Las Lenas is the largest Andean ski resort in Argentina, located in the western part of Mendoza Province.
It is well known for its powder snow, good climate and excellent opportunities for extreme and off-piste skiing.
The ski area has a good diversity of slopes ranging from very easy to extreme, including a good range of off-piste areas apt for extreme skiing.
The skiable area base starts at an altitude of 2,240 m above mean sea level and goes up to 3,430 m for a total drop of 1,200 m . The skiable surface amounts to 2.3 km (one square mile), with 27 pistes and a maximum non-stop skiable distance of 7 km (not including off piste alternatives). The total ski area reachable by land is the largest in South America.
The skiing season lasts from mid June to mid October. The centre is also open during the southern hemisphere summer for mountain activities including mountain biking, horse riding, climbing and other activities.
The ski center includes a ski and snowboard school for all ages and childcare facilities. Specific workshops are also offered at the school to profit from the huge expanses of off-piste runs offered by the area.
The accommodations available on-site include hotels (mostly up-scale), apartment-hotels and sleep-houses. There is a small shopping centre that includes a bank, ski-related shops, chocolate shops, souvenir shops, and a supermarket. Coffee houses, restaurants, and night clubs complete the commercial offer.
Being far away from large cities, the center is seldom crowded except during weekends, making the lines on the lifts usually shorter than in other ski centers of Argentina, such as Cerro Catedral or Chapelco.
Las Lenas is located 1,200 km (746 miles) from Buenos Aires, and can be reached by car, bus or plane. Planes make use of the Comodoro Ricardo Salomon Airport near Malargue (only private planes or chartered flights), some 95 km from Las Lenas, and the Suboficial Aytes Germano Airport near San Rafael (regular domestic flights) where buses make the connection with Las Lenas.
The road to Las Lenas is paved and seldom blocked by snow, although bad weather or poor surface conditions can sometimes lead to its being temporarily closed by the Gendarmeria (border guards). Vehicles are required to use snow chains unless they are equipped with appropriate tires for snow and ice.
base 2,240 m
mid mountain 2,835 m
top 3,430 m
Las Lenas official web site
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