Ultimate U.S. skiing holiday in by private jet charter
Are you looking for the ultimate skiing holiday? The U.S. boasts some of the world’s top ski resorts, from celebrity haunt Aspen to the Beast of the East in Killington, California’s Olympic Valley and family favorites in Utah. Here are 10 of the country’s best spots for a luxury ski holiday and how to visit them by private jet charter.
Beaver Creek, Colorado
Located in famous Vail Valley, Beaver Creek is one of the area’s quietest ski spots. The resort is known for hosting the prestigious Audi Birds of Prey Men’s World Cup each year and averages 325 inches of snow per season. Explore 1,832 skiable acres suitable for pro and intermediate levels, including some of the best black mogul skiing in the country. Beaver Creek also has two beginner areas, a cute pedestrian village and family-friendly activities like dog sledding and ice-skating.
Resort information: 150 trails, 23 lifts, a summit elevation of 11,440ft and 1,832 skiable acres.
Nearest private jet charter airport: Fly into Eagle County Regional Airport, just 30 minutes by car from Beaver Creek Resort.
Where to stay:The Ritz Carlton, Bachelor Gulch is a luxury hotel with a spa, six dining experiences, golf club and ski-in, ski-out access.
Big Sky, Montana
When Big Sky acquired its neighbor Moonlight Basin it became one of the biggest ski resorts in the country, offering a quiet vibe with sparsely-populated slopes. Many elite skiers come for the steep Challenger Zone and black runs on Lone Peak. Then there’s Big Couloir with its 1,400ft vertical descent, which you have to register with ski patrol to attempt. There are also milder runs on Andesite Mountain and backcountry access, combined with the charming Mountain Village where you can stay in a chalet at the foot of the slopes.
Resort information: 300 trails, 36 lifts, a summit elevation of 11,166ft and 5,850 skiable acres.
Nearest private jet charter airport:Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport is roughly an hour’s drive from Big Sky.
Where to stay:The Lodge at Big Sky is set at the base of Lone Peak with stunning views. Enjoy chic rooms, a heated pool, hot tubs, a bar and massage services.
Squaw Valley, California
This sunny Californian resort was the site of the 1960 Winter Olympics. Set on the shores of upper Lake Tahoe, Squaw Valley is also famous for its high snowfall, which averages 450 inches per season, making it the state’s snowiest ski spot. Beginners can practise on gentle mid-mountain slopes, while intermediate and expert skiers will love the huge variety of black runs and gladed tree zones. There are plans to link the resort with the quiet, family-friendly terrain of neighboring Alpine Meadows via a gondola in 2019.
Resort information: Over 170 trails, 29 lifts, a summit elevation of 9,050ft and 3,600 skiable acres.
Nearest private jet charter airport: Fly into Reno Tahoe International Airport, a 50-minute drive from Squaw Valley.
Where to stay:Resort at Squaw Creek is an AAA Four-Diamond resort overlooking a waterfall and the Sierra Nevada Mountains. There’s a golf course, heated pools, a 150-foot water slide, spa and ice-skating rink on-site.
Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Wyoming
Looking for a challenge? Jackson Hole offers some of the country’s most difficult ski terrain, popular with world-class pro skiers. Test your skills on Corbet’s Couloir and the black runs of lift-served Rendezvous Mountain. There are mellower intermediate runs on Apres Vous Mountain, as well as impressive backcountry skiing. The slopes boast lots of dry snow and beautiful scenery in Teton National Forest, the gateway to Yellowstone. Stay in nearby Jackson Hole, a legendary Wild West town.
Resort information: 133 trails, 15 lifts, a summit elevation of 10,450ft and 2,500 skiable acres.
Nearest private jet charter airport:Jackson Hole Airport is located seven miles north of Jackson Hole town, just 15 minutes from the slopes.
Where to stay:The Lodge at Jackson Hole sits at the heart of town and is the perfect place for a luxury ski break. The hotel features lavish rooms, a lounge, heated pool, Jacuzzi, sauna and spa.
This world-renowned ski town lies in Roaring Fork Valley and has been attracting celebrities for over 30 years. The town gets over 170 inches of snowfall each season and is full of five-star hotels, gourmet restaurants, boutique shopping and nightlife. There are four ski resorts linked by free shuttles: Aspen Mountain, Highlands, Buttermilk and Snowmass. Although it hosts the Winter X-Games, Buttermilk is also great for kids; while intermediate skiers should head to Highlands. Aspen Mountain has blue and black runs, whereas Snowmass is set further away but offers a mixture of trails.
Resort information: All four Aspen resorts combined have 336 trails, 46 lifts, a summit elevation of 12,510ft and 5,303 skiable acres.
Nearest private jet charter airport: Fly into Aspen Pitkin Co Sardy Field Airport, which lies just four miles from Aspen.
Where to stay: Set at the base of Aspen Mountain, St. Regis Aspen Resort offers five-star comfort with a spa and one of Time Magazine’s 100 Best Restaurants in the country.
Snowbird and Alta, Utah
These two linked Utah resorts are known collectively as the ‘Powder Capital of the World’, since they receive over 500 inches of dry snow each season. Snowbird and Alta are set in Utah’s picturesque Little Cottonwood Canyon and together they cover over 5,000 skiable acres. Head to Snowbird for steep runs and snowboarding or Alta for beginner-friendly areas, as well as harder runs. Snowbird even has a thrilling Mountain Coaster that kids will love. Stay in the quaint resort villages full of lodges and cosy bars.
Resort information: Snowbird and Alta combined have 285 trails, 17 lifts, a summit elevation of 11,068ft and 5,114 skiable acres.
Nearest private jet charter airport: Snowbird lies 29 miles from Salt Lake City International Airport.
Where to stay:The opulent Cliff Lodge has a spa, heated pool and restaurants.
Taos Ski Valley, New Mexico
Taos Ski Valley is located in New Mexico’s majestic Sangre de Cristo Mountains and is the state’s largest ski resort. Many skiers come for Kachina Peak’s challenging runs, which feature big elevations, bumps and chutes, but there are over 100 trails for skiers and snowboarders of all levels. Experience a mix of glades, moguls, groomers and bowls with an average 300 inches of light powder each season. The renowned Ernie Blake Snowsports School is great for learners, as well as the Strawberry Hill beginner’s area.
Resort information: 110 trails, 14 lifts, a summit elevation of 12,481ft and 1,294 skiable acres.
Nearest private jet charter airport: Fly into Taos Regional Airport, a 28-minute drive from Taos Valley Ski Resort.
Where to stay: Spend your holiday at The Blake, a sustainable, high-end eco resort with spa, pool and fitness center.
Mount Bachelor, Oregon
Oregon’s mighty Mount Bachelor is one of the highest ski resorts in the U.S. Pacific Northwest. Nestled in the Cascade Mountain Range, it features runs set on the northern face of the stratovolcano and gets an average 462 inches of light, dry snow per season from November until May. Try out a range of diverse trails as well as tubing, sled dog rides and heli-skiing. For beginners, there’s a free carrousel lift and lesson packages. The nearest place to stay is the outdoorsy town of Bend, 35km from the resort.
Resort information: 101 trails, 11 lifts, a summit elevation of 9,065ft and 4,318 skiable acres.
Nearest private jet charter airport: Fly into Redmond Municipal Airport, just a 20-minute drive from Bend.
Where to stay: Book a room at the luxury Oxford Hotel in nearby Bend; a boutique hotel with eco-chic décor and Four-Diamond hospitality.
Killington Mountain Resort, Vermont
Known as the Beast of the East, Killington Mountain Resort is the largest ski area on the east coast and has the biggest vertical drop in New England at 3,050 feet. There’s something to suit all abilities, including wide-open cruisers, moguls and off-piste backcountry skiing. Snowdon Mountain is perfect for intermediate skiers and there are over 50 exciting features in The Stash, an all-terrain park boasting a 500-foot-long Superpipe. Killington also benefited from a recent $25 million investment for lift and snowmaking improvements, as well as a new high-speed bubble chair.
Resort information: 155 trails, 21 lifts, a summit elevation of 4,241ft and 1,509 skiable acres.
Nearest private jet charter airport: Rutland Southern Vermont Regional Airport is 35 minutes from the ski area.
Where to stay: Killington Grand Resort Hotel is ideally located and has a heated outdoor pool and hot tub.
Winter Park, Colorado
Winter Park is Colorado’s longest continuously-operating ski resort and has been voted the state’s top adventure town multiple times. The area averages 317 inches of snowfall per season and has inbound trails for all ability levels, including Sorensen Park practice zone and a ski school for beginners. Intermediate and expert skiers can take advantage of the green-to-black runs. Test your skills on the notorious bumps at Mary Jane, where the U.S. Freestyle Moguls Team trained for the Olympics.
Resort information: 166 trails, 21 lifts, a summit elevation of 12,060ft and 3,081 skiable acres.
Nearest private jet charter airport:Denver International Airport is an hour and a half from Winter Park Resort.
Where to stay: Winter Park Resort’s Platinum Lodging Experience offers self-catering condos and luxury ski chalets with fireplaces, located near the slopes with equipment rental facilities.
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