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Mountain Flights In Colorado More Frequent, Convenient This Winter

Aspen AirportWinter travelers to Colorado resorts have a choice: Take advantage of convenient flying into Denver International Airport and make the two-hour drive to Summit County, Winter Park or beyond.

Or, spend a little more by flying into one of Colorado’s eight mountain airports and find a hotel shuttle waiting for you on the tarmac – perhaps with enough time for a few turns on the hill that very day.

Airlines run daily flights to the mountains during the winter and add extra jets for the weekends. Some resorts bundle tickets and accommodations with air flight reservations, and others give first-day discounts with a boarding pass.

Here’s a look at what cities these mountain airports will serve in 2015-2016:

Telluride/Montrose. All commercial flights arrive in Montrose, an hour’s drive from Telluride Mountain Resort. Eleven major cities tie into the Western Slope air strip, including daily service from Denver, Dallas, Houston, Atlanta, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Durango/La Plata. County airport serves travelers from Dallas, Denver and Phoenix on a daily basis who look to carve up Purgatory or hit the deep pow’ at Silverton.

Steamboat/Yampa Valley. The airport in Hayden is just down the road from Steamboat Mountain Resort, and the northern Colorado resort has been aggressive to attract out-of-staters. Four flights a day come in from Denver, as well as daily service from Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Minneapolis and Los Angeles.

Gunnison/Crested Butte. The down-valley airport in Gunnison sits a 30-minute drive from the slopes at Crested Butte Mountain Resort – or an hour’s ride to Monarch Mountain. Busy-season flights arrive daily from Denver, Dallas, Houston and Chicago.

Aspen/Pitkin County. Sitting right in the middle of Aspen’s four mountains, this up-valley airport welcomes some 200 flights a week – including multiple daily winter flights from Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Atlanta and expanded service from Minneapolis.

Eagle County/Vail. A short drive from Vail and Beaver Creek, Eagle County Airport serves nonstop winter flights from Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, New York and Newark.

Photos: Flight takes off from Aspen's Pitkin County Airport (Aspen Pitkin County Airport/Facebook); Bottom: Snow is cleared from runways at Eagle Country Airport (Eagle County/Facebook)

Eagle County airport

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