This was my first time down here and it was a blast. Leaving Baltimore, our flights got messed up and we missed our flight to Santiago. It took a couple extra days to get down here, but it was worth the wait. Portillo is a one of a kind place. You are isolated in the Andes and relaxing is the name of the game. The weather was cloudy the first few days and made for very difficult visibility on the mountain. It had not snowed in 10 days, but there was still good snow to be had. Mid-week we got about a foot of fresh and the sun came out. I have skied a lot of places and a lot of good snow but this was just unreal. The lake was frozen and Lake Run was unbelievable. The snow was extremely dry and almost Utah like. Roca Jack was closed that day but the next day they opened it and I was on the second Poma up the mountain. Unreal, unreal. Since there are only so many guests here the mountain doesnt get tracked out that fast. It is different here, you wake up whenever and go ski. It doesnt matter because the snow is good all day and there is always fresh to find. This has been a life changing experience. I will be traveling here every summer from now on. There are a lot of other great resorts that must be visited. I will post some pictures when I get home. Just remember, winter never ends. And it is always snowing somewhere.
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8/4/07 at 9:53am