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“It's Been On My Bucket List For A Long TIme”
Review of Ski Portillo

Ski Portillo
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Owner description: Portillo is a ski resort located 100 miles from Santiago, Chile near the city of Los Andes. Beneath imposing mountains, Portillo rises from 2880 meters above sea level to its highest point 3332 meters with 23 ski trails and 12 lifts. Portillo is the oldest ski area in South America, and its history holds an important place in the legend of skiing. Over the past 50 years, Portillo has gained a reputation as an excellent destination for skiers and boarders. Practicing ski sports in Portillo is a very popular activity among people from all around the world.
Reviewed 23 August 2013

As an avid skier, Portillo has been on my bucket list for a long time. The hotel, the amenities, the staff and the food are all top notch. Especially the food and the dining room staff.
Be prepared to be spoiled. And I'm not just talking about the 3 course lunch and dinners. I'm talking about Enrique in the boot storage, who always seemed to know when I would arrive and the very attentive ski check staff. This is the ultimate ski in and ski out resort.

The only downside to Portillo is the limited terrain for beginner and intermediate skiers. There is very little. As a matter of fact, if you ski mainly blues and greens, you can cover the whole resort in a half of a day. Since most people stay at Portillo for a week, it might night be worth it, if you are not an expert skier.
The other draw back is the location, right next to a major road between Argentina and Chile. I had the impression that this was a remote, quiet location. There semi trailer truck traffic is non stop. One of the lifts even carries you over the road and the traffic.

The amenities of the hotel and the attention the guests receive is amazing. For myself, that overshadowed the limited terrain that we encountered.

Thank TravelWithHawkeye
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Reviewed 8 August 2013

Service in the hotel is fantastic (waiters and ski/boot concierge will know you by your name after the first day). The hotel is very cozy. Rooms are small and the (little) furniture is very cheap. But it does not compromise the hotel environment (you really feel at home). Ski wise the lifts and runs are limited, but there are no lines whatsoever. There are some very good runs and there is some variety in the terrain. For small kids it is a fantastic place as there are lots of kids, there is a lot of activities (ex-skiing) for them and they have a lot of independence from parents. The food is good, the pool is great, and it is a very fun place for the whole family. It is a little expensive though...

2  Thank STIM_Brazil
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Reviewed 3 August 2013

I came for the first time in 2012 and loved it. Now it is better. Rooms have been remodeled and are really nice. They were OK last year. Now it is comfortable. I also have a lakeview this year (see photo taken from my window) versus a parking lot view last year. Staff are the same and that is a plus as the staff here really like their jobs and try hard and are geuninely great. There is more snow this year than last too. What else do you want. Oh of course, free wireless Internet - I am using that and have my Blackberry and my iPhone connected too. You do need to book for a full week (Saturday to Saturday) but that is OK, the crowd here is fun - mix of Brazilian, Argentine, Chilean and U.S. / Europe. Good mix.

2  Thank Happy_on_the_road
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Reviewed 29 July 2013

Resorts I have been too: Killington, Okemo, Breckinridge, Whistler, Tremblant, El Colorado, Valle Nevado, La Parva
There are 2 lodging options for this resort. Stay at the resort hotel for a week (the minimum amount of time a guest can book the hotel for) or stay in a hotel 45 minutes away. The problem with these 2 options is that the longest trail takes 3 minutes to ride. So unless you are willing to ride each trail 234 times during a week or decide to drive 1 hour to ride each trail 40 plus times, you should stay away. Go to El Colorado and La Parva.

Thank Denisbrazil
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Reviewed 29 July 2013 via mobile

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.

2  Thank JenABrazil
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