If you are traveling to Las Lenas ski resort this season, don’t forget your ski helmet or you will be stuck on the groomers. As of 2017, skiers and snowboarders heading off piste or into the legendary Las Lenas backcountry accessed via the resort’s ski lifts are required to wear a certified snow helmet.
The Andean resort has enforced ski helmets for children under 12 years old for several ski seasons now, but will become Argentina’s first ski area to enforce the use for adults when skiing outside of the 30 marked groomed trails.
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Off Piste Skiing in Las Lenas
The off-piste and backcountry skiing and snowboarding possibilities in Las Lenas are some of the best on the planet. A helmet along with proper avalanche safety equipment (digital avalanche transceiver, shovel and probe), a well chosen partner and a solid plan are paramount. Joining a guided adventure with certified ski guides is a great way to explore deeper into the Las Lenas terrain that has put the resort on the map as one the best freeride meccas in the Andes.
When planning on skiing out of bounds in Las Lenas you are required to check in with ski patrol at their stations located around the mountain or at the base area of the resort. Helmet use will be enforced as of the 2017 ski season scheduled to begin in June.
Suggestions for Buying a New Ski or Snowboard Specific Helmet
With the new helmet rule in place in Las Lenas and other ski areas around the world, it’s a good idea to consider buying your first helmet or upgrading the old head bucket.
PowderQuest guides have been using Smith Optics Helmets for years. Why? Well, Smith has supported PowderQuest since the late 1990’s. But even without the support, we would still be using their helmet and goggle combo. They are comfortable, light, good looking, keep you warm, and work really well in all conditions. If you are looking for a new helmet, check out Smith Optics. Here are a few of our favorites along with some affiliate links to more details and where to buy online.
Smith Vantage Snow Helmet This has been our guides go to head protection since it was designed. It’s just one of the few helmets out there I have put on and forgotten I was wearing a helmet. It keeps you warm and also cool with over 20 vents that easily close and open with the flick of a switch. Outstanding fit with Smith Goggles and the Boa system keeps it snug and secure. Removable ear pads. 500 grams Shop Now
Smith Maze Snow Helmet This is most likely the lightest certified snow helmet you can buy. If weight and clean design are important, this is a great helmet to own. Ideal for backcountry as it weighs only 350 grams yet packs a punch for safety, quality air flow, and fit. Removable ear pads. Shop Now
Smith Quantum Snow Helmet Smith Optics newest release and a great helmet to consider when going to Las Lenas or skiing bigger terrain. In fact, Smith Optics picked Las Lenas to do their product shoot in 2016 to capture images of skiers like Sage Cattabriga-Alosa in action with the new Quantum. It is on the heavier side compared to the Maze, but provides additional side impact protection. If you ride bigger terrain at speed, this is a good option. 22 air vents and removable ear pads. 595 grams Shop Now