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post #31 of 48

Portillo, great memories.  Love the Roca Jack lift especially the lst ride up.  Absolutely the most thrilling ride of your life.  Oh, the heli companions aren't bad either.

post #32 of 48
Quality post. You covered most all of what folks want. Thank you. Some questions though:

1. Your a NE skier, did you have much powder experience before the trip?
2. Any travel tips for those considering a trip?
3. What is with that pic of those girls? I'm. Not the first to ask but you need to give up a story... You know that's already a background for a lot of guys, so somebody will need to do some

I'm planning my trip (alone) next year to Portillo, so any insights to Epicski users (me and others) is very appreciated.

BTW- I travel a lot for work and see many skiers in ATL (many US Ski Team of some level) in summer, ski boots hucked over their shoulders and just makes me want to do it even more.

Glad you could make and thanks again for sharing.
post #33 of 48
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Originally Posted by skeeter984 View Post

Quality post. You covered most all of what folks want. Thank you. Some questions though:

1. Your a NE skier, did you have much powder experience before the trip?
2. Any travel tips for those considering a trip?
3. What is with that pic of those girls? I'm. Not the first to ask but you need to give up a story... You know that's already a background for a lot of guys, so somebody will need to do some

I'm planning my trip (alone) next year to Portillo, so any insights to Epicski users (me and others) is very appreciated.

BTW- I travel a lot for work and see many skiers in ATL (many US Ski Team of some level) in summer, ski boots hucked over their shoulders and just makes me want to do it even more.

Glad you could make and thanks again for sharing.

 

this is north eastern skiing to us. video by the op. if you ski northern vermont you have more experince with powder than people in most other place around the country, if you ski northern vermont nearly everyday you get more powder skiing than other people not skiing everyday.

 

 

post #34 of 48
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by skeeter984 View Post

Quality post. You covered most all of what folks want. Thank you. Some questions though:

1. Your a NE skier, did you have much powder experience before the trip?
2. Any travel tips for those considering a trip?
3. What is with that pic of those girls? I'm. Not the first to ask but you need to give up a story... You know that's already a background for a lot of guys, so somebody will need to do some

I'm planning my trip (alone) next year to Portillo, so any insights to Epicski users (me and others) is very appreciated.

BTW- I travel a lot for work and see many skiers in ATL (many US Ski Team of some level) in summer, ski boots hucked over their shoulders and just makes me want to do it even more.

Glad you could make and thanks again for sharing.

 

1. Yup, plenty of powder experience. We get more of it here in Stowe than most people think. I've also spent a good amount of time skiing out West.

2. Take some time in your trip to spend in Santiago. It's a beautiful city and the food is great.

3. Honestly, there isn't much of a story. They were all in one of the heli groups together, and I guess it was an idea they'd hatched at the bar the previous night. The woman on the left was that heli group's guide. The two guys were the other two guides. Supposedly they skied a run in their bikinis too, but no one was around to see it at that point.

post #35 of 48

Great video! I've only skied New England (and 2 days in Breck last year) but your video has me thinking of the future...

post #36 of 48

I am intersted too. 

Has this photo something to do with the warming up before the descend ;)

post #37 of 48
Thread Starter 

Just for the heck of it, I figured I'd post some pictures from the rest of the trip as well. After a week in Portillo, we spent some time in Santiago. We checked out the top of San Cristobal Hill, via an old funicular.

 

 

Went to the Mercado Central to check out the fish markets and had some awesome seafood.

 

 

 

Met up with a friend from Stowe who lives in Chile, who took us for some awesome Chilean BBQ. This picture is after we'd already eaten half of what came.

 

 

Then we hopped on a plane (note Aconcagua in the background, the tallest mountain in the Americas).

 

 

When we landed we found ourselves on a strange island full of statues the size of three or four story buildings.

 

 

 

 

Took a swim in the South Pacific.

 

 

Had a great sunset dinner by the ocean..

 

 

When we hit the mainland again, we spent a day skiing at La Parva. Unfortunately conditions weren't anywhere near as good as we got at Portillo. Firm would be the word of the day. Still managed to have some fun and find some skiable steeps.

 

 

Hard to complain about the conditions when you have a view like this at lunch time.

 

 

For our last lunch in Santiago, before flying out later that day, my local friend took us to this out of the way place on the outskirts of town, which had the best empanadas in the city. They even had the certificate on the wall to prove it.

post #38 of 48

Nice bump!

post #39 of 48

Bump for the 65th anniversary of Ski Portillo

post #40 of 48

Heading there on August 15.  Hoping for snow!

post #41 of 48
Thread Starter 

Sure wish I could go back again! It was the trip of a lifetime.

post #42 of 48

Just back from Portillo.  Great trip!  As mentioned above, a rugged, magical place that is well worth a splurge at least once.  (Four great meals a day served at your own table definitely beats ski mountain cafeteria food.)  No new snow (arrived the day after we left), but participated in the annual Portillo summer NASTC training course and I recommend it highly for anyone.  Terrific, challenging terrain and excellent coaching for advanced skiers.  I'm doing a detailed description of NASTC in the Instruction forum. 

 

Oh, almost forgot...as anyone who knows me is aware, natural and man-made catastrophes seem to happen wherever I happen to be (e.g., car bomb just missed me outside the UN in New York, got off the subway to the World Trade Center in Times Square as 9/11 was happening, was skiing at A-Basin when the fatal inbounds avalanche comes down 300 yards away, attended a movie at the Aurora, Colorado, theater days before the shooting, was skiing in Japan the day of the earthquake/tsunami, etc.), so of course Hiromi and I were standing in line at the Santiago airport when the 6.3 earthquake hits.  The duty-free shop looked like a lake of wine on the floor, mixed with much of the ceiling plaster.  (If you're with me, you don't get hurt, but your home may be a mess when I leave.)

 

Seven weeks until Loveland and A-Basin open!


Edited by mike_m - 8/25/14 at 9:30am
post #43 of 48
The one percent....or mabye the 1/4 percent,...

Yes, I'm jealous.
post #44 of 48
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The one percent....or mabye the 1/4 percent,...

Yes, I'm jealous.

We are in Portillo right now and it is incredible! It snowed 29cm the day we arrived and skiing is great. Scenery is off the chart, people are wonderful.

This place should be on everyone's list.


jl
post #45 of 48
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Originally Posted by BOOTech,Inc. View Post


We are in Portillo right now and it is incredible! It snowed 29cm the day we arrived and skiing is great. Scenery is off the chart, people are wonderful.

jl

 

Don't take this the wrong way but I hate you right now..  :D

post #46 of 48
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Don't take this the wrong way but I hate you right now..  biggrin.gif

IThats alright, in fact here's some more reasons to pile it on. Feel free to hate away 'cause we had an incredible time!

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jl
post #47 of 48

That's ok.  I'm glad you guys had a great trip!  :-) Looks like you had great conditions and had good fun and that's what it's all about.  My jealousy will subside..  :-) 

post #48 of 48

aside from the heli skiing, was chile expensive to travel ?

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