Orientation & Geography

South America, Chile, Provincia de Los Andes

Ski Portillo Chile (known simply as Portillo) is a ski resort located 160 kilometers (100 miles) from Santiago, Chile, near the city of Los Andes. It rises 2880 meters above sea level and its highest point reaches 3332 meters above sea level. Ski Portillo has 23 ski trails and 12 lifts. Plans to build the ski area were drawn up in the 1930s, construction began in 1942 and the ski area was opened in 1949. Several of the ski lifts on the west side of the valley were destroyed by massive avalanches in 1965, but were successfully rebuilt in time for Portillo to host the alpine skiing World Championships in 1966, the same year Jean Claude Killy won his first medals. Since then, Portillo has become one of the principal destinations for ski racers to train during the Northern Hemisphere summer and hosts the ski teams of Austria, Italy and the USA.