Ski season is almost upon us, and if you’re like most ski enthusiasts, you love exploring new mountains and resorts each year. The U.S. has some pretty epic places to hone your skiing skills, particularly on the west side of the country. But if you’re craving adventure abroad, you’ll find plenty of top ski destinations all around Europe, too.
We’ve taken some of the guesswork out of planning your next family trip and rounded up six of the best skiing destinations. Even better, we chose these locations based on how well they pair with private air charter that will turn your ski trip into an ultra lux experience:
1. Big Sky Resort
Montana might not sound like a bucket list adventure, but just wait until you see what the snow-covered slopes here have to offer. It’s home to some of the best skiing in the country, with nearly 6,000 acres of prime ski area serviced by 36 lifts. The views alone are worth every moment you spend here, offering a postcard-esque backdrop that will make you feel right at home.
When you’re ready to hang up your skis or snowboard, you’ll have plenty of other activities and apres ski hot spots awaiting you. The resort is home to the longest zip lines in the Yellowstone area, including a family friendly zip line tour, snow shoe tours, dog sled tours, sleigh rides, and snowmobile tours. They also have snow coaches available for tours, and it’s arguably the best way to explore the powdery Montana wilderness.
It wouldn’t be a “best ski destination” list without the likes of Aspen, Colorado. Comprised of multiple mountains with dozens of lifts and runs, travelers of all ages and skill levels can find something here to indulge in.
Naturally, winter is peak season for this world-famous ski town. Expect to pay premium rates for accommodations, even if you’re not at the base of the mountain.
Because of Aspen’s remote location, private jet travel is one of the most efficient ways to get there. The shorter runway isn’t conducive for larger planes, but is perfect for small jets.
elluride Ski Resort sits 9,500 feet above sea level and features a slope for every skill level. Its most famously known for its Mogul Run, which has been touted as the best run in the US. In true Colorado ski resort fashion, there are tons of fine dining restaurants, spas, and luxury accommodations to complete your trip.
Telluride’s unique locale gives it more of a remote feel than other ski resorts in Colorado. You won’t find traffic lights here, and the nearest “big” city is in a completely different state, so expect less traffic and fewer people in general.
Head to our northern neighbor in Canada for some of the best skiing in the Great White North. The Whistler / Blackcomb ski area attracts locals and travelers from around the world during the winter. As the largest resort in North America, the slopes tend to skew toward more seasoned skiers. Here you’ll gain access to the area’s unique glacier skiing and the same slopes that Olympians once vied for the gold.
With great size comes great responsibility, and the area doesn’t disappoint once you get away from the slopes. It arguably has the best alpine village in North America with no shortage of apres ski activities and mountain retreats.
For serious skiers, Vail’s collection of seven black diamond-desginated slopes are guaranteed to whet your skiing appetite. In total, the resort features more than 190 trails, making it one of the largest in the country. Skiers of all skill levels will find themselves surrounded with choices and will be eager to challenge themselves.
With a private air charter, you can go from New York to Vail in about four hours. If you’re bringing your own skis, make sure you go for a larger jet with more stowage to accommodate all your gear.
Mont Blanc is the crowning jewel of this French ski resort, and the scenery is nothing short of postcard-worthy. Chamonix is beginner-friendly, so don’t think that going abroad is only for the experts. The area is actually comprised of five resorts and is considered to be the best “freeride” ski arena in the world.
Whether you’re making a winter escape to a world-class ski resort or simply traveling abroad for the holidays, Access Jet Group has you covered with best in class service. As a leader in private air charter, we use our wide network of aircraft to help you reach your destination in the best possible way. Contact us today for more information on availability and pricing.