Las Leñas, Argentina
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Las Leñas isn't the easiest resort to get to. After you fly into the Argentine town of Mendoza, it's a five and a half hour bus (or a four and half hour private shuttle) to the base of the resort high in the otherworldly Torrecillas valley, surrounded by jagged peaks and a moonscape devoid of trees.

The reward for making the mission to Las Leñas is the best, most accessible big mountain terrain in the southern hemisphere. Over 4,000 vertical feet of gullies, ridges, bowls, chutes and cliff drops covered in the light, waist-deep powder the resort is known for.

We suggest you start with the slow, incredibly steep Marte lift that will take you to the top of the mountain. From there take your pick of one of the hundreds of chutes or the over 4-mile schuss down Neptuno bowl. Be aware, there's terrain off the Marte lift that will scare even the most seasoned professional skiers, so it's best to know where you're going, or ski with someone who does.