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Ski Argentina

 

Argentina has suffered a lot of economic and political problems but it also currently offers some great travel opportunities.  Argentina is being discovered for all the wonderful things it has to offer, including its winter sports facilities.  Most people would think first of its beaches, tango music and beautiful people, but is has some amazing places for skiers and boarders to get some turns in during the northern hemisphere summer months.   It  has a variety of skiing to suit all types of skiers and boarders.  However, Las Lenas is world-famous in skiing circles for having some of the world’s most challenging terrain.     

 

The capital and largest city is Buenos Aires, located on the south shore of the Rio de la Plata on the SE coast of Argentina.  It has a lot of European influence and is a very sophisticated city with plenty of culture and nightlife. 

 

Other ski resorts and areas in Argentina include San Martin de los Andes, Cerro Bayo, La Hoya and Caviahue and Cerro Castor resort at Ushuaia close to the Tierra del Fuego National park.

 

Ski Resorts in Argentina

 

 

Bariloche

Catedral Bariloche Ski Resort is Located in a national park and scenic lake area of Argentina’s Patagonia region. Accommodation is available on the mountain or approx. 12 miles away at the resort town of San Carlos de Bariloche.  The two  resorts of Robles and Catedral are both now owned by the same company and a single lift ticket will work for both areas.  

 

There area plenty of amenities, including restaurants, accommodation and night life.    It offers excellent boarding and skiing.  Four chair lifts.  Highest skiing elevation 4,000 feet.   A lot of the skiing is above the treeline in open snow fields and gullies.  There is terrain for all levels of skier.   Guides are available for backcountry and touring expeditions and ski mountaineering. 

 

Las Lenas

Las Lenas is an enormous ski area, located approximately 90 minutes by air from Buenos Aires and well known amongst serious skiing enthusiasts for its challenging terrain and off piste skiing.  Las Lenas is a self-contained resort, offering all amenities including restaurants, hotels and nightclubs, and even a casino.   Although it is a great place for singles, it is also well equipped for families.  This is the place where you will find the most avid advanced and expert skiers and boarders.  There are also over 40 miles of runs.   

 

This is a great place for advanced and expert skiers as approx. 40% of the terrain is graded  as double black diamonds.   There are some limited  beginner and intermediate runs available, but they may not be kept to the standards many are accustomed to in, say N. American popular resorts.   One disadvantage is that when it snows and is windy the upper mountain lifts are often closed.