Portillo is the location for summer season training camps by Northern hemisphere skiing teams.
Saskia, Original Traveller
Just two hour's drive from the capital Santiago, Portillo is the finest ski resort in Latin America, with a majestic Andean setting and superb powder conditions.
Best Time To Visit
Jul - Sep
Flight from London
GMT -4 hrs
Portillo is unique because there is no town and only one hotel of note. This has been South America's premier destination ski resort for more than 50 years.
The skiing is predictably excellent, with lengthy runs to suit all abilities and some of the finest powder conditions around. Thanks to a strict policy of only allowing 450 people on to the slopes on any one day, there are never queues at the lifts. The lift system itself consists of 14 lifts (including five chairlifts), and for the more adventurous skier, the unique Va et Vient lifts allow access to the high avalanche couloirs across the Roca Jack and the Condor slopes with their open-slope powder skiing.
Add in world class service and facilities and this is a resort experience that leaves many in Europe found wanting.