Las Lenas 2014

Resort and backcountry skiing and snowboarding anywhere in the southern hemisphere: New Zealand, Australia, South America, etc., including our famous reader-submitted No-Bull Snow Reports.

Re: Las Lenas 2014

Postby Tony Crocker » Sun Aug 31, 2014 2:09 pm

http://snowbrains.com/las-lenas-argenti ... ember-8th/
I wish I had been following this site earlier; there have been periodic Las Lenas reports all season, all referenced in the link above.

SnowBrains is based in Tahoe. I've followed several links to their articles the past season or two, and I think there's some very good quality info posted there.
http://bestsnow.net
Ski Records
Season length: 21 months, Nov. 29, 2010 - July 2, 2012
Days in one year: 80 from Nov. 29, 2010 - Nov. 17, 2011
Season vertical: 1,610K in 2016-17
Season powder: 291K in 2011-12
User avatar
Tony Crocker
 
Posts: 9819
Joined: Thu Sep 23, 2004 10:37 am
Location: Avatar: Charlotte Bay, Antarctica 2011
Location: Glendale, California

Re: Las Lenas 2014

Postby Tony Crocker » Tue Sep 02, 2014 10:14 pm

Las Lenas website is finally updated to snow depths of 25/50/125cm with 25/35/45cm new snow. No Marte and no off-piste open today. Snow-forecast.com estimates 20+ inches fell over the weekend.

The weekend storm was 4.3 inches at Portillo, bringing season total to 156.2 inches

Currently at Chillan and Corralco there is mixed rain and snow with high winds keeping the lifts closed for 4 consecutive days at Chillan. :evil:
http://bestsnow.net
Ski Records
Season length: 21 months, Nov. 29, 2010 - July 2, 2012
Days in one year: 80 from Nov. 29, 2010 - Nov. 17, 2011
Season vertical: 1,610K in 2016-17
Season powder: 291K in 2011-12
User avatar
Tony Crocker
 
Posts: 9819
Joined: Thu Sep 23, 2004 10:37 am
Location: Avatar: Charlotte Bay, Antarctica 2011
Location: Glendale, California

Re: Las Lenas 2014

Postby Tony Crocker » Thu Sep 04, 2014 2:34 pm

A Sept. 3 dated report from Las Lenas: snow depths of 45/60/135cm with 35/50/40cm new snow.

Staley got very lucky with his trip. He waited out his first week around Buenos Aires, went for the second week when he says Las Lenas has received 2 meters of snow up high. Better yet, Marte opened today!

Portillo got 20 inches the last 48 hours, season total now 176.3 inches.

SnowBrains has an enthusiastic review of a new skiing option in Argentina: http://snowbrains.com/real-patagonia-ba ... at-skiing/
http://bestsnow.net
Ski Records
Season length: 21 months, Nov. 29, 2010 - July 2, 2012
Days in one year: 80 from Nov. 29, 2010 - Nov. 17, 2011
Season vertical: 1,610K in 2016-17
Season powder: 291K in 2011-12
User avatar
Tony Crocker
 
Posts: 9819
Joined: Thu Sep 23, 2004 10:37 am
Location: Avatar: Charlotte Bay, Antarctica 2011
Location: Glendale, California

Re: Las Lenas 2014

Postby jamesdeluxe » Fri Sep 05, 2014 7:31 am

I assume that the recent snow is too late in the season for resorts to avoid a revenue disaster.
User avatar
jamesdeluxe
 
Posts: 3337
Joined: Mon Oct 04, 2004 3:19 pm
Location: South Orange, NJ

Re: Las Lenas 2014

Postby Tony Crocker » Sat Sep 06, 2014 12:03 am

jamesdeluxe wrote:I assume that the recent snow is too late in the season for resorts to avoid a revenue disaster.

Las Lenas is truly in the middle of nowhere. I doubt there are very many "spur of the moment" trips planned there. I sent Staley several PM's when I was in Mexico telling him to bail out, and he didn't even though it would have cost him only $100 to redeposit miles and maybe $200 for an apartment deposit. A more typical visitor who has committed $2,500+ in airfare/lodging/tickets probably isn't bailing out either. The bulk of revenue likely comes from the July South American holiday visitors. They are analogous to and likely as inflexible as Christmas week vacationers in North America, and similarly likely to be in the ski resorts when coverage is less than ideal.

Valle Nevado/La Parva/El Colorado are the only areas that might get a lot of daytrip/weekend business, so maybe those places take more of a hit in a year like this. There's a local Chilean posting on Epic who is discouraged by the run of low seasons around Santiago and thus took his daughter's school holiday week at Corralco. He was pleased and intends to return there.
http://bestsnow.net
Ski Records
Season length: 21 months, Nov. 29, 2010 - July 2, 2012
Days in one year: 80 from Nov. 29, 2010 - Nov. 17, 2011
Season vertical: 1,610K in 2016-17
Season powder: 291K in 2011-12
User avatar
Tony Crocker
 
Posts: 9819
Joined: Thu Sep 23, 2004 10:37 am
Location: Avatar: Charlotte Bay, Antarctica 2011
Location: Glendale, California

Re: Las Lenas 2014

Postby Geoff » Mon Sep 08, 2014 2:47 pm

Tony Crocker wrote:Valle Nevado/La Parva/El Colorado are the only areas that might get a lot of daytrip/weekend business, so maybe those places take more of a hit in a year like this. There's a local Chilean posting on Epic who is discouraged by the run of low seasons around Santiago and thus took his daughter's school holiday week at Corralco. He was pleased and intends to return there.


Treble Cone doesn't look too bad if you like New Zealand spring skiing. They're claiming 100" base depth up on the saddle.
User avatar
Geoff
 
Posts: 764
Joined: Thu Sep 30, 2004 1:38 pm
Location: Killington, VT

Re: Las Lenas 2014

Postby Tony Crocker » Mon Sep 15, 2014 7:56 pm

New Zealand's 2014 season was very bad until mid-August or so, but has been good for the past few weeks.

Treble Cone runs maybe a week into October as there's not much local population base in that area. Turoa on North Island has the latest lift-served Southern Hemisphere season (early November) most years.
http://bestsnow.net
Ski Records
Season length: 21 months, Nov. 29, 2010 - July 2, 2012
Days in one year: 80 from Nov. 29, 2010 - Nov. 17, 2011
Season vertical: 1,610K in 2016-17
Season powder: 291K in 2011-12
User avatar
Tony Crocker
 
Posts: 9819
Joined: Thu Sep 23, 2004 10:37 am
Location: Avatar: Charlotte Bay, Antarctica 2011
Location: Glendale, California

Re: Las Lenas 2014

Postby Tony Crocker » Fri Sep 26, 2014 6:15 pm

Portillo season-to-date is now 190 inches. That's 14 inches in the past 2 weeks. Base depths have declined to a sketchy 7-23 inches and the slingshot pomas serving the best terrain are now closed.

Anecdotal posts indicate a fairly snowy September farther south. Corralco and Chillan may have had close to 400 inches this season, with base depths up to 3 meters by now.
http://bestsnow.net
Ski Records
Season length: 21 months, Nov. 29, 2010 - July 2, 2012
Days in one year: 80 from Nov. 29, 2010 - Nov. 17, 2011
Season vertical: 1,610K in 2016-17
Season powder: 291K in 2011-12
User avatar
Tony Crocker
 
Posts: 9819
Joined: Thu Sep 23, 2004 10:37 am
Location: Avatar: Charlotte Bay, Antarctica 2011
Location: Glendale, California

Previous

Return to Down Under

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 4 guests


All content herein copyright © 1999-2017 First Tracks!! Online Media

Forums Terms & Conditions of Use