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Welcome to Las Leñas

Las Leñas

The biggest ski resort in Argentina, Las Leñas is nestled high in a valley south of Mendoza City. Possibly the most famous ski resort in South America, the resort opened in 1983 and attracts thrill-seeking skiers and daredevils to its extreme runs. Las Leñas is renowned for its beauty as well as its challenge, and much ski photography is done there.

The village of Las Leñas is mostly self-contained, with a number of shops, bars and restaurants and a few hotels; however the nightlife is nearly as famous as the skiing! Its isolated location means the nearest towns, San Rafael and Malargue, are several hours' drive away.

Information & Facts


Las Leñas is an isolated purpose-built ski resort, so there isn't much to do off the slopes. There is a cinema in town.

Spanish is the official language of Argentina but English is understood in the tourist areas.

The Argentinean Peso (ARS) is divided into 100 centavos. The recent devaluation of the Peso has made Argentina more affordable for travellers but there is still much economic uncertainty and travellers are advised to keep an eye on the exchange rate. Currency can be exchanged at banks and cambios(bureaux de change) but it is easier to use ATMs, available in most urban towns, which reflect the current exchange rate. Credit and debit cards are generally accepted, and US Dollars and Euros are normally taken everywhere, but some international cards place limits on transactions. Cirrus cards sometimes aren't accepted. There can be problems using travellers cheques in rural areas, although most banks in major cities should accept them. It's best to take travellers cheques in US Dollars to avoid additional exchange rate charges.


Las Leñas is isolated and not easy or cheap to reach. The expert and intermediate slopes become unavailable in bad weather, which can last for two to three days at a time.


Las Leñas is nearly as famous for its buzzing nightlife as its skiing! There are a number of bars, pubs, nightclubs and discos in town, and the Valley Casino stays open until 4am. Some of the most popular venues include the UFO Point bar and the Corona Club nightclub.


The resort is small and isolated, so most of the restaurants in Las Leñas are in the hotels. Escorpio has an excellent restaurant serving French and Mediterranean cuisine, while Piscis' two eateries specialise in pizza and Italian food. The Pyramid Building also has several restaurants serving cheaper local fare, including the famous 'Huaco taco'.


The shopping in Las Leñas is concentrated in La Piramide shopping centre, which has stores providing basics like skiing equipment, clothing and film; and also delicious Patagonian chocolate, which is a popular souvenir from Argentina.

Local time in Argentina is GMT -3.
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