The ultimate European skiing holiday by private jet charter
For thrill-seekers, shoppers and spa-goers alike, a skiing trip is an idyllic way to spend a winter’s weekend. Whether you’re heading to Switzerland, France, Austria or Italy, Europe has many luxurious ski resorts to choose between. Some mountaintop locations can be challenging to access, with many travellers wasting precious ski time on long drives – but a private jet or helicopter charter can often land directly on the slopes, meaning you’ll be skiing (or après-skiing) in no time. Here’s our list of Europe’s top skiing destinations:
Glamorous Gstaad has been a jet-setter’s hotspot for decades, with legendary former guests including Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor and Joan Crawford. The town is posh and charming all at once – think chalets, twinkling lights and Cartier boutiques. With excellent restaurants and cultural events, Gstaad is a great choice for holidaymakers who like to indulge in après-ski, while passionate skiers will delight at the 220km of pistes.
One of the most luxurious hotels in town is the Gstaad Palace. The property is undeniably palatial, with an opulent lobby and a plush bar that hosts an iconic après-ski. If you’re looking to splash out, the opulent Penthouse Suite comes with a private sauna and rooftop hot tub. Charter a private jet to Gstaad Saanen Airport and land just 10 minutes from the resort.
If it's alpine charm you're after, Zermatt is sure to fulfil your holiday wishes. Set at the base of the Matterhorn, this Swiss village offers spectacular views and a cosmopolitan local scene, with over 350km of pistes and 14 Michelin-starred restaurants on and off the mountain.
The finest hotel in town is the Mont Cervin Palace. Located in the centre of Zermatt, this 150-year-old grande dame offers exceptional service, cosy rooms with fireplaces and easy access to the slopes. To get to Zermatt, book a private jet charter to Sion Airport. From there, skip the two-hour drive and opt for a scenic 20-minute helicopter ride.
Set high in the French Alps, Courchevel is one of the glitziest ski resorts in the world. Despite being known for its splashy nightclubs, Michelin-starred dining and decadent hotel scene, it's not just about the glitz – the Trois Vallées ski region is home to 600km of pistes and over 160 lifts, with trails for intermediates, beginners and experts alike.
There are many luxury chalets in Courchevel for skiers seeking their own space. If you prefer a hotel, one of France’s finest ski resorts is Cheval Blanc Courchevel. This sleek and sophisticated hideaway is ski-in/ski-out for easy access to the slopes. To get there, book a private jet charter to Courchevel. As Courchevel Altiport is one of the highest airports in Europe, only certain private jets can land here and our specialists can help you select the right jet for the job.
Set in the heart of the Alps, Verbier is well-known for it’s excellent skiing, and equally impressive apres ski. Linked to the four Vallées, it is part of Switzerland’s largest ski area, offering over 410km of linked pistes and 93 ski lifts to get around them. Whether you’re a beginner or professional, you’ll find something to suit every level of skill, and, when you tire of the slopes, plenty of wining, dining and shopping await you back in town.
There are many luxury chalets in Verbier for skiers and snowboarders looking to enjoy a little seclusion on their trip, with The Lodge featuring at the top of many a must-stay list. Offering seven bedrooms with views of the valley this grand and luxurious retreat is just a five-minute walk from Verbier’s centre and close to the Madran lift station. To get there, book a private jet charter to Sion or Geneva airport.
St Moritz, Switzerland
A year round ski destination, St Moritz is home to some of the best slopes in the Alps with areas such as Corviglia, Corvatsch, Diavolezza and Zuoz on hand to entice skiers and snowboarders alike with slopes to suit everyone from beginners to professionals. In town, St Moritz is home to plenty of luxury hotels, restaurants and high-end shopping boutiques as well as hosting some wonderful spots for a little apres ski if you are so inclined.
Whilst many will flock to the hotels of St Moritz, some may be looking for something a little more exclusive, such as a luxury chalet or lodge. One of our favourites is the Apartment Cotschna, slick and stylish, it sleeps up to six and is just a seven-minute walk from the Chantarella funicular which takes guests to the heart of the Corviglia ski area. To get there, book a private jet charter to St. Moritz.
For travellers seeking laid-back luxury, Megève in the French Alps is an idyllic choice. With a pedestrian-only cobblestoned centre, snow-topped chalets and an open-air ice rink, the town is a winter wonderland. As well as outstanding restaurants and pastry shops (this is France, after all), intermediate skiers will be particularly pleased with Megève's skiing as they take in spectacular views of Mont Blanc from many of the pistes.
Design aficionados should book a suite at Les Fermes de Marie, where chic bedrooms are decorated in warm woods, French toile and fluffy fur throws. Megève Airport’s short runway means it’s not accessible by commercial aircraft, so book a private jet charter to get you there in style.
Set in the Arlberg Mountains, Lech is the most exclusive ski resort in the Austrian Alps and was a favourite holiday destination of Princess Diana. Skiiers can move freely between Lech and neighbouring Zürs on the Flexenbahn lift – between the two resort towns, there are over 300km of trails. Lech doesn’t have much of a party scene, so this is a great destination for families.
Travellers looking for luxury should opt for the Almhof Schneider, a ski-in/ski-out resort with a fine spa and restaurant. To get there, book a private jet charter to Innsbruck Airport. From there, skip the 90-minute drive by taking a helicopter to Flexenpass Heliport.
Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy
The Dolomites are known for their spectacular mountain scenery and many well-heeled Italians flock to their chalets in Cortina d'Ampezzo during ski season. The skiing here is world-class – it hosted the 1956 Winter Olympics, after all – but there’s much more to Cortina than just the slopes. The charming town centre is home to designer boutiques, excellent restaurants and a lively après-ski scene.
While there are many lovely ski chalets in Cortina, the most coveted address is the Cristallo. This iconic hotel offers excellent alpine views from plush bedrooms. It’s located a bit outside of town, but the luxurious spa, indoor pool and palatial interiors will soon make you forget the drive. To get to Cortina, book a private jet charter to Venice followed by a scenic helicopter ride to Cortina d’Ampezzo.
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