To many in racing, Portillo is known as an off-season training destination—many national ski teams use it for summer training. But it’s also an off-season destination for regular skiers.
There are many reasons for venturing down to the southern hemisphere. For one, the Andes mountains are gigantic. The base elevation at Portillo is 9,350 feet. The BASE! This means dry air and light, light powder snow. And eerie, above the treeline scenery and topography.
The altitude also means you want to take your time getting there. I’m told you DO NOT want to get altitude sickness, so getting acclimatized is a good idea.
Surprisingly (to me, at any rate) 80% of Portillo’s terrain is groomed daily. And because there are just fewer visitors to the resort, the powder can last. For experts, there’s also off-piste powder you can hike to, and powder chutes to ski.
Click in the red navigation bar above. You’ll find a selection of skier-point-of-view (POV) videos of Portillo runs, so you can try a few before you go.
Go ahead. Find your mountain.
This is the Portillo Trail Map.
This is a Portillo promo video…