views never grow old!
Where is everyone?
We managed to score another powder day at Cerro Bayo where the resort was rather devoid of skiers and snowboarders. Line after line of powder… awesome! And the variety of skiing both open alpine terrain and some trees was a bonus.

The new gondola seemed to be more for the pedestrian tourists. The resort had the bottom gondola running at a snail’s pace so we didn’t bother going on the gondola again after the initial ride to access the mid-mountain area. The top gondola wasn’t running, possibly because there were a couple of breaths of wind (!!) and/or a couple of clouds, and it took them awhile to get the Lenga chair open too despite it not being particularly windy.

Whilst Cerro Bayo is reasonably small (and probably not worthy of a week-long trip), it still amazes us that many people flock to Catedral and Chapelco and circumvent Bayo. This is obviously of huge benefit to us powder hounds that seek fresh powder.

See the Cerro Bayo overview page for more on our thoughts of the pros and cons, and also see the South American ski resorts ratings to see how it stacks up.

The Most Scenic Ski Resort

POWDERHOUNDS.COM06/09/2011
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    36-50

The Most Scenic Ski Resort

POWDERHOUNDS.COM06/09/2011
Cerro Bayo definitely wins the award amongst the South American ski resorts for the most wow factor when it comes to the vistas. The proximity of the ski resort to the gorgeous lake and the forest and alpine areas provide stupendous views. I thought the views of lakes from some of the New Zealand ski resorts were impressive, but Cerro Bayo almost makes New Zealand look plain.

We saw the snow conditions at both ends of the spectrum. One day there was almost no snow at the base and a few days later it was an amazing powder day where the snow was deep, dry and very yummy. That’s skiing in the southern hemisphere for you!

The terrain for advanced and expert riders at Cerro Bayo is impressive and varied. Some of tree skiing is nicely pitched and spaced, whilst some of the tree skiing is bordering on extreme. Los Lagos is a very fun area and then there’s the sidecountry which offers an abundance of fresh lines. Another huge plus for Cerro Bayo is that it’s not busy relative to Cerro Catedral and Cerro Chapelco, so you can enjoy freshies for hours instead of minutes.

Cons of Cerro Bayo: limited terrain for intermediates; lift tickets are pricey considering the lack of modern lifts (although it’s still cheap relative to North America, Europe and Australasia); and they sometimes close lifts for no good reason.

Another huge pro for Cerro Bayo is its proximity to Villa la Angostura which is debatably the most beautiful place on earth!

For more detailed ratings of Cerro Bayo and to see how it compares to other ski resorts around the world, see our powderhounds resort ratings.