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USD 5,490

PORTILLO RESORT & FREERIDE TOUR
7 Nights | 8 Days | 7 Days Skiing

Location: South America | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Off-Piste, On-Piste, Backcountry, Sidecountry
Ability: Advanced to Expert
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USD 5,490
Experience skiing like never before at a world-renowned classic destination. Immerse yourself in the best of the best with top-notch snow quality, daring runs, and stunning panoramic views. And when the day is done, treat yourself to luxury accommodation.
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All Inclusive BC Portillo Tour

This 7-night / 8-day Portillo tour is designed for advanced to expert skiers & boarders who want to challenge themselves hiking & riding some of the best terrain on the planet including steep chutes, couloirs and massive descents.

Portillo is a freeride mecca and some of the best athletes from around the world congregate here during the southern winter to get their adrenaline fix. The ski resort itself has incredible on and off-piste terrain surrounded by towering cliffs and breathtaking views of the turquoise Laguna del Inca.

You will be based in a chalet located right on the lake which is part of the Portillo Hotel complex and you will have access to all of the hotel's facilities including the magnificent outdoor heated pool and jacuzzis, dining options and a bar. If you want a private room or an upgrade as a couple/twin, there are options for a room in the main hotel for an extra cost.

You can join the tour as a solo, couple or small group, or book the entire 10 spots with your own group.

All you need to do is get yourself to Santiago and Andes Touring will look after the rest.

Tour Highlights

  • Thrilling Andean Riding: Surrounded by towering cliffs and turquoise waters.
  • Portillo: classy and legendary, global level ski resort: steep & high runs.
  • Legendary Backcountry Line: Ski the Super C backcountry line, with over 1,300 vertical meters of some of the best freeriding terrain available.
  • Beautiful Landmarks: Ski tour to the Cristo Redentor, a landmark that marks the border between Chile and Argentina and offers breathtaking views of the massive Cerro Aconcagua.
  • High-Altitude Touring: For those who want to push their limits, a high-altitude summit attempt of Pico de la Iglesia, offering unparalleled views from the top.
  • Quality Accommodations: Stay in a comfortable and cozy chalet, with access to the Portillo Hotel facilities.
  • Expert Guidance: The tour is led by experienced, qualified and knowledgeable guides who will ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone.

Ability

Technical Level

This trip is rated as Advanced (3/4): recommended for skiers/riders with advanced backcountry skills, the ability to navigate the mountain with ease, proper equipment usage, handle any conditions and descend steep slopes.

Physical Demand

This trip is rated as Challenging (3/5): recommended for athletes with good physical condition. Daily activity time may be up to 6 hours, distances covered may be up to 18 km, positive elevation may be up to 1,000m, and you may reach an altitude of up to 4,500 meters above sea level.

Equipment

You will require full touring gear (split boards for snowboarders) and avalanche safety gear.

Kids & Non-Skiers

Because the tour is based at the ski resort, it would be possible to bring along kids & non-skiers/riders. A separate itinerary can be created to ensure they get a great experience whilst you are hiking & skiing the big lines around Portillo. Inquire for further information and to discuss options.

Your Guides

Andes Touring is made up of a collaboration of local guides who have years of experience skiing & riding the Andes. All guides are certified UIAGM-FIGMA or ANGM and intimately know the terrain and the discipline they will guide you in.

Itinerary

Day 1: Touchdown in Santiago

Welcome to Chile! Upon arrival at Santiago International Airport (SCL), you’ll be greeted by your tour guide and the rest of the group. The adventure starts right away as we drive directly to the stunning ski resort of Portillo. We’ll settle into the luxurious Portillo Hotel, where you’ll receive a comprehensive briefing about the exciting itinerary ahead. Your guide will go over all the details to ensure that everyone is fully prepared for what’s to come.

After freshening up, we’ll sit down to a delicious dinner with the group. Take the time to get to know each other over a hearty meal.

The Portillo Hotel is the perfect place to unwind and relax after a long flight, so kick back and enjoy your comfortable accommodations.  

Day 2: Warm up day at Portillo Ski Resort 

We’ll be hitting the slopes of the ski resort for a day of thrilling Andean riding. As you ski, we’ll be acclimatizing our bodies to the high altitude and getting into the rhythm of skiing in these incredible surroundings.

The ski resort is surrounded by towering cliffs and all its slopes drop directly down to the famous Laguna del Inca with its turquoise waters.

After a full day of skiing, we’ll head to the must-visit après ski destination in Portillo. Here, you’ll have the chance to relax and unwind with your team, reliving the day’s exciting experiences.

Before dinner, you’ll meet with your guides to review the plan for the next day’s activities.

Take a dip in the pool and jacuzzis to relax your muscles as you watch the spectacular sunset.

Day 3: Super C Line

Fuel up with a hearty breakfast, as today is going to be a big day!

We’ll be heading out to tackle the legendary Super C backcountry line located on the backside of the resort. It is a popular advanced-level ski run offering an exhilarating and challenging experience for expert skiers with its steep, sustained pitch and challenging terrain features. The ascent is by boot pack from the top of the lifts. The descent boasts over 1,300 vertical meters (4,200 feet) with pitches of up to 50 degrees making it some of the best freeriding terrain you’ll ever experience on the planet. Combined with towering rock cliffs and incredible views this may be one of the best skiing or riding days ever.

After shredding the Super C, you’ll have a well-deserved break to refuel and recharge with a delicious lunch back at the hotel and maybe a few cocktails with a view of the Laguna del Inca.

After lunch, the rest of the day will be spent skiing at the resort, where we’ll have the opportunity to put into practise what you learned in the backcountry.

After another day of adventure, we’ll head to the après ski scene for a drink and to catch up with your guides.

Then it's another delicious sit down dinner at the hotel, and time to have a massage or dip in the pool or have a few drinks at the pub.

Day 4: The Cristo Redentor Tour

Today is the day of some serious touring.

We’ll be heading to the Argentina border and after passing through the border checkpoint, we’ll park the shuttle (without crossing to Argentina) to start our ascent.

Our destination is the famous Cristo Redentor (4.000m / 13.123 feet), a landmark that marks the border and the former “Uspallata” border crossing, used by the Army of the Andes in 1817 to liberate Chile from Spanish rule.

Upon arrival at the top, the views will be breathtaking: immense mountain ranges with the massive Cerro Aconcagua (6,951m/22,840ft) in the background. Here we’ll take a good break, have an energizing snack, and prepare for the descent. The line is generally in great shape, with moderate pitches that make it suitable for all levels. Just enjoy the ride.

After the adventure, we’ll head back to the shuttle and return to the hotel for après, dinner and evening activities of your choice.

Day 5: Ski Portillo  

Today, we’re taking an “active rest day” – more active than resting!

We kick off the morning with a hearty breakfast at the hotel, then hit up the resort to keep improving our skiing skills on the Andean snow.

Portillo never fails to amaze with its steep runs and surroundings. We spend the day shredding the slopes and getting ready for our big mission tomorrow.

Afterwards, we unwind at the après ski and check in with our guides to review the itinerary for the final day. Time to hit the hay early and get ready for the last push.

Day 6: Cerro de la Iglesia

Today is the day of high-altitude touring.

We will attempt to summit the “Cerro de la Iglesia” (4,230m / 13,878 ft). 

A total ascent of about 6 hours of touring that will challenge your fitness, and reaching the top will deliver you with an unparalleled reward.

The climb is about 6 hours of touring and is typically physically demanding which will challenge your fitness and endurance. Cold temperatures, strong winds, and snow or ice-covered terrain can make it difficult to find secure footing.

The views that can be achieved from this point have been enjoyed by very few. The Cerro Aconcagua can now be seen in full glory…. we rest and admire the surroundings, and then prepare for our descent.

Despite these challenges, a winter ascent of Cerro de la Iglesia can be a truly unforgettable experience. The stunning scenery, unique sense of adventure, and sense of accomplishment that comes with reaching the summit make it a popular choice for experienced climbers.

The steep to moderate slopes on the southern face, which barely sees the sun, keep fresh light powder and challenge even expert skiers.

We return to the hotel to rest after the long journey.

DAY 7: Ski Portillo

Another day in this heavenly high mountain resort. Now that our bodies and minds are used to the environment and surroundings, we can enjoy a full day of skiing in the resort, taking advantage of all the meals and amenities at the hotel. It's an active yet relaxed day, to loosen up our legs and leave feeling satisfied to head back home.

Day 8: Last turns and time to say good-bye

We start the day with a filling breakfast at the hotel.

Then, it’s time to hit the slopes of Portillo Ski Resort for the last time. Depending on the time of your flight, we’ll enjoy some skiing before taking the shuttle directly to Santiago airport or hotel.

It’s a bittersweet moment, as we say goodbye to the stunning mountains, but we’ll cherish the memories we made on this adventure. Time to plan our next one.

Disclaimer

Although we do everything possible to stick to the planned schedule, the itinerary and departure in general are subject to change for numerous reasons, mainly to seek out better snow conditions. In the Andes you will always find fresh powder, let’s go for it!

Lodging

The chalets are located close to the main hotel and vary in capacity, housing from four to eight guests. These retro-designed chalets boast gorgeous lake views and perfectly combine the comfort and privacy of a mountain cabin with all the services and convenience of the hotel.

You will share a room with other people in your group.


Portillo chalets

Comfy rooms

Cozy living areas


Meals & Facilities

Packages in the chalets include four daily meals in the hotel dining room. Chalet guests can enjoy all the services and hotel facilities including the pool, fitness room and classes, game room, gymnasium, bar, and disco.


The iconic Portillo Hotel

Four sit down meals per day

The amazing pool complex

Rates, Inclusions & Add-Ons

2023 Rates

USD 5,490 per person

  • Invoice currency is USD
  • Price is based on a shared room in a chalet
  • This tour can also be booked as a private group for any dates within the season for a group of 6 for USD$5,490 p.p. Groups smaller than this will be at an increased cost per person.
Inclusions
  • Guides & instructors fees
  • All ground transportation
  • Lift tickets
  • 7 nights accommodation in a chalet at Portillo
  • 4 meals a day at the hotel restaurant
  • Backcountry snacks
  • Use or Portillo Hotel facilities such as pool, jacuzzis, gym & bars
Add-ons
  • Single room upgrade in Portillo Hotel- +$2,562p.p.
  • Couples/twin upgrade to a hotel room in Portillo Hotel - +$1,512pp
  • Couples/twin upgrade to suite in Portillo Hotel - +$3,862pp
Not Included
  • International flights to/from Santiago
  • Travel insurance

Andes Touring Terms & Conditions

Deposit & Balance:

  • To make a reservation, a 30% deposit of the total amount is required if less than 60 days from the start date.
  • The balance must be paid before 60 days prior to departure.
  • In case of delays in payment, Andes Touring reserves the right to charge a 90 dollar fee or cancel the reservation based on the cancellation policy below.
  • All payments are in US dollars

Cancellation by you

Our cancellation policy is as follows, depending on days prior departure:

  • 90 or more: 100% refund or 100% credit for another AT Trip.
  • 90 - 61: 50% refund or 75% credit for another AT Trip.
  • 60 - 31: 25% refund or 50% credit for another AT Trip.
  • 30 or fewer: no refunds or 25% credit for another AT Trip.
  • Credit with us is lifetime.
  • You can also transfer it to a friend or family member if you want. The transfer applies only to new reservations.

Travel Insurance is MANDATORY.

You should have as a minimum medical coverage for the activities you will be undertaking and air evacuation in case of an incident in the backcountry. See our recommendations here.

Cancellation by Andes Touring 

There are events out of our control that can postpone or cancel the trip. In general, it doesn't happen, but if it does, refunds will be total and with 30 or more days prior to departure.

We can't be held responsible for any additional expenses you incur in preparation for the trip (including plane tickets, visa fees, equipment, medical expenses, or others) so trip cancellation insurance is advisable.

Additionally, each trip requires a minimum number of participants. If we enroll enough participants to carry out a trip, it is confirmed and we will notify our guests so they can make their preparations. In most cases, if a trip doesn't have enough participants, it can be moved to another departure date or trip. If not, the deposit will refunded in full or you can pay an additional fee to carry out the trip with fewer participants.