Everything you read about Afghanistan is about suicide bombers or land mines. But there's another side to the country you haven't seen: Rising eco-tourism, adventurous locals, and yes, skiing. Photos and words by Eric Sutphin.
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.