When the temperatures drop and the snow starts falling on the Andes, it means one thing in Argentina: ski season is here! Just because it's summer in the Northern Hemisphere, it doesn't mean that you have to pack away your skis. Now's the time to head to Argentina's most famous ski town: San Carlos de Bariloche!

There are many ski resorts along the Andes Mountains of Argentina, but this particular spot in Patagonia is home to one of the continent's most famous ski resorts: Cerro Catedral. Each year, thousands of skiers come from all over the world to enjoy the snowy slopes of the Andes and the world-class ski facilities. If you're planning a ski trip, here what's you need to know about skiing in Bariloche.

Cerro Catedral has ski facilities for every level / Credit: Daytours4u Cerro Catedral has ski facilities for every level / Credit: Daytours4u

Cerro Catedral Ski Resort

There are many ski resorts to choose from in Argentina, but the biggest, best and most popular is Cerro Catedral. Located just 20km from the town of Bariloche, Cerro Catedral offers skiers a variety of over 50 slopes for all levels and a ski-lift capacity of over 22 000 skiers per hour. The mountain also has magnificent views over the Lake District that you can see while you're skiing or snowboarding down the slopes. Visit Cerro Catedral's website for a map of the ski slopes.

The resort has hosted a number of international competitions, festivals, and snow parties, making it an extremely popular winter vacation spot in Argentina. But beware: it gets very crowded during the winter school holidays in Argentina. Cerro Catedral also offers a host of additional activities, so there're plenty of things to do for everyone, even those who don't want to ski!

If you're planning on spending a few days skiing in Bariloche you can stay in town and take the daily buses that run from town to Cerro Catedral. This is a good option if you want to take advantage of the town's nightlife and other tourist activities. The ski resort has also developed a full village at the base of the slopes with plenty of accommodation options, restaurants, bars, entertainment and rental shops, for those who want to stay closer to the slopes.

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The snow-covered town at the base of Cerro Catedral's ski slopes The village at the base of Cerro Catedral's slopes / Source

Choosing your Ski Lessons

Cerro Catedral's ski village is packed with ski hire places. If you're an experienced skier or snowboarder, simply hire your kit, buy your ski pass and head up the ski lifts. Those who have been skiing before can also brush up their skills with a private ski lesson, including equipment hire. Work on the skills and tricks you want with a 2-hour session, or a longer class.

First-time skiers visiting Bariloche should consider a beginner's ski experience. This day of skiing will teach you the basic skills to start skiing or snow boarding. Those who want to commit to truly getting the hang of things can also book a Guaranteed Learn to Ski Package which includes three days of lessons, and a guarantee that by the end of it you will be able to make it down the green slopes.

Travelling with your family and kids? Make sure the kids learn to ski in a safe environment, under the careful instruction of professional ski instructors. There are half-day and full-day ski classes for children available.

Skiing down the slopes of Cerro Catedral Ski with a view in Bariloche / Source

Picture yourself rushing down the slopes of the Andes, looking out over the picturesque Patagonian scenery, and enjoying the distinctly Argentine après-ski. Sound amazing? It is! Skiing at Cerro Catedral in Bariloche will be a winter holiday that you won't forget.

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By Luiza Cavalcante / Adapted: Nicole Eberhard