Known for the start of the season, June brings the first snows, and there may be early ski season conditions. Comparable to December in the US, June is known for skiing on a combination of man-made snow and natural snowfall. June is the opportunity for eager skiers to get back on the slopes while taking advantage of low season rates.
July is the peak of the winter in Chile. During this time, Portillo generally receives frequent snow storms, much like January at U.S. ski resorts, but without the below freezing cold temperatures. Families from the southern part of South America are regulars during their winter breaks, and families from the US looking to ski in summer visit for youth race camp, family bonding time, and the chance for kids to make friends from around the world on the slopes and in lessons.
A favorite to many, August is known for the most predictable snow conditions on top of a solid snow base. During this month Portillo receives snowfall in heavy storm cycles followed by bluebird days. Similar to February in the U.S, during August, guests may enjoy a powder day with sunshine and springlike temperatures. It is also when groups of friends, singles and professional skiers from North America flock south for skiing. Theme weeks like Friends week and Wine Week bring apres-ski events that are perfect for mingling and making new friends.
The Chilean national holiday takes place on the 18th September, and it’s a tradition for many Chileans to ski that week. It is also the start of spring conditions, known for warmer temperatures and spring skiing on soft, corn snow. Compared to March in the USA, September brings spring break for Chileans and many fun traditions, food and parties around the national holiday. It is a great time to visit for those looking for spring skiing under the Portillo sun with a full experience of the local culture.
Located northeast of Santiago on the border with Argentina, Portillo is a two hour drive from Santiago Airport. The international highway is a beautiful and scenic route through vineyards and fruit-growing farms, with the final stretch consisting of 29 curvas or switchbacks leading up to the resort. Guests staying for a ski-week or mini-week do not need a car while at Portillo, so we recommend they arrange transportation through Portillo Tours.
Portillo has several lodging options to accomodate families, groups of friends, or solo travelers. Hotel Portillo has rooms, suites, and family apartments with views of the Inca Lake or the mountains/valleys. The Chalets are charming cabins located only a short walk away from the hotel that are perfect for small groups of friends. The Octagon Lodge is a more value option with bunk style rooms with private bathrooms, and the Inca Lodge offers affordable hostel-style accommodations.
At Portillo, we focus on the cuisine as seriously as we do skiing. All ski weeks and mini weeks include four daily meals (breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner) in the hotel dining room (or the Self Service Cafeteria for Inca Lodge guests). Our on-mountain restaurants are a great alternative for lunch al fresco or inside on cold days, with salads and grill options. The Portillo Bar has a full menu with empanadas and casual cuisine, as well as fondue and sushi accompanied by live piano music.
Ski Portillo is a resort with a full range of hotel amenities and services, available for guests staying in Portillo for a ski week or a mini-week during the Chile ski season.
With stunning views of the Lake of the Incas and surrounding peaks, this is a popular place to relax with friends and to watch the sunset after a day skiing. Relax and unwind in the heated pool (87F/91F) and Hot Tubs (97F/101F), open daily from 12p.m. to 8p.m.
Portillo offers daily complimentary afternoon yoga classes for all levels, as well as morning stretching. Other fitness activities such as dance lessons are offered in the yoga room.
Every evening, guests can enjoy featured movies for adults and kids as well as any major sporting events and news. Check the Daily Bulletin, placed around the hotel, which lists activities and the movie of the day.
Ideal for meeting friends and sharing a pleasant conversation by the fire or enjoying our live music band, with a wide range of appetizers and sandwiches or the traditional Portillo fondue or fresh sushi.
With a full bar, lounge, dance floor and DJ booth, the Portillo Disco is a fun place to relax and dance. Open Sunday to Friday starting at 5p.m. and Saturdays at 7p.m., and staying open until 2am for socializing and dancing.
Portillo offers licensed childcare for children of Portillo’s guests. Our caring and experienced staff will keep children entertained and learning, while parents enjoy the slopes. Daycare is complimentary for children ages four to seven.
Massage services are available at the Portillo Spa from 2p.m. to 9p.m. daily. Relax after a day of travelling with a relaxing massage or help your legs recover with a deep-tissue massage. We recommend that guests reserve their massages in advance.
Portillo has a medical clinic available for emergency medical services 24/7 and for non-emergency medical needs during scheduled times. With a full pharmacy and staffed by some of Chile’s finest doctors the Portillo clinic assists guests with any medical needs.