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Air Partner goes around the world in four ski resorts
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Air Partner goes around the world in four ski resorts

As summer draws to a close and people stop dreaming of beaches and start thinking ahead to crisp mountain air and soft white powder, global aviation services group Air Partner has pulled together a list of some of its favourite ski resorts from around the world – whether you are there to hit the slopes, or just the apres-ski.

With Air Partner, skiers can get from the office to the slopes stress-free. They can skip the queues at the airport and travel in luxury aboard their own private jet – so there is no excuse not to pack the snowboard too. Scheduled services can only get you so close to your resort of choice, but Air Partner can get you to the door.

Verbier, Switzerland 

With a long-standing reputation for glamour, luxury and some of the best skiing in the Alps, Verbier is still our Swiss destination of choice. Having reinvented itself back in 2008, the resort offers far more than white powder. For a day off the slopes you can choose from a wealth of restaurants, nightlife, shopping, bars and cafes.

Where to stay?

The Lodge, Richard Branson’s chalet, of course! A team of 15 will look after your every need during your stay in this nine-bedroom mountain haven. The interior is modern with an open-plan feeling, but still maintains a cosy alpine atmosphere.

Where to land?

Arrive by private jet at Sion airport, which is just 45-minute drive away – all of which can be organised for you by Air Partner.

Saariselkä, Finnish Lapland

If you are looking for a skiing trip with a difference, why not look a bit further afield than the usual European haunts and head to Finnish Lapland? Saariselkä is Finland’s most northerly ski resort, located just 250km inside the Arctic Circle. While it lacks the glitz of some of Europe’s best known resorts, it boasts breath-taking natural scenery and is one of the best places to see the northern lights.

Where to stay?

Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort​ is an absolute must for travellers looking to really immerse themselves in the beauty of this incredible area and is just a short distance from Saariselkä. We recommend staying in one of the kelo-glass igloos: here you get all the warmth and cosiness of a traditional chalet but with the added twist of a glass-roofed bedroom from which you can take in the beauty of the northern lights.

Where to fly?

Fly straight into Ivalo airport, less than 30 minutes away from Kakslauttanen by car.

Whistler, Canada

Whistler has long been one of the world’s most favoured resorts and it’s little wonder. The ski area is one of the biggest in the world, boasting some 8,000 metres of piste and 1,610 metres of vertical, and the powder is legendary. It’s also a fantastic destination for non-skiers, with an abundance of spas, restaurants and activities on offer.

Where to stay?

The ski-in/ski-out Fairmount Chateau Whistler boasts one of the best locations in the whole of Whistler, with direct access to Blackcomb Mountain. The hotel is known for its excellent service, so you can look forward to being met by a ski valet at the bottom of the slopes each day.

Where to land?

Air Partner can you fly you into Vancouver airport and arrange your transfer to Whistler.

Hakuba, Japan

It’s not an area usually associated with snow sports but Japan has emerged as a must-go ski destination over the past few years – and with good reason. Hakuba is a long valley floor connecting ten ski resorts in the Japanese Alps, covering thousands of acres, so it’s suitable for all abilities. There’s also mountain hiking trails, mountain bike paths, paragliding, canyoning, canoeing, rafting and firefly night paddles on offer too.

Where to stay?

If you are looking for something a bit out of the ordinary, then One Chalets is for you. You can choose from two chalets – The Phoenix One and One Happo – for the ultimate in James Bond-style luxury. Whether you choose to work out in the state-of-the-art gym, chill out in the sauna or shoot some hoops on One Happo’s personal basketball court, you certainly won’t be at a loss for things to do.

Where to land?

You can land at Toyko Narita or Matsumoto airport and take a short transfer to the mountains.

About Air Partner

Founded in 1961, Air Partner is a global aviation services group that provides worldwide solutions to industry, commerce, governments and private individuals. The Group has two divisions‎: (a) Broking division, comprising air charter broking and remarketing through the Air Partner and Cabot brands respectively; and (b) Training & Consulting division, via the aviation safety consultancy Baines Simmons. For reporting purposes, the Group is structured into four divisions: Commercial Jets, Private Jets, Freight (Broking) and Baines Simmons (Training & Consultancy). The Commercial Jet division charters large airliners to move groups of any size. Cabot Aviation, which is formed within the Commercial Jet division, provides comprehensive remarketing programmes for all types of commercial and corporate aircraft to a wide range of international clients. Private Jets offers the company’s unique pre-paid JetCard scheme and on-demand charter. Air Partner Freight charters aircraft of every size to fly almost any cargo anywhere, at any time. Baines Simmons is a world leader in Aviation Safety Consulting which specialises in aviation regulation, compliance and safety management. Air Partner is headquartered alongside Gatwick airport in the UK. Air Partner operates 24/7 year-round and has 20 offices globally. Air Partner is listed on the London Stock Exchange (AIR) and is also ISO 9001:2008 compliant for commercial airline and private jet solutions worldwide.

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