Where . . . Portillo, Chile

Resort stats and snowfall . . . Portillo (2512m/8241ft) is South America's oldest ski resort. It has 45 kilometres of pistes accessed by 14 lifts (drags and chairs) and offers a skiable height of 3348 metres (10984ft). Portillo's owners have strived to keep the resort small and intimate. In fact one of its biggest selling points is that there is no town, just one hotel which accommodates 450 people at a time, meaning there are rarely any lift queues and pistes do not suffer from over-crowding.

Portillo offers something for all levels, from well-groomed beginner and intermediate runs to steep, powder-packed off-piste. The resort's high altitude means good snow conditions and skiing back to your accommodation is often possible. Portillo has played host to the World Championships and the World Speed Trials.

When to go . . . Mid-June to early October

Ski lessons . . . Portillo's ski and snowboard school is equipped with certified instructors, coaches, and trainers. Classes can be custom-designed for your needs.

Lodging . . . There is one hotel, Hotel Portillo, with 400 beds, so book ahead.

Apres-ski . . . The hotel has a heated outdoor pool, gymnasium, cinema, bar, and disco.

Ski pass prices . . . 30,000CLP one day; 131,000CLP seven days (Chile Peso)

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