Las Leñas, Argentina to CLOSE This Saturday | Early Closing Due to Lack of Snow

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Las Lenas webcam today at 10am.  Already 13ºC.
Las Lenas webcam today at 10am. Already 14ºC (57F).

Las Leñas ski resort in Argentina has had a brutal year.  All of July was dry and warm.  So warm in fact, that they were going to close the mountain due to lack of snow on August 9th.  A storm rolled in on August 7th, dropped 60 inches on the upper mountain, and saved Las Leñas from closure.

The powder relief didn’t last long.

In all, there were two storms in early August, then it got hot and dry again.  September has been warm and rainy.  There just isn’t much snow at the base anymore.

Las Lenas webcam today at 10am.  Already 13ºC.
Las Lenas webcam today at 10am. Already 14ºC (57F)

Due to the lack of snow Las Leñas ski resort has announced that they’ll be closing early this year.  They’ll close the ski resort down this Saturday, September 14th, 2013.  Looking at these webcam images, it’s hard to believe that they’re able to operate this week.

Las Lenas webcam at 10am today.
Las Lenas webcam at 10am today showing lower mountain and base area.

Las Leñas usually stays open until early to mid October, sometimes later on good years.

This early closure and the season this year in general at Leñas is unfortunate as when Las Leñas has good snow, it’s the best ski resort in the Southern Hemisphere.

video of Las Leñas on August 21st, 2011;  a very good powder day

Las Leñas, Argentina.  August 20th, 2011.  photo:  snowbrains.com
Las Leñas, Argentina. August 20th, 2011. photo: snowbrains.com

 

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