Ski Luxe

A Peek at the Valley's Most Luxurious Forms of Transportation

While free bus services to and from Vail Mountain and the Beav’ qualifies as a luxury for most locals, there’s always an option for those looking for—and lucky enough to afford—a more dignified way to get from Point A to Point B.

By Kirsten Dobroth November 17, 2017 Published in the Holiday 2017/2018 issue of Vail-Beaver Creek Magazine

Aspen Heli Charter

From Ajax or EGE to the Beav’

Aspen Heli Charter pilot Joe Malek-Madani has seen it all through the bubble canopy of his sleek green Eurocopter, conveying Romeos and Juliets to mountaintop proposals, even airlifting clients to a remote backcountry overlook to take in the past summer’s eclipse—for a hefty fee, of course. Well-heeled skiers and boarders looking to sample steeper terrain than the Vail Valley has to offer charter a chopper to get away to Ajax for the day, with nearly door-to-door service to and from the helipad at Beaver Creek’s main entrance gate. 970-948-4354;

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A Bombardier Challenger 300 timeshare for private jet flyers

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XO Jet

Houstonians who want  to fly privately to EGE and forgo the hassle and expense of actually owning a Cessna Citation or Bombardier Challenger use XOJET, a (relatively) affordable jet-share program. 877-599-6538;

Vail Valley Jet Center

Eagle County Regional Airport in Gypsum (a.k.a. EGE) might not be as in-your-face as the waiting queue of private planes visible from Highway 82 on the drive into Aspen, but its Jet Center literally rolls out the red carpet for those arriving via personal and chartered aircraft, ensuring vehicles are warmed and waiting as they step off the plane; at departure, a live pianist and freshly baked cookies make the wait to board while planes are readied for takeoff just a bit more bearable, albeit at a premium. 970-524-7700;

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A fleet of Bentleys, Land Rovers, Maseratis, and custom 4x4s awaits.

Motion Rent a Car

Those arriving at the Jet Center—or by commercial carrier at EGE—will find their Bentley (or a more practical custom Jeep Wrangler) waiting curbside; the Avon-based luxury rental car agency also will deliver vehicles—equipped with snow tires—to any address in the Vail Valley. 970-376-4885;

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ASPEN HELI CHARTER Rate for an hour-long tour of the Vail Valley, or transfer from EGE to Beaver Creek: $3,500

XOJET Hourly rate for a midsize jet, plus $250 monthly membership fee (deducted from a minimum $50,000 on deposit): $6,750

VAIL VALLEY JET CENTER Minimum fee for storing a jet in the Center’s heated indoor hangar: $20,000

MOTION RENTAL CARS  Daily rental for a Bentley Continental Flying Spur, plus taxes and fees: $399

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