Mountain Mayhem: Ski Portillo |

Mountain Mayhem: Ski Portillo

05: Tory Thomas, Rich Burkley and Cindy Hirschfeld.

Ski Portillo presented a special evening in Aspen last month for friends and past and future guests of the Chilean hotel and ski resort, which is set in the heart of the Andes Mountains, just two hours from Santiago. The ties between both ski towns run deep with many Aspenites who have spent time there over the years on holiday, as ski instructors, and even leading ski camps.

Open from June through October, the all — inclusive resort accommodates a maximum of 450 guests a week, eliminating crowds and lift lines. Complimentary offerings include use of the pool and hot tubs — perched idyllically over Lake Inca, as well as daily après-ski activities. Portillo is famed for its steeps with easily accessed backcountry terrain. Less-experienced guests will find wide-open beginner and intermediate slopes.

The Portillo-themed evening in Aspen began with a reception in the rooftop lounge at Dancing Bear with Concha y Toro wine and freshly made empanadas by Dancing Bear chef Talo Gutierrez from Argentina. Afterward, the Wheeler Opera House screened the new Warren Miller film, “Chasing Shadows,” which features Ski Portillo in the closing segment.

Longtime Aspen ski instructor John Clendenin invited guests on his 16th annual Clendenin Method Camp at Ski Portillo from Sept. 3-11, 2016. Part-time Aspenite and ski instructor/guide Kim Reichhelm added, “If you haven’t been there, you need to go and if you have been, you need to go back.” Reichhelm leads her Ski With Kim camps all over the world, including there. “Besides Aspen it doesn’t get any better than Portillo.”

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