Tuesday, March 13, 2012
As we left the coast to retry another venture back into the Andes, I spotted the ski resort of Portilla on the map. So off we headed for the mountains. I knew of Portilla as a place that international ski teams would go to practice in our northern hemisphere summer. This road is also a primary pass into Argentina. The climb was mild until we encountered 29 switch backs to arrive at the old hotel I had seen numerous times in ski magazine photos. The halls were lined with autographed pictures of the various ski teams going back many years including a signed picture of Jean Claude Killy, Lindsay Vonn & many others. We had a wonderful lunch, spent time on the internet making arrangements for our trip home in the ensuing days. This was a special day as had the opportunity to visit a place that I had heard so much for so many years.