Where Does Portillo Land on YOUR List?

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Over the years, Ski Portillo has landed on more than a few “Top” lists from various media outlets. From top 17 hot tubs to top 100 runs to top nine après bars, there are multiple aspects of Portillo that catch the eye of visiting journalists. We love all of the top list hits, but it wasn’t until we sat down and put the list together that we realized it was time to share some of the best accolades so you can brag to your friends, too. We’d also love you hear YOUR lists. Leave us a comment about where Portillo ranks on your list of best… anything! Can’t wait to hear from you.



CNN Travel – 100 best ski runs in the world: http://www.cnn.com/travel/article/worlds-best-ski-runs/index.html
We made the list at number 52 with CNN recognizing the Roca Jack run. They call it a run for vistas and we agree! Here’s what they say:

52. Roca Jack, Portillo, Chile
One of the South America’s best resorts, Portillo on the dramatic Inca Lagoon, is renowned for big mountain runs.
The expert-level Roca Jack — accessed by a high-elevation tow rope — shows off that gargantuan terrain. The nearby Garganta run is another worthy monster.
Particularly on powder days, the wide-open run — shouldered by massive peaks — delivers the best buzz in Portillo, outside a bottle of Carmenere.


Travel + Leisure – World’s Best Après Ski Bars: http://www.travelandleisure.com/slideshows/hottest-apres-ski-bars#1

Tio Bob’s made more than a few lists in this run down, but when you catch the eye of T+L among other greats like Bar Gyu+ in Niseko, Japan, Garibaldi Lift company in Whistler, Canada, and Le Rond Point in Meribel, France — to name a few — you take notice. Here’s what they say:

Tio Bob’s Chile

This rustic slopeside lodge overlooks the Inca Lake and Andes Mountains, a gorgeous panorama accessible to skiers and those who prefer to catch a ride on the chairlift. Grab a table on the snow-covered deck for a two-pisco-sour lunch among the ski pros who come to Portillo for training during North America’s off-season. Uncle Bob’s restaurant is open only in the early afternoon, but the indoor bar stays up ’til midnight.

Tio Bob's bar as seen on Travel + Leisure World's Best Apres Bars

USA Today – Best Resort Pools and Hot Tubs: https://www.usatoday.com/picture-gallery/experience/ski/2014/01/07/best-ski-resort-pools-and-hot-tubs/4362793/

Big thanks to USA Today for having Portillo and our pretty amazing pool and hot tub open this gallery with not one but two photos! Here’s what they say:

Portillo is isolated, even by Chile’s standards. Not to worry — the resort gives you everything you need n the slope-side hotel. A movie theater, bat and heated outdoor pool and hot tub sit right next to the frozen Laguna del Inca.

From the pool, the Andes rise in all directions, and the lifts are just steps away. Ski all day, then plan on soaking during an incredible sunset over the 13,000-foot rocky, snow-covered peaks to the west.

Portillo pool and hot tub as seen in USA Today


Unofficial Networks – The 12 Best Apres Ski Bars in the World: http://unofficialnetworks.com/2016/06/29/the-12-best-apres-ski-bars-in-the-world-a/

Unofficial Networks is always super nice to us here at Portillo. And when it came to listing their 12 best après bars in the world, they continued the streak. Here’s what they say:

Tio Bob’s – Portillo, Chile

South American ski resorts are relatively isolated so finding a good spot to let loose can be tough. Ski Portillo, on the other hand, is all-inclusive in that it has sick skiing and partying to match. Look no further than Tio Bob’sworld-classclass après culture.

Tio Bob's as seen in unofficial networks


Red Bull – Top Nine Most Magical Places To Ski On Earth: https://www.redbull.com/int-en/9-ski-spots-with-magical-view

Red Bull doesn’t mess around when it comes to, well, anything. So when we made their list at number seven of most magical spots on EARTH, we were pretty pumped. Here’s what they say:

7. Portillo, Chile

If you’d rather extend the ski season into the Northern summer, you should consider Portillo. Sitting on the edge of Inca Lake, South America’s oldest resort sits 100 percent above the treeline. Expert skiers marvel at its steep, off-piste terrain and powder that can last for days. With just one hotel and no town, the place has a unique ambience and no masses. Portillo is a favourite of many of the world’s top ski racers, such as Julia Mancuso.

Ski portillo as seen on Red Bull


Grind TV – Five Southern Hemisphere Ski Destinations to Keep You Sane This Summer: https://www.grindtv.com/skiing/5-southern-hemisphere-ski-destinations-keep-sane-summer/#1QsISKDeXV41qGQK.97

Chasing winter down south in the North American summer is something we get! Whether it’s New Zealand or Chile, we just want you to make like a goose and migrate… but we will recommend Chile. 😉 Here’s what Grind TV has to say:

Ski Portillo, located in the Andes northeast of Santiago, Chile, is where Olympians from the U.S., Canada, Austria and more go to train during the summer.

“Ski Portillo has beckoned skiers and adventurers from all over the globe to venture below the equator in search of South American skiing and riding since 1949,” writes resort spokesperson Greg Fitzsimmons. “Ski Portillo’s atmosphere is one of its timeless and alluring attributes. Encircled by famous lines and breathtaking off-piste terrain, Ski Portillo boasts something for all abilities and levels; however, its steeps are world renowned.”

With a maximum elevation of 10,860 feet and a 2,500-foot vertical drop, the entire resort is well above tree line and the snow quality is comparable to that of the Rockies. Fourteen lifts provide access to 1,235 acres of cruisey groomers and challenging chutes; helicopters allow experts to ski untouched backcountry powder.

It’s best to go between July and October.

Daron Rahlves says the terrain at Poritllo is the best around. Photo: Jesse Hoffman



Outside Online – 11 Classic Lines You Can Actually Ski: https://www.outsideonline.com/2157266/11-classic-lines-you-can-actually-ski-around-world

We know how special the Super C is, we’re just psyched an outfit as legit as Outside Magazine agrees. Here’s what they say:

Super C Couloir, Portillo, Chile
From the top of the Roca Jack five-person Poma lift at Portillo, a plush ski resort in the Chilean Andes, you’ll bootpack straight uphill for several hours to the saddle of Cerro Ojos de Agua, where you’ll score killer views of Aconcagua, the highest point in the Western Hemisphere. The payoff is a nearly 5,000-vertical-foot descent through a gorgeous narrow chute. “The Super C is one of the coolest lines I’ve skied anywhere,” says pro skier Ingrid Backstrom. Sign up for Chris Davenport’s Ski with the Superstars camp or Kim Reichhelm’s Adventures, both held in August, for a chance to be guided into the Super C.


Here are a few other top lists we made we think you should check out!

CNN Travel – 17 Jaw-Dropping Pools Around the World: http://www.cnn.com/travel/article/luxury-swimming-pools/index.html

A Luxury Travel Blog – Top Five Summertime Ski Resorts In Chile: https://www.aluxurytravelblog.com/2017/05/17/top-5-summertime-ski-resorts-in-chile/

Liftopia – Top Ten Apres Ski Spots For Spring: https://blog.liftopia.com/top-ten-apres-ski-spots-spring/

Outside Online – All Our Favorite Apres Bars And Restaurants: https://www.outsideonline.com/2241181/2017-adventure-bars

Jetsetter – Nine Best Places For Apres Ski: https://www.jetsetter.com/magazine/517/best-places-for-apres-ski?ckey=

Pure Wow – The 30 Best Ski Resorts Destinations In The World: https://www.purewow.com/travel/best-ski-resorts-in-the-world

Wanderlust Travel Magazine – The World’s Five Best Ski Destinations, by Olympic Skier Wendy Fisher: https://www.wanderlust.co.uk/content/best-ski-destinations-wendy-fisher/

National Geographic Adventure – The Skier’s Bucket List: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/adventure/lists/skiing/top-ten-ski-trips/

Sky Magazine – Ultimate Terrain, The World’s Best Ski Resorts: https://view.imirus.com/209/document/12781/page/84