Catedral Alta Patagonia:
1,500 skiable acres; 3,500 vertical feet; summit elevation 6,500 feet; 150 annual inches; 39 lifts. Tickets: adults $30; children (3-11) and seniors 65 and over $25. For info on Burco Adventure, see
The Llao Llao Hotel & Resort stands like a Norman castle against a backdrop of lakes and old-growth forests and features an 18-hole golf course and a spa ($175 per night, breakfast included; 011-54-115-776-7450; llaollao.com).
The Arelauquen Lodge is a cozy cypress wood lodge with a spa and a heated pool ($123-291 per night, including breakfast; arelauquenlodge.com). Burco Adventure handles reservations for both Mallman's Cabin and Bahia Arenal, a luxe lodge on Lake Fontana.
Bariloche is Patagonia's party town. Stop by Rocket for Latin swing from midnight till dawn (Juan Manuel de Rosas 424; 011-54-294-443-1940).
Grilled venison with blackberry sauce and almond-crusted trout are some of the specialties served at Los Cesares, inside the Llao Llao. The Arelauquen's restaurant serves bife chorizo, a tender sirloin.
El Boliche de Alberto (Villegas 347; 011-54-294-443-1433) is a local favorite.
Bariloche's airport is accessible from the capital cities of Santiago, Chile or Buenos Aires, Argentina. Taxis run regularly for the 20-minute ride to town. Lake Fontana is harder to reach: two hours by helicopter or 10 hours by truck along muddy roads.