Portillo is the oldest ski resort in South America, located in the province of Los Andes, in the region of Valparaiso (Chile). It is one of the main winter resorts of the country and within it have developed major international tournaments of snowboarding and skiing.
Located in Valparaíso Region, 164 km. away from Santiago and 2.860 mts. above mean sea level, Portillo Ski Resort is one of the oldest, most beautiful, and famous ski centers in our country. Amongst its highlights you can find a snow-making system, a lake called Laguna del Inca, and, of course, its ski runs, where many world records have been broken. With "snow powder" in its 23 fields, there is much more to this center than just skiing: heliskiing and snowboarding are the perfect choice for those who are looking for some more adrenaline. Portillo Ski Resort does not only offer magnificent runs and a beautiful environment in which to ski. Portillo Hotel has also made available a great variety of services to make your stay more relaxing and comfortable. These include a heated swimming pool, gym, sauna, restaurants, nursery, transportation, entertainment room, courts, cinema, and a ski school, among others.
Location: 210 km. east of Valparaíso. 80 km. east of Los Andes, Valparaíso Region. 164 kms. northeast of Santiago.
When to go: From mid-June to mid-October.
Highlights: Laguna del Inca, Tres Hermanos Hill
How to get there: From Santiago to Los Andes: leave Santiago through Ruta 5 Norte. After 30 km, having passed the tollgate, take the exit towards Los Andes (ruta 57). From then on (to Portillo), take the International road. During ski season, the use of snow chains is compulsory.
Activities: Skiing, snowboarding, heliskiing.
Services: Accommodation, food, transport, entertainment, internet café.
Surroundings: Cristo Redentor, Los Libertadores Border Crossing
Tío Bob´s, Barbecues: this restaurant offers stunning views of Laguna del Inca and the Andes surrounding it. For lunch you can have grilled meat and fish, a great variety of salads and the best options for vegetarians.
Portillo Dining Room, International: it is a spacious hall, with panoramic windows and an awesome view of the lake, where guests can feel at home, placing special orders, and inviting other guests to their tables.Portillo Ski School has a well deserved reputationn. Through its 50 years, this school has always had world class directors and instructors.
The school offers skiing and snowboarding lessons for beginners, and for more experienced skiers who just want to improve their technique. These lessons can be taken individually or in groups.
The school has designed a special program for children between 3 and 6 years, called: "Campamento para Niños" (Children's Camp), which consists of 2-hour lessons given from Sundays to Fridays.
The longest run in Portillo is 3.2km (2 miles). and the highest skiable point is 3,322 meters (10,896 ft.) above sea-level. Ten percent of the skiable area belong to runs which are graded easy, seventy percent to intermediate-advanced, and the remaining twenty percent is very difficult. The runs are marked with colors according to their level of difficulty: green is beginner and beginner-intermediate, blue is intermediate-advanced, and black is just for experts. Unlike green and blue, black tracks are not groomed everyday. Amongst the black runs, the most well-known is called "Roca de Jack", where the 200 k/h barrier was first broken. For those who enjoy the benefits of snow powder, some advanced tracks, such as La Garganta, Cóndor, and Roca de Jack, are left unotuched when the wheather conditions allow so. Those who like freeride skiing will find the perfect choice in the area by Roca Jack and Condor, provided this is done within the area guarded by the ski center, taking all the necessary precautions.
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Portillo is equipped with drag lifts, chair lifts, and va et vient ski lifts, with which skiers can move between tracks of different levels, going up to a maximum of 3,322 meters above sea level. In Portillo you can rent complete equipment both for skiing and snowboarding - skis, boots, boards and poles - by day or by week. In its shop you can acquire equipment, clothes, accessories and souvenirs, and also its own Portillo line of clothing and skiing devices.
The weather in the Metropolitan Region is temperate with rains in winter and very dry summers. The average annual temperature is around 20 ° C. In winter is around 8 ° C and in summer temperatures easily surpass 30 ° C. It’s important to be well hydrated and apply sunscreen
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