South America’s premier ski resort.
Portillo’s history goes back to the construction by the English of the Trans-Andes railway 1887. A few workers practiced the sport of skiing. It wasn’t until the inauguration of the railway in 1910 that skiers started showing up. In 1909 the German Val Paraiso Ski Club was formed and they would go on excursion around the lake at Portillo. The 1930s saw the arrival of the first lift and plans were made in the 1940s to developed a hotel. Although that initial plan failed, the Chilean Government would step to build the hotel and installed two single chairs and one surface lift. The ski area was managed by the Chilean Mountain Army School (Escuela de Montaña del Ejército de Chile. The ski area would be privatized and two American would step in 1961. The new direction started promoting Portillo as an international destination. Portillo would host the World Ski Championships in 1966 and would be in the spotlight of the ski world.
Portillo is still South America<s number one resort.