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Address: Camino Internacional Los Libertadores, Los Andes - Mendoza, Portillo, Chile
Phone Number:
+56 2 263 0606

Portillo is a ski resort located 100 miles from Santiago, Chile near the...

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.

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I am a novice skier and struggled with the ski part but coming here was a wonderful experience for the incredible natural beauty, the highest mountain range in the world outside... read more

Reviewed 25 December 2016
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 143 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 December 2016

I am a novice skier and struggled with the ski part but coming here was a wonderful experience for the incredible natural beauty, the highest mountain range in the world outside of the Himalayas and a beautiful lake. European ski instructors come here as the seasons are switched. My ski instructor was Austrian. It was great fun in the evenings... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 December 2016

Portillo is a very good place to ski and often has the best snow in Chile. Places a little further south like Nevados de Chilllan get more snow but Portillo has better quality powder and since the resort is located in a steep, sun protected valley Portillo usually has better late season conditions than other resorts in Chile. A big... More 

1 Thank Paco S
Newport Beach, California
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53 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 November 2016

Although you can day ski at Portillo in some higher snow years, day visits are often restricted during leaner snow years or busy hotel periods. I recommend calling before day visiting. Also, only parts of the hotel are open to day visitors. My review below includes details about Hotel Portillo as well. If you want to truly enjoy Portillo, I... More 

5 Thank Susan M
Santa Fe, New Mexico
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18 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 September 2016

The entire area is above treeline. Along with the great views of the surrounding mountains, lake and hotel, this means that visibility can drop to zero during storms. On our first day there we hired an instructor to show us "how to ski Portillo." Fortunately, it was our one stormy day of the week. We were the first people to... More 

Thank Elventhing
San Jose, Costa Rica
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101 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 September 2016 via mobile

A great place for a day trip from Santiago. The ski resort is amazing and the lake is beautiful. If you are not staying here you have very little to do since it really caters to the skiers.

Thank Jerry D
Santiago, Chile
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 August 2016 via mobile

Portillo is a very beautiful place, where you can take good pics of the mountains. Like a Ski Resort, there's some safety issues: some skilifts haven't signals to warn you about where and when you have to get down of the lift; is very complicated when you are a first timer in the place. Beside that, the tracks are good... More 

Thank Antonieta V
Santiago, Chile
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 August 2016

This weekend we went with my family to know (and skiing) to Portillo ski center. We heard about how beautiful it was, and it’s beautiful landscapes. Just arrived and my 4 year old daughter wanted to go to the bathroom (natural after more than 2 hours of traveling from Santiago), so we went to the ticketing area assuming there were... More 

3 Thank bgrino75
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Reviewed 11 August 2016

Her whole family had a blast skiing this area lots to do. Combination of groomed and un groom trails. Ski lifts and lift attendances are terrific! Slingshots take a little getting used to just remember to hold the Palma up high under you.

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Ascot, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 January 2016 via mobile

Took a full day trip from Santiago to the lake at Portillo (2 hour drive on good roads) . The ski resort was very quite in January. The lake view is stunning and there is a short walk for the more adventurous, who don't wishstay for lunch at the lodge.

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Andres V, Ski Portillo at Ski Portillo, responded to this review

Thanks for the visit Steve :) More 

Paris, France
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2,060 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 876 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 October 2015

I saw the resort in January, outside the ski season. Most places were closed. It is close to Santiago. It is a good place for skying.

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