Portillo’s History

Portillo is the oldest ski area in South America, and its history holds an important place in the legend of skiing. Henry Purcell, the owner of Ski Portillo shares with us a bit of the history as he knows it. It is a history of adventurers and the Andes, and of dreams and accomplishments in the wonderful world of skiing.

If you want to know more about our history, we invite you to read Henry Purcell’s book, The Spirit of the Andes, that tells the story of Portillo from its beginnings to what we know today.

it began with the railroads

the first lifts & hotel

portillo's modern era begins

the inauguration

the first - and only - world championship in latin american 1966

speed trial and national ski teams

Portillo's Guests

portillo today