The Best European Ski Resorts to Travel to by Private Jet

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November 18, 2015

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With the ski season just around the corner, we’ve put together a list of our favourite European ski resorts to travel to by private jet.

 

Winter is coming, and for those of us with a proclivity for strapping boards to our feet and hurling ourselves down a mountainside, it couldn’t come any sooner.

The soft pillows of fresh powder, the frigid wind numbing every inch of exposed skin, trying to look natural walking in ski boots – it doesn’t get any better.

And, of course, you want to make sure that you can maximise your time on the slopes. Well, what better way than flying by private jet?

Access to airports that are often not serviced by commercial airliners means shorter ground transfers, not to mention the unparalleled comfort, convenience and flexibility that private air charters offers.

So, we’ve pulled together essential information for 10 of the best European ski resorts to travel to by private jet; to whet your appetite, as well as some information on how to get there in style.

 

Kitzbühel, Austria

Characterful and cosmopolitan, Kitzbühel has it all. Shops and boutiques to satisfy even the most prolific shopaholics; vibrant après ski and nightlife; breath-taking scenery and a varied ski area. It’s no wonder that it remains one of Austria’s most popular resorts.

Nearest airport: Innsbruck (INN)
Aircraft permitted: Any
Driving distance: 97km
Drive time: 1 hr 20 mins

 

Courmayeur, Italy

Characteristically charming, chic shops and bistros sprinkled liberally around Courmayeur’s medieval centre make this resort a true delight. And, while the slopes lend themselves more to intermediate-level skiers, heli-ski and off-piste opportunities present an enticing challenge for the more advanced.

Nearest airport: Annecy (NCY)
Aircraft permitted: Air Taxis, Turboprops, Light and Medium Jets
Driving distance: 114km
Drive time: 1 hr 20 mins

 

Zermatt, Switzerland

The highest resort in Europe, Zermatt combines world-class skiing with a lively après atmosphere. And, with the Matterhorn casting a backdrop that’s nothing short of jaw-dropping, this car-free snow haven is a perennial hit with skiers of all abilities.

Nearest airport: Sion (SIR)
Aircraft permitted: Any
Driving distance: 77km
Drive time: 1 hr 15 mins

 

Chamonix, France

Nestled at the foot of Mont Blanc, Chamonix offers spectacular views in abundance from anywhere on the mountain. Make the most of the terrain with superb off-piste and freeriding opportunities, while the range of shops, restaurants and bars ensure a great time off the slopes too.

Nearest airport: Geneva (GVA)
Aircraft permitted: Any
Driving distance: 100km
Drive time: 1 hr 15 mins

 

Verbier, Switzerland

Sunny, scenic location? Check. Fashionable and varied nightlife? Check. Exciting terrain? Check. Verbier really does tick all of the boxes, so it’s hardly surprising that year after year the resort continues to draw…well…everyone!

Nearest airport: Sion (SIR)
Aircraft permitted: Any
Driving distance: 53km
Drive time: 48 mins

 

Lech, Austria

Powderhounds will be in their element in Lech and neighbouring Zürs. And those partial to a little bit of luxury won’t find the resort wanting, with plenty of excellent accommodation and fine dining options available in this traditionally picturesque setting.

Nearest airport: Altenrhein (ACH)
Aircraft permitted: Air Taxis, Turboprops and Light Jets
Driving distance: 99km
Drive time: 1 hr 20 mins

 

Val d’Isère, France

For many the ideal ski resort, Val d’Isère offers varied and exciting Alps skiing by the snow shovel-load. And, as popular as it is for this reason, night time is when the resort town really comes to life, with a variety of lively pubs, stylish bars and a couple of nightclubs should the mood take you.

Nearest airport: Chambery (CMF)
Aircraft permitted: Any
Driving distance: 144km
Drive time: 1 hr 55 mins

 

Gstaad, Switzerland

The patronage of high-profile clientele has transformed this humble farming village into a skiing hotspot for the global elite. The pistes favour intermediates, but the extensive number of off-slope diversions ensures there’s never a dull moment.

Nearest airport: Saanen (LSGK)
Aircraft permitted: Air Taxis, Turboprops and Light Jets
Driving distance: 3km
Drive time: 7 mins

 

St Anton, Austria

Rated among the top five Alps resorts, St Anton has evolved over the years, from ski bum hangout to sophisticated party town. Located in Arlberg, one of Europe’s snowiest areas, skiers of all levels and abilities are assured an exceptional experience.

Nearest airport: Altenrhein (ACH)
Aircraft permitted: Air Taxis, Turboprops and Light Jets
Driving distance: 99km
Drive time: 1 hr 20 mins

 

St Moritz, Switzerland

The first and still arguably the world’s best all-round winter sports resort. A regular ski destination for the world’s more affluent, snow-sure St Moritz enjoys around 300 days of annual sunshine. Plentiful lengthy, cruising runs and a smattering of more challenging black runs make this a playground for intermediate skiers.

Nearest airport: Engadin Airport (SMV)
Aircraft permitted: Air Taxis, Turboprops, Light and Medium Jets
Driving distance: 8km
Drive time: 10 mins

 

And, if you’re serious about making the most of your mountain time, we can even arrange helicopter transfers from your arrival airport to the resort.

Call one our consultants on +44 (0)1737 230232 or email charters@ACCaviation.com for more information.

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