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This trip was for an Oakley apparel test. A large group, many of us took different ways of getting there. Some bags arrive the following day, off to Mendoza by Plane then a rather long bus ride, 8.5hrs to Las Lenas.

The Skiing was far worth all  the time to get there. Skiing nothing but Off-Piste Powder, mostly hiking.  Many times the weather dictates what happens there with the Marte lift, but not on the 4 days some of us got. Five days of travel for the Best  Las Leñas trip ever.

Thanks to Mark for dealing with all the logistics, and Jose for showing us the secret ways and of course all the Boys from the O.

 
Seth Morrison
Pro Skier  
Colorado, USA
  

  

It was a great month, a unique and special premier experience for me in the Andes. I saw a huge amount of terrain, met many great people, and of course made a lot of great turns. From Valle Nevado and El Colorado, to Ski Arpa Cat Skiing, to gong-show Cajon Grande, then on to Las Leñas with locals and Oakley, and finally to Portillo, SA did not disappoint. I could not have asked for a better ending to a trip then winning the SKIING photo challenge here with my partner Chad Sayers. Was great to see the sights and some secret spots in the cities of Santiago, Valparaiso and Mendoza as well.  A special thanks to Mark Lasseter of southamericaski.com who played a huge part in making my time in South America killer.

Jordan Manley
Pro Photographer
Whistler, BC
 

 

 

Thanks for organizing everything and making 2008 a great trip again for our H20 group to Las Leñas, Argentina.  Alejandro was a great help and took us to some very cool places in Buenos Aires and Juan Pablo and Mark thanks for all your help in Las Leñas.

  

We will be back in 2009 for sure and hope to get more powder.

Dean Cummings
Owner H20 Heli Guides
Alaska, USA

  

Yes, the smiles say it all!  A non-stop 2 weeks of action with each day better than the last!  Your planning provided for a flawless 2 weeks of the best snow and culture that we could have found. Mendoza, Las Leñas, Santiago, Farellones and 3 Valleys a great combo!  Every step of our  itinerary was executed by your team without even a second of wasted time!  I will definetly be back, and tell every skier I know they should call you and plan their trip soon!

 
Thank you!!

 
John Fortin, CSIA Ontario
Director, Toronto, Canada

  

Just wanted to let you know that Jessica and I had a phenomenal trip! Thanks for your help and advice - it all worked out great. Tete was a great guide and we really enjoyed the day with her - excellent recommendation. Too bad Marte only ran one day - but we’re glad that we got that one. Cirrus worked out perfect for us - gave us the flexibility to dine at several restaurants.

The Tower Hotel and Atuel travel in San Rafael were great calls. In Mendoza we stayed at the Bohemia Boutique Hotel (listed on your web site) on Saturday - great place, I highly recommend it. We did a walking tour of Mendoza on Friday and a bodega tour on Saturday and flew to BA on Sunday afternoon and home on Sunday evening.   

Juan Pablo was very friendly & helpful. 

Thanks again for all of your help.  

Randy + Jessica Scott
California, USA

  

I wanted to thank everyone at Southamericaski.com for two of the best months I have ever had while in South America in 2008. I first went with some other friends from England in 2007 to Bariloche and Las Leñas and we had a great time and skied tons of powder and with great people like Huere and Doug.I knew I had to go back so was happy to return July and August 2008 on a press project with Ultimate-Ski.com out of the UK to research the various ski resorts, cities and shoot photos going from Santiago to El Colorado, Ski Arpa Cat Skiing, Penitentes, Mendoza, Las Leñas, Cajon Grande and Bariloche.

  

Southamericaski.com did a great job helping me with every single aspect of my trip and project and letting me tag along with some of their guided tours and meet their friends and experience some things seriously off the beaten path.

A special thanks to Travis and especially Doug who was like the big brother I never had for the 2 months of my trip.

 
Peter Wilson,
Pro Photographer + Ultimate-ski.com 
London, Uk

 

 



This trip was a long time coming. As teenagers my brother Jess  and I first learned of this Las Leñas place from the pages of Powder, Boards in Motion and early Freeze. Friends who’d been there filled our 19 year old heads with tales of big lines, late nights and hot women. We had to go.

In 1998 we booked our trip and began waiting for the snow to fall in Las Leñas. We waited and waited, pushing our trip back a week and then another. Eventually in August of 1998 we realized the snow wasn’t coming, the resort wasn’t opening and we inevitably cancelled our trip. Ten years later we finally got our chance. Two weeks in Las Leñas. The high winds and a closed Marte continued for the next 3 days after our arrival. We spent our time poking around the lower mountain finding good snow more often than not. We had a lot of fun, but it’s hard to settle for the lower mountain when you’re drooling for the big lines offered above. On Monday night it started snowing, the beginning of what would eventually be a 3 day storm cycle that delivered more than 3 feet of snow to Las Leñas.

 
And then on Friday September 5th, after 3 days of storm skiing we got a blue bird day and a rumored 10:30 Marte Opening.  And this is why we came. The amazing thing about the Marte chairlift is just how much terrain it offers and as a result you can still have some amazing turns the day after a storm. Some great days of powder, blue sky skiing followed that we will never forget. We could not have been more stoked on the facilities and are two weeks in Las Leñas. We also appreciated Alejandro taking us around in Buenos Aires and locating our missing bag.  Needless to say we were also incredibly impressed by everyone we’ve dealt with at Southamericaski.com.

Thanks Huere, Alex, Juan Pablo and Mark.

Jess + Jay Errecarte
California, USA

  



Our time in Las Leñas was amazing for us! Due to the fact that Marte chairlift had opened later in the week we were really happy that we decided to extend our trip past Saturday to leave Monday instead to ski some extra powder days. We decided to miss our charter flight Saturday from Malargue and decided to rough it and take the night bus via San Rafael to get back to Buenos Aires to get some extra powder days.

Thanks for hooking us up with the 2 nights extended last minute stay in the apartment after we had to leave the Virgo.

Overall we had a great time and thanks to Southamericaski.com for all of your help.

Christina Anderson + Christine Hutcheson
California, USA

  

First I have to say this is one of the best trips I have ever been on and was happy to do and see some things we probably would not have seen if we had just tried to do things on our own. Thanks so much for being flexible and being with us to allow for last minute decisions on where to go based on best snow and possibility for light and sun to allow for the best possible shooting that we were doing for Norwegian Fri Flyt ski magazine and the travel documentary TV show Reiseml  (Destinations in English). 

Thanks for the whirlwind trip that started in Santiago and went all over the place and finally had us return back through Bariloche back up to Santiago.

Pedro Matos,
Pro Skier, Helly Hansen
Oslo, Norway

  

 

Thanks to Mark Lasseter, our trip to Las Leñas was great!  We booked through a competitor of Mark’s from Colorado, USA and were not happy with the arrangements, communication or follow through we had expected during our trip. From the beginning, we saw Mark meet and greet his clients, we watched as he gave guided tours of the resort and he kept himself available to his clients during their stay at Las Leñas.  Mark is local, he knows the ski resorts of South America and arranged for maps that allowed us to tour daily and he scheduled a guided cat trip to get us to a neighboring valley. 

I will book with SouthAmericaSki.com for all future ski trips to South America. 

  

Thanks again.

Scott and Sara Eisen,
Seattle, USA

  

I booked a trip to Las Leñas without knowing much about the resort, however Mark Lasseter helped me out enormously.   He recommended the best time to arrive in Argentina, sorted out a place to stay in Mendoza, rented us an apartment, met us and introduced us to the locals and other skiers, and showed us a few choice lines accessed only by those in the know.  Any problem was sorted out by one phone call to Mark. 

Simply put the skiing in Las Leñas is the best in the southern hemisphere, there are vast quantities of easy access back country skiing, plenty of couloirs and the vertical drop on some lines far exceeds what you could hope for in a European resort.  I cannot wait to get back to Las Leñas, and I will certainly be using Mark to help me with my arrangements – thanks again Mark for introducing me to Las Leñas. I loved the place so much, I just bought an apartment there!

Tom Crossland
CMA
London, UK

  

Mark Lasseter and the team at Southamericaski.com made our trip to Las Leñas unforgettable. Mark lined out the perfect accommodations just steps from the lifts and helped put us in position to access the goods. I have traveled the globe in my career and Las Leñas is without a doubt one of the planet’s best ski areas.  

As South America is much trickier for travel than the states I recommend that you let Mark and his team make your arrangements. I’ll be back in 2006. 

  

Thanks, Mark

  

Sven Brunso
Pro Skier
USA

  

“Awesome is an inadequate adjective to describe Las Leñas. The terrain, powder, people and food are fantastic. We love Las Leñas and Argentina so much we purchased a condominium there at the resort. Mark’s help was invaluable for simplifying our travels. His knowledge of the area, his command of the Spanish language and his excellent organizational skills made the trip a great success. Although we have just purchased an apartment in Las Leñas we plan to continue working with Mark to make our travel arrangements. ”

George Vukusic
Owner Easy Pay Accounting
Ontario, Canada

  

Mark, once again, we had a great time, thanks in large part to you and the great people of Argentina, and Las Leñas. Take care, and thanks again for a great time in Las Leñas. Great mountain, fantastic people, and a very fun vacation.

Thank Jose again for his help in arranging the tour of Buenos Aires.  Todd and I especially liked the Tango club.

Richard Budenz
California, USA

  

“Mark, thank you for everything, thank you for meeting me in Whistler, thank you for answering my endless stream of email questions, thank you for making every single arrangement completely flawlessly, thank you for meeting Amy and I in the Piscis Hotel lobby on the day we checked in, thanks for the call about the Snowcat day, thanks for setting up a day trip with Rubin to San Rafael and thanks for a nice bottle of red wine (which we shared back in BA with a Venezuelan couple that we met in Las Leñas).

Simply put, the trip was about as “Good as it Gets.”

John DeDea
New Jersey, USA
Manager, UPS

  

  

Thanks so much for organizing a great trip and a great time. Having someone take us around Buenos Aires and taking us out at night to special cool, unknown
bars and nightlife was key in making our time in Buenos Aires special. Of course Las Leñas had amazing terrain. Even though Marte was not really open that much when we were there, skinning up and skiing down was one of the best runs we have ever done and great Andean waist deep powder.

  

Thanks again.

Scott Levine Guide
Powder Mountain Group
Utah, USA 

  

  

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