Men’s Journal Visits Portillo In Style
It’s always our pleasure to welcome journalists to Portillo. We know they’re going to have a great time and be blown away by the skiing and the views. But it’s always fun to see how each piece turns out unique. Everyone has a different perspective to bring to travel and life and David Hochman of Men’s Journal is no exception. He beautifully captured Portillo’s unique cast of characters and guests with an irreverence that makes the piece endlessly readable. He chatted with Bode Miller and our very own Heidi for insider tips. He tried everything Portillo has to offer from Tio Bob’s to the Disco. And he gave readers his own insights on how best to prepare for a trip to Portillo. His opening paragraphs are here, but click on through to read his entire article!
As a full moon rose over the Andes last August, remote Portillo, Chile, might have been the quietest, loneliest resort on earth—if it weren’t for the club music blasting in the downstairs discoteca. As wind howled in the surrounding peaks, the skiers I’d met in the outdoor Jacuzzi—among them heli-skiing powder hounds from Japan, a trio of Ralph Lauren models, and recruits from the High Mountain School of the Chilean army—shook their base-layered booties to Cardi B. Soon enough, someone brought out the shotski, a ski adorned with six shot glasses for group guzzling.
And why not? Skiing in South America while everyone I knew was swatting mosquitoes up north was worth toasting. For me, it was the fulfillment of a lifelong fantasy, a pilgrimage to the end-of-the-earth summer home—at least by Northern Hemisphere standards—for the U.S., Austrian, Canadian, and Norwegian ski teams. But the reality of Ski Portillo, which has reached legendary status among dedicated year-round powder chasers, outdid even my snowiest expectations.