Steamboat-Seattle Air Connection In Place For New Season
The world continues to shrink for air travelers who seek to make Steamboat Ski Resort their winter vacation destination. The Colorado resort has announced that Alaska Airlines will fly into and out of Yampa Valley Regional Airport twice a week, starting Dec. 18.
“Seattle, per capita, has a very high concentration of skiers and riders,” said Rob Perlman, Steamboat's senior vice president. “In terms of their propensity to be outdoor enthusiasts, it’s similar to Colorado.”
The flights will run Wednesdays and Saturdays through March 29 on a 70-passenger jet operated by SkyWest Airlines. Seattle departure will be at 1:35 p.m., arriving in the Steamboat area at 4:50 p.m. The jet turns around at 5:25 p.m. to return to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport at 6:50 p.m. An introductory fare of $119 one way will be offered until July 26, for travel starting Dec. 18.
The Steamboat-Seattle connection will be subsidized by a portion of dedicated sales taxes from the city of Steamboat to guarantee minimum revenues, according to local news reports.
The new flight signals Alaska Airlines entry into the Colorado ski market. The airline already serves Sun Valley, Idaho, and Mammoth Mountain, Calif. during the winter season. It also advances Steamboat’s exposure in the Northwest and Pacific Rim.
The resort added direct flights from Los Angeles last season to its portfolio of direct flights from Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, Newark, Minneapolis and Denver.
Photo: Steamboat Ski Resort (Larry Pierce)