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, making it a great option for North American or European skiers who experience mid-summer powder blues. And those 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.
Portillo Ski Resort
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!