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International Highway to Argentina
Los Andes,
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Overview by Nathan Borchelt

Seasonal favoritism usually falls into two camps: those who cower under their down comforters ticking off the days until summer, and those who spend every day from June to August in front of the open freezer, cursing the heat and waiting for the first snowfall. For sun and surf advocates, there's always Florida. For powderheads sick of the mid-summer swelter, there's the southern hemisphere. More precisely, there's Portillo, Chile's oldest and most famous ski resort. It's open from late June to early October, and the two-hour drive from Santiago means most day-trippers flock to the slopes of the country's less-stellar resorts, leaving Portillo's flawless powder to those willing to hole up on the mountain for weeks at a time.

The resort sits entirely above tree line, treating skiers to some of the world's most stunning alpine scenery, including 22,834-foot Mount Aconcagua, the highest mountain outside of the Himalayas. Fifty percent of the resort's 19 runs are rated beginner to intermediate, and the ski school employs 35 skilled instructors. But experienced skiers, particularly speed demons, are the real beneficiaries of this winter-white oasis. Among the region's most galvanizing runs, Garganta and Kilmetro Lanzado are the scene of speed-skiing trial records (the 125-mile speed barrier was broken for the first time on Kilometro). The Roca Jack and Condor runs are steep enough to require a completely different kind of lift. And for those with the hubris to take on the Andes' off-piste terrain, the possibilities are quite literally limitless. Be advised, though: it's best to hire a guide to lead you safely to the best powder stockpiles.

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Average Snowfall
326 Inches
Skiable Acreage
Vertical Drop
2664 feet
24% beginner, 33% intermediate, 43% advanced
Number of Runs
Number of Lifts
June to Early October
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Weather for Portillo

Current Conditions:
Clear, 42 F
Mon - Mostly Sunny. High: 70 Low: 42
Tue - Mostly Sunny. High: 72 Low: 45
Wed - Partly Cloudy. High: 82 Low: 52
Thu - Partly Cloudy. High: 77 Low: 47
Fri - Mostly Cloudy. High: 64 Low: 38

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Last Updated: October 05 2014 06:10 PM

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