Ski Portillo Chile or known simply as Portillo is a unique mountain resort located high in the Andes Mountains of Chile, 160 kilometers from Santiago.
The resort offers 3 lodges including the center of all activity, The Hotel Portillo as well as 2 smaller lodges, The Octagon Lodge and the Inca Lodge.
Portillo is an all inclusive resort where one prices pays for accommodation, lift passes, 4 meals daily as well as use of all the resort facilities.
Skiers and more recently snowboarders have been coming to Portillo since the resort first opened in 1949 and the resort has developed a very loyal clientele who come back year after year to enjoy fine skiing as well the camaraderie of the many international guests.
Winter enthusiasts can choose from 14 lifts that serve 35 named runs and endless off-piste opportunities.
The resort offers terrain for all levels of skiers and riders and offers an excellent ski school with multi lingual instructors.
Portillo should be on every skiers bucket list of Must Visit resorts.
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Portillo Mountain Stats:
Total Lifts: 14 lifts for no more than 450 guests
- 3 quad chairs
- 1 triple chair
- 1 double chair
- 4 va et vient “slingshot” lifts
- 5 pomas
There is never a lift line in Portillo. We limit the number of day tickets sold and with only 450 resort guests, it’s always smooth sailing on the mountain.
The famous Va et Vient (French for ‘come and go’) lifts were built by the Poma company for Portillo’s Roca Jack, Condor, Las Vizcachas and El Cara Cara runs. These runs are steep avalanche chutes, making the use of lift towers illogical. The Va et Vients are pulleys that are anchored to the mountain above which, by way of a specially designed attachment, pull 5 skiers up the mountain side by side at once. The Va et Vient lifts are recommended for expert skiers only and although they may seem intimidating at first are actually quite simple and fun once given a try.
Longest run: 1.5 miles
Altitude of Hotel: 9,450 feet
Altitude at highest ski point: 10,860 feet
Longest Run: 2 miles
Average annual snowfall:
Chance for beautiful weather: 80% sunny days
Ski -in, Ski – out access from hotel to slopes
Distance from Santiago: 102 miles (2 hours)