There's more than one reason to hit the Andean slopes this summer: Portillo, the world-famous resort located two hours from Santiago, Chile, will host a range of theme weeks guaranteed to add a little bang to your buck. All themed weeks are FREE for guests who book an all-inclusive Ski Week.
Foodies won't want to miss Gastronomic Week from June 30 to July 7, with gourmet evening meals prepared by rotating chefs from Santiago's top restaurants. Bring the kids from July 7 to 28 for Family Weeks and a host of activities specially designed for strengthening family ties.
Portillo celebrates the great outdoors from July 28 to Aug. 4 with a Mountain Fest, which includes a three-night screening of the Banff Film Festival and the "Portillo Ice Climbing Fest." Chile's wine industry will be celebrated with tastings, wine classes and more from Aug. 4 to Aug. 11 during the 6th Annual Wine Week. The popularity of this event has grown so fast that they've added the Après Ski Wine Week from Sept. 1 to 8, with wine tastings, classes and après ski parties.
Get in shape from Aug. 25 to Sept. 1 with Portillo's new Fitness Week. Guests are invited to participate in daily activities and lectures given by Lisa Marie Mercer, owner of Mountain Sport Pilates and Fitness in Frisco, CO.
For more information, contact Portillo at 800/829-5325; www.skiportillo.com.