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About the Mountain


People joke that you can heli-ski from a chairlift in Las Leñas thanks to the epic backcountry terrain that can be accessed off Martes. Some routes take you back to the base area, while others head to wild descents requiring a hike after, so familiarizing yourself with the terrain is key. It’s also important to have avalanche equipment and know how to use it if you head off-piste. Las Leñas has some of the most avalanche-prone terrain in the world and not even its excellent avalanche control program can mitigate all of the risks. The region is also known for volatile weather, often shutting down Martes due to high winds or low visibility. So it’s best to plan a week or two for the trip for the best chance at least a few bluebird days.

“To appreciate the beauty of a snowflake it is necessary to stand out in the cold.”

- Aristotle

Las Leñas has an awesome après ski scene, as anyone who’s visited UFO Point can attest. It even made Thrillist’s list of ‘The 13 Best Party Mountains in the World.’ The best way to make the most of it is with a ski break group, like The Winter Break, so you have 50 to 200 new friends to hang with after a day on the slopes. They’ll also organize transportation, which is a big help when it takes a 15-hour overnight bus from Buenos Aires or a flight to San Rafael plus a few hours on the road to get there.

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