I hate to give my first low review from my trip but I have to. Portillo is catered for skiers. Don't bother going here, especially if you're a snowboarder.
As far as what was good, they do an excellent job of grooming the trails with the minimal snow that they got. I cannot complain about the amount of snow because that's out of the resort's control. I will complain in regards to the fact that I read Portillo snow was going to be similar to that found in Colorado-I've been to CO and its no where near as good. It's more like East Coast conditions with frozen granular in the morning and slush by 12pm if the sun is out. Also, the food at Uncle Bob's was delicious although ridiculously expensive even for resort standards- $39 for 2 burgers, fries and 2 waters.
As for the "resort" the trails are no better than a small mountain in upstate NY. Yes, the views are far more beautiful but this is not the place for an advanced/expert skier/rider. I suppose I could have worked on riding switch because I was bored within 2 hours of riding here. Not to mention the amount of skating and walking a rider has to do because of the pitch between trails. AND the steepness getting off the chairlift causing a snowboarder to really practice skating fast downwards. And I can't even begin to describe how the t-bars are the only access to the steep stuff.
Visit here for the day to check out the oldest resort in South America. ONLY stay here for the week if you've for kids who are not very experienced-it's perfect for that. Just like a cruise ship with everything laid out for the week. It's best for families and should be avoided for serious skiers/riders. Choose Valle Nevado or La Parva instead.
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