Ski country is beautiful, no matter where you find it.
1. Top of the Super C Couloir at Ski Portillo
Photo credit: Chris Davenport, @steepskiing
Portillo is know for many things: powder that lasts for days, a sunshine yellow lodge and slingshot lifts.
However, not all of the terrain at Ski Portillo is lift served. If you’re up for earning your turns, and you’ve got expert skills, this view from the top of the Andes down into the depths of Laguna del Inca might be one of the prettiest sights you’ll ever see.
It’s at least a two-hour climb, but the payoff is huge: almost 5,000 vertical feet of pristine powder.
2. Valle Nevado Sunsets and More
Photo credit: Alex Barrera, @alex_cop_neu
Alex Barrera is an amateur photographer doing beautiful things with his Instagram feed. Currently, Alex is focused on Valle Nevado. His color-soaked sunsets inspire, while his shots of every day ski resort activities, like snowmaking and grooming, are equally well-done.
Alex’s photos are so good, we’re including a bonus shot.
3. Extreme Synchronicity at Ski Portillo, Bosse Landberger, @bosselandberger
On an average day at Portillo, you’ll find about one skier per skiable acre which equals plenty of room to rip. This photo features U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Famer John Clendenin and a friend making perfect synchronized turns enjoying the wide open snow.
A world champion freestyle skier and founder of the Clendenin Ski Method, Clendenin hosts an off-piste and mogul skiing camp for adults at Portillo each September.
4. Heliskiing, Valle Nevado, @revistapanoramas.cl
Valle Nevado is big, with 2200 inbound acres and hike-to access to an additional 5,000 skiable acres. Not enough for you? Then sign up for Valle Nevado Heli Ski.
Expert mountain guides lead each group and each drop-in averages 1,000 skiable meters or 3,280 feet. Guests choose from 2, 3 or 4 runs per day.
Yep. That’ll wear your legs out.
5. Ski School Professores, Ski Portillo. @agencydmcphoto
Ski Portillo is a true international destination, and the ski school reflects this.
Ski School Director Robin Barnes shares this photo of talented professores from twelve countries. All of these passionate instructors teach year round in both the Southern and Northern hemispheres, some foregoing summer for years and decades.
6. Riding Pista Diablada, Valle Nevado, Gustavo Lancia, @gustavolancia
Chile is an equally fun winter sports destination for snowboarders and skiers. Swiss rider Gustavo Lancia is spending this winter in Chile enjoying the snow and sunshine. Here, he rides Diablada, or Dance of the Devils, on the Valle Nevado frontside.
7. The Portillo Hotel from the Far Side of Laguna del Inca, @skiportillo
While the distinctive Hotel Portillo is often photographed, it’s rarely shown from the far side of Laguna del Inca.
No matter what time of day, the Andean backdrop is gorgeous.
8. Powder Lines, Valle Nevado. @valle_nevado
Why ski South America? This photo from Valle Nevado sums it up: yummy pow that last for days.
9. View from the Portillo Dining Room, @skiportillo
While the skiing and riding can be as wild as you make it, a week at Ski Portillo is also civilized.
Meals in the historic and elegant dining room are included for hotel guests. Enjoy gourmet food, world famous Chilean wines and stop-in-your-tracks views with every meal.
10. Valle Nevado em Agosto, @skisetemares
If you speak Portuguese, you know the name of this photo is Valle Nevado in August. The Valle Nevado gondola was installed in 2013 to provide easy access from the parking area to the ski-in/ski-out mountain village.