Skiing in Argentina Destinations

Argentina is blessed with some of the most scenic skiing and snowboarding destinations in the Americas. Our adventures in Argentina feature two distinct regions: Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego.

Patagonia is known for its sweeping landscapes, dramatic granite spires, crystal blue glacial lakes, sculpted volcanic peaks, gaucho culture and trout filled rivers. Majestic mountains surround the shores of these sparkling lakes providing lots of lake effect snowfall and some of the most dramatic vistas on the planet. Chapelco in the Northern Patagonian retreat of San Martin de los Andes features old growth forests and spectacular views of 3700 meter Volcan Lanin. On the north shore of Lake Nahuel Huapi, Cerro Bayo is nestled into the mountains of La Angostura, a relaxed town in the middle of Argentina’s 7 Lakes region. Bariloche is Argentina’s adventure capital and the base for accessing Nahuel Huapi, Argentina’s 1st national park and the slopes of Cerro Catedral. Catedral is a little taste of Alps culture in the Andes and is Argentina’s most developed ski and snowboard center. Baguales, a privately owned 34,000-acre mountain reserve, is the newest cat ski operation in Patagonia. Just south of the 42nd parallel tucked into the mountains outside Esquel is La Hoya. A true Patagonian outpost La Hoya rises from the steppes and wide-open pampas of Ruta 40 and receives some of the driest powder in Argentina.

Tierra del Fuego or Land of Fire is an archipelago off the southernmost tip of the South American mainland, across the Strait of Magellan. Situated on the Beagle Channel, the port city of Ushuaia is the launching point for Antarctica and shipping hub for boats traveling around Cape Horn. Glacier Martial climbs steeply out of Ushuaia and offers an opportunity to ski and snowboard big descents to just above sea level. Cerro Castor, the southern most ski center in the world, opened in 1999 and operates on the slopes of Mount Krund. It fuegian forests combined with vast alpine terrain and late season snowpack make Castor an ideal September snow destination.

  • Bariloche

    Bariloche is the center of Argentine mountain culture with a rich history of skiing. It even has a volunteer mountain patrol and a few huts set up for backcountry travel. Cerro Catedral, the resort that serves Bariloche is a well developed resort that attacts a good number of toursits all winter long. During the summer months Bariloche is even more crowded.
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  • Cerro Bayo

    Cerro Bayo promotes itself as a ‘boutique’ ski center. The resort offers sensational views of Lake Nahuel Huapi and the surrounding Andes. Although the terrain in bounds at Bayo is limited, there are many off piste skiing and snowboarding opportunities. This terrain is a perfect introduction to backcountry lift accessed skiing and snowboarding.

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  • Esquel

    A true Patagonian outpost, La Hoya Ski and Snowboard Resort receives some of the driest powder in the Andes. La Hoya is an off the beaten track ski and snowboard destination with plenty of tantalizing terrain to choose from and a gem for off-piste enthusiasts. La Hoya’s name comes from its mountain shape, which is a large, circular glacial basin. Its summit reaches 1850m (6000ft) and frequently receives cold smoke powder that stays around late into the South American ski season.

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  • Las Leñas

    Las Leñas is the most internationally well-known ski resort in Argentina. For years it has attracted the best of the best big mountain riders, who flock to Las Leñas to train and vacation during the Northern Hemisphere summer months. Las Leñas boasts the Marte lift, which accesses the steepest lift served terrain in South America.

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  • San Martin

    You may know this sleepy Argentine town from the movie The Motorcycle Diaries. The pass that leads from San Martin de los Andes into Chile is where Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara crossed the Andes on his famous motorcycle journey in the 1950’s. Today the town continues to exude its relaxed lakeside charm and its tourist infrastructure provides plenty for all tastes. San Martin is a 20-minute drive to Chapelco Ski/Snowboard Resort.

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  • Ushuaia

    Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world, is located on the Beagle Channel and has 1500-meter glacial peaks rising from the sea. It became famous through the voyages of Magellan, Darwin and Fitzroy and today is an epicenter for adventurous travelers. Certainly one of the most unique ski and snowboard destinations in the world, Ushuaia offers plenty of opportunity for resort riding as well as backcountry touring.

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