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“Portillo and the Argentinian border”
Review of Ski Portillo

Ski Portillo
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Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Portillo
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Owner description: Portillo is a ski resort located 100 miles from Santiago, Chile near the city of Los Andes. Beneath imposing mountains, Portillo rises from 2880 meters above sea level to its highest point 3332 meters with 23 ski trails and 12 lifts. Portillo is the oldest ski area in South America, and its history holds an important place in the legend of skiing. Over the past 50 years, Portillo has gained a reputation as an excellent destination for skiers and boarders. Practicing ski sports in Portillo is a very popular activity among people from all around the world.
Reviewed January 30, 2014

The ski resort at Portillo was a pleasant reprieve on the way to the Argentinian border. There was a pleasant lunch spot. The ski area is one of the best in the Southern Hemisphere. It was a refuge before the horror of going through the border into Argentina. The border took our bus nine hours to cross. If you go by road to Argentina, be prepared. It is the worst border crossing I have ever experienced.

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Reviewed January 6, 2014

My husband, 2 children and myself spent a week last August (sorry so late on the review) and it was one of the best trips we have ever had. When we checked in and went to the rooms, We had the family connecting rooms, I was a little dissapointed because they were small and not exactly deluxe but that all changed when I looked out the window to the the view of the lake. I soon realized this vacation was not about being in the room. The entire staff was amazing. The skiing was great and the food was wonderful. The waiters were fun and knew what you wanted to drink before you even asked. I was completely amazed by the boot check man. From the very first day he knew what shoes and boots were ours and had them waiting as soon as he saw us. I really dont know how he did it. There were so many activities for the kids and adults as well, from tubing to rock climbing, ping pong, pool, soccer, basketball etc. Never a dull moment. And the pool and hot tubs were great. Unfortunately we will not be able to come this August as we already have our trip planned, but after this year we will definitely be back. My husband wants to go every August.

3  Thank Mboj
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Reviewed November 26, 2013

I spent a week here as part of my study abroad program in Chile and it was incredible! First off, it is absolutely gorgeous, with the mountains surrounding the resort and the lake. The lodge was very nice, although since we were a big group, we stayed in another building that was more dormitory-style, but was also nice, with comfy beds and clean bathrooms. The main lodge had an amazing fireplace and excellent views, but what I loved most was the food! So delicious! Breakfast, lunch, afternoon and multicourse dinner! This was my first experience skiing and might have been a challenging place to learn, but I had tons of fun and there were a lots of runs, but I didn't explore beyond the greens and some blues.

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Reviewed September 1, 2013

I spent a fantastic week skiing here with my two adult sons. Portillo is a secluded resort surrounded by high mountains next to a scenic lake. We were fortunate to have plenty of snow after two early August snow storms so the conditions were excellent, especially for my two sons who will ski any challenging trail including some heli-skiing. Our week was "gastronomy" week with some incredible three course dinners mostly with a Chilean flavor but also tasty dishes from Peru and Argentina. The service was excellent throughout. Since there are no TV's the opportunity to interact with other guests was greatly enhanced. To save money we stayed at the adjacent Octagon Lodge in a comfortable room with bunk beds, perfect for three men, yet we had access to all the main hotel amenities. Ideal vacation resort for our summertime ski trip!

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Reviewed August 25, 2013

Myself and 5 friends from CT spent a great week skiing here the 1st week in August. 4 of us are ski instructors and the other 2 are also expert. We found the mountains challenging and after a 22 inch snowfall midweek the skiing superb! The dining experience is spectacular. Our 2 waiters for the week, Mario and Super Mario, were very funny and were terrific waiters. We picked a wine week so there were wine tastings every night with various Chilean wineries. Felipe the entertainment director was great and plays a mean blues harmonica in the bar at night. With 450 guests and 450 employees the service can't be beat. We stayed in one of the chalets with a terrific view of Inca Lake. The chalet is clean but spartan. However, you don't spend much time there as all activities and meals are in the hotel, and of course you came to ski. No lift lines so the skiing is terrific.

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