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Las Leñas ski resort

Tourist Office

Valle de Las Leñas
Malargüe – Mendoza
Argentina
5613

Telephone: (2627) 471100
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.laslenas.com/

Description

One of the newest and now the biggest of the Argentinian resorts, Las Leñas has had a rapid expansion since opening. 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, excellent snow quality, opening the FIS World Cup season in August (the first South American area ever to do so back in 1985) , and its high quality facilities, particularly child-care. Highlights for expert skiers include a 24km (15 mile) off piste descent via Cenidor, Marte and Mercurio, possibly the world’s longest run.

Review

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.

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And they’rrreee off: Southern Hemisphere’s 2010 ski season underway


Big snow at Treble Cone in New Zealand as resort officially kicks off 2010 season

Big snow at Treble Cone in New Zealand as resort officially kicks off 2010 season

With good snowfall conditions in most of the southern hemisphere, the 2010 ski season officially kicked off last weekend with Coronet Peak New Zealand reporting a 50cm (20 inch) base including 15cm (six inches) of new snow.  Thousands of Queenslanders hit the piste to celebrate.

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Skiing in Las Leñas going off Argentina’s electrical grid

Argentina’s Las Leñas ski resort has announced plans to invest in electricity generators and a water purification plant so it no longer needs to rely on the Argentinean national electrical grid nor the local water supply.
The generators are to become operational this season, and they as well as the plant are part of a $13 million (US) investment which also includes spending on a magic carpet conveyor lift for children and beginners, additional snow making equipment, and web site improvements with online purchasing of services becoming available in English and Portuguese.
Las Leñas has also upgraded their terrain park with new attractions for freestylers. The resort plans to organize three major competitions this winter, with a sponsorship from Rip Curl likely attracting professional athletes.

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More than 30 ski resorts going strong in South America

Most of South America’s 30 or so ski areas opened this past week after a receiving a healthy snowfall measuring over 5 feet in some places.

Argentina’s Las Leñas ski area in particular reported having over seven feet of snow, while Chile’s Portillo resort reported just under five feet.
Las Leñas is one of the largest ski resorts in the Andes, located in Central Argentina near the Chilean border. Portillo is a popular destination for ski racers looking to train during the Northern Hemisphere’s summer season.

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Children ski helmets compulsory at Las Lenas

The leading Argentinian ski resort of Las Lenas, which opened for its 2009 season this week, is the latest to make safety helmets compulsory for children younger than 12 years of age on the slopes Ski Rebel Magazine has learned.
The resort has purchased 600 new helmets this year and is offering them for rent.
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