Why You’ll Love Los Penitentes

penitentes-ski-resortThe Argentinean ski resort of Los Penitentes is located in Mendoza province, 112 miles from the region’s capital city of Mendoza. The resort has beautiful scenery with the highest peak in America looming over it. This is a medium sized resort, situated close to the bigger international resort of Portillo.

Los Penitentes has a good tourist infrastructure with accommodation to suit all budgets, including hotels, apartments and guesthouses, being available at the resort. Facilities at the resort include: a ski school with 30 instructors; kindergarten with childcare and babysitting options; snow garden; and a shopping centre.

The 28 ski runs available at Los Penitentes cover 740 acres of skiable territory. With a total length of 15 miles, the pistes at the resort are normally covered with compact powder snow. The slopes provide a good range of runs to suit skiers of different levels of ability. The seven chairlifts can transport up to 5,700 skiers an hour, while two snow cats and five snow cannons attend to the pistes, keeping them in good condition.

There are plenty of accommodation options for skiers at Los Penitentes. All of the 1,500 beds available are situated at the base of the slopes near the ski lifts. Room options cater to all budgets and preferences ranging from quality hotels to hostels and apartments. Families may like to try the apartments, which offer a little more space and comfort. Après ski activities are part of the charm of this resort, with a good atmosphere in the many restaurants and bars here. Alternatively, try the disco or pubs for a more lively experience.

Alternative ski areas near Los Penitentes can be found at the well-maintained Chilean resort of Portillo, 16 miles away, and at other regional resorts such as Las Lenas Ski Resort. For a day trip away from the slopes, the charming city of Mendoza holds many attractions, including the stunning Plaza de Independencia and the pedestrian-only street of Peatonal Sarmiento, while by night the city really comes alive with a full range of activities.