Portillo

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Resort Summary
Resort Name Ski Portillo
Location Chile
Resort Altitude 9450ft-10860ft
Winter Season July - October
Terrain Overall: 35 runs
Beginner: 15%
Intermediate: 30%
Advanced: 55%
Lift System Chairlifts, 4/5 person pomas
Highest Lift
Lowest Lift
Vertical 1410ft
Longest Run
Avg Snowfall 27.2ft
Terrain Parks none
Snow Sports
Facilities
Nearest Town Los Andes
Lift Pass
Adult 5 Day $na
Adult 1 Day $33000pesos
Child 5 Day $na
Child 1 Day $22000pesos


Overview 

Come here for the off-piste and backcountry. And for late nights in the bar and disco.

Location

On the Chilean/ Argentinian border. Nearest city Santiago (2-3hrs)

Pros

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.

Cons

Isolated. Cruise ship atmosphere at times (can be fun!). Limited piste runs.

Contacts

http://www.skiportillo.com/ingles/

Planning

Getting There

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.


Accommodation

On Mountain

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.

Off Mountain

None to speak of.

Lift Tickets

Day passes available. Multi day passes included in accommodation price.

Ski School

English and Spanish speaking instructors. A mix of locals and Americans.

Equipment Hire

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.


Resort Facilities

Getting Around

Walk or ski. There is only a few buildings...

Parking

Available.

Activities

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


Dining

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.

Shopping

1 shop with general ski gear, Portillo merchandise

Children

Kids appear to be well catered for, with games rooms, kids ski classes, and evening activities.


Ride Guide

Beginner Areas

Magic carpet for kids. Double chair accessed beginner slopes.

Groomed Runs

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.

Off Piste

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.

Cross Country

Not really. It's all about the steeps here.

Parks & Pipes

Nope. This is an powder skiing resort.

Bumps

Not really.

Powder Zones

Everywhere.

Sheltered Runs

Yes. Limited.

Snowplay

na

Other

Weather

It's the high Andes. Cold and dry. Bring your lip balm!

Geography

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!

History

http://www.skiportillo.com/ingles/portillo_history


Resources

http://www.skiportillo.com/ingles/ http://www.powderhounds.com/SouthAmerica/Chile/Portillo.aspx

Maps

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