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post #1 of 25
Thread Starter 

Several of us from Jackson Hole are leaving one week from today to ski at Portillo from August 6 through 13.

 

IMO, the Portillo website is one of the worst anywhere, with almost zero useful information about recent conditions.  I know that it hasn't snowed a lot (something like 80" TOTAL so far for the season), so I guess I don't expect it to be great.

 

I'm just wondering if there is enough coverage for there to be any off-piste skiing at all, or is it too thin?  We're trying to decide how much gear to schelp along and whether packs/beacons/shovels/randonnee stuff is worth the effort.

 

If you know of any first-hand info that's current, I'd love to hear it.

 

Thanks in advance,

post #2 of 25

Can't help you with any updated conditiosn info, but I hope when you get there the snow conditions improve. Remember Fiindog's posts from last summer, would hope South America would have a better season a year later.

 

Good luck, hoping the next two weeks is catch up on snow fall down there!

post #3 of 25

I've been working here for July. We had about 15-20cms earlier in the week, coverage is still a bit thin, most runs are open though. Definitely skiable off piste, I did hit some rocks low down by Juncalillo. The weather is turning at the moment and we should get snow this weekend.

post #4 of 25

 

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the Portillo website is one of the worst anywhere, with almost zero useful information about recent conditions.  I know that it hasn't snowed a lot (something like 80" TOTAL so far for the season)

Welcome to South America.  Try finding season to date snowfall on any other South America ski site. Try finding a ski report at all from Las Lenas or Chillan.

post #5 of 25

Frank Coffey use to be the Snow Safety Director and I think he's still there?  Somebody in JH, like Overcast, has to have his email address?  At the very least I'd look him up when you get there.

post #6 of 25

Hey Bob, Robin Barnes would know. Shoot her an email or FB message!

 

Storm expected this weekend there so looks like you might luck out!

post #7 of 25

Bob, very good info on TGR, http://www.tetongravity.com/forums/showthread.php/220031-South-America-2011/page6 

 

I would suggest that if things aren't too good at Portillo, go check out Ski Arpa, Cat operation not far from there.

 

Reporting?  As Tony said, good luck!  It may suprise you but they aren't too concerned with accurate or timely reporting or opening or closing lifts.... 

 

from what is being posted, Portillo is still boney, VN, LaParva and Colorado are the same but improving. Suprisingly, Bariloche is making a huge comeback after they thought their season was cooked (literally: volcanic ashe) the further south the better the conditions so far. 

 

Things can turn around on a dime there and there supposedly a storm coming in.  You just want to be at the resort when they do or you risk getting stuck in Santiago.  If the roads are "iffy" make sure you pack some food & Water.  The rocks there are shale so they can shred your bases - just a warning. 

post #8 of 25
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TODAY: 29/07/2011

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TODAY    
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Total snow to date 84 inches
Snow depth Hotel 31 inches
Snow depth Plateau 38 inches
Snow depth Juncalillo 20 inches
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SANTIAGO - PORTILLO Abierto / Open
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post #9 of 25
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the help, everybody.  Particularly Jim with the firsthand report.

 

We're committed to both the trip and the dates, so we're just going to take whatever the conditions offer.  I just found it kind of odd that there are no webcams, very few photos, and essentially no firsthand reports that I could find (I don't know why I didn't look on TGR).

 

I will be posting reports on a semi-daily basis.  We're really looking forward to the trip - none of us have ever been there.

 

 

post #10 of 25

you will have a great time!  BTW- the water is fine to drink!  Just watch out for the food poisoning. Not unusual to see milk egg, yogurt left out unrefridgerated, make sure chicken and meats are thoroughly cooked. The seafood there is particularly good.   You are much better off having your dirver stop in Santiago and buy wine, beer and snacks, miscellaneous stuff; its expensive at the resorts, a $9 bottle of Castillo Daiblo is about $50.00 at VN for instance. 

 

Customs: I would recommend you declare you have prohibited items this way you cannot be fined by customs, they can be very abitrary about any kind of items, nuts, even power bars and such. Also, I a sure you know about the entrance fee.  There is a great cafe after you get through customs that has good breakfast and coffee. 

 

I am looking forward to the great reports!

post #11 of 25

And for apres ski and evening drinks, go to the "local's bar" across the road from the hotel -- same drinks for cheaper prices.

post #12 of 25

Just left Portillo :( Snowing pretty hard, should be a great week up there.

post #13 of 25

portillo is reporting 10" in past 24 hours......  I think you are going to be fine...

post #14 of 25
Thread Starter 

Yeah.  It's sounding fairly good.  I'm getting pretty excited.

 

Now we're trying to make the decision about whether to talk backcountry gear along.  Seems like a pain but we might do it anyway.

 

 

post #15 of 25

take it ..... I am going on a bit of a limb, but higher up stuff should be better and there's always the chance you get over to Arpa.  you may get more fresh (although you never want to be there when it dumps: everything closes) but not having it would really suck....

post #16 of 25

 

The official reporting is so sketchy I have noticed in several past season that TR's on TGR are usually the best source of info.  That thread had a pic of a truck a Chillan with 4-5 feet of snow on its roof.  By anecdotal comments I believe Chillan gets the most snow of lift-served South America with big mountain scale.  But I have absolutely no hard data to back that up.  Chillan's direct reporting is nonexistent.

post #17 of 25
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Yeah.  It's sounding fairly good.  I'm getting pretty excited.

 

Now we're trying to make the decision about whether to talk backcountry gear along.  Seems like a pain but we might do it anyway.

 

 


You'll want it. 

 

post #18 of 25



Chillan is skiing well: TGR reports and e-mails I have recieved from people down there confrim that.  I am very surpised that Bariloche made such a come back. I also saw that LaParva opened it's new free skiing area which used to require a little hiking and traversing.  It opens a gi-normous backcountry experience that is lift served.  I was really hoping to ski that this season.

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The official reporting is so sketchy I have noticed in several past season that TR's on TGR are usually the best source of info.  That thread had a pic of a truck a Chillan with 4-5 feet of snow on its roof.  By anecdotal comments I believe Chillan gets the most snow of lift-served South America with big mountain scale.  But I have absolutely no hard data to back that up.  Chillan's direct reporting is nonexistent.



 

post #19 of 25

FYI-  Vn is showing 8cm's this AM and its still snowing, LaParva (connecting mountain) is reporting 25cm's of fresh and still snowing.  Since there's no cam for Portillo my guess is they are getting similar weather with more on the way. 

post #20 of 25
Thread Starter 

Re the backcountry stuff:

 

The guy who's arranging our trip just told me that any "backcountry" skiing I might do is more akin to sidecountry skiing here at JH where you either traverse, sidestep, or boot in places.  He's telling me I don't need skins.

 

This bit of information comes after last night I came to what I thought was a brilliant solution to my dilemma.  I didn't want to bring downhill skis, downhill boots, alpine touring skis and alpine touring boots all on this trip.  My main AT skis are Head Monster 95's with Dynafit bindings.  That would mean that if I wanted to ski on those skis, I would HAVE to take my AT boots (Scarpa Spirit 4).  The thought of lugging all that junk made me go "ARRRRR".

 

Then last night I had this flash of brilliance.  I have an old pair of AT skis with Fritschis.  They're 1998-era Rossi Bandit II's and I haven't skied them for years, but I figured I could set up the Fritschis for my downhill boots and then I could tour that way - thus saving the effort of bringing a second pair of boots.

 

So, last night I succeeded in getting the downhill skis, the AT skis, my wife's skis, and our poles all into the ski bag which subsequently weighed in at 49.5 pounds, or just under the airline baggage limit.  Then comes this email a few minutes ago saying I don't need to skin at Portillo - I can boot or traverse/sidestep.

 

Now I'm asking those of you with experience down there.  Should I leave the AT skis home now?  I'm still taking pack/beacon/shovel/probe.

 

I'm confused.

post #21 of 25

I was mostly referring to your Avi Gear.   The only time you'll really want the AT skis is crossing back across the lake and depending on snow conditions, you can often skate. 

post #22 of 25
Thread Starter 
Thanks, Shread. AT skis going out of the bag now.
post #23 of 25
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I was mostly referring to your Avi Gear.   The only time you'll really want the AT skis is crossing back across the lake and depending on snow conditions, you can often skate. 


Or swim.

 

post #24 of 25



  Me too!  You can hit the vast majority of anything fun with a fairly short hike traverse or skate.   I don't think I would chance the lake this season..... biggrin.gif

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I was mostly referring to your Avi Gear.   The only time you'll really want the AT skis is crossing back across the lake and depending on snow conditions, you can often skate. 



 

post #25 of 25

So I'm back in Portillo, I was briefly exiled, but they missed me so much, they brought me back after only 3 days! Conditions are great at the moment, still lots of powder to be had. Big storm forecast for the weekend too, so it should be sick next week.

 

Re. the AT skis, I have mine, but haven't actually used my skins yet, for things like Super C, everyone I know has accessed it with skins so far, but apparently sometimes there is a bootpack.

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