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re: Las Lenas Backcountry

Postby aaron12345 » Wed Aug 02, 2006 11:59 am

Unfortunetly I had to move the trip up a couple weeks because of getting wisdom teeth pulled. I'm leaving August 4, and getting back on the 20th (and my wisdom teeth get pulled on the 21st....). Will go for the cat and for hiking, and well as crossing my fingers on marte...
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re: Las Lenas Backcountry

Postby Tony Crocker » Mon Aug 07, 2006 4:37 pm

Las Lenas website reports Marte open today Aug. 7, nice timing for aaron12345 if true. It also reports YTD snowfall of 382cm, DOWN from 480 last week. How many areas do we know that try to underreport their snowfall? At LL there may be some perverse logic because there's not much skiing available when it's snowing.

No TGR postings corroborating the Marte opening. But there are some confirming new ownership and serious research about redesigning the lift system. Timely opening of upper lifts after storms will greatly enhance Las Lenas skiing. There were posts griping about seeing lots of powder but that it was usually wind-affected by the time Marte opened several days after a storm. This occurred while I was there last year, and is also a common phenomenon at Mammoth. But at Mammoth they do get the upper lifts open as fast as they can so sometimes we can get some good powder up top.
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Re: re: Las Lenas Backcountry

Postby Geoff » Mon Aug 07, 2006 5:13 pm

Tony Crocker wrote:There were posts griping about seeing lots of powder but that it was usually wind-affected by the time Marte opened several days after a storm. This occurred while I was there last year, and is also a common phenomenon at Mammoth. But at Mammoth they do get the upper lifts open as fast as they can so sometimes we can get some good powder up top.


South America doesn't have the same level of avalanche control found in the US. I've experienced the same thing twice at Valle Nevado after gigantic dumps. You're stuck skiing on the lower mountain because they don't have the staff to bomb everything. ...not that skiing the lower mountain after a 10 foot dump is any hardship. Last summer, they had to use a helicopter to bomb the cornice on el Colorado that threatens the Valle Nevado access road. We were all stuck doing laps on the bunny lift when that was happening. The access road was one truck width wide with 10 foot snow banks. Quite the drive down the hill a couple of days later.
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Re: re: Las Lenas Backcountry

Postby JimG. » Tue Aug 08, 2006 8:31 am

Tony Crocker wrote:There were posts griping about seeing lots of powder but that it was usually wind-affected by the time Marte opened several days after a storm. This occurred while I was there last year, and is also a common phenomenon at Mammoth. But at Mammoth they do get the upper lifts open as fast as they can so sometimes we can get some good powder up top.


This was my experience at Las Lenas as well. And since I was there later in the season (first week of September), sun exposure was an issue as well. My time in the Marte area was limited to 2 days and the lines skiied much the same each time...decent powder on top, wind crust midway, sun baked sludge at the bottom.
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re: Las Lenas Backcountry

Postby Tony Crocker » Tue Aug 08, 2006 11:56 am

Confirmation that Marte is open Aug. 7 and skiing is excellent from a TR on EpicSki: http://forums.epicski.com/showthread.ph ... to=newpost
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re: Las Lenas Backcountry

Postby Tony Crocker » Tue Aug 15, 2006 5:46 pm

After another storm cycle Marte is running today.

Season-to-date snowfall update through August 15:
Portillo 287 inches
Valle Nevado 248 inches
Las Lenas 181 inches (obviously understated)

Upper mountain base depths are over 300 cm.

The ~100cm. bases at the South Island New Zealand areas are puny by comparison, but subjective reports of ski conditions are very positive. So I'm looking forward to having much better skiing next week than in 1982 or 1997.
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re: Las Lenas Backcountry

Postby salida » Tue Aug 15, 2006 7:27 pm

just got back from portillo.. I'll post pictures later.

Just as a reference, we were skiing chutes in the beginning of the week, that had mandatory 15-20 foot airs, and by the end of the week they were nearly gone. The ski area reported around 3 feet in the week that we were there, but upper mountain areas, and wind prone areas certainly picked up far more than that...

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re: Las Lenas Backcountry

Postby Tony Crocker » Wed Sep 06, 2006 11:26 am

Season-to-date snowfall update through Sept. 6:
Portillo 303 inches
Valle Nevado 254 inches

Las Lenas has not updated its total from the 181 first reported over a month ago.
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re: Las Lenas Backcountry

Postby Tony Crocker » Wed Oct 18, 2006 4:08 pm

Season-to-date snowfall update through Oct. 2:
Portillo 319 inches
Valle Nevado 265 inches

I think these are fairly average numbers for South America. But it was an above average ski year because much of the snow came early and skiing was good from at least early July onwards.
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re: Las Lenas Backcountry

Postby aaron12345 » Wed Jan 03, 2007 9:01 pm

I think I posted a report on here not sure, but I ended up getting 4.5 days on Marte. Those were the best ski days of my life...
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