Portillo pushes back opening day by a week, World Cup a factor?

Posted By: The Ski Channel on June 17, 2010 8:29 am

Our South American skier friends might be a little disappointed today as the Chilean ski resort, Ski Portillo, who had previously announced plans to open June 19th, has officially pushed back their opening day. Unfortunately, the resort slightly jumped the gun after the initial storm that brought nearly two feet of snow to the area.

Even with the last couple of storms to hit the area thus far, the resort simply feels its current 23″ base is not enough to warrant opening just yet. The resort does feel confident however they will be ready to go one week from the previously scheduled opening day on June 26th.

Not good enough apparently…

Fortunately, Chilean skiers and boarders alike can ease the pain of this sombering news as Chile scored their first FIFA World Cup win in 48 years yesterday with a 1-0 shutout over Honduras. Perhaps the resort felt its numbers would be hurt knowing Chile’s national team still has upcoming group matches against upset specialists Switzerland, and the limping Spain?