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Cerro Catedral ski resort is just 11 miles away from Bariloche, Patagonia’s most visited touristic spot and the Andes’ most populated city. Located in the boundaries of Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi, near the province of Río Negro.

Cerro Catedral ski resort

At 1.030 meters over sea level, Catedral owns its name to its gothic church-looking peaks. 60 slopes for every skill level spread across 600 hectares of total surface that reach 2000 meters height at top.

Ski resort Catedral also offers the chance to practice backcountry skiing, as well as freestyle and snowboarding on its recently installed snow park.

This ski resort hosts some of the most important ski competitions around the world. It also offers an advanced snow making system that covers up to 10 hectares.

Cerro Catedral Ski Resort – Source: https://www.facebook.com/CatedralAltaPatagonia

Background of the Cerro Catedral ski resort

At the beginning of the 1940s, with the National Parks Administration fully involved in the tourist development of Bariloche, the name of Antonio Lynch, an active sports leader who was then president of the Argentine Ski Club, began to be heard loudly.

He also promoted the creation of the Argentine Ski and Mountaineering Federation and played a key role in the birth of the winter sports centre in Cerro Catedral, which today bears his name.

He is mentioned again and again on official stationery, but few today remember his work that contributed to establish Catedral as the main skiing reference in Bariloche and in the whole continent.

Bird’s eye view of the Cerro Catedral Ski Resort – Source: https://www.facebook.com/CatedralAltaPatagonia

Sustainable development of the Cerro Catedral ski resort

Today the mountain is on the verge of a new investment project that should improve services on the mountain and strengthen its attractiveness as a winter resort, in line with Antonio Lynch’s plans and the needs of Bariloche as a whole.

The municipality of Bariloche made this aspiration its own, and in the grounds of the ordinance it stated

the need for Cerro Catedral to be modernised in order to achieve sustainable development,

with the aim of keeping it at the forefront of all ski resorts and placing it on a clearly competitive level.

Cerro Catedral Ski Resort – Source: https://www.facebook.com/CatedralAltaPatagonia

Unforgettable experiences in Cerro Catedral

Like BMX as much as the snow? Look no further…

This BMX-like-on-snow activity takes place on snow bikes on a circuit where friends and families compete in slalom-style competitions.

The ascents and descents are ideal for group fun during a visit to the mountains. The equipment is very easy to use and thanks to the width of the board, it is possible to glide over the snow in a stable and safe way.

The activity is carried out with a helmet and users are given an introductory talk on how to use the equipment and safety rules.

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SnowBMX in the Cerro Catedral Ski Resort – Source: Revista Brooke

Catch on the speed sledding down the slopes

This activity is ideal to enjoy in the snow with the kids. Adrenaline and fun. A proposal to have fun in a group and speed down the snow in the Conexion sector, going back down from the intermediate station of Princesa II.

There is also a recreation area in the upper station of the Amancay cable car where you can enjoy this activity.

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Sledding down in the Cerro Catedral Ski Resort – Source: Revista Brooke

Cerro Catedral mountain resort in summer

Rock climbing for the younger ones in the family

Catedral has a climbing wall where the youngest ones can safely climb and rappel down the mountain.

It is located in the Hoyita sector at 1900 metres above sea level, and it is definitely a great place for the kids to learn, have fun and open up the appetite before lunch time!

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Climbing wall in the Cerro Catedral ski resort – Source:https://www.catedralaltapatagonia.com/

Floating like an Andean condor at almost 2000m above sea level

Feel the thrill of floating like a bird at the top of the mountain and enjoy the views from the top. Fun and adrenaline are guaranteed.

The zip line in Cerro Catedral ski resort is at 1900 metres above sea level, in the La Hoyita sector, ascending the Amancay cable car and the Diente de Caballo chairlift.

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Zip line at the Cerro Catedral Ski Resort – Source: https://www.catedralaltapatagonia.com/

Hotels in Cerro Catedral

Lago Gutierrez Lodge ***

Offering views of Lake Gutierrez, this warm, cozy and rustic wood-and-stone lodge is a few minutes’ walk from the Patagonia Museum and 20 km from Cerro Catedral’s slopes.

The cosy rooms offer complimentary Wi-Fi and private bathrooms; there are no TVs or telephones, which make this place a unique place where you can really disconnect. Upgraded rooms have woodland or lakeside views.

On-site amenities include breakfast, a bar and a wood-panelled restaurant featuring a stone fireplace, plus a TV lounge.

Lago Gutierrez Lodge – Source: https://www.lagogutierrezlodge.com/

Arelauquen Lodge ***

This 5-star hotel is located in Nahuel Huapi National Park and shares grounds with Arelauquen Golf and Country Club, 12 km from ski-to-door access to the Nordic Ski Centre’s ski slopes.

Laid-back rooms and suites feature free Wi-Fi, satellite cable TV and tea and cosy tea and coffee making facilities, as well as fully equipped kitchens.

Breakfast and parking are complimentary. Guests can enjoy a hot tub, an exercise room and a wine cellar, as well as a lobby bar, a restaurant with a terrace, and indoor and outdoor pools. You can also find a sauna and a courtyard with a fire pit.

Arelauquen Lodge – Source: https://www.marriott.com/

Alla Ité

Alla Ité is located in Bariloche in the Nahuel Huapi National Park is 500 metres away and Cerro Catedral Ski Resort is 8 km away. These cabins are located 25 km from Bariloche Airport.

These alpine-style cabins are surrounded by gardens with access to the lake and fully equipped with a hot tub and free Wi-Fi access. The cabins at Allá overlook the garden and also feature a fireplace, flat-screen cable TV, seating area and kitchen.

There is an outdoor swimming pool with beautiful views of Lake Gutierrez and kayaks are available for guests to use.

Alla Ite – Source: allaite.com.ar

Skiing in Cerro Catedral : the resort’s main strengths

✅ Located in the boundaries of Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi

✅ It is an ideal resort for families that have children.

✅ A new and thrilling sport like the Snow BNX can be practiced.

✅ Home to a total of 60 ski runs distributed all along the resort throughout 120km of skiable domain.