Skiing & Snowboarding Facilities Portillo
The Ski area and Lifts
Portillo offers outstanding skiing, and it's just outside the hotel door. There are 13 ski lifts, including: 2 quad chairs, 1 triple chair, 2 double chairs, 3 famous Va et Vient slingshot lifts and 5 Poma lifts. The ski area is comprised of 15 runs, several of which are wide bowls with generous amounts of terrain, as well as endless off-piste terrain that is easily accessed.
Portillo's runs are renown among expert and advanced skiers but are loved by beginners and intermediates as well. Terrain is 10% easiest, 70% intermediate/advanced and 20% very difficult. The easy and intermediate/advanced terrain is groomed on a daily basis, and the most difficult terrain is natural snow pack.
The season opens June 16 and closes October 06 or perhaps later depending on late-season snow conditions. Portillo ski normally receives an average of 20 feet of snow per season, however in the event of low snowfall, Portillo has extensive snowmaking, which allows for the consistent operation of the ski area once it is open. Temperatures generally do not dip lower than 25ºF, and often guests can ski and soak up the sun in their bathing suits on the same day.
Wheather and Snow Conditions
Portillo typically enjoys 80% sunny days, and deep blue skies. At night, the blanket of stars visible from the hotel is simply awe-inspiring. Portillo normally receives an average of 20 feet of snow per season, most of which falls during short, intense snowstorms. In the event of low snowfall, Portillo has extensive snowmaking capabilities, which allows for the consistent operation of the ski resort once it is open. Temperatures generally do not dip lower than 25ºF, and often guests can ski and soak up the sun in their bathing suits on the same day.
Ski School & Guiding
The Portillo Ski & Snowboarding School is one of the finest in the world. The school's director, Michael Rogan, is a member of the elite U.S. Demonstration Team and has been featured regularly in SKI Magazine. Mike's staff of 35 professionals come from 8 different countries and are all highly certified; many are Demonstration Team members themselves. Portillo's guests are given a unique opportunity to learn to ski or snowboard or improve their racing or powder turns from such a large group of best-in-their-field ski school professionals.
Ski and Snowboard Rentals & Valet Service
The rental shop has a complete supply of parabolic-shaped skis from Rossignol, as well as high-performance skis. We also have the latest in snowboards, short skis and wide-body powder skis. Our experts are on hand to tune and repair your equipment to your specifications. Dealing with skis, boots, poles and snowboards at Portillo is hassle-free: our equipment valets store gear as soon as guests walk through the door.
Ski in Portillo / The Sol de Portillo Race
Portillo hosts many national ski teams for their summer training. Many guests also get into the racing spirit and take a few race-training lessons with our ski school. A highlight at Portillo is our weekly ski race called the Sol de Portillo, a fun event that we recommend for all our guests participate in, even if they are beginners. A practice racecourse with free timing is open to all and video analysis of guests' racing technique is available for a small charge.