Las Leñas Resort Reviews
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Visitor reviews for Las Leñas Ski Resort
August 06, 2016
Doris from Argentina
Hace 23 años que vamos a Las Leñas y si bien es cierto que se ha venido abajo por falta de renovación en el alojamiento y los medios, debo decir que igualmente es incomparable con cualquier centro de ski de Argentina.
No conozco ninguno fuera de Argentina, pero sí conozco todos los de acá y, realmente es lejísimo el mejor. La calidad de la nieve, la comodidad de poder salir del alojamiento esquiando o bien, tenerlo a un paso. Uno puede ir a buscar algo y regresar al instante. La cantidad de kilómetros de pistas, no caminos , anchísimas y seguras.
Para los principiantes es sin duda el mejor lugar para aprender las primeras lecciones ya que posee dos pistas largas y anchas que crean mucha seguridad al que recién comienza. Es muy familiar y tranquilo, con música y ambiente relajado cuando se termina la jornada.
Es una lástima que no se siga invirtiendo un poco, porque con eso solo alcanzaría para que sea un lugar de ensueño y compatible a nivel internacional.
Las Leñas Ratings
Overall: 3.3. Based on 81 votes and 195 reviews. Vote
(1) At least one overnight stop, (2) requires a whole day, (3) requires more than half a day – you may have time for a few turns (4) arrive by lunchtime and ski all afternoon, (5) there is a main airport within an hour of Las Leñas.
Public Transport: 3.2
(1) There are no buses or taxis to Las Leñas, (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.
(1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.
(1) No places to stay in/near Las Leñas, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.
Cheap Rooms: 2.9
(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.
Luxury Hotels: 4.0
(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Las Leñas.
Ski in/Ski out: 4.2
(1) The ski area is located far from any accommodation, (3) a free ski bus takes you to the ski area in a short trip, (5) Ski-in ski-out accommodation is available.
(1) There are no child care facilities at Las Leñas, (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.
(1) Occasionally gets enough snow for skiing, (2) is often closed due to a lack of snow, (3) occasionally suffers from a lack of snow, (4) rarely suffers from a lack of snow, (5) Las Leñas is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.
(1) Las Leñas relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.
Snow Grooming: 4.1
(1) There are no snow groomers at Las Leñas, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Las Leñas are groomed daily.
(1) there is nowhere to ski when it is windy or visibility is bad and lifts often shut, (3) there are some trees for poor visibility but main lifts sometimes close, (5) Las Leñas is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.
Nearby options: 1.8
(1) If snow conditions are poor at Las Leñas, it will be poor everywhere nearby, (3) there are good alternatives within an hours drive, (5) other locations on the same lift pass provide a rich variety of snowsure ski conditions.
Regional rating: 3.7
(1) Las Leñas usually has poor snow conditions compared to other resorts in region, (3) has average conditions for the region, (5) usually has the best snow conditions in the region.
Lift Staff: 3.6
(1) The staff at Las Leñas are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Las Leñas are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.
(1) the resort is always busy and there are usually long lift queues, (3) it is quiet apart from occasional weekends and school holidays, (5) it is uncrowded and lift queues are very rare.
Ski Schools: 3.9
(1) No ski schools available, (2) one or two ski schools but local language only, (3) a few ski schools but book early for multi-lingual instructors, (4) plenty of ski schools and multi-lingual instructors available, (5) excellent ski schools with friendly multi-lingual ski instructors.
Hire and Repairs: 3.8
(1) Nothing can be sourced, not even ski-wax or ptex. (3) there are some ski shops but rentals need to be booked in advance, (5) good quality ski equipment can be purchased or hired and overnight repairs are possible.
Variety of pistes: 3.8
(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Las Leñas has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.
(1) Beginners can only watch others ski and snowboard, (3) a few gentle slopes but beginners will get bored in less than a week, (3) Vast areas of gentle terrain.
(1) No intermediate terrain at Las Leñas, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.
(1) Nothing for advanced skiers and snowboarders, (3) enough steep terrain for a few days with some good offpiste, (5) Enough steep terrain and offpiste areas to entertain advanced skiers for at least a week.
Snow Park: 3.0
(1) Not even a kicker at Las Leñas, (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.
(1) No off-piste worth mentioning, (2) off piste is out-of-bounds, (3) some varied offpiste that stays fresh for one or two days, (5) a vast array of off-piste routes that can stay untracked for several days.
(1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around Las Leñas, (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.
(1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) Las Leñas has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.
Mountain Dining: 3.2
(1) Nowhere to buy food by the pistes, (3) some places to eat up on the mountain but they are often busy and expensive, (5) there is a variety of excellent mountain eateries right next to the slopes to suit all budgets.
(1) Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. (5) A wide variety of places to eat and drink in the resort, from fast food to fancy restaurants.
(1) Nothing to do, not even a bar, (3) there are a few bars in the resort but nothing special, (5) clubs and bars stay open until very late and have a friendly atmosphere.
Other Sports: 2.4
(1) No sports facilities at all apart from ski lifts, (3) resort has just a small public swimming pool, (5) resort has all kinds of sports facilities, including a full-size swimming pool.
(1) Besides the snow and walking there is nothing to do here, (3) the non-skier will find things to do for few days but may become bored after a week, (5) the resort area is a fascinating place to visit, regardless of winter sports.
Winter Walks: 2.1
(1) Very limited walking and no snowshoe trails, (3) a couple of designated scenic walking/snowshoe trails, (5) extensive and diverse winter walking trails for all abilities.
Ski Pass Value: 2.4
(1) A 1 week ski pass is overpriced compared to the number of lifts available, (3) the ski pass is averagely priced and covers a reasonable number of lifts, (5) ski passes are excellent value for money and cover a lot of lifts spanning a big area.
Value (National): 2.5
(1) Overall, Las Leñas is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the country and not worth the money, (3) overall represents average value for money, (5) overall offers the best value resort in the country.
Value (Global): 2.6
(1) Overall, Las Leñas is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the world, (3) overall it offers pretty average value for money compared to resorts from other countries, (5) internationally the resort offers excellent value for money.
June 30, 2016
Esteban Pérez Duhalde from Argentina
La fotografía que aparece con fecha de hoy (wednesday 29/6) es en realidad del 16. Sólo nevó al comienzo de mes. Luego nada. Atención para no caer en un engaño.
June 07, 2016
Oscar from Argentina
Como pistas son aceptables. Los servicios son caros y horriblemente malos, cuando pagas un estacionamiento a valores de microcentro porteño y la connivencia entre personal de seguridad, cómodamente ubicados en ambientes calefaccionados, encargados de estacionamiento, y robacoches te perjudica, hace que tu estadía en las leñas sea un mal recuerdo. Cuidado a los que pagan por estacionar el auto en las playas por dia, te destruyen las cerraduras en busca de dinero dejado en el auto.
June 27, 2015
Rod from Argentina
The location is perfect with all the resort being right there literally at meters from the lifts. Weather is fantastic with mostly sunny days and the mountain is great. However, what I do not like from Las Lenas, and this is in the resort's hands, is its infrastructure. The main problem is the lift system. Las Lenas is like a museum of lifts with very old ones always having to stop; they are slow and not very safe. The other issue is water. I understand water is a scarce resource everywhere and mainly in Mendoza. However, expect to have some surprises, in this sense, with no water for showers when you return from skiing or going to the toilet. It happened to me twice in two different years. The third one is hotel infrastructure. Despite a couple of new hotels the rest are from the 80's with little or no renovation.
The bottom line, if you enjoy nice weather and stay in retro hotels while not caring about the quality of the more relevant ski services (lifts), then go to Las Lenas. Otherwise, choose other resort in Argentina. Chapelco and Bariloche, even if they have similar lift issues, invested more and renovated them more. Cerro Castor, though too far and smaller, looks better in this sense.
August 20, 2014
Julian from Argentina
No hay nada de nieve, hace mucho calor y se derrite todo.
[note from the editor: maybe this reviewer would like to be an Eyeball Reporter so their 'live' report of the snow conditions can be seen on the pages for the ski area.]
August 20, 2013
Sebas from Argentina
Best backcountry skiing in Latin America.
October 20, 2012
Tpni from Argentina
Is this the Snow-Forecast.com reviews place ?
Yes [from the editor]
April 12, 2011
Robert from United States
Ski Las Leñas was challenging and had the edge we were looking for. I will definitely recommend it to all of my friends. This was the greatest ski experience I have ever had. It was worth every penny, it's the Freeride Paradise!
Thanks Mariano, Roby and guides of Las Leñas Holidays for all your help with our group! I´ll definitely recommend laslenasholidays.com for anyone visiting Las Leñas in the future.
August 27, 2010
Patrick G from United States
Great service at Las Lenas. Good folks working there. Plenty of places to eat. I stayed in Los Molles which is a small town with access to a hot spring, walking distance from my hotel, Hualum. The views are splendid, the mountain burly. The frontside pretty much for beginners and intermediates. The one and only Marte accesses some sick terrain which I rode about 3 good runs on. Poor coverage the second week of July, high winds, lots of backcountry access closed. A few days after a storm and any wind it's all crusted up and pretty much worthless. You either have to be ready for LONG hikes, use of a helicopter, snowcat, or have good coverage and access to the terrain under the lift at Marte. Yes, you can hike at Las Lenas. It´s a sick mountain. And they need to put at least a faster double chair on Marte. It´s faster to walk up than take the chair. Pow here is legendary from what I´ve heard. It´s a good distance from other major cities by bus. I would come back to this resort knowing that the lifts are horrible; hiking the only option for good pow skiing, and that few people are earning their turns. At least that is less than Bariloche. I would just recommend skiing Snowbird in Utah and forgetting Las Lenas because of lack of lifts worth taking.
July 21, 2010
Reggie Crist from United States
Las Lenas has the best lift accessed terrain in the world. There is no place I would rather ski during our summer months. It's the goods!