Boarding the High Life in Las Leñas
Jul 27, 2004
Dec 13, 2006
. From the top there was a lovely long run around the far side of the mountain, through amazing scenery and lots of fast steep terrain. Alternatively there was an off-piste run back underneath the chairlift - steep, narrow, rocky, totally crazy and one of the best runs ever !!!!! We have both had an amazing time boarding here and even Pauls snowboarding boots falling apart have not stopped the fun - BRIGHT ORANGE duct tape round the boots worked wonders..... (and looks pretty cool too!) It has been so warm and sunny we both have tanned faces - complete with white 'goggles stripes'... On Tuesday night we had a meal out for our last night with our friends from the hostal - Stian, Ewan, Andrew, Jose & Cherie (everythings plush!). On Wednesday we head to Mendoza following the steps of our friends from Washington State, Bob and (S)Tiffany who have been great to ride with!! Hope we can catch them up although we don't have much chance of that on the slopes.........
We carried on heading North with a 20hr overnight journey, with a 3hr wait for a connection at San Raphael's freezing cold bus station between 3am and 6am. We eventually arrived at the small town of Malargue where we based ourselves for 6 days and it started snowing the first afternoon. The mountain/resort of Las Leņas is Argentina's highest and glitziest and about 1hr 15mins away but by staying in Malargue you get the lift-pass half price and the minibus transfer was good for watching the sunrise on the way and a sleep on the way back! The first day was amazing conditions - there had been about 3 feet of fresh snow overnight but the skies had cleared and we had the perfect combination of powder and sunshine!! With so much snow there were no boundaries and we boarded anywhere we liked, frequently wiping-out and having to dig ourselves out! The following 4 days were all really good too and we boarded higher and higher along the slopes to find more untouched powder. On the last 2 days they opened the top lift called 'Marte' which is a really steep chairlift which had been half-buried by all the snow a few days earlier