Source: New York Times
By: CINDY HIRSCHFELD
Argentina: Las Leñas
Las Leñas, which celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2013, is undeniably remote. The easiest way to get there is to take a weekly charter flight from Buenos Aires to a small airport an hour’s drive away. But skiers who make the journey are rewarded with some of the best and most diverse expert terrain in the world, ranging from vast bowls to svelte, rock-bordered chutes. Though the trail map lists just 29 runs, anywhere on this large Andes peak is fair game, including thousands of acres of backcountry slopes reachable from the Marte lift that eventually funnel back to the base area. (Hire a guide to help safely navigate.) Beginners and intermediates have plenty of wide-open terrain to explore on the mountain’s gentler lower half, where another quad lift was added last season. Several ski-in/ski-out hotels and condo complexes make up the fairly utilitarian base area, but you don’t come all this way for a spa. (laslenas.com)
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