Imagine skiing in the middle of an old forest, unspoiled by man. The ancient trees are covered with lichen (popularly known as Beard of the Devil) and create a mystical and magical ambiance in this pristine forest. You can turn this dream into reality at Chapelco, one of the most impressive resorts in the legendary Patagonia region of Argentina. Chapelco ski resort is located in the southern province of Neuquen, above the town of San Martin de Los Andes.
It offers stunning views of Lake Laicar, and Mount Chapelco towers above the village and lake. No deforestation has taken place here and the ski resort and lake are lined with forests of lenga trees, making a truly picturesque scene. Chapelco offers thirty-two slopes that normally receive a large quantity of good quality snow between the months of June and October. Half the pistes at this remarkable ski resort will provide a challenge for advanced skiers, while beginners and intermediate level skiers can enjoy the remaining territory. The longest run at Chapelco is just over three miles.
The slopes are accessed by twelve lifts, including a six-passenger Gondola. Chapelco has the terrain suitable for all styles of skiing. Lovers of Alpine, Nordic and randonee will certainly find some runs to their liking. Chapelco has plenty to offer snowboarders too, with a choice of half pipe, parallel slalom, big air and fun park at the snowboard park located at the end of the Graeff lift station.
One can enjoy a host of other activities here too, such as snowmobile tours and rides on dog sleds pulled by Siberian huskies. Go snowshoeing or on snow-racket walks along the virgin snow covered slopes. The city of San Martin de Los Andes is the nearest to the ski resort of Chapelco and it provides accommodation options suitable for all budgets, ranging from camping to five-star hotels. The ski season at Chapelco normally starts in June or early July and ends in late September or early October. Chapelco is accessible by air and the simplest way to get there is to take a flight from Buenos Aires to Chapelco.