Taking a flight to a major airport in the West is just the first step to getting onto the ski and snowboard mountain.
A number of resorts have hooked with regional airports to draw visitors to them. But it's also the job of mountain resorts to get customers out of major airports and city hotels and onto the hill as quickly as possible.
In Denver, at least a half-dozen mountain shuttle services run out of Denver International Airport. Epic Mountain Express has shared shuttles and private SUVs that drop off along I-70 all the way to Aspen. The first run from DIA for Peak 1 Express is at 5:15 a.m. The service links with local shuttles in Summit County and Vail.
Up in Seattle, Chariot Destinations has taken over the former Ski Shuttle to deliver skiers and riders from downtown locations to Snoqualmie, Crystal and Stevens Pass. Shuttles from Seattle-Tacoma Airport hit those same resorts, as well as Mt. Baker and Whistler.
Many prefer flying into Reno. Shuttles await for the short drive to Lake Tahoe. Some resorts have their own, but area-specific runs to the lake's north end, Truckee resorts and south shore can get you to local transport centers.
Salt Lake City is the king of public transport to ski areas, partly because they are close to the city and partly because of a long-term commitment to cutting air pollution. Light rail TRAX can get you to Ogden and Provo resorts, or to hook up with Utah Transit Authority buses up the Cottonwood canyons or over the hill to Park City.