Our little family decided we wanted an adventure. We had skied in Australia and New Zealand and always kept an eye on Argentina and Chile as potential ski destinations. The appeal was certainly the cultural experiences we wanted to taste as well as the ski slopes of South America.
We settled on Bariloche, which is located in the Andes region of Argentina, bordering Chile. To reach our destination we flew from Sydney, via Auckland to Buenos Aires. When we arrived in the Argentinian capital, we were instantly mesmerized by the beauty of the city. A pre-arranged driver collected us and acted as our tour guide for the stay. We spent two nights in the heart of the city in Recoleta, staying at Design Suites, which is an easy base from which to explore. The European influence of the architecture, the sophistication of the Portenas and the warmth of the locals was fabulous. We enjoyed the street Tango and the vibrant city life of BA. The children were made to feel welcome everywhere we went.
Eating in Buenos Aires is a gastronomical highlight. The city is full of great restaurants, serving hearty meals. If you love steak, you’ll love Argentina. If you love wine, you will love the wide selection and good quality. Our favourite was the Malbec. Everyone eats much later in Argentina and the dining culture is relaxed and family friendly. Even the kids all stay up much later than in Australia.
Bariloche is a two-hour flight from Buenos Aires. Stepping off the plane, the fresh, crisp mountain air hits and you feel the pace change immediately from the hustle of the city to the relaxed resort feel that Bariloche, with its lake-side location, does so well. The ski resort of Cerro Catedral is a short shuttle ride from the centre of town and our accommodation, Punta Condor, was located on the mountain.
We arrived just as a fresh snowstorm approached the ski resort and transformed the resort into a winter wonderland. The mountain is big and offers great terrain. Riding deep powder in Bariloche was a blast. We loved the European inspired cafes on the mountain that offered an intimate place to fuel up and kick back.
The resort at Bariloche is set up to cater for families. The mountain has ski schools for kids, terrain for all levels of ability and a general happy vibe that makes kids welcome.
We found ourselves enjoying the bus trip back down to Bariloche each day. The town has so much to offer. It is famous for chocolate and leather. If you are a chocoholic, watch out, Bariloche could well be your favourite destination on the planet.