It depends on your choice of resort...
In the Wine country (Mendoza province) you have Las Lenas, Penitentes, and Vallecitos. For international visitors Las Lenas and Penitentes would be your choice,
- Las Lenas
has so many slopes and night time skiing, top-notch restaurants, clubs, plus the jet-set feel, and the price too has that feel!
- Los Penitentes
is popular specially with snowboarders but it has a lot of different types of difficulty levels in skiing also.
is nice but is a more family oriented resort, and for beginners. Being close to the Greater Mendoza metro, it gets really packed weekends in the winter.
In the Comahue region (Neuquen province), you have Caviahue, Batea Mahuida, and Chapelco.
has TONS of snow and open space, the Nordic and country-skiing capital of the country. It also has gorgeous world class natural hot spring baths in nearby Copahue, with a huge Spa resort.
- Batea Mahuida
is very new, oriented as a 'natural' resort, about people enjoying the forests, mountains and lakes in a winter setting. It is run by the Puel Sovereign Nation Reservation.
is the star resort of this region, with everything you want in skiing near the city of San Martin In The Andes, which itself is beautiful and foreigners love the town for it's Argentine feel, plus it has great nightlife and of course girls. Lanin National Park, with it's forests and the volcano is also a major national tourist attraction close to the resort.
In the Lakes region (Southern Neuquen, Rio Negro, Chubut provinces), there's Cerro Bayo, Cerro Catedral, Robles, and La Hoya.
- Cerro Bayo
is in the quaint mountain town of Villa La Angostura on the shores of Nahuel Huapi Lake. It used to be a modest resort but it really has upgraded and might be the most underrated of all resorts, which might be good as the crowds are not as bad as in Bariloche, on the other end of the lake.
- Cerro Catedral
has always been the ski capital of Argentina, at least for Argentines. It's another world class resort like Las Lenas, so everything you might want to do is there to do. It is super-modern and the queue time has been supposedly been brought down to almost 0 with tickets that are detected even in your wallet by radiowaves. It has tons of slopes and new dedicated areas for freestyling and snowboarding.
Is in the same spot as Cerro Catedral Resort, and supposedly you can actually use your Cerro Catedral pass to get into Robles, and viceversa. Both these resorts are in Bariloche, one of the most popular tourist destinations in Argentina and South America. The city itself has lots of chocolate factories, a German-Swiss feel, and some of the best night clubs in the Western Hemisphere.
- La Hoya
is near Esquel, in Chubut province. It has also all the snow activities and a very famous ski school, many call it the most friendly learner's resort, why many beginners go there to learn. Esquel is in the western edge of the Welsh Country, so in the town you can sit down to have Welsh teas and cakes.
In the Extreme south you have Mina Uno (Santa Cruz province) and Cerro Castor (Tierra del Fuego Province).
- Mina Uno
is the least known resort, in southern Santa Cruz. Here the ski season is significantly longer, but the winters can be quite harsh. It has retained it's basic but confortable infraestructure. It looks how most resorts in Argentina looked 20 or 30 years ago. Great for snowmobiling.
- Cerro Castor
in Tierra del Fuego, as with everything in that province, is the southernmost ski resort on Earth. It's base is at 200 meters above sea level, so that makes it virtually unique. It is the newest resort in the country so it is all modern. I hear it has the best powder snow in the world, because the temperatures there are so constantly cool (and they never warm up a lot melting the snow, or go down fast, freezing it too quickly), and because Patagonia is the cleanest environment in the world, it is the least polluted snow too. So the quality of snow is a huge draw. The days are REALLY short in the winter, so a lot of night time skiing is done.
Two proposed new ski resorts could be built, Manantiales
in San Juan Province (would be the northernmost resort in the country), and another around El Calafate, Santa Cruz.
[Edited 2008-02-27 09:15:13]