Duration/Dates9 Days/8 Nights
Welcome to the Andes Mountains of Argentina, where the Chile ski trip of a lifetime awaits! Let Endless Turns handle all the details of your all-inclusive ski & snowboarding package to the Portillo Resort, just 2.5 hours Northeast of Santiago. This beautiful resort is located along the border of Argentina & Chile with Aconcagua Mountain as its backdrop (the highest mountain in the Western Hemisphere!). The resort sits high above the fertile grape growing valleys, which produce some of the best wines in the world. There are three hotels in Portillo, all of which offer incredible views of the picturesque Inca Lake. Portillo is well known for its steep chutes and vast bowl skiing, but there is great terrain for all ability levels. The Hotel Portillo is renowned for having some of the best international chefs in all of Chile! With a Portillo ski package, not only are you getting access to challenging yet fun slopes, you are also getting a cultural experience you will never forget. If you can’t wait any longer to hit the slopes, book your Chile ski trip today!
|Chair Lifts||14 Total 3 Quads, 1 triple, 1 double, 4 “slingshot” lifts, 5 surface lifts|
|Designated Runs||28 which equal 26 miles of terrain|
|Off-Piste & Backcountry||Great chute skiing if you are willing to hike for it, as well as some easy traverses to access the chutes which exit onto the Inca Lake (only when frozen!). Portillo is home to famous couloirs, such as the Super C and others, which are very long and steep.|
|Ability Levels (% of terrain)||Beginner-20% Intermediate-30% Advanced-20% Expert-30%|
|Average Annual Snowfall||24.6 feet / 7.5 meters|
|Snowmaking||Yes, the Palteau side of the mountain, but not the Laguna lift side.|
|Skiing & Snowboarding||Allowed|
|Terrain Park||No (no half pipe either)|
|Elevations||Vertical Drop: 2,664 feet (812 meters) – Top Elevation: 10,860 feet (3,310 meters) – Bottom Elevation: 8,196 feet (2,498 meters)|
|Getting There||Flights into Santiago de Chile, then transfer to the mountain (2.5 hours-102 miles)|
Current Weather Provide By: Portillo Resort Forecast – http://www.snow-forecast.com/resorts/Portillo/6day/top
The season in Portillo is from late June through early October (weather dependent). Since Portillo is located high in the Andes and in a box like canyon, storms stay for days, delivering several feet each storm. Portillo can have great snow through October in their best seasons. The snow here is comparable to snow in Utah in the States, or the high resorts throughout the Alps.
Portillo is a fun mountain for everyone, with long groomed runs to powder-filled chutes that run out across the Inca Lake. There are bowls & endless bumps to keep those knees in check. If off-piste and backcountry terrain is what you like, there are many options to challenge even an expert skier. Feeling like an adventure, then try Portillo’s heli-skiing operation and be whisked off to the massive terrain near the famous Aconcagua Mountain.
Accommodations & Cuisine
The Hotel Portillo is one of the nicest hotels in all of South America, redefining the 5-star hotel! Not to mention the incredible Chilean cuisine that is served up daily. At Portillo you will not go hungry, as there are 4 meals a day. Whether you fancy sea bass or a nice carne, Portillo is the place. Many skiers come to Portillo for their fine food and accommodations, only to discover that the terrain is equally as good!
While Portillo Village is not large , it has some very lively bars with friendly locals that make you feel like a life long friend! The resort has a very laidback vibe, which makes it easy to meet fellow skiers and locals alike.