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Ski resorts, where you can get by private jet

Dal Kikin
January 15, 2019

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Sometimes the road from the airport to the slopes is long and difficult, and even exhausting. The journey of several hundred kilometers can take several hours, and the ascent along the serpentine can take a lot of strength and nerves. That would be down from the sky right on the snowy slopes! And this is real!

Some ski resorts have their own runways. Here are some of them, where the first portion of adrenaline you get even when landing.

Courchevel, France

Courchevel, located in the French Three Valleys, is not only a ski resort, but also the highest airport in Europe. The runway is at an altitude of 2006.5 meters and just a few steps from the track. So you can get up on skis almost a few minutes after landing.

The runway has a slope of 18% and is only 530 meters in length. This means that pilots need to land the plane on the first attempt, since the lane ends with a cliff.

Only certified pilots are allowed to fly the aircraft arriving at Courchevel, because the airport is in 7th place among the most dangerous landing strips in the world. Despite this, private jets fly here.

Given the diminutive, there is no official website at Courchevel Airport. But you can look at it in real time on one of the webcams. Large passenger liners cannot land here, so it is intended more for VIP guests on private jets.

Now the airport is served mainly by aircraft of the American manufacturer Cessna and helicopters. The runway does not have an ILS system, which limits airport functionality in fog.

The extensive ski area of ??Les Trois Vallees, as well as the proximity of the resorts of Meribel, Val Thorens and Les Menuires, eight star restaurants, a galaxy of five star hotels such as Cheval Blanc and Les Airelles, and a constellation of ultra luxurious chalets attract many stars.

In March 2016, Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge, in Courchevel, spent four days skiing with their children, George and Charlotte.

Meribel, France

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Meribel, another star from the constellation of the Three Valleys, is a welcoming wooded buffer between the posh Courchevel and the high-rise Val Thorens.

The mini-runway hiding in the thickets of fir trees is even shorter than in Courchevel - only 406 meters and can serve only light aircraft. In winter, the planes take off on skis, as the take-off and landing cover is packed snow.

160 km of ski slopes of the Meribel Valley extend to the mighty Mont du Vallon at an altitude of 2952 m. There are many light, medium and very black and red slopes, such as Saulire couloirs, some of which are on the way to Courchevel.

Meribel was founded by British Colonel Peter Lindsey in the 1930s. It was he who decided that all buildings should be harmonious with the environment, which led to the predominance of wooden chalets.

The only five-star hotel - Le Kaila, with a restaurant Michelin-starred L'Ekrin. And Le Grand Coeur and Spa is a long-time favorite among visitors with bulging pockets.

By the way, in 1992, Meribel took ice hockey and women's downhill at the Albertville Winter Olympics.

Gstaad, Switzerland

British actress, singer and writer Julia Andrews once said: "Gstaad is the last piece of paradise in a crazy world."

Just 5 km from the glamorous Gstaad is the VIP-gateway of the private airfield of Saanen.

Gstaad, located on the northern spurs of the Bernese Oberland, boasts 220 km. trails, divided between the five main ski areas. A few minutes drive from the valley is accessible to the glacier of Le Dablerrev height 2993 m.

There are five five-star hotels, including the Gstaad Palace (Penthouse package starts at $ 10,400 per night), Gstaad Park and Alpina Gstaad.

It is believed that in recent years, Louis Armstrong, Elizabeth Taylor, Grace Kelly, Brigitte Bardot, Roger Moore, John Travolta and Roger Federer lived in Gstaad.

Zell am See, Austria

Only 3 km from the landing strip to the slopes of the Austrian ski resort Zell am See. This is barely enough to apply sunscreen. The nearest ski lift, Areitbahn, is across the street from the airfield.

Medieval Zell am See is picturesquely located on the western shore of Lake Zell at the foot of the Schmittenhöhe mountain, on the slopes of which 77 km of slopes are laid.

A new lift ZellamseeXpress, launched in the winter of 2016/2017, delivers tourists to Glemmalt and then to Saalbach-Hinterglemm.

The total length of the track is about 140 km, including trails at an altitude of 3200 meters on the Kitzsteinhorn Glacier, which rises above Kaprun and the region of Maiskogel.

By the way, Deins & Meins is considered the best restaurant in Zell am See, according to the TripAdvisor guide, and Crazy Daisy is a popular place for skiing.

St. Moritz, Switzerland

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Private airplanes land at Samedan airfield in St. Moritz, just 5 km from the famous winter vacation spot of world money bags, aristocrats and superstars.

350 km of ski runs and 58 ski lifts in the Engadin Valley are concentrated around the Corvilla region, the venue for the Winter Olympics in 1928 and 1948.

The resort is known as the place of James Bond’s skiing in the movie “The Spy Who Loved Me”. Five-star hotels include the 120-year-old Badrut Palace (Engadin suite from $ 5300 per night), the Kempinski Grand Des Des Bains hotel and the Kulm hotel.

The flight, for example, from London to Samedan and back to the 4-seater Citation Mustang starts at about $ 9,500. Otherwise - almost three hours on the road only from Zurich Airport.

Veysonne / Nendaz, Switzerland

Vejzonna / Nendaz is another place where the slopes lie not far from the airfield - the famous Swiss ski area of ??Valle, a diamond in Verbier's crown.

The Zion airfield in the Rhone Valley receives Swiss Air Force jets, as well as private jets, whose pilots are qualified for a complex flight through the high four thousandth

At 15 kilometers from the airport are the Four Valleys, the largest ski area in Switzerland with 400 km of slopes and 93 lifts. The highest point is Mont-Fort (3300 m.), With panoramas of Mont Blanc and Matterhorn. Just 30 minutes from Zion, on the opposite side of the Rhone Valley, is the Monta.

The luxurious chalet Hidden Dragon is one of the landmarks of Veysonne. It was built using the rituals of the ancient Japanese Shinto religion and following the rules of feng shui when planning the site.

Verbier’s La Vache mountain restaurant is owned by singer James Blunt, former England rugby captain Lawrence Dallallo and former superbike world champion Karl Fogarty.

Aspen, USA

All skiers have heard about Aspen. This place in Colorado is known as the collection of the most expensive real estate in the United States.

Aspen - Pitkin County Airport is located in the city of Aspen, located in the Pitkin County of the US state of Colorado, and its height above sea level is 2,384 meters. The airport is located 6 kilometers north-west of the business district of the city and covers an area of ??232 hectares.

Strong winds and high altitude make this airport one of the most difficult for pilots. In the past few years, several serious incidents occurred at the airport, which gave the airport the reputation of being the most dangerous in the country.

The airport, associated with dozens of US cities, is just 5 km from the city of Aspen, surrounded by the ski area of ??Aspen Mountain, known as Ajax, Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk. So the planes land just a few kilometers from the ski slopes.

Just 10 km from the airfield is another ski area, the village of Snowmass. The X Winter Games were held at Buttermilk in Aspen, as well as the finals of the FIS 2017 Alpine Ski World Championship.

Revelstoke, Canada

The airport accepts up to four scheduled flights per week and is just 3 km south of the city.

Individual charter from Vancouver to Revelstoke and back costs about $ 10,700.

Here is the largest vertical drop in North America - 1,720 meters and 64 tracks, laid in the middle of the field and high mountain peaks on Mount Mackenzie. Revelstoke is also known for its heli-skiing features. In this blessed place, 12-18 meters of snow fall annually.

Telluride, Colorado, USA

The regional airport of the city of Telluride Tarmac is the highest mountain in North America. It is located at an altitude of 2767 m above sea level. The spirit at the same time captures both from a risky approach and from the beauty of the landscape. The airport accepts scheduled flights from Great Lakes Airlines and private jets.

The only runway of this airport is located on one of the plateaus of the Rocky Mountains, right next to the 300-meter cliff above the San Miguel River.

Previously, the strip was very noticeable down the slope from the ends to the center. In 2009, we carried out repairs and straightened out the situation - the runway became safer, and now larger planes can land on it.

Flight safety instructions at the airport do not recommend pilots of light aircraft to land at night, to fly when the wind speeds above 55 km / h or when visibility is less than 25 km.

The airport is just 10 km from the city of Gard Skinner Telluride. This is a former mining village, which since the 90s of the last century has become one of the hottest ski spots in North America.

The resort was founded in 1970, then it was possible to ski for $ 12.50 a day, including lunch. The first ski lifts appeared here in 1972. The name of the ski area in Telluride is considered an abbreviation of the phrase “Go to hell”.

On an area of 8 km2, overgrown with aspens and Christmas trees, 127 trails run. The highest point is the peak of Palmyra at an altitude of 4,060 m. The Revelation lift raises skiers to a height of 3,814 m above the plateau of the same name.