Unfortunately we're stuck with President's week because of my wife's job, so I'm a bit concerned with crowds. Big Sky would likely be a good spot to escape that problem, but I think our friends would be happier with the "ambiance" in Steamboat. My question is mostly about getting there. We are planning to fly on Delta because we have a $500 voucher we need to use. I was under the impression that Delta does fly to Hayden, but so far the Delta website will not show any fares for either HDN or EGE in 2016. I have no idea if these will pop up later, or when. However, DEN and Grand Junction are both bookable right now, but still pricey, so I guess we'll wait a while and hope for a sale. I was wondering if there is any reason not to consider flying into GJT? It's apparently only 10 miles more than DEN and I would presume it avoids the travel chaos associated with I-70 although flying in on Sat. afternoon and returning home Sun. morning should mitigate that somewhat if I can book the right flights. It also looks like a good large SUV is cheaper in GJT as well.
We're also considering breaking up the week with 4 days at Steamboat and 2 at Copper (on Max Pass). That way we're closer to DEN for a return home on Sunday morning.
Any suggestions on travel and/or itinerary? I checked Finndog's Unofficial Guide and there was no mention of flying into either GJT or EGE, so wondering if there is a reason for that, aside from price (and of course, the fact that I can't even determine if Delta will fly there in 2016)?
....and BTW - if anyone has an entirely different, even more brilliant suggestion for my use of the Max Pass, let me have it!