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Travel: New flights for Colorado ski areas

Flying to Colorado's slopes get eaiser every year. PHOTO BY BOB BERWYN.

United ads Aspen gets direct flights from Texas and L.A.

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY —It will be easier than ever to get to some of Colorado’s best ski areas this winter, as several airlines have announced new flights, including daily nonstop service to Aspen from Dallas-Forth Worth and Los Angeles, starting Dec. 15 on American Airlines.

Daily jet service from Texas to Durango will resume for the first time more than a decade, serving Telluride and Wolf Creek, along with Durango Mountain Resort.

United Airlines has added a second daily non-stop from Houston along with a fourth daily non-stop from Los Angeles and a 12th daily flight from Denver on peak days. These new flights are in addition to that airport’s four daily non-stops from Chicago/O’Hare and two daily non-stops from San Francisco, and bring United’s total frequency up to 24 daily flights in and out of Aspen/Snowmass this winter.

Internationally, Denver International Airport recently picked up year-round, nonstop service from Denver to Reykjavik, beginning in May 2012. As one of the top ten busiest airports in the world, and one of the most centrally located in the United States, DIA benefits from a host of direct flights from all major cities across the US. With the addition of flights to and from Reykjavik, the airport will receive visitors directly from five different countries.

From DIA, travelers can reach nearly a dozen resorts in about a two-hour drive or less, or connect with regional flights to Gunnison, Aspen, Telluride, Durango, Steamboat, Montrose and Grand Junction.

These regional airports are also served by as many as 150 direct flights weekly from cities such as Los Angeles, Houston, Chicago, San Francisco, Atlanta, Dallas, Newark and Denver.

Frontier will continue to offer four daily flights to Aspen/Snowmass from their Denver hub for a total of up to 30 daily flights in and out of Aspen/Snowmass on three airlines, with non-stops from six cities and convenient one-stop connections from points across the globe.

Steamboat has direct flights from eight cities (Atlanta, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Dallas, Houston, Chicago, New York, Denver and Newark) on American, United, Delta and Frontier airlines during the winter season, with connecting flights from around the world.

The Steamboat/Hayden airport will unveil the final stage of the three phase $15 million upgrade plan this year. Overall 8, 436 square feet of terminal space has been created and another 18,000 square feet in existing terminal was replaced or remodeled.

Direct Flights to Regional Airports

Gunnison/Crested Butte Regional Airport services direct flights from Denver, Dallas and Houston, and upon landing, shuttles are available to transport guests to resorts in the area such as Crested Butte or Monarch Mountain. Guests can also utilize rental car services from Hertz, Avis, or Budget.

United Airlines will have two non-stop round trip flights daily between Gunnison/Crested Butte Regional Airport and Denver, while American Airlines will have one non-stop round trip flight daily between Gunnison/Crested Butte Regional Airport and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. Continental Airlines’ flight schedule accommodates another Texas contingent with its service to Houston International Airport.

Again this year, guests to Crested Butte Mountain Resort can take advantage of the resort’s Friends & Family Fly Free offer when traveling by air to the Gunnison/Crested Butte airport. The offer allows guests to buy two airline tickets and get the third free when staying in select properties. The maximum number of free tickets per itinerary is three and the maximum travel credit is $400. For more information visit www.SkiCB.com.

Telluride also has non-stop service from a number of national hubs. Visitors can find flights into the Telluride-Montrose Regional Airport (MTJ) on Delta from Atlanta, on United from Denver, Chicago and Los Angeles, on Continental from Houston and Newark, and on American from Dallas.

The Telluride Regional Airport (TEX) also has daily direct flights from Denver on Great Lakes with easy connections on United and Frontier. Skiers and snowboarders can take advantage of some of the best first class fares to a mountain destination, and American Airlines will once again be offering its Kids Fly Free program for the 2011/12 winter season. For more information visit www.TellurideSkiResort.com.

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