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Has anyone flown into Idaho Falls, ID??

post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 
Trip planning question: Would you fly into Jackson or Idaho Falls, ID? Starting to compare prices on airfare. Was wondering if it would be cheaper to fly into Idaho Falls, ID and if so, how is the drive over to Jackson Hole is if anyone has done it? Also...are there any other airports that you guys would choose or have chosen in the past?
Thanks!
post #2 of 15
I didn't even know that ID falls had an Airport for commercial flights. I can tell you the drive From Idaho Falls to Jackson takes about an 1 and 1/2 hours or more depending on the road conditions. If it is snowing the pass over to Jackson could be closed. You might do better deal on flights by getting a flight into Salt Lake City. From The Airport to Jackson Hole the drive time should be about 4 to 5 hours. You get off I15 at Idaho Falls. Take into account the pass and mountain driving conditions.
post #3 of 15
I've driven from Idaho Falls to Jackson several times, usually over Teton Pass, but once when the weather was bad, we stayed on route 26 over to Alpine, the route 89 up to Jackson. 26 was relatively flat and straight, 89 was flat and not straight.
post #4 of 15
I was just in JH in Jan. and I read somewhere that flying in to Idaho Falls was cheaper, however in my case it was more plus the driving. If you are not renting a car (which we didn't) you will probably end up saving money by flying in to JH (even if it is more) since you can use public trans to get around everywhere.
post #5 of 15
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the info! We have email alerts plugged in. Will see how it goes and post when we book.
post #6 of 15

Idaho Falls

When I skied JH a few years back, I flew right into Jackson. When I left we had a stop in Idaho Springs. I swear we didn't put the gear up when we left Jackson, popped over the mountain, touched down in Idaho Springs, slowed down enough so the (1) person going to Idaho Springs could jump off the plane, threw their bags down to them as they were running next to the airplane and took right off. It was more of a bus stop than a layover. This was on Delta. Plane was a pretty good size jet. Just kidding about making the guy jump. It might be better if you were going to Grand Targhee.
post #7 of 15
Uh, I believe Idaho Springs is in Colorado.

Idaho Falls is in Idaho. Delta used to make a triangle from SLC to JAC to IDA and back to SLC. Not any more.

HB

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Originally Posted by skibumm100
When I skied JH a few years back, I flew right into Jackson. When I left we had a stop in Idaho Springs. I swear we didn't put the gear up when we left Jackson, popped over the mountain, touched down in Idaho Springs, slowed down enough so the (1) person going to Idaho Springs could jump off the plane, threw their bags down to them as they were running next to the airplane and took right off. It was more of a bus stop than a layover. This was on Delta. Plane was a pretty good size jet. Just kidding about making the guy jump. It might be better if you were going to Grand Targhee.
post #8 of 15
Inside scoop from a former resident (I'll skip the snide rejoinders about regional parochialism):

The Idaho Falls, ID airport is served by Skywest/Delta out of SLC, Alaska/Horizon [best darn regional airline in the US: free microbrews in flight!] out of Boise, Northwest out of MPLS, and as of Fall '05 Allegiant direct from Las Vegas (promo fares). It's about a 1.5 hr drive to Jackson Hole, as someone said, and not a bad drive if you know what you're doing on winter roads. There's also a shuttle from IF to Jackson, RT $70 <http://www.jacksonholealltrans.com/expressschedule.html>.

Targhee has more reliable snow, esp. this time of year, and is a shorter drive from Idaho Falls.

If you're in IF long enough to have time for dinner, try Rutabaga's (208.529.3990) on the river for well-prepared bistro fare, & say hello to Wes & Scott. Tell them Deborah sent you!
post #9 of 15

oops

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Originally Posted by HarkinBanks
Uh, I believe Idaho Springs is in Colorado.

Idaho Falls is in Idaho. Delta used to make a triangle from SLC to JAC to IDA and back to SLC. Not any more.

HB
You're right, Harkin. Thinking "Falls" typing "Springs". My bad. It would be a really long drive from IS to Targhee, eh?:
post #10 of 15
Thread Starter 
We are still looking at air and where is Rutabaga's? In Idaho Falls?
I think we will ski Targhee at least a day or two.
Know all about Idaho Springs. Love Beaujo's Pizza and Buffalo Grill.
post #11 of 15
I am not sure if it makes no nevermind, at least from San Francisco. I just checked on Yahoo Travel. From SFO to IDA is 363 on delta, SFO to JAC is 361.
post #12 of 15
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Originally Posted by kdskis2
We are still looking at air and where is Rutabaga's? In Idaho Falls?
Yes, Rutabaga's is in Idaho Falls. Have a great trip whatever your final plans!
post #13 of 15
Make sure and eat before you go to Rutabaga's. Every time I've eaten there, I've left hungry.
post #14 of 15
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Originally Posted by HarkinBanks
Make sure and eat before you go to Rutabaga's. Every time I've eaten there, I've left hungry.
HB, I've been there with lots of different folks on various occasions, with everyone enjoying the meal each time. D'you have an extra hearty appetite?
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Originally Posted by pdxski
HB, I've been there with lots of different folks on various occasions, with everyone enjoying the meal each time. D'you have an extra hearty appetite?
Nope, just looking for more food for the money. This is one of the reasons why my family doesn't go out to dinner in IF. Much better service, quality and quantity in Teton Valley.

HB
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