With only a single tower at the bottom and cables anchored at the top, the avalanche-resistant Vient yanks as many as five-abreast skiers up a steep snow-covered scree slope. Experiencing the vient in itself is reason enough to come to Portillo, but riding up elbow-to-elbow, shoulder-to-shoulder, and ski-to-ski with Julia Mancuso or Lindsay Vonn is just over the top. Watching the womens' teams train and enjoying the Andean sun at the Portillo hot tub is cool, but the skier comes to Portillo to ski.
Skiing Portillo has options for side-country skin-up or boot-pack, groomers and chutes from line-free lifts, and heli-skiing. Spectacular ski touring from the base is available when Laguna del Inca is frozen. Portillo out-of-bounds skiing, like most places, has substantial avalanche potential and, with more than 3000-feet of mountains above the lifts, it has some of the greatest overhead avalanche risk that I have experienced.
|September 7, 2013|
From the extraordinary service to the spectacular skiing, Portillo is a terrific experience every skier should enjoy.
|El Plateau, Portillo Patrol Hut|
|Portillo Sidecountry (Youtube Link)|
|Portillo Sidecountry with La Parva (el 15800-ft) Background|
|Powder in the South-Facing Shade|
|Lake Run Return|
|El Plateau Chair|
|Cabana View Up|
|From Cabana Deck|