I have become an accumulator of airline miles and points. I have quite a few United, Delta, and American Airline miles along with IHG points (holiday inn, intercontinental, crowne plaza, etc). Enough for more than 5 or 6 round trip flights even.
I want to use these for ski vacations. So I am trying to assemble a list of properties/airline routes that actually get me to ski areas cheaply. So for example I will begin with a list of airports that I know receive flights from national air carriers that are popular for ski destinations and the ski area close to it (along with chain hotels). Most importantly I want to try and figure out who flies where, and what chain hotels are where. For example I want to go to Revelstoke and fly in to say Banff or Kelowna and Air Canada flies there who is a partner of American Airlines, therefore I can fly there for freeeeeeeeee. Lets compile a little bit of a list for reference here if you don't mind so others can find out where to fly and stay for freeeeeeeeee.
Mammoth Mountain - MMH
Bozeman - BZN
Kelowna - YLW
Salt Lake City - SLC
Denver - DEN
Telluride - TEX
HDN - Steamboat Springs Airport
ASE - Aspen
EGE - Eagle/Vail
JAC - Jackson Hole
YVR - Vancouver
TVL - Tahoe
GEG - Spokane
All of these airports have service from major international carriers and I am sure there must be others. Now on to hotels here...
Vail - I know IHG has a property here
Park City - Hyatt, Starwood, and IHG all have hotels here
Whislter - I know of a IHG property and a Westin (Starwood)
Aspen - St Regis (Starwood)
I am trying to find more hotels specifically. Airfare isn't always that bad to remote airports. In fact I have had quite a few under $300 round trip flights come up to many of those airports above this year. Obviously I am trying to get more skiing in for less.
I have been hitting up SLC because it is the mecca of all that is powder and am finally hitting up JAC in a few weeks. Next year I think I want to go for Telluride, Bozeman, and Whistler/Kelowna since those look to be like some of the most impressive ski areas for snow/terrain/powder (not Telluride so much for powder).
So fill me in here guys, what chain hotels are where? What other airports am I missing?