International ski resort in a majestic Andean setting.
Portillo has been South America’s premier destination ski resort for more than 50 years. Located high in the majestic Andes at the edge of the Lake of the Incas, Portillo is known for spectacular scenery, extrordinary terrain and superb hotel ambiance. Just two hours from Santiago via a modern highway, Portillo has just one grand hotel and feels almost like a private club. The resort has a capacity of 450 guests offering ski-in/ski-out facilities, uncrowded slopes and no lift lines.
The terrain surrounding Portillo is unsurpassed for heliskiing. Lama helicopters enable landing at elevations of up to 14,000 feet/5,000 meters where the snow is excellent. Runs average 2,400 vertical feet/730 meters and many runs are over 4,000 vertical feet/1,215 meters. There are at least six different valleys characterized by alpine bowls, couloirs, and big mountain faces. Heliski guests are rewarded with beautiful glacier views and stunning peaks including Aconcagua, the highest summit in the Americas at 22,841 feet/6,950 meters.
The ski school instructors, under the direction of Mike Rogan, are a select group of accredited, experienced and multilingual professionals selected from the best ski schools in the Northern Hemisphere.
Mountain Details & Stats:
The ski area is located 9,350 feet above sea level between Santiago, Chile, and Mendoza, Argentina. Portillo is 100% above the tree line. Skiers are served by 12 ski lifts, including 1 Quad, 1 Triple, 2 Double, and 8 surface lifts. Terrain is 24% easy, 33% advanced and 43% difficult or very difficult. While most easy and advanced terrain is groomed on a daily basis, most difficult terrain is generally natural snowpack. The Plateau, Escuela 2, Las Lomas and Escuela 3 lifts are served by a fully-integrated snowmaking system.
Grand Hotel Portillo:
Portillo rooms are cozy and feature simple decoration. Room variety includes; doubles, family apartments and suites, with a view of the valley or the lake. While the mountain view from the valley side is beautiful, the lake view is spectacular. Rooms do not have TV, however TV can be viewed in the cinema and disco at designated hours. The housekeeping staff helps with whatever you need, whether it is a band-aid, laundry or a mending job. Housekeepers live on each floor.
The hotel also features a heated outdoor pool, fully equipped gym, sauna, massage, full-court gymnasium, cyber cafe, game room, restaurant, bar and disco. Prices include lodging, lift tickets, four meals per day and access to all facilities.