Resort Profile: Portillo

By adamrowden, 20 Jul '12 at 09:28

Portillo, the ski resort in Chile, is the most famous and oldest ski resort in South America and it is well known for its extraordinary beauty and its truly world class skiing and snowboarding. It really is a unique and wonderful resort, that you should make a real effort to experience.

Portillo doesn’t have any shopping areas or high-priced tickets, and it is a resort that lacks any ego. It has a pleasant and warm atmosphere as well as plenty of elegance. When it comes to the world of skiing, Portillo has a rich history. The famous skier Jean-Claude Killy won his first gold medals in Portillo in the 1966 World Championships.

Located on the edge of Inca Lake in a truly gorgeous setting, Portillo is 100 percent above tree line. Portillo is revered by advanced/expert skiers for its steep, off-piste terrain and good hiking, and powder that can last for days. The ambiance lends itself to a lot of camaraderie, and the focus is as much on skiing and snowboarding as life off the slopes.

The snow is always good in this resort and the off-piste is great. If you are up for some hiking then Portillo has some unrivaled powder on some challenging and steep drops that are sure to please expert skiers and snowboarders. The steep and powdery Primavera Run is one of the most impressive in the region and is one that you should most definitely check out.

Portillo is a family friendly resort that has a great layout for beginners. So, even though the slopes and off-piste are great for expert skiers and snowboarders, the resort is also ace for families and beginners. Portillo plays host to one of the best ski schools in South America and there are also numerous activities for adults and kids for all ages.

The Highlights


- No ego
- Some of the best bluebird spring conditions in Chile
- Rich history
- Authentic resort
- Warm and friendly atmosphere
- Legendary advanced and expert runs
- Truly brilliant off-piste terrain

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