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Summer Skiing in Portillo, Chile

Portillo, Chile. Credit Jonathan Selkowitz

By Everett Potter

The Hotel Portillo lies on the shores of the Lake of the Incas in the treeless Chilean Andes, 9,000-plus feet above sea level and a two-hour drive from Santiago. It is painted a jolting Crayola yellow and blue, possibly to catch your eye during a whiteout. It is the centerpiece of a remote and raw landscape of rock and snow, overseen by condors with 11-foot wingspans who slalom the thermals around 19,000-foot peaks.

There is no town, no boutique scene and nowhere to walk to except La Posada, a truckers’ brothel turned bar. Yet it is the social hub of Southern Hemisphere skiers. Read more at Forbes …

 

  Everett Potter is the Editor-in-Chief of Everett Potter’s Travel Report

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