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Ski Portillo Resort Reviews

by: B - 31st December 2010

  • 4
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Expert
  • 4All-Mtn. Terrain
  • 5Family Friendly
  • 4Aprés Ski
  • 3Terrain Park
  • Overall Value
lives up to most of the hype, great staff, good maintenance
dated, isolated, expensive, forced to stay 1wk, scary drive up!

Full review

echoing a lot of other reviews about the cruise ship vibe. to avoid this you can catch a roundtrip day bus from Las Condes in Santiago but it is a long ride (~3+ hours each way). the staff is great and the terrain is pretty much well maintained (especially for Chile) and the snow is said to be the best (although I think it's at La Parva). the views and environment are the most stunning of all the Chilean resorts, and the terrain the most severe in appearance - bring your camera. also a heads up that this is definitely kidville, although there's a lively party scene at night in contrast. but to be honest the whole facility is really dated-feeling, not as glamorous as expected. it's also very, very expensive for chile - not a great value at all considering the state of the facilities and on-mountain nickel and diming. overall the food's pretty lame, which normally wouldn't bug me but is important to know when as you're stuck for a whole week. there are also very few Chilean skiiers (although we did ski with the Chilean ski soldiers stationed at Argentine border) - we met mostly Brazilians. things to keep in mind: -ski the lake run in the morning and the back run in the afternoon to maximize vs sun/melt -wear a lot of sunscreen or cover up, the sun is brutal -in this part of Chile - try to ski straight through 10-2. any earlier is crusty, and at 2 it becomes slush o'clock -trails are barely marked - usually only a single metal stick with the color of the terrain difficulty -lodge is fine but a bit dated and very vertical, several levels to climb before you get to base lift -skiing above the treeline means goggles with good contrast are hugely important

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