Many Options Available For Flying To Colorado's Slopes This Winter
As the snow begins to fall, it's time to plan ahead and book a flight to your favorite Colorado resort -- whether flying in from East, West or in between.
Eight mountain resorts have regional airports within a short ride. Here's what they have to offer this winter:
Served by Yampa Valley Regional Airport, Steamboat will up it's game this winter with direct flights by six airlines from 16 cities. Houston's Hobby is new, while Atlanta and Minneapolis rejoin the schedule after a Covid year off.
This winter, Steamboat officials said that bigger mainline aircraft will fly into the airport that sits a half-hour drive from the slopes, adding more available seats.
Four major airlines have winter flights into Eagle County Regional Airport, a short ride from Vail and Beaver Creek. A new daily from Philadelphia has been added to a schedule that includes five daily flights from Chicago, four each from Denver and Dallas, and one each from the three New York City-area terminals.
Within spittin' distance of the slopes, Aspen-Pitkin Airport will enplane travelers on daily flights of three carriers from nine U.S. airports. Expected to be new will be two daily flights from Orange County's John Wayne Airport.
The debut this summer of once-a-week American Airlines' service from Austin will expand to daily flights this winter, starting Dec. 16.
Another close-in airstrip, Telluride Regional Airport, lands connector flights from Denver via Denver Air, and will add a daily flight from Phoenix to its portfolio. A Dallas-Fort Worth direct flight is in the works.
Down the road at Montrose Regional Airport, some 18 flights land on a daily, semi-daily, and weekend basis. Denver travelers got to choose from 10 daily flights, while another eight major airports provide daily and certain-day service on four major carriers. Telluride is a 90-minute drive away.
If Crested Butte is it, then daily flights from Denver, Houston, and Dallas land at Gunnison-Crested Butte Regional Airport -- a half-hour shuttle to the mountain. Denver flights come in three times a day and Dallas two times with multiple Saturday flights.
And, Durango-La Plata Regional Airport brings skiers and riders to Purgatory with flights from five Western cities. The slopes are 45 minutes away.