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1. Posted by cheekyvee (Budding Member 49 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!


My husband and I are looking into spending a week in San Martin de Los Andes in mid July to do some ski lessons (since we've never been skiing before). Basically we thought it might be nice to see the Lake District in the winter since we have already seen Bariloche in the summer.

We tried calling a hostel to make a reservation, which is about 5km away from the town and were told the hostel was closed due to the recent volcanic eruptions :(

Has anyone been to San Martin de Los Andes recently? Is everything open for business? Is Cerro Chapelco open for skiing too? Any advice would be gratefully appreciated.

If anyone has any recommendations on hostels that would be great too!

Thanks very much!


2. Posted by pablodf (Inactive 8 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

AFAIK the volcanic eruptions are over (for the time being...). The problem was the volcanic ash that was falling everywhere, from the Chaitén volcano on the other side of the Andes (in Chile). I guess you'll have to call again to check.

My recommendation: Hostel Ladera Norte. I stayed there last January. It's brand new (opened December 2007) and the owner himself is there and takes care of your stuff, unlike most other hostels I've been to. It's inside the town but in a quiet spot, not far from the main avenue or the bus terminus.

Hope this helps!

3. Posted by cheekyvee (Budding Member 49 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Hi there, thanks for your quick response Pablo!

We have just had a closer look at the ski tariffs and realised the cost of the lessons didn't include the ski pass and equipment hire:( We are on a bit of a tight budget since we are on an Around the World Trip so are thinking of abandoning the skiing.

However, we would still like to go to the top of Cerro Chapelco to admire the view.
We are interested in doing a husky ride in the snow! Anybody done a husky ride? Does anybody have any recommendations?!

We were also thinking about hiring a car for a couple of days and exploring the surrounding area e.g. Quila Quina etc. Is hiring a car an option in the winter, in the middle of July?

Thanks for your help!


4. Posted by Behappy (Full Member 50 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

I think hiring a car in this season is not a good idea becuase of bad road condition there.
we'd driven around there on this March and found it was pretty hard to drive.
in this kind of winter season the road condition will be worse, i think.

5. Posted by TylerJames (Respected Member 333 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

bariloche is a bit cheaper than san martine theirs skiing here now. very thin cover but storms are coming this weekend. my advice just rent equipment and get a lower mountain pass after 1pm, half day.