With glistening pistes and atmospheric resorts, the winter destinations in the Alps are once again enticing the residents of the Cote d’Azur for action-packed weekend breaks. Whether skiing, snowboarding, or enjoying the vast array of other activities on offer in Europe’s glitziest alpine resorts, families from Monaco and the South of France are taking to the mountains in their droves – the most discerning of whom are travelling through the skies with Monacair. In Europe’s luxurious alpine resorts, snow is guaranteed and stunning lodges offer a cosy retreat from the cold. With the winter season well underway, we’ve taken the opportunity to present three of the best mountainous resorts for weekend ski trips, each of which is exceptionally appealing in its wintery allure and is reachable by helicopter charter from the Cote d’Azur.

1. Courchevel

The ultra-exclusive resort is the place to see and be seen. Forming part of Les Trois Vallees ski area – one of the world’s largest skiing networks – Courchevel comprises four villages at different altitudes. Perched atop a mountain, Courchevel 1850 is the resort’s most exclusive hangout and welcomes those with a penchant for high luxury. The village is characterised by designer boutiques, 5-star hotels, and Michelin-starred restaurants, including the three-starred Le 1947. Visitors can find plenty of elegant events and memorable nights at the stylish bars that dot the resort.

VIPs usually fly in on Courchevel helicopter transfers to begin their weekend escape in ultimate style and convenience. As most of the ski lifts leave from Courchevel 1850, we advise reserving your accommodation here, in order to make the most of your time in the mountains. Helicopter transfers to Courchevel only take half an hour from Geneva Airport and can be booked from numerous Riviera and Alpine locations.

2. Saint Moritz

If the glamour of alpine tradition appeals to you, head to St Moritz. The Swiss resort is packed with sophisticated establishments that complement a fantastic network of pistes. The Kempinski Hotel is among the finest places to spend a weekend, with its exclusive Les Saisons restaurant satiating your culinary curiosities. Party at King’s Club at the enchanting Badrutt’s Palace – a chic hotel that is much loved by VIPs. Experience the delicious gastronomy on offer at three-Michelin-starred Da Vittorio at the Carlton Hotel for a fine taste of Italy. With its beautiful lakeside setting, St Moritz is a picture postcard town that guarantees a truly memorable escape in 2018. Helicopter travel to St Moritz provides easy access into this revered ski resort and unravels stunning mountainous vistas.

3. Val d’Isere

Val d’Isere is the best ski resort for those who want an active weekend break in the Alps with plenty of snow sports and apres-ski fun. It is one of France’s highest ski resorts and is connected to Tignes in the Espace Killy with 300km of groomed pistes, ski schools, international restaurants and luxury ski chalets. At most other resorts at peak times, lifts are at capacity, but Val d’Isere has so many lifts and access points that rush-hour queues are easily avoided.

Bars in Val d’Isere generally stay open until the early hours of the morning. Dick’s Tea Bar is a local institution and should be added to your itinerary, regardless of how short your stay may be. Those looking for family fun should explore the village centre, which enjoys a sense of magic.

Please contact Monacair to find out more information about helicopter transfer to Courchevel, Saint Moritz, Val d’Isere, or any other winter location in 2018.