Las Leñas and Cerro Bayo to start the 2012 ski season with major upgrades!

Las Leñas and Cerro Bayo to start the 2012 ski season with major upgrades!

Two of Argentina’s major ski resorts, Las Leñas and Cerro Bayo, have recently completed the construction of brand-new lifts and other upgrades to start the 2012 South American ski season.

Construction of the new Minerva high-speed quad chairlift at Las Leñas
Construction of the new Minerva high-speed quad chairlift at Las Leñas

Las Leñas has upgraded their old Minerva fixed double chairlift to a new Doppelmayr high-speed quad lift, featuring a modern system for entering the lift which allows comfortable access and reduces waiting time. Prior to ascent, the skiers and snowboarders slide over a moving mat, which propels them up to the right speed so that they can sit on the chair in a smooth and effortless manner. This is similar to the Supreme chair at Alta, for those who are familiar.

Las Leñas Trail Map/Mapa de Pistas
Las Leñas Trail Map/Mapa de Pistas

Along with the nearby lifts TS Caris and TK Minerva, the new Minerva high-speed quad will increase the uphill capacity in the Minerva zone to 4,320 people per hour, tripling current capacity. The new cable was hung and loaded with chairs last week, ready to receive snow riders from around the world this upcoming ski season.

Construction of the new Telcabina Jean Pierre gondola at Cerro Bayo
Construction of the new Telcabina Jean Pierre gondola at Cerro Bayo

During the 80th Anniversary celebrations of the small Patagonian town of Villa La Angostura earlier this month, Cerro Bayo inaugurated their brand-new 6-passenger gondola, Telecabina Jean Pierre, offering rapid access to mid-mountain. This new gondola is the first of many advancements from a 2008 plan to turn this small gem into one of the finest ski resorts in South America.

Cerro Bayo Trail Map/Mapa de Pistas
Cerro Bayo Trail Map/Mapa de Pistas

Construction of a second gondola is set to take place during the summer of 2012 to allow access to the Cota 1500 peak, expanding Cerro Bayo’s skiable terrain to include the Las Provinciales zone, making Cerro Bayo the third-largest ski resort in Argentina.

The new gondola at Cerro Bayo, Telecabina Jean Pierre
The new gondola at Cerro Bayo, Telecabina Jean Pierre

In addition to the construction of these new gondolas, the resort is expanding its parking, building new ticket windows, and upgrading several on-mountain restaurants. It will be very exciting to witness Cerro Bayo’s growth over the next few years. Join us this summer for a Resort Tour to see it (and ski it) for yourself! There are still some spots available for our 2012 Guided Ski Tours. Visit our Reservations page to book yours today!

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<p>Professional Outdoor Guide, specializing in backcountry skiing, heliskiing</p> <p>Stomping grounds: Wasatch Range, Andes Mountains</p>

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