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Flying into Eagle (Vail) during a storm

post #1 of 8
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So the good news is I'm scheduled to land at EGE on Friday night, and things seem to be shaping up pretty nicely for a powder day on Saturday.  The bad news is, Friday night seems like it is when the snow is going to be at its heaviest, and I haven't been able to find much info on how well or not the airport functions in those type of conditions.  

 

I have zero experience flying into or out of EGE.  My hope is that big storms happen enough that it's pretty much business as usual for the airport. Anyone have some beta on how the airport fares during storms?

post #2 of 8
Keep an eye on the weather forecast for Gypsum rather than Vail. I don't think it is supposed to be overly windy this week - I don't know how EGE fairs, but the airport is pretty far down valley and seems they land good sized jets (757), plus these areas don't get a ton of snow even when the mountains are getting hammered.

Current forecast has pulled back on the strength of the late week storm, but keep an eye on that, too. Good luck on the trip!
post #3 of 8

EGE is a nice airport, in a wide open valley and it has an ILS.  You'll probably be OK.

post #4 of 8

Good info above.  EGE is a sophisticated airport with pretty good visibility and the airlines run bigger equipment in there.  The departure route out of the valley is a fun ride !

post #5 of 8

Good luck. I had a flight cancelled into EGE once and it was a total disaster.  Got a text 4 hours before our flight that it was cancelled. We had a cheap SUV rental waiting for us at the airport and a week condo booked at Snowmass.  Since we were using FF miles, getting onto another flight last minute was impossible.

 

My Wife and I spent hours with 2 laptops and 2 phones going full time trying not lose our week long vacation.  Ended up having to fly to Denver, pickup a car, drive it to Vail to pickup our much cheaper SUV, then continue the drive to Snowmass the following day.  So what started out as an easy 4.5 hour flight at decent times ended with a 18 hour travel day starting at 5 AM the following day.

 

Sad to say, that was just the beginning.  My Wife and Son ended up with altitude issues the first day and 3 hours into day 2 my wife tore her ACL/MCL/Miniscus on one leg and MCL on 2nd leg.

 

Moral of our story. The next time we get a text that the flight is cancelled, we go to work and cancel the trip.

 

I'm sure you'll be fine. Have fun.

post #6 of 8
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Good luck. I had a flight cancelled into EGE once and it was a total disaster.  Got a text 4 hours before our flight that it was cancelled. We had a cheap SUV rental waiting for us at the airport and a week condo booked at Snowmass.  Since we were using FF miles, getting onto another flight last minute was impossible.

 

My Wife and I spent hours with 2 laptops and 2 phones going full time trying not lose our week long vacation.  Ended up having to fly to Denver, pickup a car, drive it to Vail to pickup our much cheaper SUV, then continue the drive to Snowmass the following day.  So what started out as an easy 4.5 hour flight at decent times ended with a 18 hour travel day starting at 5 AM the following day.

 

Sad to say, that was just the beginning.  My Wife and Son ended up with altitude issues the first day and 3 hours into day 2 my wife tore her ACL/MCL/Miniscus on one leg and MCL on 2nd leg.

 

Moral of our story. The next time we get a text that the flight is cancelled, we go to work and cancel the trip.

 

I'm sure you'll be fine. Have fun.

 

 

Moral of that story is you got hit by bad weather:  you had a FF ticket and a cheezy airline that either didn't let you rebook unless it was with a FF seat, or no seats at all  - - - either of which creates all sorts of issues.

 

Late cancellation can be quite expensive; especially when related to non-refundable tickets or lodging;  probably not as much as medical costs of knee surgery; but that wasn't related to the travel delay itself.

post #7 of 8

EGE has a pretty good record of bringing planes in even in inclement weather.  as was previously said, check weather for Eagle or Gypsum, CO for weather there as it can be much different than Vail which is a few thousand feet higher.

post #8 of 8

Great resource for up to the minute flight conditions at EGE or any airport here

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