Cerro Bayo, Argentina Report: Hidden Gem??

Low ceiling, summits and options at Argentina’s sole Ski Boutique | P.M. Fadden photo

Old wisdom advises, watch-out for the quiet ones.

That applies to snow fields as well.

Top floor transit via Telecabina Cumbre | P.M. Fadden photo

Cerro Bayo Ski Boutique, 1000 meters above Villa La Angostura on Argentina’s famed Ruta 40, has been called a quiet player among Andean resorts. Its silence is as subtle as its size, and hints at a hidden gem.

Hidden peaks, falling snow, and nowhere to be | P.M. Fadden photo

Heavy cloud delivered what forecast predicted; snow – far from bottomless, but more than enough to grow a healthy grin.

Surveying the goods between zones, El Balcon and Cornisa | P.M. Fadden photo

A spiderweb of lifts link easily and lead ultimately to summit and 360-degree panorama over sweeping powder fields. Downslope, stories high rock features frame tight tree lines or smooth, rip-able canyons.

Telesilla Panoramica under September snow | P.M. Fadden photo

Outdated lifts, oblivious to age, crank along at their own contented pace.

Waiting for a window at slopeside eatery, Tronador with Telesilla Los Lagos beyond | P.M. Fadden photo

Crackling fires in cozy refugios add value to overpriced beer. Smiles are genuine, conversation sincere.

Variable gusts, soft snowpack; Villa La Angostura and Lago Nahuel Huapi beyond | P.M. Fadden photo

Full transparency: Cerro Bayo piste (and season) is short. Angostura nightlife is famous for sleep. And both remind quietly of what is most treasured in skiing.

The Highlights:

  • 31 trails w/4 difficulty levels
  • 16 lifts
  • 2 six-person gondolas
  • Longest downhill run: 6km
  • Seasonal window: late-June thru late-September (weather dependent)

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