Welcome to Portillo
Set around the spectacular alpine lake of Laguna del Inca on the Argentine border, Portillo is one of Chile's favorite ski resorts. There's not much to do here in the summer but hike to the other side of the lake (5km), and the resort is basically shuttered outside the ski season. But when the snow comes, so does the fun. It's not just amateurs who love its ultrasteep slopes: the US, Austrian and Italian national teams use it as a base for their summer training, and the 200km/h speed barrier was first broken here. Some of its terrain is apt for novices but it's hard-core powder junkies that really thrive. Altitudes range from 2590m to 3310m on its 20 runs, the longest of which measures 3.2km. Aside from the hotel and attached lodges, there are no other businesses here.