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Chapelco Hill (Cerro Chapelco) Ski Center

Chapelco Hill (Cerro Chapelco) Ski Center

Chapelco Hill (2,441 m/8,006 ft) has one of the highest elevations of the Chapelco chain. It is found southwest of the Neuquén province among the Andes mountain range. Due to its topographic characteristics like smooth, grass-covered hillsides, Federico Graeff chose it in 1946, as the most suitable place for practicing winter sports. Soft, undulating, easy slopes are located at an altitude between 1,250 and 1,750 m (4,100 and 5,740 ft). There are however, steeper slopes located closer to the ridge for the more experienced skier. The resort boasts 29 slopes and is characterized by its abundant, good quality snow. Overall, Chapelco Ski Center is a place where families can come and have a great time together.
The ski surface area measures a total of 140 hectares (336 acres), with a 730 meter (2,394 ft) drop (not accumulated). The maximum slope is 45° and the minimum is 20°. Maximum length measures 5.3 km (3.3 mi). The peak reaches an altitude of 1,980 m (6,494 ft). Annual snow precipitation at the base of the mountain is 1.50 m (4.92 ft), and on the peak is 2.5 m (8.2 ft).

At the base of the mountain, underneath the Cable Car building, you will find Equipment Rentals in a large, modern area that is specially equipped for fast service and comfort. You can rent alpine, cross-country, and parabolic skis or monoskis, big foots, and snowboards. Ski Storage and Boot Racks are located in the same building and there are lockers in heated rooms. A closet service where you can store clothing is provided in two places: the Cable Car building and in Antulauquen. The repair workshop is another service offered by specially qualified personnel from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. In addition to all these services, there are countless events that take place during the winter season as well.

 
 
Location
Neuquén Province, 18 km (11 mi) from San Martín de Los Andes. It is a 1 hr. 50 min. flight from Buenos Aires and 1,600 km (1000 mi) on land.
When to go
From June 14th to October 14th.
Attractions
Mountains, Ski resort, beech tree forests.
How to get there
You can get there from the city of San Martin de Los Andes by driving along National Route 234 that borders Lacar Lake and after 16 km (10 mi) of asphalt road you connect to Provincial Route #19 that gets to the base of the mountain after about 5 more kilometers.
Activities
You can participate in different types of sports within the ski resort such as: alpine skiing, snowboarding, and cross country skiing.
Services
Accommodations, food, entertainment, transportation.
Surroundings
San Martín de los Andes, Lacar Lake, Lanín National Park.

 

 


Slopes and Ski Lifts

Chapelco boasts 29 slopes. The base and Slope 63 are perfect for beginners, but there are also black diamonds, moguls, and jumps for the expert. Snowboard fanatics and aficionados frequent the Halfpipe, located in a little canyon area to the left of El Palito. It is specially designed to carry out the practice of snowboarding and all varieties of competitions. The latest, most modern lifts can hold up to 12,000 skiers per hour, which allows skiers to take full advantage of the resort. The Cable Car holds up to 6 skiers each and allows comfortable access to the platform located at 1,600 m (5,248 ft), Chapelco's second base for operations. There are also two-seater, four-seater, Poma and T-bar lifts that carry skiers comfortably to their various slopes.

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