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Flights into Aspen

post #1 of 15
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I am taking the family to Snowmass on Feb 7th - 14th and we are flying United from Prlando to Denver and Denver to Aspen. My concern is this... originally when we booked the flight we were to catch a 700 jet into aspen and now they have us on an dash 8-200 twin turbo prop and my wife is worried about the plane! I told her it will be a nice ride but since I have never been there before I was hoping to get some input. IS it a quick hop? Is it normally bumpy or a steep approach? Anything that would freak out a tenative wife or 2 young kids? I will just give them all benadryl!
post #2 of 15
Truthfully, your biggest worry is weather. Aspen has many cancellations due to weather and the airline will not cover you. Then you've got a long ride on a shuttle at additional expense. Second worry is luggage arriving with you on such a small plane. Make sure you carry on what you need for a day and that everyone wears their ski jacket on the plane.

Plan for weather issues leaving Aspen as well. I hope your tickets are flexible.
post #3 of 15
It's not a long trip and the plane was fine when I flew in there, not too freaky (but we landed at night).

I could see how the weather could really affect things though because you're in the heart of the Rockies. The airport is a typical smaller deal like Bellingham Wa or Kahului Maui - the whole place is pretty small.
post #4 of 15
The dash 8's aren't that bad and you mostly end up on CRD700's anyhow. Always have a one way rental booked out of DEN to ASE as a backup, the shuttles suck.

Delta starts ATL-ASE about then.
post #5 of 15
If the weather is bad enough to ground the flight, I wonder how the road would be like...:
post #6 of 15
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Originally Posted by SHREDHEAD View Post
The dash 8's aren't that bad and you mostly end up on CRD700's anyhow. Always have a one way rental booked out of DEN to ASE as a backup, the shuttles suck.

Delta starts ATL-ASE about then.
So, even though the United web site says dash 8 it may still be a CRD700?? That would give her great relief!
post #7 of 15
I'm a really, really nervous flyer, and I can't say I remember anything particularly hairy about it.
post #8 of 15

turbulance

the rockies are prone to turbulance pretty regularly, so the ride may be slightly bumpy. but should be short!
post #9 of 15
Well you are flying in the Rockies, those are some tall mountains. Be glad it's a commercial flight & thankful for those really great onboard instruments the pilots use to know they are higher in altitude than the mountain they are flying over. Don't let your wife go to any website that discusses approach/take off for jets in Aspen.

That all said, I'm flying in to Aspen airport for ESA in Jan. if I post after ESA is over, you'll know we landed & took off safely.
Doom & Gloom over.
post #10 of 15
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So, even though the United web site says dash 8 it may still be a CRD700?? That would give her great relief!
Yes, they are always playing with the equipment. Also upon arrival to DEN, go to the next scheduled gate and try to get on standby for an earlier flight.
post #11 of 15
One time when I was already in Aspen my wife flew in on a connector from Denver with our young child to join me and some friends. The child did fine, but my wife said it was the most frightening, turbulent flight of her life. She even went through the "my life flashed before me" stage. I love the Aspen area and we had a memorable time with 30" of snow that week and I sure enjoyed her company, but I avoid ever discussing that flight.
post #12 of 15
Most of my bad trips have been in the summer. One envolved my 4 year old projectle vomiting on me while I was seated next to a lady decked in Prada.
post #13 of 15
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Most of my bad trips have been in the summer. One envolved my 4 year old projectle vomiting on me while I was seated next to a lady decked in Prada.
Did she sustain any collateral damage?
post #14 of 15
The Dash-8 is a very reliable aircraft and you shouldn't worry about it. Flying in the mountains is often subject to turbulence, particularly when the jet stream arcs down over the Central Rockies associated with a high pressure ridge. But the airframe won't make much difference in how you experience the ride. The flight is pretty short in either aircraft -- as I remember it, about 30 minutes.

Mike
post #15 of 15
From October to April I average two 45 minute flights a week on Dash-8s. I will actually change my flight times by an hour or so to take a Dash-8 over the CRJ alternative. If you can avoid the noisy seats (usually rows 3 and 4 are the worst) and remember that the overhead bins are rather small (standard carry-on suitcases may have to go on a valet cart), it is a pretty good ride for a short commute.
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