Summering in the Rockies
Reaching the most beautiful, remote resorts of the American West can now be done in record time
The Rockies are known for snowcapped peaks, smooth powder, and the best skiing in North America. The summer months hold their own natural secrets, though, transforming the western mountains into an outdoor-lover’s paradise that offers arguably the finest white-water rafting, hiking, fly-fishing, and mountain biking in North America.
The region has become synonymous with luxurious adventure travel, whether it’s spending serene mornings fly-fishing for trophy-sized rainbow trout in the box canyon at Smith Fork Ranch, Colo., and returning to a gourmet dinner in the ranch, or riding trails on a mountain bike around Crested Butte, Colo., with dramatic vistas on every side.
The remoteness and untouched natural beauty of these exclusive mountain resorts are part of their allure, but many are not serviced by commercial air carriers. Fortunately, XOJET routinely flies into the most sought-after airports—including Aspen, Telluride, and Park City—as well as thousands of other small, regional airports and even private airfields. XOJET, which operates the country’s largest on-demand private-jet fleet, has access to more than 1,000 jets. Its own fleet of Challenger 300 and Citation X business jets, with spacious cabins and short-field landing capabilities, are ideal for flying a family or large group into the Rockies’ most exclusive hideaways.
“When you fly with us, customization comes standard,” says Shari Jones, senior vice president and chief marketing officer of XOJET. “We not only offer personal advising services for all clients, but we make sure the in-cabin service is tailored for you.”
That can range from made-to-order meals and a fully stocked liquor cabinet to the personal touches, like surprise birthday or anniversary cakes, that XOJET has become known for. “Our goal is to make every flight memorable, every day of the year,” says Jones.
Many winter resorts in the Rockies become summer sanctuaries, taking advantage of the natural beauty. The Resort at Paws Up in Montana was the original setting for the Robert Redford movie A River Runs Through It, and offers some of the world’s best fly fishing. It also has an Olympic-size indoor arena as part of its elaborate equestrian center, along with luxurious safari-style tents and cabins for guests.
Firms like Vail Resorts also have collections of multi-season resorts across the region, including four in Colorado, one in Park City, and three in Lake Tahoe, California. The company, with a mission of providing the experience of a lifetime, takes great pride in operating resorts in the heart of pristine environments.
Of course, the real treasures of the Western states are the expansive national parks that extend for millions of acres. Hiking these national treasures—whether summiting Mount Ida in Rocky Mountain National Park or watching Old Faithful in Yellowstone—offer some of the most stunning, varied scenery in the West.
“Our geographic reach and levels of service are making us the provider of choice for selective travelers exploring the American West,” says Jones. “We’ve also made it easy to fly at a moment’s notice without up-front fees and long-term commitments. As a result, we’re seeing a large number of clients using XOJET for both business and pleasure.”
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