The leading Argentinian ski area of Las Leñas appears to have decided not to open for winter 2020 – due to commence next month and run to late September or early October.
In a media statement the resort essentially said that the realities of operating with the additional limitations that working during the pandemic would entail meant it was not feasible for them to open this season, even when restrictions on doing so were lifted.
“We are obliged to act with the greatest responsibility and safeguard both our workers and the general public,” the statement concludes.
Argentina has had one of the world’s most stringent lockdowns, most recently extended to this Sunday May 24th. The government there has also banned all flights until at least the start of September – which would be close to the end of the normal ski season.
Other ski areas in Argentina and over the border in Chile have not yet made a decision on whether they will open. Most hope and expect to, with Portillo currently offering a no quibble full refund option to anyone booking a holiday here this season.