We’re on a hot streak in the Pacific NW with the only good snow remaining found on our glaciers. So we find our thoughts drifting south with focus on Portillo in Chile’s Andes Mountains. Their winter season opened a month ago. Its 1235 acres of skiable terrain attracts the most world class skiers each summer. It hosts summer training for the U.S., Canadian and Austrian National Ski Teams, among others. According to coaches, the accessibility, service, runs, and snow make Portillo second to none when it comes to organizing summer training sessions for premier Olympic skiers. It also hosts the most elite freeride camp every summer coached by Chris Davenport of Aspen, CO, Mike Douglas of Whistler, BC, Ingrid Backstrom of Squaw Valley, CA, Wendy Fisher of Crested Butte, CO, and Chris Anthony of Vail, CO. Check out the video below. The Superstars Camp is geared towards expert skiers looking to take their skiing to the next level with coaching on the skills of steep skiing, terrain recognition and management, proper mechanics and powder skiing techniques. This year’s camp, which takes place August 10-17, is sold out. But you can still ski Portillo and hang with the elite athletes. The ski area has just one hotel offering all-inclusive accommodations (see below) to a maximum of 450 guests a week (hey, that’s about the capacity of a 747). That means guests, Chris, Ingrid and athletes have the opportunity to dine and apres together. Good times for sure! For more information or to book a Portillo vacation, visit www.skiportillo.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call toll-free from North America, 1.800.829.5325. And be sure to plan early for next summer’s Superstars Camp.
Ski Portillo weeks are based on a Saturday-to-Saturday stay and all packages include: Seven days unlimited access to ski lifts; seven nights lodging; four meals per day (breakfast, lunch, tea, and dinner); complimentary use of heated pool, jacuzzi, sauna, fitness center, full court gymnasium, aerobics and yoga classes, cinema, game room with rock climbing wall, children’s activities, disco, piano bar, ski check, boot check and timed race courses; day care for children ages 4 to 7 years old is free of charge.