The demand for scheduled flights to the Alps is set to soar in the next couple of weeks. Not only are we entering into the peak ski season, but there are also a number of high profile events taking place across the Alpine region.
We’ve rounded-up some of the best upcoming happenings taking place above the snow-line and we’ve also worked out the time you could save by flying private to the relevant resorts. Not only do you save time checking in and disembarking, but private aircraft can often fly into smaller airports that are much closer to your final destination.
World Economic Forum
21st – 24th January 2015
The annual World Economic Forum (WEF) takes place from the 21st to the 24th January in the Swiss resort of Davos, which is situated alongside popular ski town, Klosters. The WEF brings together over 2,500 top business leaders, international politicians, intellectuals, and journalists to discuss the most pressing issues facing the world today.
Klaus Schwab, founder and executive chairman of the event, has spoken publicly about this year’s forum being one of the most critical series of discussions in the event’s 45-year history.
If you’re planning to fly private out to Davos, the nearest airport is St Gallen-Altenrhein, which is a 1 hour 40 minute flight from London and a 60 minute drive from the resort – as opposed to a two hour drive from Zurich, which is the closest airport for scheduled flights.
Victor Time-Saving: 60 minutes
FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup 2015
Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy
16th – 25th January
One of the biggest events in the professional ski calendar, the FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup, sets up shop this week in Wengen, Switzerland for the men and Cortina d’Ampezzo for the ladies before moving on to Kitzbühel, Austria and St.Moritz on 20th January.
The competition, which is staged over the first three months of the year and tours a number of different countries en route, is regarded by many as the ultimate ski title over the Olympics or the biennial World Championships, as competitors compete at a world class level across four disciplines, those being slalom, giant slalom, Super G, downhill.
Wengen, Switzerland: Nearest airport: Berne, 53 minutes by car. Also operates scheduled flights.
Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy: Nearest airport: Treviso, 1 hour 50 minutes by car. Also operates scheduled flights.
Kitzbühel, Austria: Nearest airport – Innsbruck, 1 hour 20 minutes by car. Also operates scheduled flights.
St. Moritz: Nearest airport – Engadin Airport, 10 minutes by car. Nearest airport for scheduled flights – Zurich, 2 hours 40 minutes by car.
Victor Time-Saving: 2 hours 30 minutes
Snow Polo World Cup
St Moritz, Switzerland
29th January – 1st February
Although polo has been regarded as the sport of kings for more than 2,600 years, it was not until 1985 that the ancient equestrian pursuit moved onto snow – that being the snow that covers the frozen lake overlooked by St Moritz.
These days polo on snow is played across the globe from Aspen in the USA and Cortina in Italy, to Tianjin in China. However, the St. Moritz original, The Snow Polo World Cup, remains the most prestigious on-snow polo tournament and fetches the highest prize money, with four teams competing for the highly coveted Cartier Trophy.
Over 15,000 spectators are expected to attend the event at the prestigious resort that is perched some 1,850 metres above sea level.
Engadin Airport, one of the highest in Europe, is within a 10-minute drive of St Moritz and is accessible from London in around 1 hour 40 minutes. Zurich, the nearest airport for scheduled flights, is some 125 miles away from St Moritz and takes around 2 hours 40 minutes to reach via car or four hours via train.
Victor Time-Saving: 2 hours 30 minutes
Main image: Copyright by swiss-image.ch/Photo Christof Sonderegger
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