Cody Forest Doucette shoots sketchy scrambles and sweet powder runs on a ski trip to Argentina.

By Cody Forest Doucette

A few weeks ago, I was invited on a trip to Las Leñas, high in the Argentine Andes. Nature was not on our side, and we were greeted with unseasonably high temperatures and a thin, rapidly vanishing snowpack. With the lift-accessible terrain a thin, refrozen mess, it was a simple decision to head up.

Our efforts paid off when, 12,500 feet up in one of the most spectacular geological arenas I had ever seen, we found what we had come south looking for.

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1. On a ridge just above 12,000 feet, we got our first view of the Torrecillas spires and the incredible terrain beneath them that we would be lucky enough to get to ski.

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2. Climbing through steep, loose shale is always an exercise in humility. You inevitably lose half of what you gain with each step, as the rock crumbles and falls away beneath you.

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3. Hiking up an exposed, rocky slope.

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4. A trickier-than-it-looks traverse across the loose shale.

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5. Nice view from the same ridge.

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6. Nearing the top.

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7. The way down the ridge is much easier than the way up.

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9. Carving turns in the powder below the ridgeline

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11. A skier navigates the spines.

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14. The sun sets behind the Torrecillas.