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Backcountry Skiing in Portillo

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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What people are saying about these trips

Don Boyajian


September, 2022

Full day ski tour in Portillo, Central Andes

Great guide. Picked a well-rounded spot for a new group, with numerous options. Understanding of our lack of time at altitude. Great guy.

Ian Rubiano


August, 2022

Full day ski tour in Portillo, Central Andes

Excellent day at Portillo with Cristobal. He gave us several options in a planning session the night before. He also communicated well on the day of about current conditions and what we were seeing. We ended up doing a secondary objective due to what we saw in the field.



August, 2019

Full day ski tour in Portillo, Central Andes

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June, 2018

Full day ski tour in Portillo, Central Andes

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!


There are many reasons for choosing Backcountry Skiing in Portillo

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.


Good to know:

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Chilean peso

Best time to visit

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

How to get there

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


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

More info about Backcountry Skiing in 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

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