I’ve got a trip booked to Portillo the first week of August. This is my first trip skiing in S.A. I looked into skiing at Valle Nevado, Chile and Las Lenas, Agentina. I’m going with 2 ski buddies. 2 of us are staying at Hotel Portillo; the other guy is staying at the Octagon Lodge.
Valle Nevado is interconnected with La Parva and El Colorado. It’s one of largest ski resorts in the Americas. Las Lenas seems to be very large also. There are a few folks here and at Powdermag that really like Las Lenas. It’s steep and large.
I booked into Portillo mostly because of the mystic and allure of the resort. I’ve worked and lived with folks from Santiago and the states that have worked at Portillo. I’ve worked either for or with three SSD’s of Portillo. For me this is a once-in-a-lifetime trip. So for me it was an easy choice. Check out Portillo
Packages to Portillo are almost all inclusive. Lodging includes; 7 nights, 4 meals per day and 8 days skiing. I booked through the Moguls link at the bottom of the page. The review link posted by Xdog is good. I read that too before I booked. The transfers to Portillo through the hotel are coach type busses. They leave the airport 3 times a day. If you get stuck at the airport getting through customs or baggage claim you could miss the bus. If the road is closed to Portillo due to snow, the bus will return to Santiago and you will need a room for the night. The transfers arranged by Moguls are vans specifically for your party. They will wait for you. If the road is closed they will wait to see when the road will open. The drivers are bi-lingual and will give you some local insight to the resort. Also, the more people in the party the less it costs per person.
Airfare has been fluctuating recently about $200 per person from Boston to Santiago. We are flying Delta. It seems to be the easiest route from Boston with the fewest stops. We will make a connection in Atlanta. SCL is the airport code for the airport in Santiago, Chile.
It would be cool to hook up with a bear way south of the border for some turns. Let us know what you’ve decided.
Sorry for the length, and good luck finding the powder,