by: mdavidjohnson - Feb 24, 2009

  • Overall Rating 4
  • Family Friendly 3
  • All-Mtn. Terrain 5
  • Terrain Park 4
  • Nightlife 4

    Pros: Marte Lift when running

    Cons: Marte lift when closed, Difficult to get to

    Recommended For: Singles, Empty Nesters

    Date Visited: Aug 1, 2007

Full review

The Marte lift at Las Lenas accesses the steepest terrain in South America and is one of the best lifts in the world for accessing big mountain terrain........ when it is open. The Marte is Las Lenas marquee lift and the drawing card for some of the best skiers and snowboarders in the world. However the Marte lift is often closed when it is storming, windy or the avalanche danger is substantial. I once spent 10 days digging this lift out.
Las Lenas is best if you can spend weeks here. It is hard to get to and if the Marte is closed for most of the week that you are scheduled to be there it is a bummer.
There is certainly a reason why so many professional skiers and snowboarders wind up here, the terrain is sick!!!!!
If you are willing to make the commitment to get here- 7 hours from Mendoza- and are prepared to be shut down with down days than Lenas is a sweet spot. If you have limited time it is a long way from everywhere.
Lenas draws the wealthy from Buenos Aires so there is a fun party scene but the resort is expensive compared with all the other resorts in South America.