Full day ski tour in Portillo, Central Andes
Backcountry skiing days in Central Chile, near Santiago
Central Andes Base Camps 3-day ski tour
Heliskiing in Portillo area
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.
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
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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