Most tourists come to Ushuaia when the summer days are long, but there's plenty of action for snow bums when the weather turns cold. There are ten winter centers (centros invernales) outside the city that offer just about every snow sport you can imagine. Besides skiing (downhill and cross-country), you can snowboard, ice skate or snowmobile. For something different, try snowshoeing and dog sledding. Some of the centers nearest to Ushuaia are:
Laguna del Diablo: ice skating and ice hockey; skate rental. Calles Alem and Las Lajas, Costa de la Laguna.
Glaciar Martial: downhill skiing, lift, snowboarding, canopy; clothing rental. 7 kilometers (4.2 mi) from city. Tel.: 1551-2204 / 1551-030.
Winter centers on Ruta 3:
Valle de Lobos: snowshoeing, dog sledding, night skiing. 18 kilometers (11 mi). Tel.: 1561-2319, URL: www.gatocuruchet.com.ar.
Tierra Mayor: cross-country skiing, ice skating, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, sledding, ice climbing, dog sledding, night skiing; rents clothing. 21 kilometers (13 mi). Tel.: 1561-9245, URL: www.nunatakadventure.com.
Las Cotorras: cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, dog sledding, sledding; clothing rental. 25 kilometers (15.5 mi). Tel.: 1553-0048.
Cerro Castor: downhill skiing, snowboarding, ski lift, snowshoeing. 27 kilometers (17 mi). Tel.: 49-9303, URL: www.cerrocastor.com.
The season officially starts the second week of June and runs into September. Every year Ushuaia participates in the national circuit of rugby x-treme and hosts an international dog-sledding competition.
Travel Tips: The tourism office keeps an updated list of the winter centers' services all throughout the snow season, which you can pick up at its offices or check out on its website. Some winter sports centers rent equipment and have instructors. Many also have restaurants.
Relative price: Budget
Travel Skills: None
You Need to Bring: Wear warm clothing suitable for the activity you will be doing; bring high-energy food and warm liquids; sun protection for skin and eyes.
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