Las Leñas – Mendoza
Las Leñas Location
Las Leñas is the nearest ski resort from Buenos Ares. It’s 760 mi (1225 km) from Buenos Aires, and located in the provice of Mendoza. Besides of having Las Leñas ski resort, Mendoza is well known for beeing the place where great Argentinian wines came from. So visiting wineries is another activity you can do during your ski or snowboard summer trip.
How to get to Las Leñas
Las Leñas is not near any big city, so there isn’t a direct flight from Buenos Aires to Las Leñas. The nearest airport is Malargue. Las Leñas ski resort sells a charter flight from Aeroparque to Malargue, and then they have a van that takes you to the resort (50 mi – 80 km) but it can get really expensive.
As you are probably going to stay in the ski resort you don’t need a car, so a good option is to take a charter bus, also being selled by the ski resort, that is going to take you directly to the resort in a night. There are buses once a week, going to the resort on Friday, to start skiing Saturday, and back to Buenos Aires next Sunday.
If you catch a regular flight you are going to the capital city of Mendoza, El Plumerillo Airport, and then you have to combine it with a bus that takes you to the ski resort, that can take almost 6 hours. You will have to grab a taxi with the equipment from the airport to the bus station and wait a couple of hours until the bus departs. It’s not worth the trouble.
The last option is to rent a car and drive from Buenos Aires to Las Leñas. I’ve do it a lot of times and if you are a couple you can do it in 12 hours. Bring some mate for the road trip.
Where to stay in Las Leñas
Las Leñas has a small village at the base of the mountain. There are a variety of hotels (5 stars and above) and different size of apartments & a hostel for rent. There are full equipped if you have the intention of cooking your own food.
In the village you have a supermarket and a couple of restaurants. Please don’t stay in any place away from the ski resort base. Here you have a selection of the best places to stay in Las Leñas.
Las Leñas Nightlife
Las Leñas has a great after ski or après ski. They have a couple of bars with multiple events every day of the week. The after can get crowded and after a couple of drinks you can walk to your apartment to rest (that’s why you must stay in the village). After a hot shower and a great dinner you can go out to dance to it’s nightclub.
A lot of international riders (mostly from the US and Europe) choose Las Leñas for their summer trips. You can meet many interesting and like minded people.
If you like to gamble they have a small casino too.
Las Leñas Mountain
This is the reason why we came back to Las Leñas every year! Las Leñas is the highest ski resort in Argentina, 11253 ft (3430 mts). This means a huge mountain with a lot of terrain to explore and have fun.
Las Leñas is well known for being the place to be for backcountry enthusiasts. With more than 200 different lines you have a lot of options to choose from.
Las Leñas counts with avalanche control outbounds to be safe when riding backcountry. For safety always check the avalanche forecast, ask advice from ski patrol and have your safety equipment ready!
Editors tip: Go to the piramid bookstore and ask for the book “Las Leñas Out of Bounds” written by the Swiss mountain guide Thomas Perren. I can guarantee you are going to have a lot of fun!
Las Leñas ski lift ticket cost
To ski in Las Leñas one day can cost from 38 UDS to 56 USD. A 7 days pass costs from 200 USD to 262 USD, and a full season pass costs 1062 USD.