One of the best things about living on the Cote d’Azur is the year-round mild climate. Of course, for those who love the snow and crave a white Christmas, another big bonus is that it is close to the Alps. From December, you can experience the best of both worlds with access to a winter wonderland.
One of the best things about living on the Cote d’Azur is the year-round mild climate. Of course, for those who love the snow and crave a white Christmas, another big bonus is that it is close to the Alps. From December, you can experience the best of both worlds with access to a winter wonderland. A helicopter transfer Courchevel takes just 65 minutes from Monaco making it an easy day trip for skiers. Meanwhile, St Moritz helicopter transfers also take under two hours to whisk you to the exclusive Swiss ski resort. Whether you want a day off work for skiing or a longer holiday, a helicopter transfer in the Alps means the mountains are closer than you would think.
Driving to Courchevel takes around six hours and you are at the mercy of prevailing weather conditions, delays and crowded roads during peak times. It is a similar situation for all of the other French resorts such as Val d’Isere, Meribel and Megeve. The quickest routes tend to go via Italy and the same is true for the Swiss alpine resorts like Gstaad, Verbier and St Moritz. Helicopter transfers cut the journey time to a quarter of the time it takes a car so you can reach most destinations within 90 minutes. The cost of private transfers and petrol for hired cars can add up and come with no guarantee of a speedy arrival. Whereas traffic can be unpredictable and subject to accidents and delays, with a helicopter transfer you are guaranteed to arrive on time unless there are extremely adverse weather conditions.
Comfort is another important factor and Skycam’s helicopters are designed with luxury travel in mind. Travelling by land can be quite tiring, particularly for the driver on winding mountain roads that slowly snake up constantly stopping and starting the car. In a helicopter transfer, Alps scenery can be enjoyed by everyone with no one having the responsibility of driving. The large windows in Skycam’s helicopters display a vista of soaring peaks, snow-capped mountains and glacial lakes. Most of the roads are well-maintained, but they just don’t have the wow factor that the aerial views by helicopter have.
Those flying to Courchevel are in for a very special treat. Courchevel’s altiport has the highest (and one of the shortest) tarmacked runway in Europe at a record-breaking elevation of 2,008m. The approach is surrounded by deep valleys where you see people skiing on Courchevel’s slopes after passing tiny villages with traditional wooden chalets. Nothing is more beautiful and exhilarating. James Bond was airborne here in the film Tomorrow Never Dies, but rest assured that your journey will be far less dramatic as our exceptionally skilled pilots are experienced at navigating and departing from the altiport.
Courchevel devotees Sir Elton John, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Beckhams are frequent visitors. Non-skiers can also enjoy a trip to the glamorous resort and its numerous designer boutiques and Michelin restaurants. A helicopter from Monaco to Courchevel makes a great day trip for skiers and non-skiers alike and will give you a fairytale Christmas fix to take back to the sunny Riviera with you.
The charming Swiss Alps are a mere 90-110 minute flight away from the Riviera. St Moritz helicopter transfers are among the most popular as the upscale skiing village is a magical place to visit with its lakeside setting. It’s also a wonderful place to visit if you like winter sports due to its long association with the Winter Olympics. St Moritz has plenty of ice sports such as ice polo, ice horse racing, ice cricket and even somewhat less adrenaline-pumping ice skating.
Not only do helicopter transfers in the Alps cut down on time spent travelling but they also save you from extra money and hassle. Besides arranging snow chains, you’ll need to pay national tax to drive on Swiss roads. Cars must display a vignette (sticker) that costs approximately 40 Swiss francs and the fine for not having one is 200 Swiss francs (around €175).
If you want stunning views, speed and comfort when travelling to the Alps this winter, consider helicopter transfers. Alps views and luxury will ensure a magical experience. Skycam’s fleet of modern aircraft is immaculately maintained and operated by highly trained and courteous pilots. Contact Skycam’s friendly team to find out about Courchevel and St Moritz helicopter transfers, as well as those to other beautiful ski resorts.
If you’re dreaming of a white Christmas, you need to either head North or up a mountain. Fortunately, for residents and travellers in the South of France, Christmas in the Alps is a mere 60-minute helicopter transfer away.