Cerro Catedral, San Carlos de Bariloche

#3 of 7 in Winter Sports in San Carlos de Bariloche
Ski Area · Hidden Gem · Mountain
Cerro Catedral is a mountain located 19km from San Carlos de Bariloche, and inside the Nahuel Huapí National Park, Patagonia, Argentina.The mountain is the biggest ski center in South America and in the Southern Hemisphere, with a skiable area of 6km2, 120km of ski runs, and a lift capacity of 35,000 skiers per hour. It is also very popular due to the magnificent view of the Nahuel Huapi lake. There are also a number of hotels and hostels at the foot of the mountain, and a summer hikers' hut called Refugio Lynch on one of the tops of the mountain.During the summer, the Refugio Frey and a camping accommodate trekkers and rock climbers next to Tonček lagoon, near the Torre Principal; Catedral's highest point.On August 27, 2005, the 1st South American Ski Mountaineering Championship in combination with the last race of the 2005 South American Ski Mountaineering Cup and the 2nd International Open of ski mountaineering was carried out on the Cerro Catedral.ClimateThe climate is affected by the altitude. At higher elevations, at the weather station, the climate is classified as an alpine climate or a tundra climate (Köppen ET) while at lower elevations, the climate is classified as a cool mediterranean climate (Köppen: Csb). Cerro Catedral has the highest frequency of days with snowfalls in Argentina, averaging 98 days per year.
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  • Take the number 55 bus to the car park (cost 80 pesos on a Sube card). Start hiking / running from there. First 6k is easy along a well marked path through forest. Then it gets a bit more difficult...  more »
  • We decided to visit the village, got into the enclosed lift and enjoyed the beautiful views and a hot chocolate with Cognac! Worth to visit on and off season.  more »

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