Winter Ski Vacation: Spend more time on the slopes, less time getting there

If you’re headed for a ski vacation this winter, you don’t want to waste time getting there. Some of the best skiing in the country is located off the beaten path from major commercial aviation hubs, and commuting to and from the airport — often in difficult winter weather — is a hassle.

When you fly charter, we can get you closer to the resort using smaller, regional airports. Not only do you avoid the long lines and delays of commercial flying, but with a shorter commute, you get more time on the slopes, too. Now that’s a great ski vacation!

Below, we’ve gathered up 4 great ski locations that our charter flights can reach faster than the big airlines.

Call our sales team today to schedule a private flight for you and your friends for your next ski vacation. Bring your skis, you dog, your wine — when you travel on a private jet, getting there can be part of the fun!

 

Winter Ski Vacation
Telluride Ski Resort – Colorado

Telluride Ski Resort- Telluride, Colorado

In 2016, Telluride was named “#1 Ski Resort in North America” by Conde Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards, and a 2018 Forbes article called Telluride “the most charming town in American skiing.”

The resort has more than 2,000 acres of skiable terrain with 148 total trails (plus a NASTAR racing trail) and 19 lifts. And with more than 300 inches of snowfall each year, there is always plenty of powder.

Besides traditional downhill skiing, Telluride also offers heli-skiing, snowmobiling, snowbiking, snowshoeing, ice climbing, and nordic and backcountry skiing. Off the slopes, visitors can tour the Wagner Custom Ski Factory or the Telluride Historical Museum.

There is no shortage of lodging options (whether you prefer to stay in a large vacation home or a quaint ski lodge), and the town is noted for having some of the best restaurants in Colorado (Steamies is rated as the Number One burger joint in the state).

Getting There:

Guests flying on one of our private charter flights will fly directly into Telluride Regional Airport 18 miles outside of the resort. Compare that with commerical flights, which will take you to Montrose Regional Airport, 69 miles away.

 

Winter Ski Vacation
Whiteface Ski Resort, New York

Whiteface Mountain Ski Resort – Lake Placid, New York

At just under 300 miles north of New York City, Whiteface Mountain Ski Resort in Lake Placid is the perfect weekend getaway for an East Coast ski vacation. Lake Placid has twice been the host of winter Olympics, first in 1932 and then in 1980.

The mountain has nearly 3,500 feet of vertical elevation (the largest drop in the East), with 87 trails of varying difficulty, more than 22 miles of skiiable terrain, and 11 lifts, including an 8-person gondola. Snowmaking coverage reaches 98%, and the local ski and snowboard school is rated 5-stars.

Off the slopes, guests can visit the Olympic Center and Olympic Sports Complex for hockey games, ice skating, and a once-in-a-lifetime Olympic bobsled experience. At the Olympic Jumping Complex, visitors can take a tour of the ramps that Olympians launch from for the ski jump competition. For a bit of history, the Lake Placid Olympic Museum is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Lodging options range from nearby four-diamond resorts to rustic B&B’s and vacation home rentals.

Getting There:

Our private charter guests will fly directly into Lake Placid Airport, just a short 11 miles south of the resort. Few commercial airlines can get close to Lake Placid, although Adirondack Regional Airport (26 miles west of the resort) is serviced by some smaller, regional airlines.

 

Winter Ski Vacation
Sugarbush Ski Resort, Vermont

Sugarbush Ski Resort – Warren, Vermont

The Sugarbush Ski Resort, which was purchased by Win Smith from the American Skiing Corporation in 2001, encompasses two mountains, a health and recreation center, a golf club, lodging and dining. More than $65 million has been invested in the resort in the last 16 years to make it one of the top ski destinations in the state.

The mountain area has a 2,600 foot vertical drop and more than 4,000 acres of terrain for 111 trails (53 miles) of varying degrees of difficulty, plus NASTAR racing. There are 16 total lifts, including 5 high-speed quads. The average snowfall equals 250 inches.

After (or before) skiing, Sugarbush guests can enjoy many other winter activities and opportunities, such as Cabin Cat Adventures, personal tours on the resort’s heated Lincoln Limo cabin cats. There’s also nighttime skiing, apres parties, and a fully equipped health and recreation center with yoga, tennis, personal trainers, a rock gym and a spa. For children, there is the Adventure Zone, which offers indoor rock climbing, swimming, trampolines, ping pong and more.

Accommodations include slopeside lodging, vacation rental homes and condos, and a Vermont country inn.

Getting There:

Guests of our private charter flights will fly directly into Burlington International Airport (36 miles north of Sugarbush), which is the most reliable airport in Vermont’s unpredictable weather. If conditions are agreeable, charter guests might fly into Edward Knapp State Airport, 30 miles east of the resort. Either way, we will always arrange for your transportation to and from the airport.

 

Winter Ski Vacation
Wolf Creek, Colorado

Wolf Creek – Pagosa Springs, Colorado

Known as “The Most Snow in Colorado” (they get 430 inches per year), Wolf Creek is located in the Rio Grande National Forest. The resort opened in 1939 and has been a favorite for deep-powder skiing ever since.

The mountain has 1,604 feet of vertical drop, 1,600 acres of skiiable terrain, and 78 trails, the longest of which is 2 miles long. The 9 lifts can accommodate 12,000 skiiers per hour.

Wolf Creek has various options for ski schools, from beginners to specialty clinics for women, Baby Boomers, children and more. Nearby Pagosa Springs offers sledding, ice skating, ice fishing, showshoeing, snowmobiling, dog sledding and sleigh rides.

Lodging is divided between West Side (Pagosa Springs) and East Side (South Fork and Creede) accommodations and includes an extensive list of options in a variety of price ranges.

Getting There:

Guests flying on one of our private charter flights will fly directly into Stevens Field in Pagosa Springs, 29 miles miles southwest of Wolf Creek. As Wolf Creek is fairly remote, there is no nearby commercial airport.

 

Contact us today and let us help you plan a winter ski vacation. We operate our own fleet and can source any size aircraft from an extensive domestic and in