KEY Las Lenas, Argentina Chairlift Is Fixed After 9 Days!

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Neptuno chair today.  Fixed and ready to go.  Marte access will happen.
Neptuno chair today. Fixed and ready to go. Marte access will happen.  photo:  victor cancinos/snowbrains

After a 5-foot snowfall in mid-July, an avalanche came down at Las Lenas ski resort in Argentina and derailed the Neptuno chairlift off 5 of its lift towers.  This derailment happened on July 14th.

Today, July 22nd, Las Lenas finally got the chairlift operational again and Neptuno will open for the first time since the derailment tomorrow.

The currently derailed Neptuno chairlift. You can see the cable and chairs on the ground. photo: adria millan
The derailed Neptuno chairlift on July 15th. You can see the cable and chairs on the ground. photo: adria millan

Neptuno is a key chairlift at Las Lenas because it gives access to the Marte chair that holds all the best skiing in Las Lenas (maybe all of South America) and provides access to all the backcountry terrain in the region.

No one has gotten to ski the upper mountain nor nearby backcountry since the big snowfall on July 12-14th.  Before that storm, the snow was thin and lousy.  It’s a bummer no one got to ski all that fresh pow, but we’re confident there are a few stashes left up there that our buddies will find them.

We should be seeing some killer footage out of Las Lenas in the coming days.  Stay tuned.

SnowBrains will have weekly updates from Las Lenas, Argentina all summer long.

The currently derailed Neptuno chairlift. You can see the cable and chairs on the ground. photo: adria millan
The derailed Neptuno chairlift on July 15th. You can see the cable and chairs on the ground. photo: adria millan

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