A guide to skiing in Bariloche, Argentina

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Bariloche is one of the most visited destinations in Argentina year-round, and in winter, it is especially famous for being one of the country’s main ski resorts. In this comprehensive guide, you will find everything you need to know for skiing in Bariloche, Argentina.

Skiing in Bariloche, Argentina: Cerro Catedral

Chosen by both foreign tourists and local visitors, Bariloche is the most visited winter destination in Argentina. Cerro Catedral is the largest ski resort in South America, with about 2,000 skiable hectares and over 70 ski slopes for all levels.

How to get to Cerro Catedral?

Cerro Catedral is located 19 kilometers from the center of San Carlos de Bariloche and 1 hour from the airport. There are several options to reach the mountain.

  • Taxi from the city center or airport or private transfer from Bariloche airport
  • Bus 55: the local bus number 55 runs from the bus terminal, passes through the city center, and ends at the base of Cerro Catedral, making it an option for those not staying at the base of the mountain.
  • Car: If you’re not staying at the base of the mountain, renting a car in Bariloche is a good option to reach Cerro Catedral each day. The website I always use and recommend for car rentals is Rentalcars.com.
  • Tour to Cerro Catedral from downtown Bariloche: If you’re visiting the mountain for just one day, you might consider booking day trip from the city that includes round-trip transportation like this tour to Circuito Chico an Cerro Catedral.

How much does it cost to ski in Bariloche?

There are several types of passes, and the price varies depending on the number of days you want to access the mountain.
  • Daily Pass: This pass provides access to all lifts for one day. It costs ARS$115,000 (adults) and ARS$96,000 (minors).
  • Flexi Pass: The price of this pass varies according to the number of days you choose, ranging from 2 to 30 days. You don’t need to select the days you will use it, making it a flexible option. For example, a 3-day pass costs ARS$345,000 (adults) and ARS$288,000 (minors).
  • Exclusive Pass: This pass includes preferential access to some lifts. Like the Flexi Pass, you choose the number of days. A 3-day pass costs ARS$690,000 (adults) and ARS$576,000 (minors).
  • Pedestrian Ascent: If you’re not skiing but want to go up the mountain, this pass costs ARS$28,000 (adults) and ARS$22,400 (minors).

Click here to see the updated prices.

Where to rent the ski equipment

Whether you plan to ski or snowboard, you can rent equipment at the base of Cerro Catedral from places like Catedral Ski & Snow Rental or Xtreme. Additionally, in downtown Bariloche, there are several shops where you can rent not only skis or snowboards but also clothing such as jackets and pants.

It’s very important to be well-equipped with gloves, hats, goggles, and helmets that are suitable for the weather so you can enjoy the snow.

When to ski in Bariloche

The skiing season in Bariloche runs from June to September. However, depending on the year, the season can extend into October or start later, so I always recommend checking the news and the current conditions of the slopes.

Where to stay in Bariloche for skiing

The base of Cerro Catedral offers all the services visitors might need: hotels, restaurants, supermarkets, etc. So, if your plan is to focus solely on skiing, the most convenient option is to stay at the base of the mountain.

Recommended hotels in Cerro Catedral:

Staying in Bariloche

Another option is to stay in downtown Bariloche or areas like Av. Bustillo. You’ll find more affordable accommodations, though you need to consider the daily transportation from your lodging to the mountain. For more information, I recommend reading my guide to accommodation in Bariloche.

  • El Casco Art Hotel: I stayed at this hotel the last time I was in Bariloche and I highly recommend it. It has direct access to the lake and the view is incredibly beautiful. The hotel staff is friendly and always ready to help. It has a swimming pool, spa and gym. Truly one of the best hotels in Bariloche! It is located 20 minutes away from Cerro Catedral by car. Click here to see photos, availability and prices.

Other snow activities

Besides skiing or snowboarding, there are plenty of activities to enjoy in Bariloche during winter at Cerro Catedral and other mountains in the area.

    • Sledding: This is an ideal activity for families, as children can enjoy it too. You can do this at Cerro Catedral, Piedras Blancas, and Cerro Otto.
    • Snowshoeing: A unique way to explore the mountain is by taking a snowshoe hike. This activity can be done at Cerro Catedral, Cerro Otto, Cerro López, and the Nordic Ski Center.
    • Snowmobiling: A fun activity for both kids and adults. You can do this at Cerro Catedral, the Nordic Ski Center, and El Refugio de Arelauquen.
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Other things to do in Bariloche

There are truly a lot of activities to do in Bariloche and its surroundings. Here are some ideas, and you can also read more in my guide on things to do in Bariloche.

  • Free tour of Bariloche: A great way to get to know downtown Bariloche is by taking this panoramoic tour to get a general idea of the city and its history.
  • Visit Cerro Otto and its 360º views café
  • Circuito Chico
  • Visit the chocolate shops in downtown

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