South of Santiago near Malargue, the famous resort of Las Lenas area has 27 pistes totalling 64km that are served by 13 lifts accessing a maximum vertical drop of 1,230m. Overall, Las Lenas ski area is known for its deep powder best accessed from the Marte Chairlift. You can expect to find long couloirs and steep bowls.
If you are looking for some challenging freeriding, head down to the end of the valley and pickup the Marte chairlift. Drop down the steeps such as the Las Vegas couloir. Or, head down skiers right to the firstaid hut station where you can pickup a snowcat leading to the backside. Second to the Marte chairlift, the Vulcano chairlift provides access to off-piste terrain when coming down on skiers left.
Note, the Marte chairlift frequently closes due to weather, but it is possible to hike up to access some of this terrain. Make sure to always carry full avalance gear. When going out-of-bounds, you will need sign the proper disclaimers.
In addition to the pow, there is a snowpark with bumps, jumps and rails.
Luckily, after a morning of shredding, there are three mountain huts serving up local dishes.
Here at Las Lenas, be prepared for late dinners (like 10pm) and partying til dawn. For a rowdy time, try Innstruck Pub or Bash. For a late night club (like after 1am), check out BU Bar, Ku Club and UFO Club.
The snowboarding at Las Lenas is located far west of Buenos Aires. To access Las Lenas, most pople fly into Mendoza and take the 5 hour transfer van. The best way, though, is to take a charter flight into Malargue Airport (code LGS) that is served by AeroLineas (www.aerolineas.com.ar) from Ministro Pistarini International Airport (code EZE) in Buenos Aires.
Overall, Las Lenas Ski Area is the 1st most popular snowboard & freeride destination of all 3 snowboarding resorts in Argentina.