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About the Mountain


Cerro Catedral is one of the largest ski areas in South America, located in Argentina’s lake district near charming Bariloche. From high on the mountain, you can see the deep blue waters of Lake Nahuel Huapi below, leading some to compare the ski area to Lake Tahoe. But Bariloche is more like an Alpine village than Tahoe City with its abundance of artisan chocolatiers and gingerbread houses.

“Cerro Catedral is the biggest ski resort in South America, but it also offers great terrain for off-piste skiing away from the crowds.”

- Tomas Ichaso

If you tire of the crowds, you can always escape for some backcountry ski touring or hiking. A classic route is up to Refugio Frey from the Catedral base area, a journey of 2 to 4 hours along a well-marked path. You can also ski off the backside of Catedral to reach Refugio Frey, but over backcountry terrain that requires avalanche equipment and training. Once there, you’ll be treated to incredible views of saw-like Patagonian peaks surrounding the hut and the promise of a fun, steep and narrow descent ahead. If you can’t tear yourself away from the views, you can overnight there before heading down.

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