Airline-Resort Hookup, Off-Season Upgrades Among Idaho Highlights
Much has been made of the rising cost of airline flights to the mountains this winter, so three Idaho resorts have linked with Alaska Airlines to ease the cost of that seat.
Sun Valley Resort, Schweitzer and Brundage Mountain all offer deals and discounts with display of an Alaska Airlines boarding pass issued for a trip to Sun Valley/Hailey, Spokane or Boise airports, respectively.
At Sun Valley, voters turned down a local option tax that would have helped subsidize air travel into the area. Nonetheless, travelers on nonstop flights from Seattle or Los Angeles get a free afternoon on the slopes on arrival day.
The next day, visitors get two-hour free lessons or ski/snowboard demos. For those staying at least four days in Sun Valley lodging, the fifth night is free for Alaska Airlines travelers.
The iconic Idaho mountain also boasts the reopening of the Lodge Dining Room at the Sun Valley Lodge after a couple of years of sporadic operations. Two more “adventure trails” and a new tubing park at River Run Lodge highlight the on-mountain improvements.
At Schweitzer, skiers and riders who fly into Spokane International from Portland or Seattle – and book rooms at either Selkirk Lodge or White Pine Lodge – get a free day ticket and refresher clinic. Both those lodges have undergone upgrades this summer.
The northern Idaho resort also spent money this summer to enlarge the Gourmandie market, remodel the Ski and Ride Center, and update the Musical Chairs and Great Escape Quad.
At Brundage, a roundtrip itinerary from Alaska Airlines in and out of Boise Airport earns the holder a 3-for-2 lift ticket deal all season. Brundage also offers a midweek card that acts as a season pass for Monday-Friday skiers and ‘boarders, and produces discounts for weekend and holiday periods.
The Mid-Week Club Card costs $299. As a bonus, the resort has thrown in free skiing and riding on Jan. 21, Martin Luther King Day, and Feb. 18, Presidents’ Day.
Photo: Schweitzer Mountain