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Educate me on airfare [Big Sky during Christmas holidays]

post #1 of 9
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I am having family get together ski trip at Big Sky. After Christmas until after the New Year. I have a daughter who lives in Atlanta. She says her airfare is like a $1000 a ticket right now.
Is that likely to go down the closer we get to ski season? Epic had a get together there recently so maybe someone could chime in on what it was running then.
post #2 of 9

I think that quite a few people flew to SLC (cheaper and easier than flying to Bozeman), rented a car, then skied a few days at Snowbird/Alta and/or Jackson Hole or wherever on the way to Big Sky.

 

At the Big Sky Gathering a couple seasons ago it was Spring Break in Alberta and Manitoba so there were lots of people including a ski club from Winnipeg that was 400 strong. But while there were lift lines first thing in the morning, the rest of the day was uncrowded. Some locals were saying that it was busier than Xmas Holidays, so with that in mind it would be safe to say that Big Sky with its huge acreage might be the least skiers per acre at Xmas for any major US resort.

post #3 of 9

Its the Holidays, its peak travel season, you are trying to get to destination where there is basically no air competition and on a route that probably requires a regional jet for one leg.....

 

so, no, I wouldn't expect it to move down, in fact there is a very strong chance that the longer you wait the less chance you will be able to get the flights in and out of Bozeman  you want.  Normally Regional jets, limited schedule, peak holiday time is not a winning combination

post #4 of 9

In general, when I monitor airfares for trips, it seems they have a sweet-spot about 1.5-2 months out..before and after the prices are higher..last-minute is a myth for airfare I think.  The core routes are usually cheapest, Chicago-Denver, whatever.  It's the final leg that kills it. 

post #5 of 9
BZN's always expensive. The airlines have finally figured out that if they cut capacity, they'll make money.
There may be a dip after Labor Day, but I wouldn't wait much longer.
post #6 of 9

If you can stand driving from Helena or Billings flying to those airports is typically cheaper than Bozeman.  The drive on I-90 from Billings to Bozeman is pretty easy.

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Its the Holidays, its peak travel season, you are trying to get to destination where there is basically no air competition and on a route that probably requires a regional jet for one leg.....

 

so, no, I wouldn't expect it to move down

Of course.  It's one of the prices people pay by insisting on skiing during that week. :deadhorse:

 

You don't want to pay that much?  Then you have to suck it up and be willing to drive from a competitive airport.  Salt Lake is about 5 1/2 hours.  You could break up that drive by spending a day each in West Yellowstone and Targhee (both very worthwhile).  Helena at 2 1/4 hours and Billings at 3 1/4 (also Idaho Falls at 2 3/4) are closer but probably more expensive than Salt Lake.

 

A lot of people drove from Salt Lake for that Gathering.

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A lot of people drove from Salt Lake for that Gathering.

 

I was one of them and I'll be doing it again for this season's Gathering.  The numbers would have to be crunched, but flying into SLC and renting a mid size car will likely be cheaper and probably significantly so.

post #9 of 9
A lot depends on the value of your time. We fly thru SLC, DEN and MSP frequently. They're all expensive but killing a day each way with a long and expensive rental car drive might be of limited value unless you can put four or more flyers in the car.
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