Global private jet provider Monarch Air Group shares the top ski resorts to land an executive aircraft in Latin America.
Where to land a private jet in South America
For ski lovers it is never too early to look ahead to next season. Why wait one full year when you could enjoy the best snow in the world in both hemispheres? Much is known about the amenities of the US and Canadian ski resorts, led by Vail, Aspen and Telluride. The same with various picture-perfect ski towns in the middle of the Alps in Europe. Both are in the same hemisphere; therefore, chances are you will visit only one per season. Did you know that great snow is also available down south?
Almost 6,000 miles south from Aspen lies a group of ski resorts in Chile and Argentina, the only two countries with proper ski centers in South America, which share the Andes Mountains to offer local and international tourists worldwide a top-notch experience. The Andes is the longest mountain range in the world and the second tallest after the Himalayas, although it only boasts ski centers in its southern region, from the vicinities of Santiago, Chile’s capital, to Ushuaia in Argentina, the southernmost ski resort in the globe.
Arriving by private jet is also a possibility, thanks to its versatility and capacity to land in remote places. Monarch Air Group, global private jet provider, shares a list of the top ski resorts in South America and the closest terminals to land a private aircraft.
Private jet charter to Chile
For Chile, it all starts in the middle, next to Santiago, its capital. Four skiing centers are conveniently located only an hour away from Santiago International Airport. These are El Colorado-Farellones, La Parva, Portillo and the most popular of all, Valle Nevado. The latter is the most frequented by international tourists thanks to its hospitality infrastructure.
Roughly 250 miles from Santiago to the south lies Nevados de Chillan. This is arguably the most traditional center in Chile, with an excellent hotel and even hot springs for tourists. The closest airport is General Bernardo O’Higgins in Chillan, an hour away from the resort. Also, in the southern region of Chile and rather less popular and crowed, is Corralco, at the foot of beautiful Lonquimay Volcano. Its location allows for an extended skiing season, roughly until October. It was one caveat, as the closest airport can only service smaller private aircraft, as the Pilatus PC-12 or the King Air Family, which can be chartered from Santiago International Airport.
Private jet charter to Argentina
Argentina has best overall infrastructure than Chile and South America’s most popular resort in Las Leñas, close to Mendoza. Immediately on the west side of the Andes, Mendoza is a city known for its world-class vineyards and the Malbec red wine, nevertheless, savvy skiers can also find the best center in the region. Comodoro D. Ricardo Salomón is the closest terminal, a better option than Mendoza International Airport due to its proximity.
Have you ever heard about Bariloche? The city located in the Northern Patagonia is known for its beauty, breathtaking views, and Alpine-styled architecture. Also, for its iconic skiing at Cerro Catedral. Where to land a private jet? In San Carlos de Bariloche Airport. Furthermore, just a few miles from Bariloche, travelers can find Villa La Angostura, for many, Argentina’s hidden gem in the Patagonia, with a skiing center called Cerro Bayo, less popular and frequented than Bariloche.
Finally, in a paragraph of its own, thanks to its extreme location, lies Cerro Castor in Ushuaia. It is literally the southernmost skiing center in the world and the one with the longest season in the hemisphere. The flight time from Buenos Aires is 3.30 hours, what gives you an idea of just how down south it is located. Ushuaia International Airport is the option to land a private jet.
While South America has many well-kept secrets and holiday hot spots, skiing is not one of them. Savvy skiers worldwide know about the quality of the snow and resorts in Chile and Argentina, as well as the flexibility that flying private offers when planning a skiing trip to the region. Passengers can fly with the equipment in the cabin, thus avoiding potential damage, while no extra costs will be charged.
A larger aircraft is advised when traveling to South America from the northern hemisphere, especially when flying alongside the family, for extra comfort, speed, and range. Experienced providers like Monarch Air Group will accommodate to every need and request, coordinating with operators for the most convenient experience, from aircraft and private terminal selection to inflight amenities.