One of the highest and most modern ski resorts in Argentina lies a few kilometers away from the City of Mendoza. Its name is Las Leñas.
Featuring a 1,200-meter vertical slope from the base at 2,240 meters of height and its summit at 3,430 meters, this center gives origin to a true paradise for extreme ski and heli-ski.
Ideal for beginners and intermediate skiers, Las Leñas offers 17,500 hectares distributed into 29 trails accessed through 14 lifts (including a ski carpet for beginners).
Apart from an ever renovated slalom stadium, Las Leñas boasts one of the longest ski trails in South America. This 7,050-meter-long trail is perfect for intermediate skiers and combines the already famous Apolo, Neptuno and Venus. Local skiers take pride on this feature.
Beginners will enjoy an uninterrupted 1,000-meter descent along a mild slope.
The most experienced skiers will have the chance to ski at night, along 2,000 meters of illuminated trails.
When the weather conditions do not provide the necessary amount of snow, Las Leñas uses its modern snowmaking system (30 snow machines scattered all around the venue) so as to make sure everyone finds what they came in search of.
Featuring a commercial center and an institutional museum that unveils the history of the valley, Las Leñas also provides a wide array of services year round.
First-class accommodation and gastronomy, both on the mountain and the base, ski and snowboarding schools have turned Las Leñas into a winter classic in Argentina. A memorable destination that is reaffirmed year after year.
How to Get There: 450 kilometers away from the City of Mendoza and 1,200 km from Buenos Aires City, it may be reached by plane, car or bus. Flights join the Argentinian capital and the airport of Malargüe, where visitors must take a shuttle to Las Leñas. In the high season, there are non-stop flights from São Paolo (Brazil) to Malargüe. Leaving Buenos Aires by car, visitors must travel along National Routes 7, 188, 143, 144, 40 and Provincial 222 up to Las Leñas, 20 km after the District of Los Molles (see our Argentinian Route Finder to find the routes for other locations).
Season: From mid June to late September, divided into high, intermediate, low and special.
Climate: Moderate during the day and very cold at night. Temperatures range between -2° and 11° C.
Services: Accommodation, gastronomy, daycare, medical clinic, institutional museum.
Immersed in a historical framework, Valle de Las Leñas is pleased to announce that a cutting-edge lift has been purchased for the resort. This state-of-the-art lift features the technology provided by the Austrian company called Doppelmayr, world leader in lift quality, technology and security.
The new chairlift has four seats and a modern access system to avoid queues. Before getting on the lift, skiers slide over a kind of moving carpet that accelerates their speed in order to reach the most appropriate pace to sit on the chair softly and effortlessly.
The new lift will be settled in the Minerva area, the busiest zone in the mountain. Together with the other lifts (TS Caris and TK Minerva), it will enable 4,230 skiers to access the area per hour, thus tripling the present capacity.
· 1,190 m long
· 296.50 m vertical elevation
· 7.91 minutes to access
· 2,100 passengers per hour
· 4 passengers per vehicle
In addition to the acquisition of the new lift, the mountain resort has been completely renovated through the generation of a new base with rental, parking, bar, guest services and other innovations that will decentralize the activities towards other areas within the venue.
The project is the result of an investment and expansion policy that has been carried out in the last few years all throughout the valley. This kind of technology enables visitors to have the safest and most modern mountain in South America.
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Skiing in Argentina is a unique experience capable of attracting tourists from all over the world to the privileged winter centers in our country. The coming of the snow tinges everything in white while winter sports summon more and more followers day after day. They enliven the ski resorts and the snow parks from the Province of Mendoza to southernmost Tierra del Fuego.