Guide for relocation to Steamboat Springs, CO

Resort announces new direct flights, growing list to 11 major airports

Resort announces new direct flights, growing list to 11 major airports

Getting to Steamboat is far easier than it was in the old stagecoach days, whether you’re coming from the East and West coasts or the Sunshine Coast of Australia.

Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. recently announced two new nonstop winter flights from San Francisco and Washington Dulles International Airports; expanded nonstop service on its Los Angeles and Seattle routes; and additional weekend flights from Chicago and Houston.

Steamboat’s 2014-15 winter flight program provides access from 11 major airports (Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Newark/NYC, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington-Dulles) on key U.S. carriers — Alaska, American, Delta and United — featuring convenient connections from more than 300 airports nationwide and worldwide.

“We’ve aggressively worked with the airlines to provide convenient access into Steamboat,” says Rob Perlman, Ski Corp.’s senior vice president of sales and marketing.

The addition of weekly Saturday flights from Washington-Dulles and San Francisco International into Yampa Valley Regional Airport in Hayden also will provide access to major hubs for United Airlines. “Not only do they offer us really strong local markets, but they offer us a lot of connections,” says Ski Corp. Airline Program Director Janet Fischer, touting the town’s “hub” system where customers are able to find their way to Steamboat through connections at larger airports. “Washington-Dulles is a big origin city for Steamboat Ski Area customers and connects to major origins across the Eastern seaboard.”

San Francisco will provide another option for travelers coming from Australia, after a nonstop flight from Los Angeles was added two years ago. “We’re trying to take healthy growth with Western markets,” Fischer says.

Los Angeles started with flights Saturday and Sunday, grew to include Thursday last year and adds Monday this upcoming season. Likewise, nonstop flights from Seattle will grow to include Sunday after starting last year with Wednesdays and Saturdays. The Seattle addition also brought with it a new carrier, Alaska Airlines, whose new service represents an expansion of its presence in mountain resort towns.

“This will be Alaska Airlines’ first Colorado ski destination, giving our customers in the Pacific Northwest the first-ever nonstop service to world-class skiing in the western Colorado Rockies,” Alaska Airlines Vice President of Marketing Joe Sprague said.

On the international side, Perlman adds that eliminating the need to fly to Denver before connecting to Steamboat is a difference-maker for many international travelers. International travelers, particularly from Australia, now can experience convenient one-stop connections in both directions.

“As a result of our state-of-the-art airport facility and a direct flight program built upon convenience and options, Steamboat’s nonstop flight system is truly a key differentiator against other winter destinations,” Perlman says.

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