This is one of the oldest and most prestigious ski resorts in South America and it lies just 40 kilometers away from the base of Mount Aconcagua, the tallest peak in the southern hemisphere.
In the heart of the Andes Mountain Range, at 2,850 meters of height, Portillo ski resort –whose name stands for "narrow pass"- used to be the main crossing between Argentina and Chile. Ever since the first settlements, it used to be crossed on mule or horseback and then by the Trans-Andean train. Years later, the international route was inaugurated and the railway was canceled in the 1970s.
For everyone's delight, this region is characterized by its winter resort known by skiers from all over the world. It was here in Portillo where the famous skier Jean Claude Killy won his first gold medals during the 1966 World Ski Championship and where the world 200 km/h record was beaten on the Roca Jack trail.
The excellent trails with powder snow and the optimum conditions to practice ski and snowboarding make this one of the ideal centers to enjoy the winter season.
With over 10 lifts and about 20 excellent trails, the resort also features large spaces to practice off-piste ski.
Its ski school has had 4 Olympic champions as directors, as well as trained several skiers who won important competitions.
At present, everything revolves around the only accommodation venue in the area: Gran Hotel Portillo, which year after year is the site of encounter for skiers from all round the world who get together when the season begins.
How to Get There:
The resort lies 164 km away from the capital of Chile. Take Route 5 to the North and after 30 km, beyond the toll, take the detour into Route 57 heading for Los Andes. At this district, take the international road to El Portillo.
From Argentina, it is accessed through the City of Mendoza following the road signs and across the international pass.
From mid June to early October.
August is the month in which professional skiers train for the competitions.
The winter is pleasant, with temperatures over 0°C.
All ski and snowboarding disciplines.
Accommodation at the hotel, restaurants, equipment rental, ski school, daycare, gym, heated swimming-pool, shows, disco, etc.
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