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Argentina

An irresistible summer adventure, the Patagonian ski odyssey!

down to the Cerro Castor on the southern tip of Ushuaia, Argentinean the resorts offer an laudable diversity of both terrain and local culture.

Argentina isn't only about delicious steaks, the tango and Lional Messi. For us, the mountains take centre stage – the majestic Andes – which can claim to boast as much world-class ski terrain, which is then complimented with a side dish of Latin culture. Let us create a tailor-made itinerary, perhaps featuring a few of the ski resorts, which can then be book-ended with time in Buenos Aires, our favourite city south of the equator. More? Well, there is much to see in Argentina even during their winter, and we’d be delighted to help you plan the perfect holiday on and off the slopes.

Ski Resorts in Argentina

Argentina has 14 ski resorts, dotted along the length of the Andes Mountains. Different Snow feature one resort up near Mendoza (Las Leñas) and then several in the Patagonian Lake District near Bariloche (Cerro Catedral, Cerro Bayo and Cerro Chapelco). Then there is the outlier - Cerro Castor all the way down south at the souther tip of Argentina, near Ushuaia.

The ski resorts are rather varied with notable differences between them all, meaning that our knowledge and experience will play an important role when selecting which is best for you. Some resorts feature multi-million dollar lift systems, whereas others are more rustic. Some are better suited to advanced skiers and boarder, or perhaps more important to you is a characterful ski village and Latin flavour? Constant will be the awesome backdrop of the Andes, some of the world's highest and certainly most beautiful mountains. 

The Ski Season

The ski season begins in mid-June and will take you through until October. However, we’d like to steer you towards August and to early September as the best time to visit. July usually has excellent snow cover, but the ski resorts will be exceedingly busy (to bursting) and prices rise markedly due to the popular Argentine winter break. Leave it until August and you’ll find good quality snow with plenty of base, better value at the hotels and far fewer crowds – all of which results in more skiing and a better overall experience.

Why Argentina?

Summer holidays are supposed to be all about relaxing, right? Find a beach and then settle down with a trashy novel? Make sure you drink plenty of water.

Nah! Not for us.

Instead, max out your ski season and head across the ocean to Argentina for an adventure in some different snow. We can think of many reasons why you should….

The Andes Mountains

The highest peaks in the world outside of the Himalayas, no less, are just waiting for you to check out the high elevation terrain. You’ll find deep and long flowing runs in beautiful mountains, along with an organic and natural terrain park full of dips, jumps and lips. Simply put, skiing and boarding in Argentina is a tremendous amount of fun.

Reliable snow & endless backcountry

Andean snow is typically dry powder and it falls with a predictable vigour every June & July. There are then plenty of sunny days thereafter (in to August and September), once a deep base has been established. Both within and beyond the ski resort boundaries, the Andes Mountains offer an endless expanse of skiable terrain. We've only just scratched the surface or what's out there and every year new opportunities are realised.

It’s not only about the skiing

Throw in the Argentinean passion for dance, the bohemia of Buenos Aires, those delectable Mendozan reds, the world’s best steaks, and some beautiful waterfalls. Set horizons beyond the Argentinean border and we could also get you to other South American countries – skiing in Chile? beach in Brazil? cruise in the Galapagos? Whatever, wherever – we've done it before.

It’s Argentina

Simple as that! Argentina is a completely enthralling country and we love it. The mixture of European and Latin influences makes for characterful and welcoming towns and cities. The high mountains and pristine lakes create awesome landscapes. And the skiing's great.

Suggested Itineraries

Our private, tailor-made journeys offer complete freedom of choice – there are no set departure dates or prices. The following are suggested itineraries only, shown to give you a flavour of what is possible and each can be tailored to suit your preferences. When it comes to price, you tell us your budget and we'll aim to keep within this.

In each itinerary, the ski resort can be swapped around. Different Snow can include ski hire, lift passes, backcountry tours, cultural excursions and activities, accommodation and transfers ... and because we are ATOL bonded, we can also include your international flights.

Ski & City

Duration: 11 days

One week in a ski resort, accessing the best South American powder. You choose which region and which resort – Las Leñas? Bariloche? After a week on the slopes, time to reward yourself with some time in Buenos Aires.

from £1,795 per person

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Bariloche, Buenos Aires & Iguazú Falls

Duration: two weeks

A full week's skiing or boarding down in Patagonia, focusing on Cerro Catedral and/or Cerro Bayo. Then fly up the waterfalls for a couple of days and finally head to Buenos Aires.

from £1,895 per person

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Las Leñas, Buenos Aires & Iguazú Falls

Duration: two weeks

A week's skiing or boarding in Las Leñas, followed by time up in the rainforest at Iguazú Falls and then back down to the capital for several days R 'n' R in the city.

from £1,895 per person

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The Ultimate Argentina Ski Safari

Duration: two weeks

Spending time in both the Patagonian resorts surrounding Bariloche and also including a week up in Las Leñas, this itinerary is designed to maximise your on-mountain time and showcase the best Argentinean mountains.

from £2,775 per person

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Prices are indicative only and include accommodation (low season), lift passes, transfers and – because we are ATOL-bonded – your flights from the UK. Different Snow can also include ski hire, backcountry and off-piste tours, rail passes, private transfers, English-speaking guides, cultural excursions and activities.

Argentina INFORMATION

Capital:  Buenos Aires

Time zone:  GMT - 3 hrs

Currency:  Argentinian Peso

Language:  Spanish

Ski Season:  mid-June until October; we suggest August and early-September as the best time to ski

Largest Ski Resorts: Las Leñas, Cerro Catedral, Cerro Bayo, La Hoya, Cerro Chapelco and Cerro Castor

Access:  International fly to and from Buenos Aires Ezeiza Airport (EZE). However, domestic flights to the ski regions are served by Buenos Aires Jorge Newbery Airport (AEP).

Beyond the skiing:  Spending some time in Buenos Aires is a must. Many choose to visit the mighty Iguazú Falls. It's also possible to combine Argentina with Chile, Brazil or Uruguay.

Places to Visit

Extending 2,268 miles from top to bottom, Argentina has it all; jaw-dropping scenery, exotic wildlife, characterful colonial towns, one of the world’s best capital cities, superb cuisine and a vibrant culture. Okay, so you’ve come all this way to ski but it would be churlish to not create some Latin memories to compliment those powder turns? And it’s the experiences which are all-important in Argentina – learn (or, at least, watch) the passion of tango? The best steak you’ll ever be fortunate enough to eat? Street performers and live Latin music scene? Game-changing Merlot? Be it just for several days as you pass through Buenos Aires or for a longer sojourn before or after the skiing, Argentina is waiting to be … lived! Whatever you decide, you’ll be wowed by the Argentinean zeal for so many aspects of their own culture.