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post #1 of 14
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I was curious to see what it would cost to travel by air to the Aspen ESA. I was surprised to see that a person could fly United roundtrip nonstop from Chicago to Aspen for $287.50, traveling January 10 (Saturday) and 16 (Friday). http://travel.united.com/ube/shopAir...gPageFlag=true

$370 RT from Newark.

It's just two samples, but that's cool.
post #2 of 14
I just checked flight from Houston to Aspen and it's $700 +. A flight to Vail is $230 and the one to Denver is $106. How far is Vail away from Aspen because I don't want to drive and would rather use a shuttle instead. The cost of the trip includes airport shuttle services but is that only from Aspen and not Vail?
Whodat
post #3 of 14
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Let me do some research on that, Whodat.
post #4 of 14
FWIW, the Vail airport is in Eagle which is a bit west of Vail on the way to Aspen. A friend of mine who has flown into Aspen several years complained to me about that airport closing and having to either extend his stay or fly out of another airport. Travel times on I-70 can vary widely depending on weather (and weekend traffic).
post #5 of 14
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FWIW, the Vail airport is in Eagle which is a bit west of Vail on the way to Aspen. A friend of mine who has flown into Aspen several years complained to me about that airport closing and having to either extend his stay or fly out of another airport. Travel times on I-70 can vary widely depending on weather (and weekend traffic).
Although there is much less traffic from Eagle towards Glenwood and Aspen.

You can get a shuttle from Eagle to Aspen from CME. Also, you might check the airfare again perhaps using Frontier as opposed to United (or vice versa).

Mike
post #6 of 14
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Originally Posted by Whodat View Post
I just checked flight from Houston to Aspen and it's $700 +. A flight to Vail is $230 and the one to Denver is $106. How far is Vail away from Aspen because I don't want to drive and would rather use a shuttle instead. The cost of the trip includes airport shuttle services but is that only from Aspen and not Vail?
Whodat
Whodat, from 6 years of traveling to Aspen/Snowmass, I would highly recommend flying into Eagle. Larger, better flight options with very few cancellations due to weather. A cloud over Aspen will shut down the Aspen airport (seems the Pitkin airport caters more to the private aviation sector; if ya have G4 then by all means fly into Aspen!) For reliable, less expensive flying, Eagle is the way to go. As habacomike mentioned, take the CME shuttle to Aspen. No need for a rental in Aspen/Snowmass. Flying from Lafayette, La. to Eagle, CO the fare is running in the area of $280.00 RT (great price btw). I can leave the swamps 6am and be in Eagle by 11:30am. Half day of skiing on first day not a problem......
post #7 of 14
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post #8 of 14
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Whodat, it look like you can get a $370 fare from Frontier, roundtrip from Houston to Aspen.
post #9 of 14
Thanks for all the responses. I think that I will take the Eagle/CME route. BTW is the first meeting on Sunday evening and then we ski Mon-Thurs and have a farewell Thurs evening? That would mean that I should book a flight Friday? Let me know if I am mistaken. Also, the $179 is for single and or double. So if I want to 1/2 my room price I would have to have a roommate?
Thanks,
Whodat
post #10 of 14
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The first meeting is Sunday evening. We have the group dinner on Wednesday, so people who need to travel on Thursday can do so, and those who aren't traveling can party on.
post #11 of 14
The website said 4 days of instruction. That's Monday thru Thursday right? Then why would people leave on Thursday early?
Whodat
post #12 of 14
Probably be better to drive from Denver or take the Shuttle -- cheaper too. You can find relatively cheap shuttle services.

Aspen-Eagle County airport can be unreliable in the winter if even a moderate storm comes in -- is notorious for shutting down operations.
post #13 of 14
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Whodat, I was unclear: the people traveling on Thursday are often Coloradans or those who book an evening flight, presumably they would leave after the day's skiing.
post #14 of 14
I skied the last day of my stay. (though my last day wasn't the last day of ESA, I stayed extra)

I was "scheduled" to fly out at about 5'ish and connect at Denver around 6:30 (the flight was less than an hour). So I skied till about 3:30, which was later than the quitting time of our last day on ESA. Had my flight been on schedule, I would have been home by midnight.

But, as been mentioned time and time again as frequent occurance, the flight was cancelled due to weather! I ended up sharing a rental car with other passengers to Denver and took the next morning flight out.
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