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Portillo Chile - June 2005

Portillo is located near the base of Mt. Aconcagua, the highest mountain in the Western hemisphere (7,266 meters, 23,834 feet). Portillo is Chile's first ski resort and important in the evolution of world skiing. It is generally regarded as the best organized ski resort in South America. The resort has hosted numerous international events including the 1966 World Championships.

People began skiing in the area when the Argentina-Chile railway line reached Portillo in 1890. Virtually all of the resort's accommodation and activities are concentrated in the huge hotel complex. This is one of the world's classic mountain hotels, and has been so pretty much from day one - receiving rave reviews in the 1940s and '50s and still very highly regarded.

Portillo's ski area is split in to two by the hotel but is very highly regarded by good skiers, who have 50% of the terrain. With limited numbers on the slopes, the chances of finding wide empty fields of light powder to float through beneath blue skies and above the beautiful lake are well above even.

Vertical Drop: 762m/2,500'

Hotel's altitude: 2,880m/9,450'

Longest Run: 2,465m/1.5 mi.

Top Elevation: 3,310m/10,860'

Lifts: 12 (3 quads, 1 triple, and 1 double chairlift, 2 va et vient and 5 surface)

Terrain: 10/35/35/20 (beg/int/adv/exp)

Skiable Acres: 1,235

Snowboards: Yes
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Doublemint twins on the lift
Doublemint twins on the lift
Angie, Ana & Kristin
Angie, Ana & Kristin
Debbie at Tio Bob's
Debbie at Tio Bob's
Tio Bob's
Tio Bob's
View of the Hotel Portillo from Tio Bob's
View of the Hotel Portillo from Tio Bob's
Ana going for the edge
Ana going for the edge
Kristin and Debbie
Kristin and Debbie
Me
Me
Brian and Ana
Brian and Ana
Debbie and I
Debbie and I
Lunch crowd at Tio Bob's
Lunch crowd at Tio Bob's
Do I need to say more?
Do I need to say more?
Parrillada, and no the pic  isn't photoshopped. The background just looks like a backdrop.
Parrillada, and no the pic isn't photoshopped. The background just looks like a backdrop.
A happy man with his longaniza
A happy man with his longaniza
Chilean flag flies over Tio Bob's
Chilean flag flies over Tio Bob's
Best lunch ever served at over 10,000 feet. Mmmmmm, parrillada
Best lunch ever served at over 10,000 feet. Mmmmmm, parrillada
The doublemint twins
The doublemint twins
Father and son at Tio Bob's
Father and son at Tio Bob's
Aconcagua
Aconcagua
Lunch crowd
Lunch crowd
This Brazilian girl was everywhere we turned
This Brazilian girl was everywhere we turned
Brian and Ana on Bob's roof
Brian and Ana on Bob's roof
Ana and Brian on the roof of Tio Bob's
Ana and Brian on the roof of Tio Bob's
Anna, Brian, Me, Kristen and Angie on the roof of Tio Bob's
Anna, Brian, Me, Kristen and Angie on the roof of Tio Bob's
Brian finds powder in the afternoon
Brian finds powder in the afternoon
The hotel from David's Run
The hotel from David's Run
Hotel from Canejo
Hotel from Canejo
One of the final runs with Aconcagua in the background
One of the final runs with Aconcagua in the background
Kristen
Kristen
Model shoot by the hot tub
Model shoot by the hot tub
Model shoot by the hot tub
Model shoot by the hot tub
Is it me or is the snow melting
Is it me or is the snow melting
Debbie, me, Marcos (our waiter for the week), Brian, Ana, Kristin and Angie
Debbie, me, Marcos (our waiter for the week), Brian, Ana, Kristin and Angie
Found a place to sleep
Found a place to sleep
Snow cats prepping for the night's work
Snow cats prepping for the night's work
Getting ready for the torch parade down Plateau
Getting ready for the torch parade down Plateau
Here they come
Here they come
Ooooh, Ahhhhhh
Ooooh, Ahhhhhh
Angie, Kristin, Ana, Brian and Debbie
Angie, Kristin, Ana, Brian and Debbie
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