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June 15, 2010
Cristian Roberts from Argentina
Snow is starting to fall in Bariloche, and is great because we are on top of the winter season.
I live in Buenos Aires and although Catedral (Cerro Catedral) is not the nearest ski resort to go from here, I return every winter because, with plenty of snow, it is the best mountain for skiing in South America.
As many things in Latin America it has things to improve, but it do has great runs, great views and friendly people... What else can you expect from a ski week?
Cerro Catedral Clasificaciones
En base a voto(s) Voto
(1) Al menos una parada durante la noche, (2) requiere un día entero, (3) requiere más de la mitad de un día -puede que tenga tiempo para dar algunas vueltas (4) llegada a la hora de almuerzo y esquí toda la tarde, (5) hay un aeropuerto principal a una hora de Cerro Catedral .
Transporte público: 3.5
(1) No hay autobuses o taxis hacia Cerro Catedral, (3) Los autobuses o trenes disponibles son lentos o poco frecuentes, (5) Es fácil llegar al complejo, tránsito frecuente de autobuses y conecciones de trenes.
(1) Un resort desagradable en una localidad sin mayores atractivos, (3) vista de montaña y resort de nivel regular (5) un escenario espectacular y una hermosa localidad histórica.
(1) No hay lugares donde alojarse en o cerca de Cerro Catedral , (3) algunos lugares para hospedarse en el resort, (5) una amplia variedad de alojamientos adecuados para satisfacer todos los presupuestos.
Habitaciones Baratas: 3.6
(1) Presupuesto de alojamiento no disponible (3) Apenas uno o dos albergues, se sugiere reservar por adelantado, (5) varias hostales y pensiones a precios módicos disponibles.
Hoteles de lujo: 4.0
(1) Alojamiento de alto nivel no disponible, (3) Apenas uno o dos hoteles de alto nivel, se sugiere reservar por adelantado, (5) algunos hoteles de lujo en Cerro Catedral.
(1) La zona de esquí se encuentra lejos de cualquier alojamiento, (3) un autobús de esquí le lleva de forma gratuita a la zona de esquí en un viaje corto, (5) alojamiento de esquí "Ski-in"/"Ski-out"está disponible.
Cuidado de los niños: 3.7
(1) No hay ninguna guardería en Cerro Catedral, (5) el resort tiene excelentes guarderías, incluyendo al menos una a un precio muy razonable.
Nieve segura: 3.3
(1) Ocasionalmente se presenta suficiente nieve para esquiar, (2) a menudo está cerrado debido a la falta de nieve, (3) ocasionalmente sufre de una falta de nieve, (4) rara vez sufre de una falta de nieve, (5) Cerro Catedral se presenta nieve segura incluso en las temporadas más pobres.
Cañones de nieve: 2.3
(1) Cerro Catedral depende completamente de nieve natural, (3) hay sólo algunos cañones, (5) hay cañones de nieve en todas las pistas.
Aplanadoras de Nieve: 3.3
(1) No hay aplanadoras de nieve en Cerro Catedral, (3) ocasionalmente algunas pistas quedan sin aplanar y en mal estado, (5) todas las pistas en Cerro Catedral se aplanan diariamente.
(1) No hay ningún lugar para esquiar cuando está ventoso o la visibilidad es mala, y a menudo se cierran los elevadores, (3) hay algunos árboles de escasa visibilidad pero a veces los elevadores cierran, (5) Cerro Catedral es principalmente en el bosque donde puede esquiar en días de luz plana y ventosos, rara vez cierre de elevadores.
Opciones cercanas: 2.6
(1) Si las condiciones de nieve son pobres en Cerro Catedral, va a ser pobre en todas partes cercanas, (3) existen buenas alternativas a una hora en automóvil, (5) otros lugares en el mismo paquete proporcionan una rica variedad de condiciones de nieve segura para esquí.
Clasificación regional: 3.5
(1) Cerro Catedral usualmente tiene pobres condiciones de nieve en comparación con otros centros turísticos en la región, (3) tiene condiciones medias para la región, (5) usualmente tiene las mejores condiciones de nieve en la región.
Eleva al personal: 3.7
(1) El personal en Cerro Catedral es descortés e ineficiente, (5) Eleva al personal en Cerro Catedral son agradables, alegres y con ganas de ayudar.
Multitudes/colas de espera: 2.7
(1) el resort siempre está concurrido y suelen haber largas colas, (3) ocacionalmente tranquilo durante fines de semana y vacaciones escolares, (5) poco concurrido y colas de espera son muy raras.
Escuelas de esquí: 4.3
(1) Ninguna escuela de esquí disponible, (2) una o dos escuelas de esquí pero sólo en el idioma local, (3) algunas escuelas de esquí pero solicite por adelantado instructores multi-lingües.
Alquiler y Reparaciones: 4.2
(1) No se consigue nada, ni siquiera cera de esquí o PTex. (3) hay algunas tiendas de esquí pero la renta de equipos debe ser reservada con antelación, (5) equipos de esquí de buena calidad a la venta o en alquiler y reparaciones son posibles durante la noche.
Variedad de pistas: 4.2
(1) Las pistas son habituales y sin rasgos distintivos, (3) las pistas son variadas pero no lo suficientemente extensas para una semana, (5) Cerro Catedral tiene interesantes y diversas pistas incluyendo bosques y altos terrenos alpinos.
(1) Principiantes pueden sólo ver otros en esquís o snowboard, (3) algunas suaves laderas pero principiantes pueden aburrirse en menos de una semana, (3) extensas áreas de terreno suave.
(1) Ningún terreno intermedio en Cerro Catedral, (3) esquiadores intermedios se aburrirán al cabo de unos días, (5) vastas zonas de cruce de pistas.
(1) Nada para esquiadores y snowbordistas avanzados, (3) suficiente terreno empinado por algunos días y con algunos muy buenos para el esquí fuera de pista, (5) Suficiente áreas de terreno empinado y áreas fuera de pista para entretener a esquiadores avanzados al menos por una semana.
Parque de Nieve: 2.9
(1) Ni siquiera un trampolín en Cerro Catedral, (3) Parque de tamaño medio y bien cuidado, (5) enorme parque diseñado por expertos, con senderos para saltos y carreras de boardercross.
Fuera de pista: 3.7
(1) Ningún "fuera de pista"que valga destacar, (2) "fuera de pista" fuera de los límites, (3) alguna variedad de "fuera de pista" que permanece fresco durante uno o dos días, (5) una amplia gama de rutas "fuera de pista" que pueden permanecer sin marcas de tránsito por varios días.
(1) No hay ningún lugar para esquí de fondo alrededor de Cerro Catedral, (3) hay algunos senderos para esquí de fondo disponibles, (5) la zona cuenta con muchos senderos espectaculares y bien mantenidos para esquí de fondo.
(1) No designado "luge" o carreras de trineo, (3) hay carreras de trineo en tobogan abiertas a menudo, (5) Cerro Catedral cuenta con instalaciones largas y bien mantenidas para "luge" y carreras de trineo en tobogan accesible a todas las edades.
Gastronomía de montaña: 3.7
(1) Ningún lugar para comprar alimentos en las pistas, (3) algunos lugares para comer arriba en la montaña pero a menudo muy caros y concurridos, (5) existe una gran variedad de excelentes restaurantes de montaña justo al lado de las laderas para satisfacer todos los presupuestos.
Dónde Comer: 3.9
(1) Lleva tu propia comida, no hay ni siquiera una tienda. (5) Una gran variedad de lugares para comer y beber en el resort, desde comida rápida a restaurantes de lujo.
Después del esquí: 3.9
(1) Nada para hacer, ni siquiera un bar (3) hay algunos bares en el resort pero nada especial, (5) clubes y bares permanecen abiertos hasta muy tarde y tienen un ambiente agradable.
Otros deportes: 2.8
(1) Ningún otro servicio deportivo aparte de los elevadores, (3) el resort tiene sólo una pequeña piscina pública, (5) cuenta con todo tipo de instalaciones deportivas, incluyendo una piscina de tamaño completo.
(1) Además de la nieve y caminar no hay nada más que hacer aquí, (3) el no-esquiador encontrará cosas para hacer por pocos días pero puede que se aburra después de una semana, (5) la zona turística es un lugar fascinante para visitar, más allá de los deportes de invierno.
Paseos de invierno: 3.0
(1) Caminatas con accesos muy limitados y ningún sendero con raquetas (3) un par de senderos escénicos para caminatas con o sin raquetas (5) diversos y extensos senderos para caminatas de invierno en todos los niveles.
Valor del Pase de Esquí: 2.7
(1) Un pase de esquí de 1 semana está sobrevalorado en comparación con el número de elevadores disponibles, (3) el pase de esquí tiene un valor relativamente aceptable y abarca un número razonable de elevadores, (5) el valor de los pases de esquí es excelente en relación calidad-precio y cubren un gran número de elevadores que abarcan un área extensa.
Valor (Nacional): 3.2
(1) En general, Cerro Catedral es uno de los centros de esquí más caros en el país pero en sí no lo vale, (3) de promedio medio por el dinero que representa , (5) en general ofrece lo mejor en temas de resorts en el país.
Valor (Global): 2.7
(1) En general, Cerro Catedral es uno de los centros de esquí más caros del mundo, (3) en general ofrece relación media en cuanto a calidad-precio comparado con centros de otros países, (5) internacionalmente el resort ofrece una excelente relación calidad-precio.
En base a voto(s) Voto
January 26, 2010
Edson from Brazil
I've been four times in Bariloche. A beautiful place with incredible landscape. The mountain is great, the slopes could be very interesting but the company is really a disaster! No grooming, no segnalization, very old lifts, bad organization, big queues and expansive like USA or Europe; the service for costumers is lightyears; far from the tops resort....
October 09, 2009
John from Argentina
This was my third season at Catedral (Cerro Catedral). After moving here two and a half years ago I absolutely fell in love with Bariloche and especially Catedral the mountain, hence a one season boarding holiday turned into starting a business here and Argentine residency.
The first season: 2007, was incredible snow, amazing powder practically every week and all the way down to the base. Everyone said to us don't expect the snow to be like this again, what we were not told was how bad the mountain is operated when there is little or no snow.
Admittedly, the last two seasons have not been good snow in general. However, the mountain is operated in such a ridiculously poor manner, that if it does snow, it really doesn't make much difference as Alta Patagonia never put the snow to work, i.e from the start of the season grooming the slope evenly and thoroughly to create a good piste base. The annoying thing is that they have plenty of snow cats to easily groom the mountains, unfortunately these are often left buried in snow; genious management. About two weeks ago they had a grooming competition, but hey, lets not get them to actually groom the slopes for paying customers.
I am not going to repeat comments about rocks/stones, queues, car park fees, old lifts (one of which I have never heard of or seen running in 3 years) run at half speed to save the company on the electricity bills, the lack of knowledge or assistance, the high price of the tickets, most of the mountain not being open, etc, wow this list is huge and I could keep going.
The only redeeming quality is the Cerro Catedral mountain itself, which is spectacular and lots of fun when you make the effort. The management company is doing everything, it seems, in its power to destroy this image. Do Alta Patagonia predict another economic crash on the horizon? Is this the reason they have the wost customer service relations of any ski resort in the world, thinking lets rip them off as much as possible now, make as much money as we can now, 'cause in a few years there might not be anyone here? Can such a large company seriously run itself so badly? I can not think of any other reason why a company would treat its customers with such disdain and disrespect.
For example, 2 days ago when there actually was amazing powder, we did some excellent off-piste; off-piste because only 3 lifts were open. After doing a run we ended up walking down to top of Princessa 1, which was still running. We went to get on, and save ourselves a 40 min walk down the mountain, but were told it was closed. We asked if they let us down? After a 30 minute wait they said yes, and started the lift (it ran the quickest I had seen in the last 3 years). On arrival at the bottom we were accosted by Catedral staff, demanding our pass numbers, in a very aggressive way, with one guy going so far as grabbing a girl by the arm and trying to shake her pass number out of her, but with no reason as to why they were asking us for this we all left. They then pursued some of the people and then sent the police after others. Totally mindblowing considering we had asked, patiently waited and were then told it was fine for us to go down. Do they understand customer service and satisfaction.
To finish, I really can't see the Cerro Catedral mountain changing its business practices, unless it is forced. I really wish this wasn't the case as I myself work in tourism in Bariloche and AltaPatagonia is extremely damaging to winter tourism in this beautiful place I now call home, which in turn is damaging my business and that of thousands of others working in the same field.
Recently there has been many protests over Wal-Mart coming to Bariloche. When will the protests begin to the local council, to force a change in the methods or ownership of the one company that is single handedly destroying winter tourism in Bariloche.
a concerned snowboarder
September 14, 2009
Anthony van Zantwijk from South Africa
Skied at Cerro Catedral during the week starting 22 August 2009. Yes, the weather was lousy for two days (with no skiing) and the slopes were badly groomed following a large snow fall. However, when the lifts to the top of the mountain were opened, the skiing was fantastic. We found the people at Cerro Catedral friendly. Yes, information is sparse, but one can get by alright. Will go back.
September 08, 2009
Carlo from Italy
I was at Cerro Catedral for the 22nd and 23rd of August and the weather was terrible. Guys living there told me 2009 winter is being the worst ever. As I could test, it was almost unlikable. Most of the slopes were closed and the snow was in really bad condition. The weather was rainy. The only good thing was the view of the lakes: very suggestive. Anyway, slopes are quite narrow and crowded, ski level low (maybe dangerous if someone hits you), chair lifts quite old, and Cerro Catedral is also expensive.
September 04, 2009
Wilson from Venezuela
Come to Cerro Catedral. You will ski in the worst resort of the world.
September 04, 2009
Antonio from Venezuela
After this bad experience with the Cerro Catedral, I am upset with the owners of this resort. My first day (Sunday) was really disappointing as I was early on top of mountain and I found all the slopes without grooming. A snow machine was working at 10.30 am on the only slope opened. I'm an intermediate skier and it was really hard for me to ski down with the deep snow of the mountain. When I tried to climb up again from the lift at the bottom, the queue was the biggest I've seen in my life. I waited two hours and an half for a seat on the Sextuple. The rest of the week was no much better. Capsa is a complete disaster by every point of view: very old lifts with a lot of mechanical problems (always there is one of two closed for some technical problem), big queues if you are not with a instructor, horrible grooming on the slopes, no signalization of the connections of the different parts of the mountain, information staff employed that didn't have idea of the situation of the mountain, rocks everywhere (I broke my new skies) and a parking situation that is unbelievable. This is the kingdom of 'no service' and the prices are really expensive (Usa and Europe are much cheaper than Bariloche). These peoples are thieves.
September 04, 2009
Nico from Argentina
I was in Bariloche during last week (23rd - 30th August) and I was really unlucky due to the bad weather conditions. All week there was heavy rain, strong wind and some snowstorms. However, the situation on the mountain and on the lifts was unbelievable. Every day there was no information on which chair lift would be opened, never a slope groomed after the snowfalls, continuous opening and closing of the lift in the same weather conditions and there were big stones in the middle of every slope.
I don't really want to write about the parking as there was completely no organization. If you don't pay and you go in the free parking part you could be closed by other cars until the night.
My last day was the only one with good weather but almost all lifts were closed until 12.30. This meant two hours of standing in a queue at Sextuple or Condor. Nothing was groomed after the big snowfall and the company don't inform the customers. Obviously, the pass is full prize like a top level resort but we are light years from a decent level ski resort.
August 30, 2009
Alejandra from Argentina
Cerro Catedral is simply the worst ski resort of all the world. Nothing else.....
August 29, 2009
Chris from United Kingdom
After living in Bariloche for 15 months and spending two full seasons snowboarding at Cerro Catedral I felt the need to share my thoughts with you. In short, although I love Argentina, unfortunately the resort is a disgrace and a national embaressment for the whole country. Put simply, it is the worst organised ski resort in the world with the blame being put on the company that run the mountain: Alta Patagonia, in addition, the local/national government that let them get away with it. Why on earth is there no accountability for this debacle when it is so important for the region? Many locals depend on the mountain for work and they are suffering as people start to turn there backs on it and go else where.
Highlights of Cerro Catedral for me include:
Splitting the carpark in two and charging 25 pesos to park nearer the resort. Because there is an almost non-existent bus service from Bariloche centre the only real option is to drive and by midday the 'free' half of the car park is full and people start parking everywhere and anywhere trying to avoid paying the 25 pesos, thus blocking the road for coaches to leave causing complete chaos at the end of the day. This could be solved immediately by putting on a free regular bus service to and from the centre for anyone with a lift pass. Why don't they do it?
'The slowest lift systems in the world'. Some lifts like Sextuple and Nubes are designed to run quickly but they always run them at half pace to save power. When there is any wind every 2nd lift on the Sextuple gets filled with concrete because the wind shields make them dangerous in the wind. Did nobody realise Bariloche is a windy place before buying them? On others like Condor 1 every 4th lift has to go free because apparently it will collapse with the weight. Es una porqueria (it's a joke).
Absolutely no information about anything. Why are there not boards showing the status of all the lifts? When you eventually find a staff member to ask, the information is useless and there is never an explanation. Often rude staff as well.
Queuing for hours to buy a lift pass. On a clear day after a snowfall why is there only a handful of desks open, and never open on time?
No pisting. The lovely sight of seeing the lights of the CATs work through the night preparing the pistes doesn't exist here at Cerro Catedral. After a heavy snowfall it can take days to prepare the pistes, and even when they do they are the worst pisted runs you could imagine, leaving deep ridges for you to catch an edge on. It is simply a question of them not wanting to spend money on this.
Dangerous rocks. I don't think it takes a rocket scientist to know that leaving un-marked rocks in the middle of the piste could be a hazard. Why don't they spend the summer months removing some of the obvious rocks?
Terrible sign posts. It is almost impossible to navigate your way around the mountain. Why don't they label the runs on the piste markers?
Steep drop offs. As a boarder the last thing you want is steep icy drop offs from the lifts with often immediate sharp turns to the left or right. Why don't they spend the summer sorting them out?
Boarders can't use T-bars. Why not - please explain?
Most of the mountain is always closed often for no apparent reason. Too much snow and avalanche risk is not a reason. Other resorts cope with way more snow but have staff who get out of bed early to prepare the mountain before the paying public arrive.
However, to end on a real high note, the view from the top of Nubes on a clear day at Cerro Catedral is in my opinion unrivaled in any other ski resort in the world. You just have to be lucky enough to be there on the few days of the year when they open the lift
August 25, 2009
Diego aka DT from Argentina
Just got back from our yearly ski week with 15 snow gladiators.
We were in the mountain at Cerro Catedral from Aug 16th to Aug 22nd. Luckily, 3 days before we arrived the big fall of snow came. So, we were lucky enough to have snow to ski.
This was my 2nd year in the Cerro Catedral and, from the way I see it, it is like other people are saying; it seems like the Cerro Catedral management are doing things badly on purpose. The landscape is awesome, but the pistes are badly or never groomed. That forces you to ski in deep snow and if you are not a good skier, you know what that means; you are gonna be tired soon. We were lucky enough to have gained some experience from last year and to know the directions of the slopes and the lifts, because if you are a 'newbie' to Cerro Catedral, no matter your ski experience, you are not gonna have a good time.
It is clear that the management of the resort are running it with 20-30% of the people and investment they are supposed to do it. On the other hand, they charge like it's a 1st level ski resort. If you have a problem with your pass card or anything like it, you have to go back to base and fight the administration staff to have the problem solved.
Lifts are old tech from USA and Europe centers, but in the week we were there, they worked fine. The courses and hazards are barely marked. Course signs, lift status and other important data required to have a safe day are in the guesstimated mode. This year the mountain was dangerous and I managed to ski well only because I was here last year too. One day we were warned that the workers were gonna do a strike against the management and the lifts (already paid for) were not gonna run. Luckily, it rained that day and we stood in our cabin playing poker and recovering our sore legs.
Long story short:
Cerro Catedral has a great mountain with good people doing their job in the lifts but there is bad management and bad admin. The groomed slopes, after a heavy snow, take forever. That makes the slopes dangerous and with lots of powder snow, they are only friendly or fun to an intermediate or pro level skier.
Been here last year and this one. Maybe it is time to give the other smaller centers like Las Leñas or Chapelco a try.
Bariloche is a great city, with lot of alternatives to have a great vacation. A beautiful mountain to ski but with bad and expensive management.
Hope these words help you .
Best regards to all of you over the world.
C' ya in the slopes,
August 20, 2009
A Joke from Australia
I have been back home in Australia for a few days now and I am still trying to come to grips with my 8 days in Cerro Catadral.
What is going on with this place? It has epic views of the lake from the mountain, the town (Bariloche) is stunning the local people are friendly the food is awesome but the lifts don't go.
It is so frustrating to stand in lines for lifts (our record was one hour for Condor 1) and then have the lift close, then head over the Sextuplet, wait forty minutes to go up to find no lifts open above anyway. We stood in line one day from 9.30am and skied till 4.30 and had 5 runs and two of those were from Condor 1 only. In the end we just gave up and realised we had blown a holiday .
The lifts open when they want at around 10am or 11am and the gondola does it's own thing .No one cares that you came halfway around the world to stand in line. I doubt there's the staff to open all the lifts even if they had a day with no wind or snow. When the Sextuplet finally gets going it can move plenty of people but every second chair is loaded with 20 litre water containers.
We still managed to make the most of it and had one day of awesome skiing but that is down to us making the most of a bad situation.
This place could be world class but the management of the resort blows it.
It looked good in the brochure but I will be heading to Japan again next year.
August 19, 2009
r sitfight from Australia
Cerro Catedral is a great place but is run badly. It has a 'get you once and get you good' attitude. The lift company would end up in jail in any other country with a attitude that customer service is available after 2 pm each day. I feel sorry for the tour operators that put the hard yards in and are left holding the problem. Spend a bit more and ski in the USA or Europe or even New Zealand.
August 17, 2009
Graciela from Argentina
Bariloche (Cerro Catedral) is an incredible place for natural places, for the views and for the lakes, but really horrible for skiing. It's definitely not a ski resort. The lifts always opens late,the slopes are badly groomed (when somebody grooms...), the queues are eternal, prices are more expensive than USA or Europe and information about the mountain doesn't exist. This was my last holiday in Bariloche. I'll start to go to Europe for skiing where there are a lot of ski resorts much cheaper than Cerro Catedral, even if you count the price of the flight.
August 14, 2009
Juan from Argentina
I do not believe what is happening at Cerro Catedral. There is a charge of 150 Pesos (more than 40 Us$) to ski using one very old surface lift (75 meters), with poor quality snow (no more than 800 square meters), with thousands of people.
August 11, 2009
Diego DH from Argentina
I´ve been to Andorra, Campo Felice and most of New Zealand's South Island pistes. Unfortunately, the lifts, grooming and personnel are awful at Cerro Catedral. At the end of August you can find good snow and powder on the top. Avoid mid to the end of July as there are lots of families. Cerro Catedral is a bit expensive, but the city is excellent with great nightlife, people etc.
August 10, 2009
Ron Barnes from Australia
My wife and I had a wonderful all round skiing experience at Cerro Catedral at the end of July 2009 for a week. Although the snow was only moderate we did have a full day of fresh powder. Most of the mountain is not groomed so it is best suited for intermediate and above. I strongly recommend that you hire a guide as their knowledge of the mountain gives you the best possible chance of skiing first tracks powder. They also know where to get the best lomitos and hot chocolate on the mountain. The crowds were light even though it was their school holidays. The apres-ski is not a major feature of Argentinian skiing but we still had fun at the local hotels and the hospitality of the locals is great. The food is typical Argentinian and there is lots of it. Do not expect to eat before 10 pm but as the sun does not rise until about 9 am, you have plenty of time to rest. The bus into Bariloche should not be missed nor the town. Make time to visit the chocolate supermarkets. Out of 10, I rate the skiing 6, apres-ski 6, food 7, people 8, overall experience 9 and Aerolineas Argentinas 1. Fly Air Chile or Qantas.
August 07, 2009
Peter from United States
The main car park has been divided in two and they are now charging AR$25 to park in the closest half to the lifts. Needless to say, very few people park there and when the free half is full, people have to park on the roadside if they don't want to pay. Today I was with friends and we parked on a side road, then had to walk through the mud to the lifts. Also, take what the website says about the snow conditions with a pinch of salt; it says 20cm of powder at the base, what it means is puddles and slushy snow, with grass poking through the pistes. Even at the top there were many rocks and none of them were marked. Wear a helmet because if you fall it could be lethal.
August 06, 2009
agustin from Argentina
Skiing in Cerro Catedral is the same as other resorts in Argentina. The problem is that in the ski business profitability is not obtained by selling lift tickets. It is impossible to afford with huge investments only gain from such sales.
Ski resorts like Aspen or Vail earn lots of money with real estate and selling great services for skiers.
Alta Patagonia, Las Leñas, please stop the bleeding across the mountain, do you want to be Penitentes?
August 05, 2009
Lucas from Argentina
CAPSA are taking 150 pesos for the use of just one little, old lift at the base of the mountain with 40 square meters.
June 15, 2009
Fernando from Argentina
I'm from Buenos Aires and I have skied the last three years in Bariloche (Cerro Catedral). It is difficult to reach the bottom of the mountain whist skiing. You have to take a lift (and sometimes make a long line for it) at the end of the day. I ski in Bariloche (Cerro Catedral) because my family owns a house there. Otherwise, I would go to Las Leñas or some other place.
May 08, 2009
nacho from Argentina
I live here in Bariloche (Cerro Catedral) and I have to say that, yes, the chairlifts are old and the slopes are in bad condition. It is not the responsibility of Bariloche or the people who works here, the responsibility is of Alta Patagonia that don't spend money on the slopes, chairlifts etc. However, we have to enjoy this fabulous sport and the snow. Remember that the world is changing and the snow will disappear in 20 years.
September 24, 2008
LUCHO from Argentina
I`m work in the mountain, I live here for the las 20 years, and I think the problems is not the people who work on the resort, is not for the mountain, is not for the lifts, the problem here is only for the owner of the resort, yes Catedral Alta Patagonia or Capsa, same thing.
Here in my mountain, yes my mountain because that places are from all the Argentain people, I tell you my mountain is really good and the landscape are one of the best of the word, when you see the great lake from the top of the "Cuadruple de Nubes" your satisfaction are complete.
The slopes are very good, and I tell you again the problem is not from the snow, or mountain, or the people who work , the problem are again for the owner of Alta Patagonia/Capsa because doesn't spend any sent for have the machines good and work on the night to fix that piste.
Come to Argentina and come to my mountain, I hope everyone have better lucky on the next season.
September 17, 2008
Teresa G from Argentina
I'm a decent blue-run skier who has not been lucky enough to have the chance to try other ski resorts worldwide. This means I cannot compare Catedral with other resorts in Europe and the US. Still, it's easy to notice that the lifts are dreadfully old and slow. Besides, the runs are awfully dangerous not only because of the fact that they are ungroomed and that there are a great number of unmarked rocks but also because of the reckless skiers who go past you at incredible speed or step on your skis in order to jump the queue while waiting for the overcrowded lifts. The ski-week we had was great due to the excellent weather conditions and although the snow was slushy at times, the runs were not icy at the top.
Still, I guess we were lucky. It's a pity the service provided by Alta Patagonia is so bad!!
September 10, 2008
Peter from Germany
During my globetrotter travel throught the amazing Patagonia,I decided to ski a couple of day in Bariloche;it was a completely dissapointing experience because on the travel guides Catedral was announced like the little Switzerland of Argentina or the most developed ski resort of South America! I cannot imagine the others! Please,this is a joke,I never see a ski resort like this,with so bad organization and so poor services;most of lifts from World War II (I read that Cable Carril is from 1948....),big queues,slopes absolutely without grooming,a lot of roads that cuts the slopes (50% of marked slopes are "caminito"),no signalization of obstacles or dangers,bad weather info and specially lifts info (open,close,no conditional for wind...)and no respect of skiers and snowboarders on every kind of slope; the rules of FIS do not exist here.
And last but not least really really expansive even in Euro; a day of ski in Garmisch,Stubai,Kitzbuhel or Alta Badia is cheaper than here and with so big difference in all services (quality of lifts and slopes first of all)
September 10, 2008
Edson from Brazil
Catedral it is a wonderful place but the lifts and the slopes are very bad!!! Chairlifts very olds,always with some problem,big big queues,no grooming,no snow gun machines (I was there in July and there was no snow),no box offices open,opening very late in the morning,bad services in general (lifts,info,rentals,restaurants,taxies....)
I came with a travel agency in a group of 75 peoples and everybody thoughts the same,an holiday failed!!!
September 09, 2008
Federico from Venezuela
What Bariloche has to give with its amazing mountains, lakes and people, the resort management takes it back.
It is amazing!
The paradox: when it doesn´t snow, the snow making machines don't work and the snow report says that there are 20cm at the base of Catedral (lies...) so, ski is limited to a few beginner's trails
And when it snows, then the snowcats don't work and the deep snow is a risk to the skiers.... so, beginner's trails again.
Skiing in Catedral is just for those who are unconditional to Bariloche.
September 09, 2008
Juan Ignacio from Argentina
I'll come back next year as I did in the last twelve years and I hope that Alta patagonia will solve all the problems of this horrible season. It was really a shame.
September 02, 2008
Erwin Wellen from Netherlands Antilles
We stayed from August 23 until August 28 in Cerro Catedral. Our first experience was a power failure in Catedral which caused a delay in the issuing of day passes. Fortunately a local person could provide us with tickets so we did not have to stand in the long line. Furthermore, when snow falls or with some with wind lifts are often closed. Reason = unknown. This resulted in long lines for the lifts that were open. Some lifts were also not open for snowboarders. Reason = "security reasons". Besides the negative experiences we had some wonderful days of boarding. We encountered fresh powder and unridden slopes which are wonderful for boarders. However, this place cannot compete with Europe or the US. The place certainly needs an upgrade. Oh, I almost forgot: my day passes did not work most of the time.
September 02, 2008
Pedro from Argentina
I'm customer of Catedral from many many years and I can confirm that all this reviews are true. It's really a shame for us Argentinian that so many foreigners think so bad of our mountain,but if you listen to the even locals,you can feel that everybody thinks the same.