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Las Leñas Ski Resort

Las Leñas Resort Guide

Las Leñas, Argentina

Rated: 4/5 (from 6 ratings)

Las Leñas Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForExpert Skiers, Intermediates, Snowboarders and Apres-Ski!
Highest Lift3,430m11,253ft
Resort Height2,256m7,402ft
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Las Leñas at a glance

At just over 30 years old, Las Leñas is one of the newest resorts in Argentina and the whole of South America. Named after the 'Yellow Wood' shrubs that were discovered by a botanist visiting the area in the 1860's, the resort is known for its big lift-served vertical and huge terrain expanse once you exist the zone closest to the base where most beginner and intermediate level ski runs are located. When the snow is good (which in recent seasons sadly hasn’t been guaranteed), highlights for expert skiers include a 24km (15 mile) off piste descent via Cenidor, Marte and Mercurio, one of the world's longest runs. In 1985 it staged the opening of the FIS World Cup season in August (the first South American area ever to do so).

 When will it snow in Las Leñas?

The next notable snow forecast for Las Leñas is 3cm1in, expected on 12 April.

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Las Leñas Facts, Stats and Ratings

Las Leñas Rated

Ratings for Las Leñas
Expert Skiers
Intermediate Skiers

How High is Las Leñas?

Max Vertical and Resort Altitude for Las Leñas
Highest Lift3,430m11,253ft
Lowest Piste2,256m7,402ft
Resort Altitude (Las Leñas)2,256m7,402ft
Max Vertical1,174m3,852ft

Ski Area, Pistes and Lifts

Las Leñas Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats for Las Leñas
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
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Intermediate Runs
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Beginner Runs
Cross Country
Total Length
10km6 miles
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Las Leñas Summary

The Argentinian Ski Resort of Las Leñas has direct access to 40 marked pistes, served by a total of 11 ski lifts.

The ski resort itself is at 2,256m7,402ft, so skiing or boarding back to the resort is usually possible. With ski lifts as high as 3,430m11,253ft, skiing and snowboarding is assured throughout the season.

Las Leñas Overview

Nestling at 7,500 feet above sea level in the Andes lies the Argentinian resort of Las Leñas, one of the newest and now the largest ski station in South America. With towering peaks which dwarf the Alps and a lengthy winter season, the Andes have acquired a worldwide reputation for the excellence of their skiing and Las Lenas is probably the creme de la creme of all the Andean resorts.

Skiing took off in South America in the first half of the twentieth century as wealthy European immigrants took to the snow for transport and pleasure. In the post-WWll period as ski stations were founded throughout the Andes, a succession of experts asserted the viability of the Las Lenas site as a top ski area. However, thanks to an almost unbelievable story of plots and machinations which culminated, South American style, in a kidnapping, the developers' dream languished as an architect's blue print until the early 1980s when Las Lenas was finally built.

Since opening in 1983, the resort has lived up to its promise by adding to its natural attributes of snow and terrain world-class accommodation, facilities and events until, today, Las Lenas is a ski area of truly international standing. However, there are two things which prevent Las Lenas from being the ultimate ski destination - frequent avalanches and the often violent weather.

The steepness and aspect of the slopes combined with the very heavy snow falls make Las Lenas and the roads leading to it particularly avalanche-prone and, significantly, avalanche prevention is less assiduously pursued here than in other parts of the world. Indeed, it is generally felt in South American that safety is the responsibility of the individual skier.

As for the weather - up in these high mountains it can be quite simply awful, with July and August especially seeing a succession of high winds and blizzards. At its best, though, skiing in Las Lenas can compare with the best in the world; add to that the journey to the resort through some of the most spectacular and unspoiled landscapes on earth plus the warmth of the local people and you might feel that a visit here would be very well worth while.

On the Mountain

The longest possible descent in Las Leñas is 7km4 miles long.

Skiing in Las Leñas

Known for its often excellent powder more than half of the skiing in the Valle de las Leñas is the preserve of very good skiers. The principal area for experts is Marte, with long steep couloirs. which are frequently feet deep in breath-taking powder. However, the Marte lifts are often out of action because of the high winds and bad weather; this can leave adventurous skiers with few interesting options.

Off piste skiing is plentiful and although the resort's boundaries are marked, the decision to head off into the wide blue yonder is entirely yours - the powder skiing here is awesome, And although lion's share of the skiing is for the expert, there is plenty of good, easy terrain for intermediates and beginners alike. Heli-skiing is also available from the resort but, as it is rarely, if ever, busy, why bother? The Austrian-run ski school employs instructors from all parts of the globe so adults and children can opt to be taught in their own language.

Las Leñas offers good sking, particularly, for Expert and Intermediate skiers.

Snowboarding in Las Leñas

Snowboarders are very welcome in Las Lenas, and free riding doesn't get much better than this with many gnarly chutes in the Marte area plus excellent powder skiing all over the mountain. What is more, boarders are free to go where they like both within and beyond the area's boundaries - your safety is your own concern, so take care. There is a fun park with half pipe and instruction is available for snowboarders of all standards.

When is Las Leñas open?

We don't currently have confirmed season dates for Las Leñas.

Usual opening is Mid June, and usual closing is Late Sept.

NOTE:- Lift and Piste openings are always subject to Snow Conditions in Las Leñas.

Ski Lift Capacity

The 11 ski lifts of Las Leñas are able to uplift 9,200 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Where is Las Leñas?

Las Leñas is in the Argentinian Andes in Malargüe, Mendoza, Argentina.

Off the Mountain

Las Leñas Aprés Ski

The apres-ski takes place largely in and around the bars and restaurants of Las Lenas and is quite low key. However, the casino at the luxury Piscis hotel would make an interesting change for those who fancy dressing up and living it large for a while. For those who have the energy the local night club is open into the small hours.

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