Portillo is 152 kilometers from Santiago, accessible
by a well maintained, four-season, paved road. The ski area
has 12 lifts, including 4 chairlifts. The top lift served elevation
is 3348 meters. The base elevation is 2590 meters. Because of
the high elevation, the powder is world class. There is also
a snowmaking system that covers a few long runs (most years
it's not needed, but it was very welcome during last year's
exceptionally dry season). Portillo has trails for all ability
levels and much off piste skiing. All skiing is above the treeline.
Snowboarders are welcome.
Portillo has an on-mountain full service hotel.
It combines the best of Chilean hospitality with American efficiency.
The Purcell family, originally from New York, has owned the
resort for the past several decades.
Each year several top world ski teams train on
Portillo's slopes. In the mornings, guests may watch the racers
as they train gates. In the afternoons, they may witness the
racers' off-piste skiing. In a heartbeat, the heavily regimented
competitors turn into free-spirited children in Portillo's extreme
playground. Portillo is also notable for its speed skiing exhibitions.
Several world speed record have been set on Portillo's Kilometro