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    Chile ski season - best time to ski in Portillo, Chile

    The winter ski season in Chile is from late June to early October with slight variations on the length of the season. The most snowfall generally falls in July and August. So when is the best time to ski in Chile? Below you can find the details of what the snow is like each month, comparing it to the ski season and skiing in the central US. You might also find it useful to review our Ski resort guides, so you can plan the perfect moment to visit us for your summer skiing vacation at Portillo.

    June: early ski season conditions

    Known for the start of the Chile ski season, June brings the first snows, and there may be early ski season conditions. Comparable to December in the US, June is known for skiing on a combination of man-made snow and natural snowfall. June is the opportunity for eager skiers to get back on the slopes while taking advantage of low season rates.

    July: a good choice for families

    July is the peak of the winter in Chile. During this time, Portillo generally receives frequent snow storms, much like January at U.S. ski resorts, but without the below freezing cold temperatures. Families from the southern part of South America are regulars during their winter breaks, and families from the US looking to ski in summer visit for youth race camp, family bonding time, and the chance for kids to make friends from around the world on the slopes and in lessons.

    August: a favorite for many.

    A favorite to many, August is known for the most predictable Chile snow conditions on top of a solid snow base. During this month Portillo receives snowfall in heavy storm cycles followed by bluebird days. Similar to February in the U.S, during August, guests may enjoy a powder day with sunshine and springlike temperatures. It is also when groups of friends, singles and professional skiers from North America flock south for skiing. Theme weeks like Friends week and Wine Week bring apres-ski events that are perfect for mingling and making new friends.

    September: a festive month

    The Chilean national holiday takes place on the 18th September, and it’s a tradition for many Chileans to ski that week. It is also the start of spring conditions, known for warmer temperatures and spring skiing on soft, corn snow. Compared to March in the USA, September brings spring break for Chileans and many fun traditions, food and parties around the national holiday. It is a great time to visit for those looking for spring skiing under the Portillo sun with a full experience of the local culture.

    How to get here

    Located northeast of Santiago on the border with Argentina, Portillo is a two hour drive from Santiago Airport. The international highway is a beautiful and scenic route through vineyards and fruit-growing farms, with the final stretch consisting of 29 curvas or switchbacks leading up to the resort. Guests staying for a ski-week or mini-week do not need a car while at Portillo, so we recommend they arrange transportation through Portillo Tours.

    Where to Stay

    Portillo has several lodging options to accomodate families, groups of friends, or solo travelers. Hotel Portillo has rooms, suites, and family apartments with views of the Inca Lake or the mountains/valleys. The Chalets are charming cabins located only a short walk away from the hotel that are perfect for small groups of friends. The Octagon Lodge is a more value option with bunk style rooms with private bathrooms, and the Inca Lodge offers affordable hostel-style accommodations.

    Where to Eat

    At Portillo, we focus on the cuisine as seriously as we do skiing. All ski weeks and mini weeks include four daily meals (breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner) in the hotel dining room (or the Self Service Cafeteria for Inca Lodge guests). Our on-mountain restaurants are a great alternative for lunch al fresco or inside on cold days, with salads and grill options. The Portillo Bar has a full menu with empanadas and casual cuisine, as well as fondue and sushi accompanied by live piano music.

    Travel Tips

    We want your stay in Portillo to be memorable, so here are some tips to help you plan, so that you can have an incredible and hassle-free vacation.

    Hotel Services

    Ski Portillo is a resort with a full range of hotel amenities and services, available for guests staying in Portillo for a ski week or a mini-week during the Chile ski season.