The synergies between luxurious ski resorts and private jet services are clear. Travelers heading on a winter wonderland escape do so in search of luxury, comfort, and elegance across the board – so why shouldn’t they have it during their journey? The added convenience, speed, and exclusivity that private jet charters offer their VIP clients elevate any luxury escape to the next level, making private aviation the perfect choice for those looking for a truly elite experience.
The other great advantage of using private jet rental to head out on your winter vacation is that you’re the boss. Wherever your luxury resort is located, elite air charter services like Skyllence will be able to get you there – no more trawling through travel itineraries and trying to organise a flight. A word of warning, though: with great power comes great responsibility (thanks, Uncle Ben!), so if you’re in charge of the luxury group holiday you’d better pick a good location for your luxury ski escape!
Thankfully, this article is on hand to guide you through some of the world’s best options for a luxury winter getaway. With the help of these suggestions you’ll be well on your way to sitting in front of the fire in your alpine lodge, ski area in front of you, mountain resort behind, and a cup of warm cocoa in hand as you gaze out over the peaks. With an image of the perfect winter escape in your mind, one question remains: where exactly are you?
Carrying a well-earned reputation as a playground for the rich and famous, the extensive ski terrain and luxury accommodation on offer at Courchevel need no introduction. Given that offering introductions is the purpose of this article, though, we’ll proceed.
Part of the Trois Vallées (three valleys) ski resort – the largest linked ski area in the world – Courchevel has an obsession with luxury. The après ski that takes place in these mountain lodges is legendary, with a service quality unmatched elsewhere in the world of alpine resorts. Little wonder, then, that the Courchevel resort area contains 11 luxury hotels that hold 5-star ratings. In fact, such is the opulence of some of the mountain retreats here that France even introduced a 6-star classification in 2011, as describing them as “5-star” was underselling their grandeur.
Two of these 6-star hotels, which the French call “palaces” (never having been known to understate the magnitude of their own achievements), are present in Courchevel: Les Airelles and the Cheval Blanc. If that isn’t enough of an indication that this region packs a serious punch when it comes to the quality of your luxury chalet, consider that the area is also home to seven restaurants holding Michelin stars, two of which hold two. The quality of the retail experience again speaks to this trend, with Louis Vuitton, Hermès, Valentino, Loro Piana, Prada, Cartier, Fendi, Dior and Chanel all having established stores in the Courchevel region.
All of this combines to make Courchevel the home of archetypal winter wonderland luxury – the luxury ski escape to top all others if you’re looking for an exclusive resort that caters almost exclusively to elite clientele and their specific tastes. Not only that, but the slopes themselves are nothing to sniff at, as there’s sure to be something to your liking given that you’ll be in the largest ski area on earth. For a more direct link to the winter sports themselves, though, perhaps there are better choices.
St. Moritz, Switzerland
The long-standing reputation of St. Moritz as a top winter sports destination draws in guests to this picturesque alpine village every year. The primary claim to fame of this winter retreat is its status as the home of winter sports themselves – the epicentre from which skiing, snowboarding, and everything else you can find on the slopes sprang forth. That doesn’t make St. Moritz a place stuck in the past though – far from it, as evidenced by the myriad of winter sports events that have been held here in recent years.
While the sporting heritage of St. Moritz makes the town the perfect destination for a ski vacation, one shouldn’t ignore its modern offerings in the form of gourmet dining, high-end shopping, and luxury spas. This fusion between tradition and modern appeal make St. Moritz ideal for groups of travellers with mixed interests – families or couples where one is a ski-obsessed winter sports fanatic and the other an indulgent shopaholic, for example, can find the ideal balance in this premium resort.
While the previous two resorts on this list are marked by what they offer to their clientele, in Aspen this is arguably reversed. Favoured by celebrities from around the world, this alpine retreat nestled high in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado invites you to ask not what the ski resort brings to you, but what you bring to the ski resort. Star-spotting aside, the enduring appeal of Aspen speaks to its exclusivity for VIP clients – after all, celebrities and elite clientele don’t usually frequent places that can’t cater for their need for some space.
If you’re looking for a luxury ski resort without the “luxury ski resort” tag – and the hordes of Instagram influencers that that name might entail – then Aspen is a good choice. Not only does it cater specifically to exclusive clientele in a manner that other Alpine retreats can’t match, but it also excels when it comes to the basic premise of an elite ski getaway. Put simply: these are good slopes.
The quality and diversity ski slopes in Aspen – suitable for all experience levels, from advanced to “how do I put on skis?” – make this an ideal winter retreat for groups of mixed ability skiers. In Aspen, novices don’t have to stay home and experts don’t have to feel disappointed – what better evidence could there be of this town’s ability to cater for all?
On the topic of catering to holidaymakers looking for the perfect mountain retreat, Zermatt, the final entry on this list, deserves special mention. This stunning alpine village nestled at the base of the Matterhorn, one of the world’s most striking mountain crags, makes its living on enabling ski getaways unlike any other. So committed are the residents of the town that they’ve even adopted a car-free policy, ensuring the preservation of this charming and unique environment and making it the ideal place to stroll around on a day away from the slopes.
Walking around Zermatt – and even looking out of the window of your alpine chalet – offers dramatic views of the Matterhorn, and skiing with the peak looming ahead of you on the horizon is a truly breath-taking experience. If stunning scenery is important to you, then you’d struggle to beat Zermatt in this department, and nowhere are views of the Matterhorn better taken in than inside one of the town’s many luxury restaurants – four of which currently hold Michelin stars.
With a few ideas in mind for your luxury ski escape this winter, it won’t be long until you’re taking to the slopes and reclining at a stunning alpine resort. To ensure that the process of getting there and returning home (perish the thought) is as replete with luxury, convenience, and relaxation, your options are a lot more limited: the only serious contender is a Skyllence charter private jet experience.
According to Skyllence CEO, Vilma Vaitiekunaite, they know exactly what VIP passengers expect when heading to an alpine retreat: “Although luxury and an indulgent experience are definitely important for private jet passengers, what truly sets the charter experience apart from commercial travel is more than just the legroom and the quality of the in-flight meal. The speed and convenience of private jets can’t be overstated, and the ability to customise every detail of your trip is what keeps clients coming back to us. Wherever you’re heading, wherever from, and whenever you want, we’ve got you covered, and we can’t wait to send you on your winter wonderland escape!”