There are two major ski destinations in Argentina: Las Lenas and Bariloche. They are in distant regions and offer distinctly different experiences. Although the mountain access is not as direct as in Chile, the ski area terrain and culture are excellent. The currency exchange rate is also very good. Las Lenas has the steepest and longest runs in South America. Las Lenas is an exciting resort all alone in the frontier on the wild eastern slope of the Andes. Mendoza, the nearest big city, is a five hour drive away. The Mendoza region is also famous for great wine and a strong Gaucho culture. Bariloche in the lake district of Patagonia is an exciting year-round international alpine destination. Bariloche has its own airport and is only 12 km away from the biggest ski area in the region, Cerro Catedral.- AltaPatagonia There are three other ski resorts in the area: Chapelco, near the wonderful resort town of San Martin de los Andes, Cerro Bayo, above the lake front village Villa Angostura, and 300 km south into the wilds of Patagonia near the town of Esquel is La Hoya, a ski area known for dry powder and a long season. There are also exciting boat trips and other activities available. The Cruce de Lagos is a catamaran boat cruse traveling between Bariloche Argentina and Puerto Montt Chile . It is an Andes classic to remember.