Follow the Leader: Reggie Crist's Guide to Argentina
Lesson 6: There are a lot of “birds” in South America. Find yourself a big stone.
Photo: Robert REGford
The Marte lift is the reason I return to Las Leñas year after year. This one lift provides access to a smorgasbord of the most challenging lift-accessed terrain in the world—chutes, couloirs, cliffs, you name it. From the top of the Marte, it’s possible to ski off in every direction or you can hike to 13,000 feet above sea level to some of the most scenic runs of your life. If you’re an avid skier, you owe it to yourself to ride the Marte lift before you hang up your boards.
Eduardos is the quintessential Las Leñas resort run, and it’s accessible from the Marte. It's steep with lots of options— and consequence—with a sustained pitch over 3,500 vertical feet. It would take you several days to ski every line on Eduardo’s. Yet this venue represents less than five percent of the available lift-accessed terrain at Las Leñas. If you don't mind hiking then the possibilities are virtually endless.