Are you looking for a unique ski experience?

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Then you should check out Cerro Catedral in Argentina! This is the largest ski resort in the entire Southern Hemisphere, and it’s considered a singular experience, enhanced by the unparalleled beauty of Patagonia, a vibrant apres-ski scene, and the country’s dual gastronomic specialties—fine wine and legendary steaks.

Nate Abbott of Joshua Tree, California, a professional photographer and a contributor to Freeskier magazine, spent 10 days on a photo assignment in and around Cerro Catedral and describes skiing the Andes, the tallest mountain range in the Western Hemisphere, as almost otherworldly. He said, “It’s one of those things I’ve tried to describe to many people, and I don’t know if I’ve ever sufficiently done it. You could drop me in different places, and I’d say this is probably Europe or this is probably America, but this is totally different. The mountains are bigger. The mountains are spaced differently. And Cerro Catedral is one of those places that definitely feels different—the views, the rocks. It’s really fun skiing and exploring.”

In the Argentine Lakes District, Cerro Catedral is set on the southern shore of Lake Nahuel Huapi and is within the Nahuel Huapi National Park. The centre of activity in the region is the small, scenic city of San Carlos de Bariloche, commonly known as Bariloche. This region is one of South America’s prime vacation destinations, and not only during the June-to-October ski season.

The district’s reputed natural splendour has even drawn in presidents! Barack and Michelle Obama extended their 2016 trip to Argentina by a day to stay at the legendary Llao Llao Hotel & Resort. President Dwight D. Eisenhower stayed at Llao Llao in 1960, as did Bill and Hillary Clinton in 1997. Even President Teddy Roosevelt passed through, recalling in his 1916 memoir “A Book Lover’s Holidays in the Open”: “We had been through a stretch of scenery as lovely as can be found anywhere in the world—a stretch that in parts suggested the Swiss lakes and mountains, and in other parts Yellowstone Park or the Yosemite or the mountains near Puget Sound.”

Given the landscape, European immigrants to South America felt right at home in the foothills of the Andes. Founded by German-speaking newcomers in the late 1800s and bolstered by a second wave of German and Swiss immigrants after World War II, Bariloche still reflects those roots. Prices are off a bit, but they are not in freefall, despite the peso’s drastic devaluation in 2018. So if you’re looking for a unique ski experience, Cerro Catedral in Argentina is the place to go!

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