Wealthy skiers have never had too much of a problem finding year round snow, but it usually entails flying around the world, staying in ski lodges and five star hotels rather than hopping on a superyacht. Generally found in various ports across the Mediterranean and the Caribbean, the idea of using a superyacht to ski is pretty novel.
The luxury yacht ‘Cloudbreak’ was built in 2016 and features (amongst a whole host of special features) a ski room. At just under 240ft, the boat sleeps up to 12 guests in seven rooms and is available to rent at 750,000 euros per week. Cloudbreak is one of the largest yachts on the charter market, has a fast cruising speed of 12 knots, and with the helipad on the back of the boat is pretty close to the ultimate luxury heli-skiing experience.
This superyacht’s not just about skiing though; Cloudbreak is also designed for surfers and scuba divers, and has equipment on board for guests to use if they want to explore the ocean instead of the mountains. The yacht is equipped with a crew of up to 22, which include a spa manager, physiotherapist and yoga instructor amongst other things. Skiers lucky enough to spend a week on the yacht will live in absolute comfort.
So far, since being launched last year Cloudbreak has sailed to Alaska and New Zealand. The protected inland waterways of Alaska give skiers access to some superb, untouched snow. Adventurous skiers who have the cash will see the boat as a good way to ski hard to reach terrain; expedition yachts are one of the only ways to ski Antarctica.
Elsewhere, there are a few interesting powder skiing options in glacial fjords in Norway, Iceland and Greenland, which will be accessible via superyacht, provided the water is deep enough. Wherever you ski though, this is bound to be an incredible experience.
All in all, over half a million euros for a week heli-skiing off the back of a yacht might seem like a bit much, but skiing off Cloudbreak will be utterly unlike anything else.