Portillo sits in a wonderland of knife-edged peaks and turquoise lakes, where Chile’s Andes Mountains climb 19,000 feet into the sky. Yet despite the stark vistas and the distance from civilization, this mountain outpost breathes elegance and polish, a living tribute to what skiing used to be. And, to the guests who return year after year, what it still is.
High in the Andes overlooking Santiago, Valle Nevado is one of Chile’s most underrated ski resorts. Praised for its steep terrain, iconic lodging, and beautiful vistas, Valle is often overlooked in spite of its competitors, but has just as much, if not more, to offer. Here’s how to maximize your time down south.