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I am scheduled to fly into HDN on Christmas Day.  How much snow does it typically take to mess up flights at that airport?  I don't want to be stuck in Denver when I could be skiing.

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Paging @Finndog , EpicSki Ambassador for Steamboat.

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It's viz, not necessarily snow.
They have an ILS with 1200ft -1 1/4 miles.
That's pretty low and I'm sure the vast majority land.

Any landing you walk away from, is a good one!
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Originally Posted by SHREDHEAD View Post

It's viz, not necessarily snow.
They have an ILS with 1200ft -1 1/4 miles.
That's pretty low and I'm sure the vast majority land.

Any landing you walk away from with your ski boots, is a good one!

 

FIFY

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There are a number of factors that actually affect flights into Hayden.  Visibility, snow, winds but what can really mess up the flights are the inbound flights of the aircraft used on your flight. When those regional flights are impacted, its really a chain reaction. Not only can the flights be delayed but it can cause the crews to go over on their service time and require replacement crews.  My advice is to carry your boots and pack essential gear like a shell, pants ski socks goggles and such as compactly as possible so they can fit into a backpack. This will at least enable you to carry enough gear onto the regionals (Turbo props usually up from HDN) and stow under seat and in the very limited overhead space. Other than that, you can always take the Alpine Taxi shuttle up from DEN if the roads are good but there's no plane.  

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The flights I'm on use a CRJ700 instead of a Q400. They're also operated by Skywest instead of Republic. Hopefully that improves on time performance.
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The flights I'm on use a CRJ700 instead of a Q400. They're also operated by Skywest instead of Republic. Hopefully that improves on time performance.

fingers crossed for you.  Thumbs Up   Republic Air has an atrocious record but the jets are smaller.  

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There are a number of factors that actually affect flights into Hayden.  Visibility, snow, winds but what can really mess up the flights are the inbound flights of the aircraft used on your flight. When those regional flights are impacted, its really a chain reaction. Not only can the flights be delayed but it can cause the crews to go over on their service time and require replacement crews.  My advice is to carry your boots and pack essential gear like a shell, pants ski socks goggles and such as compactly as possible so they can fit into a backpack. This will at least enable you to carry enough gear onto the regionals (Turbo props usually up from HDN) and stow under seat and in the very limited overhead space. Other than that, you can always take the Alpine Taxi shuttle up from DEN if the roads are good but there's no plane.  

 

Just as a heads up, Republic "required" me to check my boot bag I was carrying on the prop plane into Hayden this past week. They weren't allowing anything larger than (effectively) a very small backpack or purse to be carrier on. Be ready to fight with those people.

 

Luckily had a fantastic week in Steamboat with some great snow, no crowds and great people like normal. Also my preferred instructor was double booked so got hooked up with a new guy who I like even more... if anyone ever needs an instructor recommendation - let me know.

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