People that die from avalanches shouldn't be called "noobs." Even if its between two groomers. Some of the most experienced have died in that scenario.
Anyways, the fact is Las Lenas has extremely dangerous terrain for in bounds and out of bounds avalanche potential. Very Exposed. The resort was built in the 80's with very little thought. Nothing compares to LL in South America. Not even close.
Argentines also aren't really known for getting after it off the groomers. Skiing is more of a status thing rather than an adventurous vacation for Argentines. Wake up at 11, go take a groomer, take a photo next to a LL sign so they can prove to their buddy back in Buenos Aires that they went there, then head to the bar.
So when they built the resort they were not thinking about all the terrain that they would have to deal with. They werent thinkin that a bunch of others from around the world would come just to ski the knarly shit. It has gotten better but back in the day in it was crazy. The patrol was very green. They would blast with guns and then open it up hoping it worked rather than skiing it themselves first. Things have changed with more years of incidences to gain knowledge from. Still to this day LL is a loose resort.
With that being said take all that avy gear you bought and learn how to use it. Great opportunity. Don’t be afraid to grab a few books and read them a few times with your buddies so you are all on the same page. It may seem uncool at times but if you’re going to ski this type of terrain it is crucial you know your shit. Speaking up and having a willingness to learn is important. Practice your beacon drills all the time, even when you think you have it mastered. Learn how to read terrain, take it slow, and never say fuck it and hope for the best. Use others around you that have more experience, but don’t just follow other tracks thinking that its all good because someone else went that way.
It can be an intimidating resort wants the Marte opens. There will be some big name big mountain skier from all over the world hanging out down there. Don’t get intimated by it, just learn from it and have fun. There is plenty to do. Bring your avy gear out every day even if your going to build a booter. The terrain above you that your not even skiing can take you out They have a ton of accidents with skiers skiing on top of one another. The terrain starts high and runs a long ways before it stops. Good Luck!
Of course having a friend thats an avy wiz would be nice. And taking a Avy 1 course would be great as well. But these guys are going down there now. I was trying to just give them a little heads up on what they could do before they get there in the next weeks. Your basically saying don't go unless you have all these skills.
You mention that nobody should go into the backcountry their first time alone. I don't think they were planning on that. But you have to understand that when you get to the top of the Marte lift weather its in bounds or out it dosen't matter. The inbounds terrain is actually just as if not more scary than the backcountry there. I think its a bad idea to tell someone that its all good if you stay in bounds when talking about LL. When the Marte opens its all serious shit. Every direction except the groomer.
I did also mention something about hooking up with others that know, to not follow tracks, and to not say fuck it and just go for it. Once you get into some of those zones there is no real way out other than up. Then you might even be at more risk by hiking back up a avy path.
One thing they could also do is hire a guide.