Extremely Canadian

Las Lenas, Argentina

Oct 26, 2006
Outside Magazine
South America

   Photo: Map by Aude van Ryn

Extremely Canadian //
Las Leñas, Argentina
Endowed with some of the best lift-accessible off-piste on the planet, Las Leñas has quietly become an off-season haven for North American and European freeskiers. Few know the nooks and crannies of this remote Argentinian resort better than Extremely Canadian guide Joe Lammers, who has been coming back most seasons since his first visit in 1994 for the South American Extreme Skiing Championships. Timed to coincide with the Santa Rosa, a surprisingly consistent storm pattern that can blanket Las Leñas with more than four feet of snow each year in early September, Extremely Canadian's one-week camps are equal parts guided ski trip, instruction, and international party. Formal drills and lessons are eschewed in favor of a follow-watch-and-learn style. Trips are limited to 20 people and are open to any advanced skier with off-piste aspirations. The group is further divided each day based on ambition and ability—a key attraction for couples or friends of varying skill who want to travel together. In spite of the ski-camp atmosphere, this trip bears no relation to camping: Evenings are spent lingering in the slopeside Escorpio Hotel over steak and local red wine.
Dates: August 26–September 2, September 2–9
Price: $3,014
Contact: 800-938-9656, www.extremelycanadian.com

Filed To: Downhill Skiing