Las Lenas June 17, 2018

Las Lenas, Argentina is now open for the 2018 winter until September 30, depending on snow conditions.
We are currently taking bookings for July – September for Las Lenas and  all other ski resorts in Argentina + Chile.  
Using our local knowledge of Las Lenas, ski tourism and industry experience, fluency in English, Spanish, Portuguese we will arrange accommodation, backcountry tours, equipment rentals, lessons, guides, activities, and transportation for Las Lenas, all in the most professional manner. Individuals, families, groups, camps, athletes, catalogs, product testing, media/press + production projects. We focus first on finding you accommodation in Las Lenas from luxury 5 Star accommodation and VIP service  Las Lenas Hotels – Virgo,  Piscis, Escorpio,  Aries or more econmic and larger Las Lenas Apartments.  We can also assist you with the perfect Hotel, Estancia or Wine Lodge in Buenos Aires, Mendoza or Santiago as well as a tour guide/host and great restaurants to better enjoy these great cities. We are also able to  book + combine a trip to Las Lenas with any other ski resort in Argentina or Chile and is something we do often for clients.

Las Lenas is nowhere near as organized as North America and Europe so you need to deal with someone who actually lives, eats, skis and sleeps here. We have been to UFO point till 6AM, skied all the biggest lines and know the resort inside out. Please see our Guest Testimonials to see what great things guests have to say and check out General Info for tons of info about Las Lenas. Contact Us with any questions at all or Request a Free Quote at any time. On a tight budget, solo traveller or looking for long term or shared accommodation please  check out our Shared Apartments page.
We also organize add on trips like visting the waterfalls of Foz Do Iguazu, diving the Gallapagos in Ecuador, Machu Picchu in Peru and samba + surf in Brazil. This website is devoted to Las Lenas, however for resorts like Portillo, Valle Nevado (3 Valleys), Nevados de Chillan, Ski Arpa in Chile, Bariloche, San Martin de Los Andes, Ushuaia in Argentina, Heli Skiing in South America please visit our main site

Los Molles

Los Molles is a big valley with not a lot of  accommodation options, simply a few but are more economic than staying in Las Lenas.    

The best options to stay at in Los Molles is the Los Molles Hotel, CAP hostel that is on the side where the hotels are without having to cross the bridge on the right and Los Molles Complejo cabins. We find the Complejo Los Molles cabins are great for groups of 4+ people or families who want a lot of space and their privacy and quiet. If you are just 1 or 2 people, looking for something cheaper but still good and cool environment and cannot stay for a whole week we recommend the CAP hostel.

The buses from Mendoza and San Rafael stop in Los Molles, just let the driver know when you board the bus that want to stop in Los Molles. We have included Los Molls Hotel, Los Molles cabins and CAP Hostel on this page.

Los Molles Cap Hostel

Cap Hostel is a new hostel in Los Molles located right on the main road 15 minutes from Las Lenas. The new owners have restored an old hotel to make this the coolest and newest
accommodation for Las Lenas. Stays and prices include daily round trip ground transfers CAP Hostel – Las Lenas – CAP Hostel and if peopel want to go to Las Lenas at night to dinner or the bars transfers are available but at an extra cost.  Prices also include daily breakfast, free use of the outdoor heated hot springs pool, and wifi wireless internet. The hostel also has a lounge and chillout area with tv and video game systems as well as plugs to plug in laptops. It also has a kitchen and a sotrage area for your ski and snowboard equipment.

The hostel is set up the following way:
5 Quadruple Bedrooms with 4 beds each that are all upstairs 12 Person Men Bedroom with 11 beds on the first floor
1 14 Person Womens Bedroom with 11 beds on the first floor
There is 1 shared common mens bathroom with showers and toilets on the first floor, men in the upstairs quad rooms
have to come downstairs to use it trhough the main hallway.
There is 1 shared common womens bathroom with showers and toilets that is shared and common but private in the
sense that it is inside the womens 14 Person bedroom. For women staying in one of the quad rooms, they come down
to the first floor from their upstairs room and enter the 14 person womens bedroom.

*Please note you can book any of the quad rooms or even the bigger rooms privately for you or your group, even if you are less then 4,12 or 14 people.  Please enquire with us for pricing for such options. Also we can book non 7 nights stays but has to be 5 nights Monday-Saturday, please enquire about pricing for this*

Los Molles Complejo Cabins  

These group of cabins are located in Valle de los Molles, 55km from Malargüe (Mendoza) and only 18 km from Valle de Las Leñas.

This place, surrounded by mountains with an extraordinary natural landscape, offers tourists a good alternative to relax and get in contact with nature.

In the Resort there are 14 comfortable two floor cottages made of stone and wood.   Each cottage is fully equipped and can accommodate a maximum of 8 people (6 adults and 2 kids). There is also central heating and each cottage has a rustic interior design together with a wonderful
view of the scenery.

The complex of cabins also has a Restaurant – Club House where they offer Buffet Breakfasts to guests an have coffee and tea service with delicious cakes in the afternoon. For dinner, you can taste typical Argentine food and appetizers as the restaurant is fully open for dinner. Daily maid service, bed linen and towels are also included.
Every Single Cabin has 3 Bedrooms and has the following Bedroom Setup:
1 Bedroom on Main Floor has 1 Double Bed
1 Bedroom on Upper Floor has 2 Single Beds
1 Bedroom on Upper Floor has 2 Single Beds
Each cabin also has a sofa that can be use as a bed downstairs but it is not a real bed

Amenities in every cabin
First floor:
Living room and dining room
Fully equipped kitchen ( gas stove, oven, refrigerator, table service and kitchen)
Satellite TV (DirecTV)
1 Bedroom with double bed
Bathroom (with shower)
The first floor has a radiant floor heating system
Second floor:
Toilette (with no shower)
2 bedrooms
2 single beds per room
1 electric heater per room
Included services into the price
Daily maid service
Bed linen and towels

How to get to Los Molles?
From San Rafael Bus station, you can take 2 bus companies to Los Molles, Las Leñas:

Autotransporte Iselin s.a. 
 (54) 02627-424618
Expreso Uspallata “EUSA” 
 (54) 02627-423169
Atuel Travel 
 (54) 02627-429282  / 438837 
*More comfy and shared vans*

Piedra y Camino
(Do shared and private van transfers from San Rafael Airport)
 (54) 02627-420474

General Information

Las Lenas first opened in 1983 and is named for a desert plant. That’s right, one of the world’s great ski resorts is named for a shrub. The shrub in question is adesmia pinifolia, called coli mamul or “yellow wood” by the Mapuche people.

Las Lenas is probably the most well known ski resort in all of South America. For years it has attracted the best of the best, who flock to Las Lenas to train and vacation during the Northern Hemisphere summer months. It is steep, very steep. The large amount of extreme, lift-accessible terrain mostly accessed by the famous Marte chairlift, makes it a playground for international daredevils, pro skiers/snowboarders and powder hounds. A lot of filming and photography is done in Las Lenas as well. If you are lucky you could be standing in the lift line next to some of the best skiers, snowboarders, photographers and filmmakers in the world. Many parts of the out of bounds are not recommended for anyone but experts.

However, there are also a lot of intermediate and beginner runs that are very wide that help for all abilities and a great place to sharpen your skills during the North American summer to be ready for the winter.  It is important to mention though that the intermediate terrain is not as varied or normally as well groomed as at Aspen/Vail, Whistler, etc….There are however 2-3 decent steep blue runs off of Marte and Vulcano chairs that are not too hard but hard enough to be a challenge for intermediate.

There are also NO TREES in Las Lenas and you cannot ski most of the resort (definitely not the top and  Marte) while it is snowing and are quite often during storms stuck to skiing the 2 poma lifts at the base  that are often 45 minute line ups for a 2 minute run. THAT IS RIGHT NO SKIING ANYTHING ABOVE THE BEGGINER RUNS AT THE BASE WHILE IT IS SNOWING, TOO WINDY, STORMY, AND CAN’T SEE. SOMETIMES IT CAN SNOW FOR 2-3 DAYS. HOWEVER, SOME DAYS IF NOT TOO WINDY YOU CAN ACTUALLY SKI OFF OF VULCANO AND CARIS CHAIRS BUT WITH TOUGH VISIBILITY. These 3 Poma lifts are great though for children and beginnersas it prepares them for taking a chair for the first time. The beginner and intermediate runs are extremely wide making learning more relaxing and fun. You can even take intermediate blue runs down all the way from the top of the Marte chair.

Las Lenas is a self-contained Andean village resort, and hosts many different restaurants, bars, shops, hotels, and even a casino. Buses run throughout the village, making it easy to get around no matter where you’re staying, you can walk everywhere. The nightlife is pretty good and starts later, so take an afternoon siesta.  People normally go to Lazo Pool for a game of pool or fooseball with the locals and then to Las Rosas for a quick drink and then off to UFO Point or Urban club for full on Nghtclub scene that starts at 2AM and goes until 6:30 AM. In 2008 UFO and Urban Club charge 50 Pesos per person for cover to get in that you must pay in cash and in Pesos and includes 1 drink.  Thank god there is skiing until 5PM allowing you to wake up a little later in the morning than usual and not feel so bad about getting a late start skiing.

The ski school and all the hotels have great programs for kids to make a family vacation an enjoyable one. Two of the best family activities are to go watch a family movie in the Aries hotel or to watch the ski and snowboard school do the torch descent while enjoying complimentary wine or hot chocolate on Friday nights as a farewell sendoff.  HOWEVER, it is important to note that Las Lenas does not really offer that many non skiing activities or excursions and you are very isolated 2 hours away from the nearest city of San Rafael.

There are events like the day of the mountains and the Models Snow Fashion show in August.

Las Lenas, which was specifically created for skiing and snowboarding has modern ski lifts and the transport capacity of the lift system is 9200 skiers per hour. This way, during the high season, delays are avoided when the resort is full. You can enjoy eight hours skiing (from 9AM to 5PM) and spend an exciting ski day skiing until sunset. In order to distribute the skiers evenly there are three lifts that go from the base (Venus 1 and 2 and Vesta) connected in turn to other ski lifts with a capacity that surpasses 2000 skiers per hour.

If you consider the lowest point that it is possible to ski (ski lift Urano), the ski area is of 1230 meters with slopes that go from 12% to 50% of declination. 5 Kms of easy trails allow the beginner to develop quickly (Venus 1 and 2, Eros 1 and 2, Vesta and Minerva). Almost 15 Kms guarantee the intermediate skier a continuous improvement, especially by an uninterrupted descent of 7 Km (Apolo, Neptuno 1 and Venus 1) or of trails like Urano 2 + 3.

The advanced skiers can enjoy 20 Kms of difficult trails of various characteristics: Júpiter, Caris, and Vulcano.  However it is important to note that the chairlifts in Las Lenas can be quite slow and are definitely a bit older that chairlifts in North America or Europe. It takes about 40 minutes to get from the base to the top of the Marte Chairlift. 

For the experts there are 24 Kms of possible runs mostly off of the Marte chairlift (Marte Bowl, Mercurio, Paraiso, Eduardo’s, Frankie’s, Sin Nombre and El Collar are some of the more popular expert options) and there is the possibility of discovering the magnificent out of bounds skiing of 3800 hectares. This out of bounds skiing is legendary and has unlimited potential.

The runs are extremely long and some of the views are some of the most spectacular in the world. It is a good idea to ski with a snack and water as due to these long runs it is not uncommon to not stop for lunch. All advanced and expert skiers have lunch at Santa Fe across from the Marte chair due to its convenient location and great food. Not many Argentines ski out of bounds in Las Lenas, so after a big snowfall there is often fresh snow for days.

Be sure to bring your own transceiver, shovel, probe and helmet as there are not rentals available. The ski school does rent out great helmets and now transceivers, but they are usually reserved for people taking lessons or going on the snowcat extreme expeditions.

The gigantic ski resort of Las Lenas is aptly described in one simple statement – on a clear day, you can ski forever. This means that Las Lenas has more lift-serviced ski terrain than any other ski area in the Western Hemisphere. More than Jackson Hole, more than Whistler/Blackcomb. Combine Vail and Snowbird, remove all the lifts that parallel each other, and you have a fair representation of Las Leñas.

Las Lenas is easily our favourite ski resort in South America and we truly believe it has the most reliable snow in South America and the best advanced/expert terrain of any ski resort  IN THE WORLD.  

However, it is important to mention that some things that are also not so great happen sometimes in Las Lenas and it is not the most organized ski resort in the world.  The #1 issue with Las Lenas is how often the high alpine chairlift Marte is open.

There are often long lift lines at the lower mountain chairs and pomas when the high alpine  chairlifts such as Marte and Vulcano are not open. The high alpine chair Marte being closed quite a bit, the Marte chair can also not be open for the whole week you are there, sometimes even a whole 2 weeks!  While this does not happen all the time, it can happen.

It happened in August 2005 and July 2006. While it snows in Las Lenas (sometimes for 3-4 days) and it is very windy (and it can be very windy here) you are stuck to only skiing Eros I + II pomas and the Vesta chair.  There can often be long lift lines when these are the only chairs open.

*HOWEVER, it is important to mention that in the 2007 season the Marte chair was open quite a bit and the resort worked very hard at keeping it open as much as possible.*

Sometimes when it has snowed a lot, avalanche risk is high, and it is windy, Vulcano might not be open right away and only Caris chairlit (that accesses the skier’s left part of the lower mountain and off piste section Cenidor) is open to access some interesting basic off piste. These times are known as Cenidor sessions and while better than sitting inside and you will get powder, after 1 day Cenidor sessions lose their appeal unless it snows again as a big steep experience.

However when Vulcano and Marte chiars are closed this is the best runs to ski for the advanced skier or snowboarder.

Some examples of other issues is taking a long time to get the resort ready after snowfalls,  and Las Lenas not being anywhere near as organized as North American resorts, power going out once a month are examples. 

2 Examples of things that can be very frustrating is that when Marte is ready to open, you need to wait an hour as they have to groom around it and in 2005 when there was so much snow it took forever to clear the poma lift above Marte to get to the backside, and you had to hike 15 minutes to get up there.

Marte accesses 80% of the advanced/expert terrain and the Vulcano chair accesses some interesting terrain to skier’s left of the chair and in the traverse above it out of bounds after a snowfall.  However, more than 2 days of this traverse and out of bounds area is all most advanced riders can ski it without being bored.

The backcountry and touring possibilities in Las Lenas are endless and you can go for days.  Please be sure to check weather forecasts and know where you are going before you leave. A lot of people have gotten lost while gone touring and some clients almost died in 2006 who got lost and did not know what they were doing, where they were going and were not properly equipped.  AS WELL RESPECT IF YOU DO NOT KNOW IF A CHUTE OR COULOIR HAS AN EXIT OR NOT.  One popular chute off of Marte called Sin Salida is one common mistake that the public skis, it means “without exit” so please do not ski this! You will be forced to hike out a steep run or do a mandatory air over a possible 40 foot cliff.

If you are going to be in Las Lenas more than 2 weeks and skiing out of bounds and aggressive, we recommend bringing 2 of everything as any type of gear is very expensive to buy in Las Lenas or they might not even have it. When exploring out of bounds skis, boards and poles have been known to occasionally meet surprise rock so it is a good idea to bring extra.

Acuario Hotel, 4 Stars

The ACUARIO HOTEL is located at the bottom of the Eros trail, a few meters from Eros teleski and Vesta and Venus lifts.  This hotel is extremely comfortable to skiers during their stay for it is only steps from the commercial center, the ski school and the box office as well as ski-in/ski-out during the whole Season. 

For after ski relax, Acuario Hotel offers a living room with Home Theatre and a bar in the top floor with an amazing view of the trails.

Acuario Hotel has 40 double and triple rooms, departments and duplex. All rooms have TV and telephone with DDI. The hotel also has Laundry service, ski racks with boot drier, safe box, terrace, direct access to the slopes and a restaurant.

Acuario Hotel  2017 Rates

The Acuario hotel rates do NOT include the Buenos Aires Charter Flight and is at an extra cost

Economy Charter Flight Buenos Aires – Malargue – Buenos Aires

July 15, 22 and 29, 2017 – $610 USD per person

August 05, 12, 19 and 26, 2017 – $510 USD per person

Rate include shared round trip ground transfer Malargue airport-Acuario Hotel-Malargue airport and all flight taxes.

*If you would like to fly first class on the charter flight or want a private gorund transfer please enquire with us*

The following rates and bookings are Saturday to Saturday However, if you would prefer a minimum 2 night stay, 
only available in August and September, please contact us for a quote.

The rates below and your stay in the Acuario Hotel includes

  • All breakfasts and dinners in the Acuario (no drinks)

Lift pass can be included or not. 7 day lift pass cost listed in last column of the rates table.

*Please note the Acuario does not have internet inside the hotel at all and while it has a pool,
it is very small and often not open.* 

Adult Rates (Age 12 and up) – All Rates in $USD, Per Person, For 7 Nights and Include Taxes  

Please contact us for Children 11 and under Child Rates

                                           Slope Side View

  SingleDoubleTripleDuplex x4Loft Suite x47 days
Lift Pass
July 01 – 15$ 1755$ 1107$ 876$ 978$ 1215$ 450
July 15 – 22$ 1869$ 1179$1023   $ 1041$ 1293$ 450
July 22 – 29$ 1776$ 1119$ 972$ 990$ 1230$ 450
July 29 – Aug. 19$ 1680$ 1059$ 918$ 936$ 1161$ 400
Aug. 19 – 26$ 1491$ 942$ 819$ 831 $ 1035$ 400
Aug. 26 – Sep. 02$ 1491$ 942$ 819$ 831 $ 1035$ 350
Sep. 02 – 09$ 1395$ 882$ 765$ 780$ 966$ 350
Sep. 09 – 23$ 1338$ 846$ 735$ 747$ 927$ 310

Rates subject to change based on different promotions during the season.
Please contact us to confirm current rates .

 Rates in Red means no Availability

                                          Mountain View

  SingleDoubleTripleDuplex x47 days 
Lift Pass
July 01 – 15$ 1569  $ 990$ 876$ 876$ 450
July 15 – 22$ 1671$ 1056$ 930$ 930$ 450
July 22 – 29$1590$ 1002$ 885$ 885$ 450
 July 29 – Aug. 19$ 1503$ 948$ 837$ 837$ 400
Aug. 19 – 26$ 1335$ 843$ 747$ 747$ 400
Aug. 26 – Sep. 02  $ 1335$ 843$ 747$ 747$350
Sep. 02 – 09$ 1248$ 789$ 699$ 699$ 350
Sep. 09 – 23$ 1197$ 756$ 669$ 669$ 310

Rates subject to change based on different promotions during the season.
Please contact us to confirm current rates .

Rates in Red means no Availability  

Book now to arrange your vacation at the Acuario Hotel! 

Extra Costs

  • Buenos Aires hotel accommodation, hotel and international/domestic airport ground  transfers 
  • International Airfare