- 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 :27,2 feet
- Chance for beautiful weather : 80% sunny days
- Ski -in, Ski – out access from hotel to slopes
- Distance from Santiago: 102 miles (2 hours)
Bajada del Tren
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
Skier & Snowboarder 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.
- Always use a ski brake or retention devices to help prevent runaway equipment.
- Observe all posted signs and warnings. Keep off closed trails and out of closed areas.
- Prior to using any lift, you must have the ability to load, ride, and unload safely.
- Be aware! Ski with Care!
There is never a lift line in Portillo. We limit the number of day tickets sold and with only 450 resort guests, it’s always smooth sailing on the mountain.
|Name||Type||Length (m / ft)||Drop (m / ft)|
|CaraCara||Va et Vient||550 m / 1804 ft||330 m / 1083 ft|
|Las Vizcachas||Va et Vient||470 m / 1542 ft||225 m / 738 ft|
|1053 m / 4439 ft||344 m / 1129 ft|
|267 m / 876 ft||70 m / 230 ft|
|524 m / 1719 ft||134 m / 440 ft|
Va et Vient
|650 m / 2133 ft||295 m / 968 ft|
|La Princesa||Poma||105 m / 344 ft||11 m / 36 ft|
|812 m / 2664 ft||321 m / 1053 ft|
|Condor||Va Et Vient||345 m / 1132 ft||148 m / 486 ft|
|Cumbre||Poma||310 m / 1017 ft||48.5 m / 159 ft|
|601 m / 1972 ft||131 m / 430 ft|
|El Puma||Poma||289 m / 948 ft||54 m / 177 ft|
|Corralito||Poma||78 m / 256 ft||8 m / 26 ft|
|Los Canarios||Poma||322 m / 1056 ft||74 m / 223 ft|
|Enlace||Poma||260 m / 853 ft||89 m / 292 ft|
The famous Va et Vient (French for ‘come and go’) lifts were built by the Poma company for Portillo’s Roca Jack, Condor, Las Vizcachas and El Cara Cara runs. These runs are steep avalanche chutes, making the use of lift towers illogical. The Va et Vients are pulleys that are anchored to the mountain above which, by way of a specially designed attachment, pull 5 skiers up the mountain side by side at once. The Va et Vient lifts are recommended for expert skiers only and although they may seem intimidating at first are actually quite simple and fun once given a try.