NEW ZEALAND NEEDS MORE SNOW
27th June 2019 | James Cove, PlanetSKI Editor
Last modified on December 19th, 2019
Resorts are relying on snow cannons & one has delayed its start. It’s different news over in Australia & Chile opens this weekend. NEW
At the moment it’s all a far cry from the snowfalls in Australia where the resorts are having a record-breaking start to winter as we have reported:
And if you go to NZ, it would be rude not to explore the country outside the ski fields….
And this is a great way to get around….
This weekend on Saturday 29th June Portillo in Chile opens for its ski season.
Facts about Ski Portillo:
- Founded in 1949.
- In 1966 Portillo became the first South American resort to host the World Skiing Championships.
- 200km per hour speed barrier was broken in 1978 at Portillo, and the ski resort continues to be famous amongst expert skiers who visit Portillo for the amazingly steep slopes.
- Warren Miller included Ski Portillo in his top 10 ski resorts in the world – many skiers will have seen the movie where some crazy dudes practice their ski jumping into the hotel swimming pool.
- Unique lift design.
- There’s just one historic yellow Hotel Portillo
- It feels like a private club, with benefits such as no lift lines and more fresh tracks.
- The setting is spectacular: craggy peaks of the towering Andes Mountains, the emerald waters of Laguna del Inca, and the steep snow-covered slopes.
Here at PlanetSKI we haven’t been to South America for a while but when we last there in Cerro Catedrale in Argentina we made a short video that may give you a flavour of what it is all about.
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