The Argentinian resort of Las Lenas has made investments on and off the slopes this year.
Due to the volume of snowfall in the Andes, Las Lenas has invested nearly 2.5 million pesos ($613,000) into increasing the number of avalanche remote control devices.
There will be six new GAZEX systems in strategic locations this year, making a total of 13 along the entire mountain. This will make it easier to open up the pistes after a snowfall and control the build-up of snow throughout the season.
GAZEX operates through a combination of oxygen and propane gas through a mechanism that is placed on the top of hazardous areas. The detonators are connected to the gas storage tanks which can operate throughout the season without being refilled.
Other new additions this season include a remodelled Hotel Acuario, new electronic ski passes, and a internet access anywhere in the valley via high-speed optical fiber. The resort is introducing WI-FI internet for skiers who purshase prepaid cards with a choice of two hours, one day, a mini week (three days), or a ski week (eight days).
Las Lenas is scheduled to kick off the winter season June 20.