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.
A look back on three powder-filled days with Whistler’s Powder Mountain Cat skiing recalls faceshots, snorkels, and gravity-free pillow lines. Here’s how to plan your own trip for next winter. By Bill Wanrooy.