Portillo, Chile

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Ski Portillo Chile
Laguna del Inca at 2,853 m (9,360 ft)
Laguna del Inca at 2,853 m (9,360 ft)
Ski Portillo Chile is located in Chile
Ski Portillo Chile
Ski Portillo Chile
Location in Chile
LocationAndes mountains,
Valparaíso Region, Chile
Nearest major cityLos Andes
Coordinates32°50′10″S 70°07′44″W / 32.836°S 70.129°W / -32.836; -70.129Coordinates: 32°50′10″S 70°07′44″W / 32.836°S 70.129°W / -32.836; -70.129
Vertical   762 m (2,500 ft)
Top elevation3,310 m (10,860 ft)   (lift)
4,222 m (13,852 ft)   (summit)
Base elevation2,548 m (8,360 ft)   (lift)
2,880 m (9,450 ft)   (hotel)
Skiable area5.0 km2 (1,240 acres)
Longest run2.5 km (1.6 mi)
Lift system5 chairlifts, 9 surface lifts
Snowfall8.3 m (27 ft 3 in)
Night skiingnone

Portillo is a ski resort in South America, located in the Andes mountains of Chile. In the Valparaíso Region, it is near the city of Los Andes, and 160 km (100 mi) by vehicle from Santiago. Its hotel sits at an elevation of 2,880 m (9,450 ft) above sea level, and the highest lift reaches 3,310 m (10,860 ft). The lowest lift loads at 2,548 m (8,360 ft), yielding a vertical drop of 762 m (2,500 ft). Ski Portillo has 35 named runs and 14 lifts. It is owned and operated by the Purcell family who have a chain of hotels in Chile, most noticeably the Tierra Hotels including Tierra Atacama in San Pedro de Atacama.[1]

Plans to build the ski area were drawn up in the 1930s. Construction began in 1942 and the ski area was opened in 1949. Several of the ski lifts on the west side of the valley were destroyed by avalanches in 1965[2] and were rebuilt in time for Portillo to host the Alpine World Ski Championships in August 1966.[3] Those championships marked the emergence of Jean-Claude Killy, who won gold medals in the downhill and combined events. Portillo has since become one of the principal destinations for ski racers to train during the northern hemisphere summer and hosts the national ski teams of Austria, Italy, and the United States.

The summit of the mountain (Ojos de Agua) climbs to 4,222 m (13,852 ft). Nearby peaks include Los Tres Hermanos at 4,751 m (15,587 ft) and La Paraya at 4,831 m (15,850 ft). Aconcagua, the highest peak in the western and southern hemispheres, is nearby at 6,961 m (22,838 ft), which exceeds any peak in Europe, Africa, and North America; only the Himalayas, Karakoram, and Tien Shan in Asia are higher.


Portillo lies close to the border between Chile and Argentina at Paso Los Libertadores.


The ski season at Portillo typically runs from mid-June to early-October, conditions permitting.


  1. ^ Once in a Lifetime Journey. "Tierra Atacama - A luxury retreat in an otherworldly destination".
  2. ^ Atwater, Montgomery M. (1968). The Avalanche Hunters. Macrae Smith Company. ISBN 0-8255-1345-6.
  3. ^ Lange, Serge (1986). 21 Years of World Cup Ski Racing. Johnson Books / James Wotton.

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