Ski Portillo leads off South American ski season in style

Posted By: The Ski Channel on June 24, 2010 3:19 pm

Does your ski resort have 16″ of fresh right now like Ski Portillo?

An impressive number of early season storms have already moved through Chile this winter, and in the process have dropped nearly six feet of snow on Ski Portillo, the premier ski resort in all of South America.

After postponing opening day for a week, Ski Portillo has been rewarded with an extra 16 inches of fresh snow last night, which will make for an incredible opening weekend as Ski Portillo loads chairlifts on Saturday, June 26th.

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It’s often a lonely island while at Ski Portillo, and that’s a good thing…

Located approximately two hours from Chile’s capital, Santiago, and accessible via direct flights from numerous North American cities, Portillo is the perfect South American ski destination. Combining breathtaking views of the Laguna del Inca in the shadows of the Andes highest peaks, world-class skiing and snowboarding, and excellent service with a 1:1 guest to employee ratio, Portillo delivers an unsurpassed experience, rich in cultural, athletic and community spirit.

One of the best features of the resort is that it only accommodates 450 guests per week, thereby minimizing crowds and lift lines and allowing guests to feel like they’re skiing at their own private Andean resort.

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You could find many “chairways to heaven” at Ski Portillo as you’ll be so high into the clouds

Ski Portillo features 14 lifts and the terrain caters to skiers of all abilities. For beginners and first-time skiers or snowboarders, Portillo’s ski and snowboard school features the world’s finest instructors – nearly 100 percent instruct year-round. While less-experienced guests will find wide-open and uncrowded beginner slopes, Portillo is famed for its steeps, and the area is surrounded by easily accessible backcountry terrain.

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Treat yourself to a soak after a long day on the slopes, it’s all included

Often compared to as the “cruise ship high in the Andes,” Portillo is a luxury all-inclusive resort, with ski weeks including the following: seven nights lodging, four meals per day (breakfast, lunch, tea and dinner), lift tickets, and access to everything the resort has to offer.

Portillo’s all-inclusive complimentary offerings also include use of the pool and hot tubs overlooking the Laguna del Inca, the fitness center, gymnasium, aerobics and yoga classes, cinema, game room, children’s activities, the daycare center (complimentary for children three to seven years old), the disco bar, ski and boot check and timed race courses.

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Step into the lap of luxury at the Hotel Portillo (pictured right)

Accommodations at Ski Portillo are myriad, and each lodging option offers different advantages for couples, families with children and groups of friends. The famous yellow-hued Hotel Portillo offers the ultimate in South American luxury and convenience. Guests can choose from valley-view or lake-view double units, or family apartments accommodating up to six guests. The Octagon Lodge offers rooms with two bunk beds (four guests) and a private bathroom, and the no-frills Inca Lodge offers smaller rooms consisting of two sets of bunk beds with communal bathrooms.

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Conquering these peaks during Superstars Week will be a breeze with Mr. 14 aka pro skier Chris Davenport

Before you book your trip to Ski Portillo, perhaps consider coming for one of the numerous specially themed weeks, many of which are offered at no additional cost to guests. The annual Chilean Wine Fest (Aug. 28 – Sept. 5) which still has availability, is offered at no additional cost and brings Chile’s finest winemakers directly to guests, offering personally crafted tastings and educational sessions in the comfort of Hotel Portillo.

In addition, renowned athletes offer special weeks, including extreme skiing champion Chris Davenport. He offers his annual Ski with the Superstars Week, taking place Aug. 14-21, 2010, where participants learn from some of the most decorated extreme skiers on Portillo’s steep terrain. From July 24-31, 2010, the Portillo Big Mountain Telemark Camp takes place at Ski Portillo.

Former U.S. Ski Team member Kim Reichhelm will again offer her Kim Reichhelm Ski Adventure at Portillo, occurring Aug. 7-14, 2010. Other on-mountain learning opportunities include the NASTC (North American Ski Training Center) camp, celebrating its 17th season at Portillo, and taking place Aug. 14-21, 2010. The eighth annual Clendenin Ski Method Portillo Camp will take place Sept. 4-11, 2010.

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Just a taste of what’s to come this season at Ski Portillo

The 2010 Portillo season runs from June 26 – Oct. 2, 2010. Prices begin at $1,590 for a ski week at Hotel Portillo or $990 at the Octagon Lodge, located steps from Hotel Portillo. For reservations, call 1.800.829.5325, or emailreservas@skiportillo.com. More information on Ski Portillo is also available at www.SkiPortillo.com, on Facebook or on Twitter @skiportillo.

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