Come here for the off-piste and backcountry. And for late nights in the bar and disco.
- 1 Location
- 2 Pros
- 3 Cons
- 4 Contacts
- 5 Planning
- 6 Resort Facilities
- 7 Ride Guide
- 8 Other
- 9 Resources
On the Chilean/ Argentinian border. Nearest city Santiago (2-3hrs)
Amazing lift accessed off-piste. Amazing backcountry accessed by long, steep hikes. Leave your skins at home for this one, bootpacking only. Wild night life.
Isolated. Cruise ship atmosphere at times (can be fun!). Limited piste runs.
Bus or minivan from Santiago. If you have a day or two in Santiago then head to the bus station to orgainise transport. It's cheap. Portillo can organise transport if required, at a cost... http://www.skiportillo.com/ingles/gettingto_portillo The resort is on the main trans-continental highway between Chile and Argentina, leading to occasional serious delays due to truck traffic. Road closures due to weather fairly common.
Single resort operation. Varying levels of acommodation accordingly to budget. Cheapest are 4 bed bunk rooms 20m from the main hotel. All hotel facilities are available to all patrons.
None to speak of.
Day passes available. Multi day passes included in accommodation price.
English and Spanish speaking instructors. A mix of locals and Americans.
Available but limited. http://www.skiportillo.com/ingles/prices_list
Repair shop very competent. You will need this if you ski off piste! Around US$50 for a full tune.
Walk or ski. There is only a few buildings...
Outdoor pool - great view! Weights and Cardio Gym Games room (table tennis, pool tables, fussball) Basketball/ indoor soccer court\ Yoga and stretching Sauna and massage room Beauty salon Internet cafe Health clinic
Buffet for budget patrons. A-la-carte restaurant for more expensive options.
Bars & Entertainment
Lounge with coffee and tea with daily live performances apres ski. Bar with evening piano performance and live band until midnight. Midnight until late disco in the sports bar. Cinema with films and talks each evening.
1 shop with general ski gear, Portillo merchandise
Kids appear to be well catered for, with games rooms, kids ski classes, and evening activities.
Magic carpet for kids. Double chair accessed beginner slopes.
Two main groomers. One short and steep, the other long and moderate. Both accessed by chairlifts. Several shorter groomers. Several countries send their Olympic ski teams here for off-season training.
Extensive. Accessed mainly by 4 or 5 person slingshot pomas, which are an experience in themselves! Generally avalanche controlled.
Out of Bounds
Amazing. Steep. As extreme as you want to go. Super C couloir is a classic when rideable. 2 -4 hour hike depending on conditions. Several other options on different aspects. Heli-skiing also available.
Not really. It's all about the steeps here.
Parks & Pipes
Nope. This is an powder skiing resort.
It's the high Andes. Cold and dry. Bring your lip balm!
Above the tree line. In a valley adjacent to Lake Inca. Hike a little above Roca Jack poma and Aconcagua comes into view. Remember to look out for Condors on the way up to the resort. Condors circling means a storm is coming!