Founded in 1903 by Swiss and German immigrants, this is a substantial resort town with a cheerful lifestyle, and is still influenced by the Swiss-German culture. The slopes are at Cerro Catedral, 20 minutes by shuttle-bus. They are well below the tree line, and good-quality snow cannot be guaranteed. The runs, which are cut through the forest, face east as protection from the prevailing westerlies and suit intermediates best, though there is some good off-piste. It's best to avoid August, which is the Argentinian society choice and therefore prone to long queues.

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