Overall Rating

Las Leñas

Las Leñas3.5/54
Las Leñas3.5 out of 5 based on 4 reviews
  • Recommend
    75%
  • Would Revisit
    75%

Las Leñas - Reviews

Las Leñas - Reviews

All That It's Cracked Up To Be

POWDERHOUNDS.COM
05/10/2016
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Month Visited:
    August
  • Admin Rating
    5

All That It's Cracked Up To Be

POWDERHOUNDS.COM
05/10/2016
Lovely powder considering it hadn't snowed a lot
It feels a bit like heli skiing
Man soup in the pool at the Piscis!
The Marte is open for business
Where is everyone?
Las Leñas was pretty much all that it was cracked up to be from what we’d heard about this iconic Argentine ski resort, and this included the good, the absolutely awesome, the bad and the ugly.

We planned a trip of 5-6 days with the hope that the Marte chair would be open for at least some of that time. Things weren’t looking too good initially, with rain in the village, minimal snow coverage on the lower parts of the mountain, and groomers that were pretty appalling due to the rain damage.

Thankfully the stars eventually aligned and we scored one day (shame it wasn’t more) of a little fresh powder, sunshine, no wind, and the famous (or infamous) Marte chair was open for business. Also thankfully we hired a guide for the day from ski school. He was phenomenal in many respects and showed us some fabulous fresh lines that were primarily lift accessed (and organised a driver for a couple of road pick-ups from some wider lines). Being out there in the wilderness with barely anyone else around, riding fresh powder, and skiing amazing terrain felt like a day of really good heli skiing (and just like heli skiing it cost a lot!). It was easy to see why so many people absolutely rave about Las Leñas Argentina!

A few things we loved about Las Lenas:
- amazing terrain and good snow up top
- the dinners at Hotel Piscis and all that Malbec wine
- the vibe of the village and the après-ski scene when the sun was out

A few things we didn’t like so much about Las Lenas:
- the cost of the hotel seemed really expensive considering it was very dated
- the skiing was rather boring when the Marte chair was closed
- by golly it took a long time to drive there and to go onto our next destination, but I suppose that’s all part of the adventure!

See more on our thoughts on the pros and cons on the Las Lenas overview page and also see the South American ski resort ratings to see how it compares.

One of the best offpiste resorts in the world

Daniel
29/09/2015
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Snowboarder
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    51-70
  • Month Visited:
    August
  • Admin Rating
    3

One of the best offpiste resorts in the world

Daniel
29/09/2015
Las Leñas has the best offpiste terrain besides the alps. No US or canadian ski resort compares or offers this quality of backcountry terrain (not even Jackson Hole). The marte chair gets you access to some of the best terrain in the world that could be compared to Chamonix, La Grave, Verbier or Alagna with almost no crowds and much much easier returns to the resort.

The biggest problem of Las lenas is the wind and the marte chair that runs up to 3200m closes often.

Im 52 and skied and boarded all my life and have been riding allover europe, US, canada, alaska, southamerica..

Go Somewhere Else

John
16/02/2015
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    51-70
  • Admin Rating
    4

Go Somewhere Else

John
16/02/2015
Disclaimer: Visited Las Lenas in a very poor snow year. I hope it wasn't typical of the conditions there.

This is a high altitude desert resort. It is REALLY in the middle of nowhere. There is very little at the base, just a few ok hotels. You would never be able to ski there on a poor visibility or stormy day. There are just rocks and cliffs, ands you would at serious risk of getting lost or falling of a cliff. Except for about 10 spruce trees at the base, the nearest tree would be about 300km away.

I enjoyed visiting Argentina, but Las Lenas was a waste of time and money. Go somewhere else.

PS: I rated the resort as middling for child friendly, but only because I couldn't find a non applicable option. I don't know if it is child friendly.

Las Lenas review

Jean-Francois Chainé
24/05/2011
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Snowboarder
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    18-35
  • Admin Rating
    3

Las Lenas review

Jean-Francois Chainé
24/05/2011
I was in Las Lenas from August 28 to Sept 6 2010...it have been a pretty bad winter apparently in that area... But we got lucky... we got hitted by a huge storm that brought almost 80 cm in 3 days... La marte chair was open almost everyday. We stayed at the bottom of the hill for the whole week.

we had an amazing time... the resort have many good restaurants and pubs.... the casino is a lot of fun... only problem was my lack of spanish skills... not that many people speak english... neither french :)

Even if it was a bad season (2010) according to the locals.. I would recommend Las Lenas!

We flew from santiago to Mendoza then took a 7 h bus to Las Lenas.

Cheers