For those looking for something different on their next ski holiday and demanding more than just a variety of terrain and some decent après, then a whistle-stop luxury ski adventure covering three different resorts in three countries via private jet could be just the thing.
Private jet charter flight agent PrivateFly and upmarket holiday company Black Tomato have teamed up to offer an eight-day luxury tour of the USA, Canada and Japan, travelling by private jet between each.
To take advantage of this trip, you’ll need to have a budget to match your intrepid spirit – and a flush group of friends willing to accompany you – as this adventure doesn’t come cheap, starting at £21,680 per person, travelling in a group of 12.
The trip takes in the wilds of Wyoming at American resort Jackson Hole; the high-octane slopes of Whistler in Canada; and some of the world’s finest powder in Japan’s Mount Naeba. All reached by your own private jet.
The aircraft used for this trip is a Bombardier Global Express, which is one of the largest purpose-built private jets, providing comfort and privacy for long-haul flights. The cabin is divided into three areas – a typical configuration features 18 passenger seats, which recline into beds and a separate lounge/bedroom. Champagne, wine and hot and cold soft drinks are served on board alongside a bespoke menu. There’s also a bathroom with shower and onboard entertainment.
This once-in-a-lifetime ski tour can start from London or New York, and includes private jet travel, luxury accommodation in the three ski resorts, and VIP transfers on the ground.
Carol Cork, marketing director of PrivateFly, says, “For those looking to experience the world’s best skiing, one country simply isn’t enough. So we teamed up with Black Tomato’s travel experts to offer a private jet tour, taking in three prestigious, but very different, ski resorts, over eight days.
“The tour gives a VIP taste of the best skiing and luxury accommodation the northern hemisphere has to offer, with the comfort and convenience of a private jet to fly around in. The itinerary can be totally bespoke, fast and direct – maximising the time at each location and making the journey part of the luxury experience. It’s a truly memorable ski trip of a lifetime.”
Suggested itinerary from London
Resort 1 – Jackson Hole, Wyoming, USA
Starting from London Luton Airport, a private jet flies across the Atlantic to Jackson Hole, known for its unspoilt surroundings, gnarly, expert terrain and for having one of the USA’s biggest vertical descents. It also has a great snow record and the airport is just a short drive from the resort.
Private ground transfers take guests to the remote and luxurious 40-room Amangani lodge, part of the upmarket Aman group of resorts, to spend two days experiencing some of the best backcountry skiing in the USA. After a hard day shredding, relax in the world-class spa and enjoy gourmet food in the hotel’s restaurant.
Resort 2 – Whistler, British Columbia, Canada
A private jet whisks guests north to Vancouver, Canada, and then private ground transfers take them to the world-class resort of Whistler, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. Offering North America’s largest ski area, Whistler also has a long season, reliable snow and great après in almost alpine-like scenery.
Guests stay in the elegant, five-star Fairmont Chateau Whistler – a ski-in/ski-out resort at the base of Blackcomb mountain with spectacular views of the Rockies – and enjoy two days exploring Whistler’s 8,171-acre ski area.
Resort 3 – Mount Naeba, Honshu, Japan
Back on the private jet, guests are whisked from Vancouver to Tokyo to enjoy the stunning scenery and rich culture of Mount Naeba ski resort.
Staying at the luxurious Naeba Prince Hotel, which is ski-in/ski-out and has a range of restaurants and onsen (hot baths), guests have two days to enjoy Mount Naeba’s ski area. The area includes the resorts of Kagura, Mitsumata and Tashiro, offering 100km of pistes in total. Naeba also offers an efficient lift system, several terrain parks, a snowcross course, childrens’ snow park and childrens’ indoor ski area. The resort hosted an FIS World Cup slalom race in February this year.
Once guests have experienced Japan’s legendary powder, a private jet will be waiting to fly them back to London.