Ski Portillo And Tierra Atacama Safe After Earthquake

SKI PORTILLO AND SISTER RESORT TIERRA ATACAMA, CHILE – UNHURT BY CHILEAN EARTHQUAKE

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SKI PORTILLO AND SISTER RESORT TIERRA ATACAMA, CHILE
ARE UNHURT BY THE CHILEAN EARTHQUAKE
Hotels, Infrastructure, Ski Lifts and Roads are in good condition

Portillo, CHILE (Mar. 2, 2010) – Ski Portillo, located approximately 100 miles from Santiago, Chile’s capital city, escaped the recent earthquake with no injuries, and only superficial repairs. Tierra Atacama, located in San Pedro de Atacama, more than 1,000 miles north of the epicenter, is also undamaged.

According to Henry Purcell, owner of Ski Portillo and Tierra Atacama, “We have some superficial cracks and some painting to do, but the roads to Portillo and all of the lifts made it through the earthquake without incident.  We are very fortunate to have escaped without any injuries or damages,  but we grieve for the people of Conception, which is far from Portillo and near the epicenter of the quake and I encourage anyone who wants to help to send their humanitarian support.”

“There should be no impact for travelers to Ski Portillo for the season, which runs from June 19 – Oct. 2, 2010.  And for travelers to Tierra Atacama, which is open all year, there should be no problem once the Santiago airport is back to normal probably next week.”

To send aid, Ski Portillo recommends donating to one of two of Chile’s leading charities, or to the international organizations Habitat for Humanity/World Vision or Red Cross:

-         Un Techo Para Chile (A Roof for Chile) – Similar to Habitat for Humanity, and will help those who lost their homes to rebuild anew.  http://www.untechoparamipais.org/chile/.

-         Hogar de Cristo (Home of Christ) – Founded by a priest who recently was named as a saint.  It focuses on the less fortunate, and will be helping victims of the earthquake.  Hogar de Cristo also accepts and distributes clothing, toys and food.  www.hogardecristo.cl <http://www.hogardecristo.cl> .

-         Habitat for Humanity or World Vision. Send an SMS with the text “CHILE” to either  # 20222 or #25383 to donate US$10 to Habitat for Humanity or World Vision.

-         Red Cross: www.redcross.com <http://www.redcross.com/> .


For reservations or questions from the US or Canada call 1.800.829.5325, or email reservas@skiportillo.com <mailto:reservas@skiportillo.com> .  More information on Ski Portillo is also available at www.SkiPortillo.com <http://www.SkiPortillo.com> .  More information on Tierra Atacama is available at www.TierraAtacama.com <http://www.TierraAtacama.com> .

Tierra Atacama Hotel & Spa
Owned and managed by the Purcell family, who operate Ski Portillo, the renowned Chilean ski resort, the 32-room Tierra Atacama Hotel & Spa is an all-inclusive luxury resort.  All-inclusive rates start at $900 a person for two nights, based on double occupancy. For more information, visit www.tierraatacama.com <http://www.tierraatacama.com/> .  For reservations, email reservas@tierraatacama.com, or call toll free 1.800.829.5325.

For more than 60 years, Ski Portillo has seamlessly united the spectacular beauty of the Chilean Andes, the pure joy of skiing and snowboarding, the camaraderie of friends and family, and the resort’s unique brand of hospitality and service, delivering unforgettable vacation experiences where guests create the memories of a lifetime. For more information or to book a Portillo vacation (including air travel), visit www.skiportillo.com <http://www.skiportillo.com> or email reservas@skiportillo.com <mailto:reservas@skiportillo.com> or call toll-free from North America, 1.800.829.5325.

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