South American Skiing: Ski Portillo Receives Four Feet in Four Days

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Ski Portillo, the legendary Chilean resort, has received four feet of snow in four days, and the snow continues to fall on its South American slopes. The 2006 summer season is underway and runs through Oct. 7, 2006. Ski weeks begin at US$1,200 per person, including seven nights accommodation at Hotel Portillo, seven-day lift tickets, and four meals daily.

Ski Portillo, the legendary Chilean resort, has received four feet of snow in four days, and the snow continues to fall on its South American slopes. Portillo receives nearly 300 days of sunshine and an average of 25 feet of snowfall each season, with last year’s snow totaling a record 46 feet.

New this year is an additional Va et Vient (“Coming and Going”) slingshot lift named Las Vizcachas, which accesses expert-only terrain in the Las Lomas ski area. The new slingshot lift is named after the local Vizcacha rabbit and is 470 meters/1542 feet long with a vertical drop of 220 meters/722 feet.

The 2006 summer season is underway and runs through Oct. 7, 2006. Ski weeks begin at US$1,200 per person, including seven nights accommodation at Hotel Portillo, seven-day lift tickets, and four meals daily. Rates at the Octagon Lodge, a mid-level option for budget traveler, start at US$760 per person and include accommodations with four bunk beds and a private bathroom, meals in the Hotel Portillo dining room, and lift tickets. At the backpacker-style Inca Lodge, rates begin at US$490 per person per week for dorm-style accommodations, lift tickets and meals in the self-service restaurant.

Named one of the Top 10 Ski Resorts in the World by SKI magazine, The Travel Channel and Warren Miller Entertainment, Portillo is the most famous resort in South America, combining old-world elegance, breathtaking scenery and epic skiing. Portillo is an intimate resort that accommodates only 450 guests per week, offering a hassle-free winter vacation, with no lift lines or crowded slopes.

American, Continental, Delta, and LanChile all provide service to Santiago International Airport, with daily flights available to Santiago from Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami and New York.

For information or to book a vacation to Portillo (including flights), call toll-free from the U.S., 1.800.829.5325 or email. For additional information, visit http://www.skiportillo.com.

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