Speaking about San Carlos de Bariloche means speaking about Cerro Catedral, which stands for “Mount Cathedral” in Spanish due to the resemblance of its summits to the towers of a medieval temple. Its majesty is well-known by skiers from all round the world.
Cerro Catedral, lying just 20 kilometers from the City of Bariloche, opens its gates with the first snowfalls for visitors eager to experience the adventure promised by ski and winter sports.
Reaching 1,030 meters above sea level, Mount Catedral seems to have the intention to join the ground and the sky.
A pioneer in South America, today it is the most complete ski resort in the country and it continues updating its facilities in order to offer visitors the most advanced infrastructure.
The unification of its sectors offers 600 hectares of skiable surface divided into 53 well sign-posted trails of various difficulties, which reach 2.000 meters over sea level.
With options for all ski disciplines, including off-piste, are available, those who practice freestyle and snowboarding will also enjoy an area specially designed with bumps and rails to show off their abilities.
Catedral has been the stage for the most important international competitions and snow festivals for years. The downhill torch parade, a night show that is gaining more and more fans, stands out.
Lift updating programs are constant and specially thought to improve the resort’s total lift capacity and quality.
Catedral also has a cutting-edge snow-making system which creates real flakes that cover a skiable surface of about 10 hectares.
Visitors just need to come along. In mythical San Carlos de Bariloche, Cerro Catedral has everything to please skiers and their families. Snow is guaranteed.
How to Get There: From Bariloche, along Bustillo Av. to kilometer No. 8 (Catedral intersection). Then, turn left into the paved road till you reach the ski resort access, with its free parking space for 960 vehicles. There is also a regular bus service every 30 minutes. You can also go up by taxi or on a tourist excursion transfer vehicle.
Season: From June 18 to October 10, divided into high, low and mid season.
Timetable: From 9am to 5pm.
Activities: Alpine, Nordic, randonée and off-piste skiing, snowboarding, sleds, paragliding, hiking, mountaineering, mountain biking.
Services: Refuges, first-class restaurants, lockers, garment and souvenir stores, photo development, medical service at the base, public phones and access to the Internet at the base and at the 1,600 station, ski rental, large parking space, information center, kids nursery, ski school, shopping mall, discos, transfers to the mountain, press room, quad vehicles and snow cats.
Catedral Summer 2014
BIKE PARK 2014 The Bike Park opens its gates to adventure for cyclists to enjoy circuits with different levels of difficulty for each learning stage. NEW CIRCUITS 2013 for beginners, intermediate and experts offer dirt, wooden structures in the woods that give shape to a tour with bridges, bumps and cants that contribute to the natural obstacles provided by the mountain creating a circuit chosen by intermediate and advanced users.
ASCENTS FOR LIFTS Ascents to the summit of Mount Catedral in the four-seat gondola Amancay and the triple chairlift Diente de Caballo feature the best views of the Andes Mountain Range, the lakes, Mount Tronador and the steppe.
TREKKING An activity to be enjoyed with the entire family. Ideal to experience the adventure of hiking around native regional woodlands.
HORSEBACK RIDES An ideal activity to observe the vastness of the mountain with horses specially trained to cover different circuits.
MOUNTAIN BOARDING A discipline practiced on a skate board with rubber wheels that provide great stability on every type of soil and make it easier to make agile and safe maneuvers, thanks to the brake on the rear wheels that is activated with one hand.
Expert instructors train and accompany those who choose this amusing sport and provide all the necessary elements: board, kneepads, helmet, wristbands and gloves. Those who dominate the board may also choose mountain trails.
HIGH CUISINE Some visitors just prefer to sit and enjoy sunbathing and watching the views at the terraces of the various recreational areas located above 1,800 meters MSL. There are special packages for people who wish to take advantage of the delicious Patagonian cuisine.For further information, enter www.catedralaltapatagonia.com/verano/actividades.php
In San Carlos de Bariloche:
Edificio Telesilla Séxtuple, 1er. piso
Base Cerro Catedral (8400)
Conmutador: +54 294 4409000, con 30 líneas rotativas
Fax: + 54 294 4409000, int. 118
Oficial website: ww.catedral.com
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