A few kilometers away from the City of Ushuaia, the southernmost in the world, there are various winter resorts which have been specially designed both for grown-ups and children. Amusement starts as soon as the snow begins to fall.
The road that starts at the end of Route 3 (Lapataia Bay) and goes through the City of Ushuaia up to the viewpoint located at Garibaldi Pass features various sites for winter lovers, including the famed Mount Castor and other winter resorts that lie minutes away from the city.
Around the City of Ushuaia
A few kilometers away from Ushuaia, there appear several possibilities to practice ski and also sites such as ski rinks, that invite visitors to have fun.
Centro Glaciar Martial
This ski and winter resort is open year round but it is in July that it becomes the perfect place to practice downhill ski, snowboarding and sledding, or enjoy snowshoeing across the local Fuegian woods.
The southernmost in the world
For winter lovers
Minutes away from the city
For grown-ups and children
Ushuaia Ski School
It offers equipment rental and individual and group lessons for grown-ups and children. Its chairlift spans for almost 1,200 meters, which are covered in a few minutes, the ideal time to go up and down as many times as visitors wish. Once at the top of the lift, a short hike leads to the foot of the Martial Glacier, which features an incredible panoramic view of the bay and the City of Ushuaia.
Francisco Jerman Trail
This ideal site to enjoy cross-country ski has a perfect location just a few minutes away from the downtown (5 kilometers away from the City of Ushuaia). Its length goes from 2.5 to 7.5 kilometers, depending on the amount of snow and the areas open. In addition to basic services for skiers, there is also a rental.
On the other side of Route 3 lie the ice rinks, among which Tachuela and Laguna del Diablo stand out. They are usually visited by local youth.
Ushuaia Winter Centers
A wide array of winter resorts which have summoned tourists from all over the world in the last few years lie on Route 3, heading for Tolhuin.
Valle de los Lobos
In addition to all the traditional activities of a winter resort, the rides on sleds pulled by dogs are the protagonists at this venue. This is certainly an activity which enables visitors to see the harmony between men and animals. Huskies and Alaskan Malamutes are raised at this winter center.
Created by pioneer Gustavo Giró, this winter resort is perfect to practice cross-country sky and other recreational activities, among which dog sledding and diverse crossings that may take one or more days and go through the beauty of the Fuegian woods stand out.
Nunatak or Contact with Nature
Contact with nature is the essence of this company that started in 1991. Besides hiking and cross-country ski, other activities such as horseback rides, 4WD tours, canoeing and mountain biking have been incorporated to its offer. Having its own shelter at the foot of Mount Alvear, Nunatak is an ideal site to go for a walk, on a sled ride pulled by dogs or to enjoy cross-country ski.
Llanos del Castor
Surrounded by woods and mountains, Llanos de Castor summarizes Fuegian nature. Several outdoor activities may be practiced in this venue by following sign-posted trails that unveil all kinds of birds and beavers. The winter brings the chance to enjoy cross-country ski and snowshoeing and the snow accumulated in the area has turned this venue into the seat of the traditional snow sculpture event.
Famed Cerro Castor
This is most important ski resort in Tierra del Fuego. It has lifts and trails for all levels, from beginners to experts. Lying just 25 kilometers away from the City of Ushuaia, it is considered by many as the best resort in Argentina. No wonder it managed to be the seat of major international ski events. Artificial snow cannons, premium rentals, restaurants, bars, pubs and all the technological services to feel at ease are part of the added value provided by Cerro Castor today.
On the other side of Route 3, lie the following winter centers.
Hosted by its owners, this beautiful cabin and its parks summarize the feeling and lifestyle of those who chose to live at the "world’s end". In the winter, this center offers snowshoeing and hiking across the woods, one of the most highly coveted activities by visitors.
Considered a good cross-country center, it also offers a rental and specialized instructors who give both individual and group lessons. Its ski trail lit at night is another attraction in Ushuaia.
The traditional and new excursions available at this winter resort include:
A night ride on snowmobiles up to a mountain coffee-house, where visitors may taste craft beer and hot chocolate, accompanied by other delicacies specially thought for a cold night.
This is also a night ride that combines snowmobiles and snowshoeing in the company of excellent guides who have a thorough knowledge of the secrets of the forest. The outing ends with dinner at Ernesto Krund Museum cabin and visitors will return to the starting point on snowmobiles.
-Ushuaia Blanca Full Day, Aventura Blanca, Trekking del Valle or Trekking de la Esfinge
These four tours invite visitors to enjoy the snow on ATVs and snowmobiles, as well as snowshoeing or practicing Nordic skiing. Difficulty varies according to visitors’ needs, taking into consideration not only their physical conditions but also their ski level. To sum up, there is an outing for everyone, even for the youngest in the family.
Complejo Villa Las Cotorras
Visitors to Ushuaia cannot miss trying the traditional mountaineer’s coffee and Fuegian lamb roasted on the cross, and this may be done at Villa Las Cotorras. The venue offers a wide variety of scenes to enjoy cross-country ski and be carried away by hikes or snowshoeing across the forest: an ideal activity for the entire family.
Criadero Bönaka is a family business where visitors may appreciate over a hundred Nordic and competition dogs cared and trained by the hosts. An interesting venue to visit with kids.
Haruwen Winter Resort was built in 1987 by Raúl Muriel and Marta Trabuchi. Both of them were born in Tierra del Fuego, and today, their son Damián is in charge of all the activities developed in the venue. It is located at Vega del Café Valley, at the foot of National Route 3, 36 kilometers north of Ushuaia and 18 kilometers from Lake Escondido. Haruwen was a pioneer center for dog sled races and the Ushuaia Sled Dog Race and Ushuaia Sled Dog Race for kids has been held at this location ever since 1993.
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