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Best Places to Ski in Argentina

By Betsy Burlingame

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Summary: Are you eager to hit the slopes in Argentina? Our detailed guide showcases the best places to ski in Argentina. From the most thrilling runs for avid skiers to welcoming family areas, and from dining options to additional leisure activities, we cover it all for the ultimate ski trip.

Argentina, with its diverse landscapes and climates, offers some of the best skiing experiences in the Southern Hemisphere. Expats and digital nomads who are avid skiers or snowboarders will find a variety of ski resorts that cater to all ability levels. From the Andes' powdery slopes to resorts with breathtaking views, Argentina's ski areas are a winter paradise. Here are the top ski areas in Argentina that you should consider visiting during the ski season, which typically runs from June to October.

Cerro Catedral

Ability Level: All ability levels.
Location: Near San Carlos de Bariloche, in the province of Rio Negro.
Family Friendly: Yes

Cerro Catedral is one of the most famous ski resorts in South America, offering a vast terrain suitable for beginners, intermediates, and experts. With stunning views of Nahuel Huapi Lake and the Andes, it's a favorite for families and adventure seekers alike. The resort boasts a well-developed infrastructure, including numerous lifts, a ski school, and a lively base village with plenty of accommodation options.

We Recommend: After a day on the slopes, head to La Roca Bariloche for a cozy atmosphere and a taste of local Patagonian cuisine, including wild game and craft beers.

Las Lenas

Ability Level: Intermediate to expert.
Location: In the province of Mendoza.
Family Friendly: Yes, with caution for less experienced skiers.

Las Lenas is renowned for its challenging terrain, including off-piste and backcountry areas that attract advanced skiers and snowboarders. The resort also offers night skiing and a range of other winter activities. While it's a paradise for thrill-seekers, there are also options for beginners and a ski school for those looking to improve their skills.

We Recommend: Visit Innsbruck Bar & Fondue for a warm and inviting dining experience, where you can enjoy a variety of fondue options and a selection of fine wines.

Chapelco

Ability Level: All ability levels.
Location: Near San Martin de los Andes, in the province of Neuquen.
Family Friendly: Yes

Chapelco offers a family-friendly atmosphere with a range of slopes for all skill levels. The resort is known for its beautiful forested runs and excellent snow quality. It also provides a ski and snowboard school, equipment rentals, and a charming town nearby with plenty of après-ski options.

We Recommend: Torino Bar & Bistro in San Martin de los Andes is a great spot for a hearty meal, with a menu that includes both Argentine specialties and international dishes.

Cerro Castor

Ability Level: All ability levels.
Location: At the southernmost tip of Argentina, near Ushuaia in Tierra del Fuego.
Family Friendly: Yes

Cerro Castor is the southernmost ski resort in the world, offering a unique skiing experience with well-groomed runs and modern facilities. The resort is suitable for all levels and is particularly known for its long ski season due to its cold climate. The stunning end-of-the-world scenery is an added bonus for visitors.

We Recommend: Morada del Aguila is a cozy mountain lodge with a restaurant that serves delicious local dishes, including king crab and Patagonian lamb, in a rustic setting with panoramic views.

La Hoya

Ability Level: All ability levels.
Location: Near Esquel, in the province of Chubut.
Family Friendly: Yes

La Hoya is known for its excellent snow conditions throughout the season, thanks to its favorable position in a natural basin. It's a great spot for families and offers a variety of runs for different skill levels, as well as a snow park for freestyle enthusiasts.

We Recommend: La Luna Restaurant in Esquel provides a warm ambiance and serves a fusion of local and international cuisine, perfect for a satisfying meal after a day on the mountain.

Caviahue

Ability Level: Beginner to intermediate.
Location: In the province of Neuquen, at the base of the Copahue volcano.
Family Friendly: Yes

Caviahue is a smaller, more intimate resort that's ideal for families and those just starting out. The scenic views of the Andes and the nearby lake add to the tranquil atmosphere. The resort also offers thermal springs, which are perfect for relaxing after skiing.

We Recommend: For a unique dining experience, try the Quine Restaurant & Tea House, which offers a cozy setting and a menu featuring local ingredients and homemade pastries.

Penitentes

Ability Level: Beginner to intermediate.
Location: Near Mendoza, along the route to the Chilean border.
Family Friendly: Yes

Penitentes is a smaller ski resort that provides a more laid-back skiing experience. It's a good choice for those looking to avoid the larger crowds and enjoy a variety of gentle slopes. The resort also offers stunning views of the surrounding Andean peaks.

We Recommend: Ayelen Restaurant is a great spot for a meal, offering hearty mountain fare and a selection of Mendoza's famous wines in a rustic setting.

Batea Mahuida

Ability Level: Beginner to intermediate.
Location: Managed by the indigenous Mapuche community, near Villa Pehuenia in Neuquen province.
Family Friendly: Yes

Batea Mahuida is a small and unique ski resort that provides a tranquil skiing experience away from the hustle and bustle. It's particularly suitable for beginners and families, with gentle slopes and a friendly atmosphere. The resort also offers stunning views of the Pehuenia circuit and its lakes.

We Recommend: Parador Batea Mahuida offers a warm refuge with a restaurant that serves traditional Argentine asados (barbecues) and other local specialties, all with a breathtaking view of the Andes.

About the Author

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.


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