Summer Dream Skiing
August 16-24, 2013
Included: ground transportation, lodging, meals (4/day), lift tickets, instruction, indoor presentations and video reviews and a welcome cocktail reception.
Day 1 – Saturday, August, 17
Arrive into the airport in Santiago. If you have not been to Chile before or you have a new passport since the last time you entered Chile, you must pay the entry fee. This line will be immediately to your left when you enter the immigration area. The entry fee is payable by cash or credit card. After paying the fee you must proceed to the immigration line. If you do not need to pay the fee, you can proceed straight to the immigration line.
Once clearing immigration you will pick up your bags. Attention: Chile has very strict agricultural control policies; you cannot bring food with you into Chile, not even food off the airplane. In between immigration and customs are a couple of small money exchange kiosks. If you want to buy snacks for the road, we recommend changing a small amount of money here. Hotel Portillo will have the best rates for you and they do not charge a commission or fee to change currency. After you clear customs you will see a man holding a placard that says NASTC from Portillo Tours & Travel. You will likely see other members of the group congregating around him.
It is a 2.5 hour ride from the airport to Portillo. You will travel through a lush valley with vineyards, avocado orchards and more. After the town of Los Andes, you will begin to wind your way through a canyon. There is a military checkpoint on the road – this is for road safety, they are in charge of closing the road in the event it becomes too perilous to drive (during snowstorms). The road to Portillo is part of the Pan American highway and a main artery between Chile and Argentina so there are a lot of cargo trucks. The final approach to Portillo includes 29 switchbacks. When you reach the last switchback, you will be near the summit, at an altitude of 9, 500ft.
Checking in to the hotel - this can be a little chaotic, as it is the change-over day for the hotel. Rooms are not typically ready till later in the afternoon. Our bags are stored downstairs until the rooms are ready. We change into our ski clothes and go out for a short afternoon ski. It’s a great away to get away from all the chaos and get the blood moving after travelling.
Dinner is served at 8:00pm. We will have a designated table in the dining room. This will be our table for the week. Dinner is an elegant affair in Chile, dining attire can best be described as dressy casual. T-shirts, shorts, sandals etc are frowned upon for dinner attire.
Day 2 - Sunday, August 18
This is the first full day of skiing. The focus for the day will be maintaining functional stance & balance over a constantly changing base of support. The morning will consist of drills and exercises and the afternoon will be geared towards skill application and shooting video footage of your skiing. Lunch will be served in the dining room between 12:30 and 2:00pm.
In the afternoon, we will watch the video footage taken earlier in the day. After the video review you will have lots of down time before dinner. You can book a massage for this time, jump in the hot tub or heated swimming pool, go for a spin on the bikes in the gym, take a siesta, play some pool or ping pong or enjoy an après ski beverage in the bar.
There is a welcome cocktail reception in the “Gran Sala” – the living room, at 7:00pm. Complimentary pisco sours, wine and juice will be served.
Day 3 – Monday, August 19
We will start each day with a stretching and warm-up session, “Movement Prep,” in the exercise room in the gym. Breakfast is served at 8:00am. After booting up we will break into our ski groups and proceed with the on-hill training. The morning will be spent working on and fore & aft movements in short & medium turns. Your trainer will take you through a variety of drills & exercises that will help develop these skills. The afternoon will be dedicated to skill application and shooting video. In the afternoon, Chris Fellows will give a presentation on Total Skiing and your coaches will be on hand to do a Functional Movement Assessment with you.
Day 4 – Tuesday, August 20
After the Movement Prep warm-up and stretching sessions, we will break back into our skiing groups. The focus for the day will be on rotational movements in short and medium turns. The morning will be dedicated to working on these skills through a variety of drills & exercises. The afternoon will involve skill application and individual feedback, as well as shooting video. At the end of the day, we will head indoors and review your video footage with you.
Day 5 – Wednesday, August 21
This is considered a rest day, a day to relax, take it easy and decompress. Fun options that you can do on this day include going heli-skiing, doing some “hike-to” ski lines like the Super C couloir or just free-skiing with some of the trainers. If you want to sleep in and just have a gentle day, you are welcome to do that too. In the evening, there is the option to forego the dinner in the dining room and instead have a traditional Chilean asado (barbecue) in the La Posada bar and restaurant.
Day 6 - Thursday, August 22
We jump right back into your ski training. The focus for the next two days is on skill application, terrain exploration and individual feedback. The goal will be to take the different skills that we focused on earlier in the week into varying terrain and step up the challenge level. In the afternoon we will have another video review session.
Day 7 – Friday, August 23
This is the last full day of skiing and coaching. Again the focus will remain on terrain exploration and skill application. The goal is to consolidate your improvement, give you personal feedback and prescriptions for continued improvement. Lunch will be at Tio Bob’s restaurant at the top of the Plateau lift, overlooking the Inca Lake (we may have lunch here on another day during the week, depending on the weather situation). After skiing, we meet up in the living room or bar to give the pictures that you’ve taken throughout the week to Chris or one of coaches so they can put together a slideshow of the week. At 7:00pm we will meet in the Disco or Cinema to watch the slideshow before dinner. This is also a great night to sample the nightlife in Portillo, if you haven’t already done so.
Day 8 – Saturday, August 24
This is departure day and therefore we will only have a half day of skiing. We assemble and ski mostly as a group and try to ski everyone’s favorite lines from the week. We will have one last meal together as a group in the dining room for lunch. The bus will leave at 2:30pm for the airport. If you can settle up any charges to your room the night before and pay cash for any incidentals that you might need during the day, this will help make your morning easier and less chaotic. If you are planning on staying an extra night in Santiago, please let us know which hotel you are staying at, so we can arrange for the bus to drop you off after it makes its stop at the airport. Santiago has often been described as the Paris of South America, although it is a very modern metropolitan area, it has many neighborhoods that have preserved some of its old world charm. There are also many excellent restaurants and great places to buy gifts.
This schedule is tentative and is subject to change due to weather, coaches’ decision-making or group considerations. If you have any questions regarding the program for the week, please do not hesitate to contact us at
We look forward to skiing and sharing Portillo with you.