Caviahue Ski Resort
The Caviahue ski area is located at the foot of the active Copahue Volcano, and thanks to all the geothermal activity there are hot springs nearby; a perfect way to end a day of skiing or snowboarding.
Caviahue ski resort is situated in a reasonably remote location so not many people venture there, but this means that prices are cheap and the ski resort is completely uncrowded.
Caviahue Ski and Snowboard Terrain
The lift serviced terrain at Caviahue has 20 ski trails with a skiable length of only 15km and a vertical drop of 418 metres. Caviahue has 9 lifts, of which 5 are surface lifts.
Much of the ski area is covered in old araucaria trees (monkey puzzle trees), so it’s still possible to ski or snowboard in inclement weather.
The ski slopes are largely mellow. The split of terrain is 30% beginner, 40% intermediate, and 30% advanced, yet in reality the ski resort is best suited to beginner and intermediate skiers and snowboarders. For experienced riders, Caviahue provides some good off-piste skiing and backcountry touring, with the ascent to the crater of the volcano being popular.
Caviahue has pretty reliable snow and receives 6.7 metres of snowfall per season on average. The ski resort generally shares the same weather patterns as Nevados de Chillan
Where is Caviahue Ski Resort?
Centro de Ski Cerro Caviahue is located about 1.5km from the town of Copahue in the Neuquén province of Argentina. Copahue and Caviahue are about 360km from the city of Neuquén, and 1500km southwest of Buenos Aires.
Lan and Aerolineas Argentinas offer daily flights to Neuquen, from where there are private transport services available to Caviahue.
Caviahue has on-mountain accommodation in a ski-in ski-out hotel. There are also hotels in the nearby town.
The ski resort has well established facilities and services such as child care, ski school, and equipment rental. There are also other activities on offer such as dog sledding, snowcat rides to the crater of the volcano, and snowshoeing.
More Reasons to Ski or Snowboard at Caviahue
Prices at Caviahue are much lower than at the bigger Argentina ski resorts, which might be part of the reason that it’s very popular with families. The scenic vistas of the horseshoe shaped lake and the volcano are also a major drawcard.