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What resorts (other than Utah ) have easy access to airports?

post #1 of 24
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I'm planning my ski trip and although SLC looks like fun, airfare is too pricey. I was wondering what other resorts have easy access to an airport that I could get to from Tampa. Thanks!

post #2 of 24

Jackson. Big Sky.  Aspen.  Vail/Beaver Creek.

 

There's lots of ski areas within 50 miles of an airport.

post #3 of 24

North Tahoe via Reno. 45 minutes and an easy airport to fly in and out of.

post #4 of 24

20 - 25 minutes from Hayden (HDN) to Steamboat. Eagle (EGE) to Flail isn;t bad.

 

If you think SLC flights are expensive, the majority of the others will be a LOT more.

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If you think SLC flights are expensive, the majority of the others will be a LOT more.

 
This. Flights to SLC are cheap compared to smaller airports at ski destinations.

post #6 of 24

Denver's cheap and the drive isn't really that bad.   You can be at Loveland in a hour, Vail 2 and Aspen 3:15, if your haul-in ass.

 

Aspen has one of the best mountain airports, but flights aren't often cheap.  I used miles this weekend on the direct to ORD and was

home in just over four hours,  door to door.

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If you think SLC flights are expensive, the majority of the others will be a LOT more.



Not to mention the cost of lift tickets, lodging, and food tends to be more compared to the SLC resorts. 

 

Usually I quickly make up the difference in flight price rather quickly. 

post #8 of 24

Mammoth has its own airport.  Telluride also has a small one but Montrose (bigger) is also about an hour away. 

post #9 of 24

There is SLC and there is Reno.  For under and hour and reasonable price.  

 

You can fly anywhere if you pay someone enough.  Some of the choices above will cost you $600+ for a single plane ticket.  Those don't even count for most of us.

post #10 of 24

Aspen is the closest and you could get it one stop out of Tampa. It's also one of the most exciting place to land in a snow storm.biggrin.gif

post #11 of 24

^^^

Just an FYI:  United/Continental added a direct out of Houston that has some pretty low fares for you southern folk.

post #12 of 24

Just finished a five day trip into SLC, skiing the Canyons, Alta, Snowbird, Brighton and Solitude. Airfare for a direct flight was under $200 from Spokane (less than half of what it would have been from Calgary and a third of what it would have been from Kelowna)--remember to check luggage charges (an extra $70 bucks return) for skis and boots. I took advantage of the ski free on your day of arrival voucher for Park City (the Canyons), so my cost was a one day car rental (handy though, as I dropped my luggage off at the motel before returning to the airport and took the free shuttle without wrestling with a lot of luggage). Salt Lake City has numerous transportation options to get to the four local hills--we opted to book a private shuttle with driver for the four days. There are buses that make regular trips from parking lots at the base of the canyons, so there are other options. Car rental is also an option. There were lots of choices for inexpensive lodging downtown, as well as a number of moderately priced, excellent eating places. (Check out the mole at the Red Iquana!). This was a fantastic trip, and the nine of us from the Calgary ski club (other folks came direct from Calgary) thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Keeping in mind the total costs of ground transportation, motels, lift tickets, and food, I think you would be hard-pressed to match it for the quality of skiing and ease of access to the hills that we enjoyed (although if you want to check out Tahoe, you might be able to match on cheap motels).

 

Is the ability to fly in to the resort really the major issue? I'd spend an extra hour on the road if it resulted in a significant improvement in the quality of skiing/cost equation.

post #13 of 24

We just planned a trip (using miles) and ended up choosing SLC.  I would have preferred a more exotic location (JH, etc) and could have accomplished it for the same number of miles, but SLC offered much more convenient flights allowing us to maximize our time away from work.  We'll be skiing 3.5 days and only miss 1.5 days of the work week.  All of the other options would have taken up days off to travel.

 

BTW, the flights to SLC seem to be significantly less costly than all the other ski destinations, as mentioned several other times.

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BTW, the flights to SLC seem to be significantly less costly than all the other ski destinations, as mentioned several other times.


I think it really depends on your gateway and the dominant carrier's system.

 

SLC's averages about $100+> RT than DEN from Chicago, ORD or MDW,  where United and Southwest dominate. 

 

Delta doesn't have much of a presence in Chicago anymore.  

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post #16 of 24

You can see Mt Rose from the Reno airport - it's about a 25min drive.  Hard to get much closer than that for a decently sized ski area and a major airport.

 

If you're just trying to cheap out on airfare, I suppose you could fly to Detroit and ski Mt Holly, or Cleveland and ski Boston Mills. 

post #17 of 24

Sno Mountain is less than 5 minutes from the Scranton/Wilkes Barre Airport in Pennsylvania but I am not sure I would use convenience as the major selection criterion. .. you could end up with a ski vacation in Scranton instead of Vail.

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Sno Mountain is less than 5 minutes from the Scranton/Wilkes Barre Airport in Pennsylvania but I am not sure I would use convenience as the major selection criterion. .. you could end up with a ski vacation in Scranton instead of Vail.


That is riotous! Cracked me up..

post #19 of 24

I think Nevek meant a real airport, not Hayden, Eagle, Jackson, etc, i.e., reachable without a change of planes and at a reasonable price, and, for me, served by Southwest. Altho I must say that security check at Hayden and Jackson was pleasant compared to majors.  

post #20 of 24

Perfect North ( http://perfectnorth.com ) is about 20 minutes from the Cincinnati airport but that probably isn't what you were thinking of. ;-)

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I think Nevek meant a real airport, not Hayden, Eagle, Jackson, etc, i.e., reachable without a change of planes and at a reasonable price, and, for me, served by Southwest. Altho I must say that security check at Hayden and Jackson was pleasant compared to majors.  


A real airport? I thought hayden, eagle, jackson have commercial service. If you mean a major regional hub... with nonstop flights form across the country that limits you to SLC, Denver, and... maybe vancouver?

 

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I think Nevek meant a real airport, not Hayden, Eagle, Jackson, etc, i.e., reachable without a change of planes and at a reasonable price, and, for me, served by Southwest. Altho I must say that security check at Hayden and Jackson was pleasant compared to majors.  


Well, when I left Hayden yesterday, American had a 757 on the ground, we were on a Delta 737-800, and the was Continental just touching down along with one of the Midwest airlines.

 

So what constitutes a "real" airport? I can't even get to SLC without going through Atlanta, but I can go direct to HDN, EGE and most others direct from there.

post #23 of 24

Burlington VT. airport is relatively close to Bolton, Stowe, Sugarbush & MRG in case you had any thoughts of skiing east.

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Originally Posted by evansilver View Post

I think Nevek meant a real airport, not Hayden, Eagle, Jackson, etc, i.e., reachable without a change of planes and at a reasonable price, and, for me, served by Southwest. Altho I must say that security check at Hayden and Jackson was pleasant compared to majors.  


A real airport? I thought hayden, eagle, jackson have commercial service. If you mean a major regional hub... with nonstop flights form across the country that limits you to SLC, Denver, and... maybe vancouver?

 



Although remember that taxes and fees can add almost $200 to the cost of flying in to a Canadian airport. My trip from Spokane to SLC was less than $200. Flying Air Canada out of Kelowna would have cost around $800 with routing through Vancouver followed by Denver or San Francisco. Airports located in U.S. cities close to the Canadian border have as much as 40% of their business from Canadians searching cheaper air travel.

 

If you include Canadian destinations, then add Calgary to the list as the drive from YYC to Banff is a little shorter than the drive from YVR to Whistler. The skibig3 packages in Banff give you access to two large and one small resort on a single ticket and you can do a bus excursion to Kicking Horse if you want to do some chute dropping.

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