May 2, 2009

Cathedral Mountain - The Best of Winter in Argentina

Cathedral Mountain is probable the best image of the winter atractions in Bariloche. This magnificent mountain has two sides, the southern one with many stone needles that gives to it the name of a gothic temple and are the perfect place for mountaineering; and the northeast side, with smooth slopes, where is located one of the best ski centers in Southamerica, Antonio Lynch Winter Center, most known as Cathedral Mountain.

For its characteristics, Cathedral Mountain is one of the best places for winter sports. It counts with a slope of 60 degrees and its longest ski run brings a descend of 9 kilometers without interruptions. The highest track off piste is at 2180 meters over the level of the sea, so the expert skiers can slide through it admiring the overwhelming landscape, from the top to the base.

The whole mountain elevates over 2300 meters and has 600 hectares of surface, with ski runs, ski lifts, beautiful forest and the area of the base, where is Villa Catedral, a place with excellent services and many hotels with 3, 4 or 5 stars of category, with all the amenities and services needed for the visitors.

Inside Villa Catedral there is Las Terrazas Shopping Center, with a commercial gallery, stores and a food court with different kind of menus. Other commercial spot is Paseo Plaza Amancay, located inside the Amacay chairlift. Here there is a big restaurant, ski rental stores, ski schools and the lobby of some hotels of the base. And for the amusement of the visitors by night, there are also a disco and a Casino, inside the Hotel Club Catedral.

Cathedral Mountain offers many stores for ski rental, with the best equipment and excellent technology. The Ski Resort has 7000 ski equipment and 1500 for snowboard, plus sledges and snowshoes for hiking in the snow, so the visitors only need their enthusiasm to slide across the perfect 53 ski runs of the complex, full conditioned for the best experience, counting also with artificial snow machines to create the ideal thickness in the ground.

The ski center counts with ski runs of different levels for every kind of skiers. The highest of the ski tracks is located at 1950 meters above the level of the sea. To get to the tracks, Cathedral Mountain has 39 ski lifts, among chairlifts and media drag to get to every corner in the mountain.

In Cathedral Mountain the visitors can practice every kind of ski, nordic ski, alpine ski and snowboard, using tracks specially conditioned with bumps and obstacles, like the Terrain Park, a place where sports event are developed such as the Big Air Reef, Rip Curl Winter Search, among others.

During the summertime, those same ski runs are used to practice mountain bike or mountain board, sliding in special boards with rubber wheels. Other activities that the mountain offers are rappel, climbing, trekking, canopy for children, horseback riding and skating in a skate park.

After an excellent day at the snow, in Villa Catedral the visitors can enjoy of the gastronomy in the exquisite restaurants of the base, which prepare delicious patagonian plates and international cooking. There are also coffee shops in higher spots to take a break and eat a sandwich or a hot drink.

Cathedral Mountain is located at just 19 kilometers from Bariloche, so the visitors can also discover this enchanting city in argentinean Patagonia, that also counts with transfers to the Ski Resort. Take the adventure and visit this wonderful place, with incredible summits, forests and landscapes.

Mariel Lizana authors several articles of Cathedral Mountain hotels and Cathedral Mountain Ski Packages . For more information visit my website at

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