I spent a week in late August, 2010 spring skiing with my parents in Portillo, Chile.
Unfortunately this year of ‘La Nina’ meant no snow for this hotel ski resort two hours from Santiago de Chile. Powder or no powder, Spring skiing is still my favorite skiing. We enjoyed plenty of sunshine as we carved some turns on hard packed freshly groomed snow. Portillo’s pistas, or runs were long and wide, ideal for skiers of all levels. Long chairlift rides carry skiers and boarders safely over jagged rocks and a freeway. For the more advanced skiers, four-seater high-speed rope tows give a quick slingshot like trip to higher, steeper, ungroomed parts of the mountain.
The resort hosts weekly races every Thursday for all guests to participate. The slopes attract ski teams for extra training in the off season. The German ski team happened to be there during the same week as our visit.
It was one of the best ski trips ever. The facilities were beautiful, from the mountain lake view, the ski-out entrance to the lodge, the service in the dining room was lovely. I can’t wait to go back.