Las Leñas, the hallowed South American resort famous for its Marte lift that gives advanced/expert skiers access to some of the most awesome terrain in the world, is gearing up for its 2007 season with new added-value activities called the "Las Leñas Experience," or LX. Every ski week will feature a daily activity including: LX Nature (photographic safaris, excursions, and snow games); LX Sport (recreational activities, competitions, snowshoeing, and dog-mushing); LX Music (live "unplugged" music, karaoke, and live shows); LX Gourmet & Arts (fondue fests, chats and tastings with famous chefs, wine tastings, ice sculpting, art installations, and theater); LX Extreme (off-road circuits, extreme expeditions, and mountaineering); LX Kids (kid's day, treasure hunts, a chocolate factory, magicians, and kid's club); LX Fashion (fashion shows, and boutique expos); and LX Alternative (indoor activities, casino, chats and expositions) -- just in case you get tired of skiing powder.
Situated in the central Andean region near San Rafael and Malargue, Las Leñas has a reputation as a resort with a rather utilitarian-style village, but this year they've invested more than $3 million in services, maintenance, infrastructure, and the remodeling of the Hotel Aries.
If expert or even intermediate runs put fear in your heart, the resort has Easy Ski Las Leñas, which permits newbies to learn with system so innovative they guarantee you'll learn within 7 days or your money back. If you've had a rough night and awoke late in the day, no worry as this is the only ski resort in South America to offer night skiing. Beyond steep terrain, perhaps the wildest (and kookiest) attraction of Las Leñas has to be its Action Park, a kind of gladiators-on-snow park with a bungee dome, and X-bike Machine where you can ride a motorcycle in 360-degree upside-down loops, and an Orbit Ball, whereby you squeeze yourself into a transparent globe and roll down a snowy slope. Even if you don't ski, it's impossible to spend a boring day at Las Leñas.
For more information about Las Leñas, see their website at www.laslenas.com, or call (54-11) 4819-6000.