Ski School and Lessons

Portillo is a magical place where people from all over the world gather to enjoy fine amenities and spend their days sliding around on spectacular terrain with glorious snow. This combination also attracts some of the best ski instructors in the world who choose to ply their craft on the slopes of Portillo. Confidence, technique and tactics combine to make a truly fantastic experience on the mountain.

Regardless of your age or skill level there’s no better way to discover the hidden secrets of Portillo, than participating in the Portillo Ski & Snowboard School.

KID'S CAMP

The Portillo Ski School Kids’ Camp for children 4 to 6 years old operates Sunday through Friday from 10:30-12:00 (meeting time 10:15) and from 15:00-16:30 (meeting time 14:45).

Our passionate team of dedicated Kids’ Camp instructors will introduce new young skiers to the sport and will teach more advanced skills to the younger skiers who have prior experience.

Kids’ Camp lessons may be purchased for morning only, afternoon only, or both morning and afternoon. Lunch is not included and parents must pick up their children promptly at 12:00 and/or 16:30.

Children ages 7 and older are welcome to join our group and/or private lessons for older children.

3 year-olds may take a specially priced private lesson to introduce them to skiing and have fun on the slopes

Prices
Kids Camp 2017 (4 to 6 years)$ USD
1 Day: 1 LessonUS$ 35
1 Day: 2 LessonsUS$ 66
4 Days: 1 LessonUS$ 130
4 Days: 2 LessonsUS$ 231
5 Days: 1 LessonUS$ 157
5 Days: 2 LessonsUS$ 278
6 Days: 1 LessonUS$ 178
6 Days: 2 LessonsUS$ 313

NOTE: Prices in dollars are informative and estimated at 1USD=665, this price might change. The dollar prices above do not include the 19% Value Added Tax (VAT). Guests who stay at the hotel and who are not residents of Chile do not pay vat if they pay their bill in dollars or with a foreign credit card. Prices listed in Chilean pesos include IVA.

GROUP LESSONS

Group Lessons – Skiing

The Portillo Ski and Snowboard School offers group lessons Sunday through Friday from 10:30-12:00 (meeting time 10:15) and from 15:00-16:30 (meeting time 14:45).   Children’s group lessons are for 7-13 years-old and adult group lessons are from 14 years and up.

Our world class instructors will share their passion for the mountain experience and improve your skiing and confidence with a group of skiers of similar abilities.

Group lessons may be purchased for morning only, afternoon only, or both morning and afternoon.

Group Lessons – Snowboarding

The Portillo Snowboard School offers beginner group lessons Sunday through Friday from 10:30-12:00 (meeting time 10:15) and intermediate and advanced lessons from 15:00-16:30 (meeting time 14:45). Adults and children from ages 10 and up  may participate in group lessons.

Our world class instructors will share their passion for the mountain experience and improve your snowboarding and confidence with a group of riders of similar abilities.

Children under 10 years old are welcome to participate in private Snowboarding lessons.

Prices
Group Lessons 2017USD
1 DAY: 1 LESSONUS$ 37
1 DAY: 2 LESSONSUS$ 68
4 DAYS: 1 LESSONUS$ 134
4 DAYS: 2 LESSONSUS$ 249
5 DAYS: 1 LESSONUS$ 167
5 DAYS: 2 LESSONSUS$ 301
6 DAYS: 1 LESSONUS$ 197
6 DAYS: 2 LESSONSUS$ 339

NOTE: Prices in dollars are informative and estimated at 1USD=665, this might change. The dollar prices  above do not include the 19% Value Added Tax (VAT).  Guests who stay at the hotel and who are not residents  of Chile do not pay vat if they pay their bill in dollars or  with a foreign credit card. Prices listed in Chilean pesos  include IVA.

Group lessons last 1 1/2 hours.

PRIVATE LESSONS AND GUIDING

The Portillo Ski and Snowboard school offers private lessons every day for skiers and snowboarders of all levels, ages 3 and older. Our passionate and knowledgeable instructors will work with you to tailor classes specifically to meet your goals.

Private classes are also available as guiding sessions for those who are more interested in learning Portillo’s terrain than instruction. Portillo’s instructors will guide you around the resort to explore the terrain and lifts that Portillo offers and show you what times of day specific snow exposures are ideal.

Private classes/guiding are available during the following times, depending on availability:

Sunday – Friday

09:00 – 10:00
12:00 – 13:00
13:00 – 14:00
14:00 – 15:00

Saturday

09:00 – 17:00

Depending on instructor availability, we can also offer private lessons at other times, including full days.

Prices

Private Lessons 2017USD
1 hr. / 1 child up to 3 years.$ 62
1 Hour: 1 Person$ 76
1 Hour: 2 Persons$ 99
1 Hour: 3 Persons$ 138
2 Hour: 1 Person$ 152
2 Hour: 2 Persons$ 197
2 Hour: 3 Persons$ 273
3 Hour: 1 Person$ 227
3 Hour: 2 Persons$ 296
3 Hour: 3 Persons$ 409
Full Day (7hrs.)$ 507

NOTE: Prices in dollars are informative and estimated at 1USD=665, this price might change. The dollar prices above do not include the 19% Value Added Tax (VAT). Guests who stay at the hotel and who are not residents of Chile do not pay vat if they pay their bill in dollars or with a foreign credit card. Prices listed in Chilean pesos include IVA.

Robin Barnes – Ski School Director

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As with her predecessors, Barnes has the experience and credentials to fill this prestigious role. Barnes has more than 20 years of teaching and training experience. She is member of the Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA) National Alpine Demonstration Team, a PSIA-Western Division Examiner, and a PSIA Level III instructor. Barnes has been a Heavenly Mountain Resort Instructor and Staff Trainer since 1989. Ski Magazine has recognized her twice as a Top 100 instructor as well as a member of the Ski Magazine Test Team.

Meet the Instructors

Simon Marsh

Simon has worked as a Competition Coach for Ski and Snowboard Club Vail for over 10 years working with Young athletes to improve not only racing skills and results but also improve on important fundamentals so as to develop solid skiing skills. He has also coached a local high school team in Vail, leading the team to two State titles in Colorado. He is a USSA Certified Coach Level 300 and a fully certified coach/examiner for PSIA. He has worked with teams and camps in  Australia, Chile, and Mt. Hood, Oregon

James Winfield

James is originally from the UK but has been travelling the world skiing for over 10 years, working full time as an instructor for 20 winters. He has been teaching in Portillo since 2011 and keeps coming back for the amazing terrain and unique location. James has a diverse skiing skill set with experience competing in freestyle, freeride, skiercross and alpine racing. Whatever your goals for your skiing or your holiday in Portillo are, he can help you achieve them.

Katie White

Katie grew up in the United States where she spent many years skiing and snowboarding. She has been instructing at the Yellowstone Club in Big Sky, Montana for the last four winters and has been in Portillo for three seasons. She has experience teaching all levels and ages of skiers including young children. She loves sharing her passion for winter sports and can help you achieve your skiing or snowboarding.

Heidi Knaus – Employee of the year 2014

Heidi is Portillo’s most experienced and legendary ski instructor of all time. Not only is she ripping it up on & off piste, but she will also make you sweat in the yoga room after your full day of skiing. If you want to learn how to ski “Garganta” while playing the accordeon or simply how to dance on the bar top in high-heels until way past mid-night you want to make sure to book her for a lesson – the ultimate Portillo experience!

European Winter: Independent Ski Instructor – St. Moritz, Switzerland

Omar Jeldes

Omar, better known as Choclo, grew up in the nearby town of San Esteban and has been working at Portillo since 1988. After becoming a ski instructor he spend many northern hemisphere winters in Aspen, Colorado, before settling for Andorra 10 years ago. There are few people that know Portillo better than him, so if you want to learn more about the local history, cultural background and the surrounding mountains, come ski with Choclo – he might even teach you how to dance Queca.

European Winter: Escola de Ski Grandvalira – Pas de la Casa, Andorra

Igor Sedmak

Igor’s skiing career started early as a racing aspirant in Slovenia, and he later became a ski instructor and race coach. When he joined Portillo’s ski school in 1995, he had already taught at many famous ski resorts in Europe. With his great experience and connections to the ski industry he is a treasure trove of ski knowledge and he is more than capable of delivering invaluable lessons. Whether you want to improve your race technique or learn more about tuning skis, he is the person to ask for.

European Winter: Swiss School St.Moritz-Palace – St. Moritz, Switzerland

Jim Sorbé

Jim grew up skiing in the French Pyrenées and was part of a race ski club during his childhood, before moving to Val d’Isère to work as a full-time ski instructor. After years of traveling the world with his skis , he keeps coming back to Portillo for its incredible freeride terrain. If you are looking to improve your off-piste and randonée skills or hitting the race course, he’s the instructor to ask for.

European Winter: Independent Ski Instructor – Val d’Isere, France

Manuela Cappellini

Manuela was born just outside St. Moritz, one of the most prestigious winter sports places in the world. After years of teaching skiing in Japan and Australia, she is now teaching in Corvatsch and here in Portillo. Both places are famous for ski racing and freeriding which Manu is very passionate about. She will work with you to acquire the skills you’ll need and put you at ease in any situation, which also makes her an excellent adaptive instructor.

European Winter: Swiss Ski School Corvatsch – Corvatsch, Switzerland

Anne Jehn

Anne is from Germany and grew up skiing all over the Alps with her family. After three years of teaching on the US East Coast, she joined Portillo’s ski school in 2015 to inspire young and old skiers all year round. Her passion for skiing and teaching is ever-present in her classes, which are filled with great feedback, lots of mileage, fun and laughter. She is constantly working on creating new challenges and adventures. So, if you are looking to improve your skiing or telemark skills and want to have a great time in Portillo, come join her for a lesson.

European Winter: Alpine Sports Andermatt – Andermatt, Switzerland