With excellent early season storms delivering nearly five feet of snow, Ski Portillo, Chile announces that the season will kick off on June 21, 2014.  With an El Niño season forecast for the southern hemisphere, the season is expected to be colder and wetter than average, great news for skiers and snowboarders who want optimal snow conditions.

Located approximately two hours from Santiago and accessible via non-stop flights from numerous North American cities, Ski Portillo is the dream South American ski and snowboard destination. Its incomparable setting – on the shores of the Lake of the Incas and surrounded by 19,000-foot Andean peaks – delivers an unsurpassed experience with world-class skiing and snowboarding and excellent service thanks to a one-to-one guest-to-employee ratio. Families, singles, couples, groups of friends—as well as many national ski teams—all love Portillo for its beauty, wide-open slopes and ample snowfall.  The resort accommodates a maximum of 450 guests a week, eliminating crowds and lift lines, and affording guests the sensation of skiing at their own, private Andean resort.

2014 Ski Portillo Heli-Riding

From July to September Ski Portillo guests can experience the services of heli-skiing and boarding through Suma Air, which allows guests to access the endless acres of untracked powder snow in the mountains that surround Portillo. Suma Air flies a Eurocopter AS350 B3 helicopter (with low noise level, GPS navigation and a luggage compartment), with a capacity of four passengers, a guide and the pilot. Ski Portillo provides the professional, who is in charge of guiding riders during heli-ski trips. For information, contact Ski Portillo. Heli-skiing bookings are subject to availability, snow and weather conditions.