Behind San Martín de los Andes stands Mount Chapelco, one of the most enchanting in the country to practice ski. Featuring excellent snow, we just need to wait for the winter and its snowfalls to schedule it as a destination for our winter vacations.
Reaching almost two thousand meters of height, Mount Chapelco is ideal for skiers. It has become famous in the most remote sites on the planet. Visitors from all over the world come along year after year to ski on its trails.
With over twenty trails of diverse degrees of difficulty, Chapelco features a fascinating view of Lake Lácar. The silence of the lenga forests and the imposing presence of the Lanín make this site unique.
It has first-class infrastructure and 140 skiable hectares. Mount Chapelco presents all the variables to practice downhill and cross-country skiing, as well as ski touring. Likewise, snowboarders show off their skills at the half pipe, parallel slalom, big air and fun park inside the snowpark located at the end of the Graeff chairlift, on platform 1,700.
Snowmobiles and sleds pulled by Siberian dogs, or snowshoeing on recently fallen snow are other options offered by Mount Chapelco.
How to Get There:At San Martín de los Andes, take National Route 234, which borders Lake Lácar and then take the detour into National Route 19. After 5 kilometers, you will reach the base of the mountain (see our Argentinian Route Finder to learn how to get to San Martín de los Andes from your city).
Season: Mid June to mid October, divided into low, intermediate and high.
Activities: Downhill and cross-country ski, ski touring, off-piste, snowboarding, snowmobiling, sleds pulled by Siberian dogs and snowshoeing.
Services: First-class restaurants, lockers, apparel stores and gift shops, photo development, medical assistance at the base of the mountain, pay phones and Internet access at the base and at the 1,600 platform, ski rental, spacious parking lot, information center, daycare, shuttles.
Chapelco Summer 2013
The great summer adventure in the mountain starts today.
Today, January 4, 2013, Cerro Chapelco will open its mountain park, one of the must visit attractions of this summer in Patagonia. It will offer activities and games for all tastes within a natural environment, as well as a bike park with PRO circuits where the summer sports event known as Downhill Open Shimano Chapelco 2013 will take place.
The activities that may be practiced in Chapelco include Patagonian slide, foot-golf (the star sport of this summer), zip-lining, hiking, rock climbing, horseback riding, archery, mini golf, high jump and inflatable castle for kids.
One of the biggest attractions in the mountain park will be the incredible bike park, which will offer various mountain bike circuits divided into beginner, intermediate and PRO. Everyone can get deep into the woods on two wheels sorting out obstacles, bumps and the most demanding routes.
On February 9 and 10, Chapelco will host one of the issues of the mountain bike Open Shimano circuit, in the downhill discipline. This is the most important championship in Latin America, which will become the major sport event of the summer.
On the opening day, residents of San Martín and Junín de los Andes will enjoy a 2x1 package. This means two people will be able to take part in each activity hired with only one pass. This package will be valid every Saturday in January and February. In order to make use of it, visitors must bear their ID card where their place of residence is evidenced. Services may be hired at the base of the complex, where the customer assistance office will provide information about each activity, or at the authorized agencies in San Martin de los Andes.
The activities may be hired independently or in packages of three or five, with great discounts. There will also be a Summer Passport 2013 that includes a ride at each of the activities. It is transferable and has no expiration date during the summer.
Chapelco Mountain Park will open today until February 28, from Mondays thru Saturdays from 10am to 5pm. The center will be closed on Sundays.
In San Martín de los Andes:
M. Moreno y Gral. Roca. "Solar de Roca" Local 12
Tel. (+54) 02972 427845 / 429845
In Buenos Aires:
25 de Mayo 555 piso 5to. - Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires
Tel. +54(11) 5555.5700
Oficial website: ww.chapelco.com
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