Las Leñas ski resort is the largest in the southern hemisphere. Valle de Las Leñas is located in the department of Malargüe, 70 km far from its Capital city; 440 km south far from Mendoza City, and 1,180 km far from Buenos Aires. It is easily accessed through paved roads designed on breathtaking landscapes; by air arriving at Malargüe, San Rafael or Mendoza Airports. All those airports offer transfer services for the transportation of visitors to the ski resort.
It is the most important winter sports centre in the country, and the most sophisticated one in South America. Due to its altitude, from 2200 to 3430 metres high, it offers perfect conditions as regards snow quality, relief and weather.
This High Mountain Resort is a true Tourism Center remaining open during the whole year. It features 28 tracks (beginner, intermediate, advanced, and expert); a 17,500 hectare skiing lot, and a ski and snowboarding school that employs more than 100 instructors. It also features 2,000 m of well-lit tracks for night skiing. This resort is proud of having the longest uninterrupted descent lot in the country (Apolo, Neptuno, and Venus tracks add up to 7,050 m), besides 1,500 m Terrain park featuring jumps, bumps and rails. 13 state-of-the-art lifts, 5 leveling machines, and 30 snow-making machines complete the picture.
It has 13 lifts, which can transport 12,100 people per hour. There are also ideal sites to practice sledging, pato, automatic sledges, snowboard and snow polo. The lighted slopes allow for night ski; teleski, electric chair lift, 77 hectares covered in artificial snow; snow kindergarten for children, snow clothes sale and rental stores, ski school, police patrol and rescue services.
There is a 5-star hotel called Piscis and some others featuring excellent facilities (Virgo, Acuario, Aries, Escorpio), six apart-hotels, six dorms, and a time share. Visitors will also find a shopping mall, a beauty salon, a supermarket, a medical center, convention centers and show venues; a post office, banks, restaurants, a night club, a casino, bars and pubs; tennis, paddle, and mini-golf courts, indoor swimming pool, gym, sauna, national and international telephone connection, fax, Internet access, closed circuit television and child care.
In the middle of so many attractions, one should not forget the traditional drop of the torch, which is a really unforgettable visual show. Thanks to its ski slopes that extend over a 60 km surface, that are classified according to the particular demands of each skier, Las Leñas is a venue chosen for international skiing and snowboarding competitions.