For many of us, leisure time is hard to come by. And once the holidays roll around, you probably can’t wait to turn off your blackberry and laptop and pack your bags for a relaxing winter getaway.
If you’re a skier or snowboarder, you’re always looking for the most pristine terrain where you can get away from the holiday crowds and carve your own trails.
And nothing kills the ski-vacation buzz like dealing with long security lines at the airport, waiting to check your bags, and arranging transportation to your resort.
While a commercial traveller is still waiting for their skis to show up on the baggage carousel, you could be stepping out of your luxurious private plane and directly onto the slopes of a world-class ski destination.
Here are 5 world-class ski resorts that you can fly directly into for your winter getaway this year.
Bryce Resort, Virginia
Located just to the west of Mount Jackson, Bryce Resort in the Shenandoah Valley is a year-round resort destination for a fun family get-away.
In the winter, the hills come alive with 8 different ski trails sure to satisfy every level of skier and snowboarder. If you’re not much of a skier, there’s also a hill for snow tubing.
In the summer, the resort boasts bike trails, zip line adventures, summer tubing, 3 different variations on golf, and access to a variety of aquatic activities on nearby Lake Laura.
Best of all, Bryce Resort has its own airport on site: Sky Bryce Airport.
While there are on-site rentals and local hotels available for longer stays, you can’t beat the convenience of flying in style and luxury, walking just 200 yards to the slopes and being able to fly home the very same day.
Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Pennsylvania
Located on the Mystic Mountain of Farmington, Pennsylvania, the Nemocolin Woodlands Resort offers a number of lodging and dining options, along with golf, a spa and a variety of activities you and your family will love.
Enjoy skiing, snowboarding and tubing across 6 different slopes, with runs ranging from expert to beginner.
Whether it’s business or vacation that draws you to Nemacolin, you can fly directly to their private airstrip on site.
The resort provides transportation to take you directly to their hotel, or straight to the slopes to grab the first chair of the day.
It could only be a matter of minutes between landing in your luxurious private plane and feeling the wind in your face at the top of the first run.
Winter Park Resort, Colorado
In the Rocky Mountains, Colorado’s Winter Park Resort is an infamous ski destination with 143 ski runs and a top elevation of over 12,000 feet.
Stretching over three interconnected mountain peaks — Winter Park, Mary Jane and Vasquez Ridge — the resort challenges skiers with more than half of their runs classified as “expert.”
There’s no shortage of other activities for the whole family. Enjoy tours on dog sled, horse-drawn sleigh rides, snowmobiles, tubing, and fine dining at the Sunsport Mountaintop Lodge.
Rather than deal with the hassle of flying into Denver’s commercial airport, why not fly a private plane to the Granby/Grand County Airport?
With just a 30 minute drive, travellers can access a courtesy car or arrange for a taxi to take them to this top-notch resort.
Telluride Ski Resort, Colorado
Another choice Rocky Mountain destination is Telluride Ski Resort in the southern San Juan Mountains. Telluride offers a variety of snowy fun and some of the best views in all of the United States.
While Telluride is known for challenging ski trails, over half, including the nearly five-mile-long Galloping Goose, are appropriate for beginner or intermediate level skiers.
And nestled high in the mountains you’ll find Mountain Village, a modern community with fine dining, lodging, and shopping options, which means you can stay even closer to the slopes — even while you relax after a long day of shredding.
Sitting on a plateau only six miles outside of town is the Telluride Regional Airport. You can enjoy your private, luxurious flight into the resort, be on the slopes within minutes and, thanks to the Mountain Village, you’ll have everything you need right there in the heart of the trails.
St. Moritz, Switzerland
At the extreme upper end of glamour and luxury, you’ll find Switzerland’s St. Moritz resort.
A favourite of celebrities and elites alike, St. Moritz holds the copyright on the phrase “Top of the World.” It takes just a glance at the breathtaking views afforded from the resort to see why.
The site of the 1928 and 1948 Winter Olympics, it features 218 miles of ski runs alongside fine dining and five-star hotels.
The Samedan airfield in the Engadin valley is only four miles away, allowing private passengers almost instant access to the slopes. Commercial passengers, on the other hand, have to travel nearly three hours from Zurich.
But there’s no better symbol of the international jet-set lifestyle than James Bond, and what could be cooler than stepping out of the luxurious comfort of your private plane and within minutes, taking to the very same slopes featured in the classic film “The Spy Who Loved Me?”
These are only a few of the locations where flying privately can get you exclusive access to some of the premier skiing and resort destinations in the world.
Your relaxation doesn’t have to start once you make it to your winter getaway destination. A private flight ensures you and your family or friends start enjoying your time off work the second you climb into the luxury and comfort of your private plane.