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Backcountry Skiing in Portillo: Top Outdoor Adventures Awaiting You


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Humungous mountains, stunning lakes, excellent snow. Portillo in Chile has all of this and more, and backcountry skiing is the perfect way to see it all!

One of Chile’s most famous and popular ski resorts, Portillo has made a name for itself as a premier backcountry skiing destination. Located in the Andes mountains in the Valparaiso region, it is a mere 160km from the capital city of Santiago and is renowned as a fun and friendly area with stupendous views and rewarding slopes and backcountry to ski. Hire a certified guide and access Portillo’s backcountry terrain in the company of a local expert.

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FAQs: Backcountry Skiing in Portillo

What should I know about Backcountry Skiing Portillo?

Portillo is popular with South American skiers, however compared to other big resorts around the world it still feels relatively spacious and free of crowds, ensuring that your backcountry skiing experience here will be at a much more leisurely, peaceful pace.

Some of the backcountry skiing can be quite tough, so being fit and in good shape before arriving is paramount, as it will ensure you enjoy everything more.

Despite being sunnier than most ski resorts, in winter the temperatures can get very cold, so pack appropriately so as not to get caught out, and to maximise your comfort and enjoyment.

Why should I choose Portillo for my Backcountry Skiing adventure?

Ease of access

Many South American ski resorts are a struggle to get to, however Portillo is an easy 160km drive from the bustling metropolis of Santiago, meaning you can be skiing within no time of getting off the plane.

The skiing

Backcountry skiing in Portillo is an absolute delight, as the relative absence of crowds and massive tracts of open snow make for an immense experience. The weather is often glorious and sunny and the powder fresh and dry, meaning the challenging-yet fun backcountry is a dream to ski on.

The scenery

Being in the world-famous Andes mountains makes for glorious views and scenery, as the majestic and towering snow-capped peaks loom over the famous Inca Lake, an enchanting, beautiful and colourful lake that is one of the star attractions of Portillo.

What can I expect from the weather during my Backcountry Skiing trip in Portillo?

Generally mild, but Winters get quite cold, with temperatures often dropping below freezing.

Which language is predominantly spoken in the Portillo region?


What currency is accepted around Portillo?

Chilean peso

How can I get to Portillo?

Just 160km from Santiago, there are regular shuttle buses, including from the airport.

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When is the best time to travel to Portillo for Backcountry Skiing?

June-August, when the weather is coldest and the snowfall is heaviest.

What people are saying about Backcountry Skiing | Portillo



Thanks for making the last minute arrangements with Cristobal for me. I had three great days in his company. Now looking forward to meeting Sebastian. Thank You very much for your help!



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