Most Argentina ski resorts open from mid-June to October with La Hoya in Patagonia, outside of the town of Esquel, often staying open until late October due to cold temperatures and dry Andean powder.
In addition to PowderQuest’s popular guided ski and snowboard tours giving you the chance to experience several Argentina ski areas with certified guides, PowderQuest specializes in custom ski vacation packages to the top resorts including Las Lenas, Chapelco, and Alta Patagonia Catedral in Bariloche. Don’t rule out Ushuaia, home to Cerro Castor, the southern most ski resort in the world. All of these destinations should be tied into a few days visit to Buenos Aires, the country’s busy capital.
What are the Best Ski Resorts in Argentina?
An official ranking of the resorts would be tough, as they all offer quality skiing and lodging options. Las Lenas tends to be highest on the foreign skier and snowboarders wish list for the best place to ski in Argentina, especially for advanced and experts due to the mountains steep terrain, dry powder snow and endless out-of-bounds and backcountry options.
Bariloche’s local ski resort, Alta Patagonia Catedral, is also high on the list. Great terrain for beginners to experts, fun tree skiing, terrain parks, epic views of surrounding national park, Nahuel Huappi, and a city filled with amazing restaurants, culture and booming nightlife.
Looking for something a bit more low key? La Hoya is a miniature Las Lenas when it comes to steep skiing, while Chapelco ski resort is great for families, and friends looking for a taste of the good Patagonia lifestyle. The back side if Chapelco is outstanding for advanced and experts that are willing to hike out after their descent.
A ski resort in Argentina that receives little foreign traffic also has become one of our favorites due to awesome backcountry access; Cerro Bayo. The small boutique ski resort offers good intermediate to advanced skiing, including great tree runs and open bowls. The real gem is a short 15 minute hike to a flat ridge line where you can access some truly amazing side country or head off deeper into the expansive Patagonian backcountry terrain.
How to Get Here
International flights arrive to Buenos Aires (EZE airport code), yet getting to the resorts require an additional internal flight or very long drive or bus trip (at least 12 hours). Check out each individual resort page for more info on how to arrive.
The country offers something for all tastes. For the steep ski powder junkie to families with a mix of all levels looking for a great summer ski vacation, PowderQuest has over 15 years of experience.