Portillo is the most ancient and probably the most prestigious ski resort in South America. Only 40 kilometers separate it from the base of Mount Aconcagua, the highest peak in the Southern hemisphere. In the very heart of the Andes Mountain Range, 2,850 meters over sea level, Portillo or “narrow path” was the main pass between Argentina and Chile, first crossed by mules and horses and then by the trans-Andean train, which made one of the most spectacular tours on railways. After the international route was inaugurated, the train journeys were discontinued during the 1970’s, thus losing this marvelous experience.
Ski weeks in Portillo are designed to allow guests the opportunity to ski, relax, let go of worry and enjoy their ski resort experience as it is nowhere else in the world. Portillo is a place free of commercial expansion and distractions. There is no town, no shopping centers and no Starbucks. There is one big yellow hotel, one beautiful ski mountain, 400 guests, and 450 energetic and smiling employees to ensure a care-free vacation for our guests.
Ski Portillo is ranked as one of the top 10 ski resorts in the world by Ski Magazine, Warren Miller Entertainment, and the Travel Channel.
Portillo’s expert runs are so steep that they require a special, two-of-a-kind lift. Skiers and boarders can traverse to unbelievable terrain such as the steep, powdery Primavera Run. It was on one of these expert runs that the 200km speed barrier was broken.
Portillo’s skiers are left in bliss with endless untracked powder, often for days, and also has some of the best bluebird spring conditions we have seen.
Days are yours, free to explore the open slopes with your guides, via the 13 chair lifts, hiking the “Super C” and other chutes above the mystical Inca Lake.
Portillo is located 164 kilometers from Santiago, or approximately 2 hours by car. The road to Portillo is scenic and safe. During the last 60 years, Portillo has gained a reputation for being one of the most unique ski and snowboard areas of the world. Enthusiasts of all levels, from beginners to experts, can enjoy Portillo.
Portillo Top Charming Service
Portillo not only strives to provide the best skiing possible, but also prides itself on its service. They have better than a 1:1 staff to guest ratio and make it their duty to personalize the service down to the most minor detail.
You may be surprised at first when your waiter has your favorite breakfast dish waiting for you when you enter the dining room, or when the boot check guy grabs your shoes without seeing your ticket. But you’ll get used to it. If you’re in a bind and need a seam stitched up or a button sewn back on, a housekeeper can help – they live on each floor. And when you find yourself chatting about snow conditions with the Owner and General Manager on welcome night, you will know that this ski vacation is going to be something unique and special. Their great service runs throughout their staff and management.
Lastly, as a rule of thumb in Portillo, if you need anything just ask. You will always find a smiling face eager to help.
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