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July 14, 2007

South America Info from Unofficial Andes - Las Lenas

New blog on my blogroll - Unofficial Andes.com which has some good stuff on South America including this post about Las Lenas:

Las Lenas was opened in 1982 and has since become the premier Argentinean ski resort. There is no town within an hour of Las Lenas but there are plenty of shops, restaurants, bars and nightclubs. Most people who come to ski Las Lenas stay at one of the hotel/apartments that are located right at the base of the mountain. However, if you are looking to stay for the season or are on a budget you can try and land a bed in one of the gringo ski bum apartments.

Terrain
Las Lenas is known for having some of the most extreme lift accessible terrain on the planet. From the top of the Marte chairlift you can access hundreds of chutes descend in all directions that open up into wide-open faces. Below this there are groomed runs which fan out on Las Lenases front side. Grooming here, like most South American resorts, is OK at best. Don’t be surprised if you see a major wipeout on every lift ride. This is largely due to low intermediate skiers skiing on very inconsistent groomed runs. If you don’t mind hiking or are one of the nut jobs who enjoy it, Las Lenas will offer you truly spectacular runs which seem to go on forever. If you dont feel like hiking, Las Lenas also provides heil-skiing and cat-skiing.

Nightlife
The Nightlife in Las Lenas goes on 7 nights a week till around 9 a.m. If you are looking to party as much as ski Las Lenas is the place for you.

I still want to take a trip to South America, but money just ain't there right now. From what I understand, a week trip down there and a stay in the apartments (read hostels like accomodations) is dirt cheap. Transport, lodging (with 20 sweaty dudes in bunks), lift tickets, and food can be had for under a grand. Portillo has bunks for around $80 per night.

Las Lenas offers apartment style accomodations that if you sleep 7 in a huge apartment, the price per day for lift tickets, transport, and lodging runs around $600 per day FOR SEVEN PEOPLE. That is about $85 per person to stay and ski. Food is extra. Not sure if they have other arrangements for individuals to share housing like Portillo's dorms, but Unofficial Andes probably has more info.

Posted by Justin at July 14, 2007 12:04 PM