" PORTILLO SKI RESORT " Portillo by Frisbeeace
Portillo Travel Guide: 18 reviews and 26 photos
Skiing in Portillo is a unique experience because it combines nice ski runs with the finest service and food in a small resort full of organized activities and very family oriented. The hotel is located just on the Chilean side of the border with Argentina with no town in the surrounding area. The Hotel Portillo has 123 nice rooms, suites and appartments either with a view of the valley or the spectacular Inca lake.
Ski packages run from Saturday to Saturday and include four gourmet meals per day. After a few days of enjoying the hotel you come to recognize every guest and employee in the Hotel. (There are roughly 450 of them, one per guest).
This is a truly ski-in ski-out crowdless resort, with no lines at the lifts but, if you're an avid intermediate to advanced skier, you may find the skiing area somehow limited. Basically most people ski one side of the mountain in the morning on the long Juncalillo trail and the other side in the afternoon on Plateau. (80% of the terrain is carefully groomed on a daily basis). However, expert skiers will enjoy a vaster and more challenging area with steep terrain and chutes over natural snow pack. By the way, there are no lines at the lifts.
Without any doubt the highlight of your week will be your meals. The menu is excellent including world famous Chilean seafood, fruits and vegetables as well as Argentina's beef and lamb. The main dining room is cozy and elegant where the maitre assigns guests a table their first evening for the whole week. Remember you'll take four meals per day here so don't expect to lose any weight during your stay in Portillo even if you ski all day!!! Lift tickets are included in your package but not ski classes.
Activities include cinema, games, gym, yoga, spa, heated pool, climbing wall, video games, computers, nursery, etc.
There are many families that go to Portillo the same week every year as a tradition. Prices are expensive during high season (July) but there are excellent promotions during low season (September) like the Kids Ski Free weeks. Check www.skiportillo.com full details.
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