If there’s a grandfather of South American skiing, Portillo’s it. Skiing came to the area as early as 1890, and Portillo served as host to the 1966 World Championships for alpine racing.Portillo’s very low humidity combined with a 9,350-foot base altitude assures an ideal climate for producing legendary dry snow. Those in search of unbeatable views will love the resort’s setting next to the breathtaking Inca Lake, its moon-like landscape of rock and snow and its close proximity to the Western Hemisphere’s tallest mountain, Aconcagua. Read more about Portillo>>>
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If you’re looking for a ski vacation like no other, something entirely different from the norm, you’ll want to look into Portillo. South America's best-known ski resort is set far above treeline in the desolate Andes mountains, which makes for a moon-like landscape of rock and snow. If there’s a grandfather of South American skiing, Portillo’s it. The resort has a storied ski history. Skiing came to the area as early as 1890, and Portillo served as host to the 1966 World Championships for alpine racing. Legend Jean Claude-Killy won his first gold that year.
Portillo’s very low humidity combined with a 9,350-foot base altitude assures a crisp climate producing legendary dry snow. hose in search of unbeatable views will love the resort’s setting next to the breathtaking Inca Lake, and its close proximity to the Western Hemisphere’s tallest mountain, Aconcagua.
A Portillo ski vacation is a top choice for vacationers looking for convenience, too. While Portillo may not be the easiest place to get to, once you're there you can relax and only worry about what time you're going to wake up and get yourself on the lift. Lodging, lift tickets and meals are included, so there’s really no need to ever leave the main base area hotel. The hotel offers one employee to every guest, so you can expect an incredibly attentive level of service on a Portillo ski vacation. And, since off-mountain activities are centered on the hotel, Portillo offers a fun and intimate après-ski scene. Everyone is friends after a week or two in Portillo.
From the simplest beginner’s area to awe-inspiring powder chutes, Portillo has a wide variety of slopes. Eighty percent of the Portillo skiing terrain is groomed daily, and because there are so few guests, experts can enjoy Portillo’s famous powder days without worrying about everything getting tracked out by mid-afternoon. Expert skiers can take on Portillo's ultimate thrill: climbing to the famed wilds of the resort’s hike-to, off-piste terrain. The route takes adventurous skiers and snowboarders above the base area lodge and up a 30-degree face to the statue of the Christ of the Andes, and down a nine-mile run. Ski trails spread in all directions and the lifts start right outside the hotel door, so you can just put on your skis and go!
The Birthday Bucket List Check OffI wanted to be skiing on my 60th birthday. Since it is in August I had go south. The whole trip was wonderful except for one thing, the snow. Unfortunately Portillo can't control that. Global warming seems to be a reality!
Like being on a cruise, but a LOT more fun!Upon arrival at the Hotel Portillo, everything is about service. In fact, their employee to guest ration is 1:1. You're greeted by smiling staff waiting to take your bags and make sure your check in is effortless. A stay at the Hotel is much like being on a cruise ship. Everything is pretty much self contained; dining, bars, game rooms, ski rental, outdoor pool surrounded by amazing scenery, fitness center, etc. etc. If you don’t want to go skiing one day, a Portillo representative will pack you a picnic basket with wine and cheese and take you on a scenic snowshoe around the Inca Lake. The skiing at Portillo is fantastic and, thanks to a 450 person per day limit, you never have to wait in a lift line –ever. Also, you don’t have to fight for first tracks. Stay in bed a little longer and relax at breakfast. Lifts are open until 4:30, so there’s no real rush. I think my favorite part of Portillo was the famous Poma lifts on the Roca Jack, Condor, Las Vizcachas and El Caracara runs. It’s not your typical Poma. Five people line up side by side and get taken to the top on a high-speed surface lift. The best part: there isn’t much of an unloading area and the slopes are steep. So…when you get to the top, you let go and have to find a way not to fly down the mountain going backwards. While it’s fun to do (and doesn’t take more than one try to get used to), it’s more fun to watch other people try it for the first time!