We are happy to announce the addition of a new run this 2018 season called “El Gaucho”. This intermediate run will be 1017 feet long and is located in the area of the Bajada del Tren. It is a great addition to our mountain, which has terrain to accommodate all levels, from beginners and intermediates to more challenging runs for advanced skiers.
Info & Trail Maps
- Vertical drop: 2,500 feet
- Longest run: 1,5 miles
- Altitude of Hotel: 9,450 feet
- Altitude at highest ski point : 10,860 feet
- Average annual snowfall : 260.16 inches (24,7 feet)
- Chance for beautiful weather : 80% sunny days
- Ski -in, Ski – out access from hotel to slopes
- Distance from Santiago: 102 miles (2 hours)
|Easiest Trails||Intermediate||Intermediate - Advanced||Most Difficult|
|El Puma||El Gaucho||Plateau||Cóndor|
|Corralito||Las Lomas||Roca Jack|
|La Princesa||Los Canarios||Garganta|
|Bajada del Tren||Las Vizcachas|
Over the past 60 years, Portillo has earned a reputation as an excellent destination for skiers and snowboarders from all over the world. The snow quality in Portillo is excellent and is often likened to that of the Rocky Mountains. Skiers of all skill-levels find what they are looking for on our mountain and come back year after year.
Here is a general breakdown of our terrain:
- Beginner -15%
- Intermediate – 30%
- Advanced – 30%
- Expert – 25%
The ski area features 1235 acres of ski-able terrain, 14 lifts and 35 runs. Beginner and intermediate runs are groomed nightly, off-piste runs are challenging and steep, and the powder is often deep. The bowls and shoots perfectly collect the light, dry snow and the above-tree-line landscape turns into a white playground. Pair this with frequently sunny, blue skies and it is easy to understand why many guests, even professional skiers, say they’ve had some of their best ski days at Portillo.
Off Piste Terrain
Using either our Roca Jack, Condor, Vizcachas or Cara Cara lifts, skiers and snowboarders can traverse – weather and avalanche risks permitting – to renowned off-piste terrain such as the Primavera and Kilometro Lanzado runs. We strongly recommend first hiring a Portillo guide to show you the terrain. Never ski off-piste alone.
Grooming & Snowmaking
Portillo’s slopes are groomed nightly, turning the Plateau, Juncalillo, Descenso, Bajada del Tren and other runs into perfect corduroy before morning. Beginners, intermediates and advanced skiers can appreciate the attention Portillo pays to its slope maintenance and grooming when they take their first turns every morning.
Portillo normally receives bountiful snow, with an average of 24.7 feet (326 inches) per season. However, weather is never perfectly predictable so we have invested in snowmaking equipment that allows up to keep the ski center running in certain areas. During those rare seasons when there is low snowfall, Portillo is still a blast. People take ski lessons, advanced skiers practice their racing technique, and everyone heads to Tío Bob’s café to soak up the sun and scenery during the afternoon.
Code of Responsibility
Portillo is dedicated to your safety on the slopes. An important part of enjoying skiing/snowboarding is safety.
Skiing and Snowbaording can be enjoyed in many ways. At ski areas you may see people using alpine, snowboard, telemark, cross-country or other specialized equipment, such as that used by disabled or other skiers. Regardless of how you decide to enjoy the slopes, always show courtesy to others and be aware that there are elements of risk in skiing/riding that common sense and personal awareness can help reduce. Observe the code listed below and share with other skiers/riders the responsibility for a great on-mountain experience.
Ski & Snowboard Responsibility Code
- Always stay in control and be able to stop or avoid other people or objects.
- People ahead of you have the right of way. It is your responsibility to avoid them.
- You must not stop where you obstruct a trail or are not visible from above.
- When starting downhill or merging into a trail look uphill and yield to others.
- Braking devices are reuired on all equipment
- Observe all posted signs and warnings.
- Keep off closed trails and out of closed areas.
- Ski off-Piste only when permitted.
- Always ski in a group in areas that are not patrolled
- Prior to using any lift, you must have the ability to load, ride, and unload safely.
- Be aware. Ski and Snowboard with Care.
*This is a parcial list
KNOW THE CODE. IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY.