With summer’s ever-climbing temperatures, this year will go down as one of the hottest in history. However, in different parts of the world the story is quite different; south of the equator winter is in full effect with freezing temperatures until late September. These weather condition mixed with the mountainous regions of Southern Chile and Argentina have turned the area into a landmark of the skiing industry.
The oldest and best-known ski resort of Chile is Portillo. Located 102 miles from the Chilean capital of Santiago, this ski resort has become a staple to travelers up north—including the US Ski Team—for its unbelievably beautiful landscape, powdery slopes, consistent blue skies, and exclusivity. The ski area features a vast 1,235 acres of ski-able terrain, 14 lifts and 35 runs. With an average of only 450 guests at any given moment there is little to no wait to get to the slopes.
The journey here is as memorable as the place itself. Portillo is accessed from the capital of Chile, Santiago, a charming, wonderful tourist city with fine restaurants and high-end shopping comparable to Rodeo Drive. From Santiago, you leave on a shuttle from the mild-weathered, urban city and scale through miles of switchbacks as the terrain slowly starts to whiten. Upon arriving at the Aconcagua Valley, the highest part of the world’s second tallest mountain chain, you will get a stellar view of the Inca Lake and the Andean mountains, including the tallest mountain outside of the Himalayas—the Aconcagua. Most guests stay at the luxurious Hotel Portillo which offers suite-style accommodation and separate chalets, all only steps from the lifts.
Interested in traveling to Chile or Argentina for some summer skiing? Let Magellan take to you to Portillo and the adventure of a lifetime. An estimate of the duration of a direct flight to Santiago from various destinations is portrayed below. Beat the heat this summer. Contact Magellan Jets or click below to get a quote for your next private charter!