Ski with the Superstars

Portillo, Chile

Oct 26, 2006
Outside Magazine
South America

   Photo: Map by Aude van Ryn

Ski with the Superstars //
Portillo, Chile
Sign up for the third annual Ski with the Superstars week in Portillo, Chile, and you'll be making tracks with some of the best skiers in the biz. Coaches this year include two-time world freeskiing champion Chris Davenport; veteran Warren Miller star Chris Anthony; three-time world extreme-skiing champion Wendy Fisher; and ski-BASE-jumping pioneer Shane McConkey. As venues go, Portillo is hard to beat. Tucked into a deep alpine valley at 9,450 feet, the resort is surrounded by some of the highest peaks in the Andes, including 22,834-foot Aconcagua, the Western Hemisphere's tallest mountain. With 1,235 acres of in-bounds terrain and only three options for accommodation in the valley, Portillo is no mega-resort, so the skier population is limited to around 450 at any given time. Much of the camp is spent in the surrounding backcountry, but you'll also tackle Portillo's famous steeps, where U.S. speed skier Steve McKinney was the first person to break the 200-kilometer-per-hour mark in 1978. In the evenings, you'll listen to talks and watch slide shows and video presentations from the pros. Best of all, a photographer documents the whole affair, so your braggadocio back at the office can be backed up with visuals.
Dates: August 19–26
Price: From $2,800
Contact: 800-829-5325,