A little farther to drive, but a much better road than Valle Nevado. Keep in mind that South American resorts cater to hotel guests, so day trippers like us are don't have access to the facilities, like a lodge, storage, etc. But generally the staff were otherwise helpful. Awesome views, much better fall lines and runs than Valle Nevado, and much better service.
My sense is that Valle Nevado and the areas nearby are much more heavily marketed than Portillo because of their proximity to Santiago, they just have a bigger marketing budget. But to put it bluntly, Valle Nevado just plain sucks. Crummy road, arrogant and even abusive employees. High prices. Skip Valle Nevado and go to Portillo.
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