Travel to the CO Ski Resorts

Travel to the CO Ski Resorts

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Getting to the Colorado ski resorts is pretty easy considering there are a variety of airports that you can fly into that are serviced by shuttle services to the resorts.

Flights for the CO Ski Resorts

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Denver
The massive Denver International Airport (DEN) is the main gateway airport for many of the Colorado ski resorts. DIA is a major hub and is serviced by flights from a multitude of airports across the US as well as some international cities. Flights are very regular and often the flights will be cheaper than those into the smaller Colorado airports.

Denver Airport is the major gateway airport for:
Denver is also an access point for: 
Or further afield are: 
  • Grand Junction (for Powderhorn Resort) - 266 miles west of the Denver International Airport (4.5 hours drive) 
  • Silverton Mountain - 354 miles southwest of Denver, about a 7 hour drive away 
  • Telluride - 354 miles southwest of DIA, about a seven hour drive
  • South Fork (for Wolf Creek Ski Area) - 244 miles from DIA
Vail Eagle Municipal Airport (EGE)
Eagle County Regional Airport is sometimes referred to as the Eagle Vail Airport. It’s a relatively small airport and has less frequent flights than Denver, but it’s still a reasonably busy airport; probably the second busiest Colorado airport during winter. The Eagle Vail airport receives commercial flights from various US airports including Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, LAX, Chicago, New York (JFK and La Guardia), and Denver.

The Vail Eagle Airport is the main gateway for: 
This airport could also be utilized to access: 
  • Copper Mountain - 55 minute drive 
  • Keystone Ski Resort - 90 minute drive 
  • Aspen - 70 miles away, 90 minutes. EGE is less weather plagued and has a wider variety of routes than Aspen Airport.
Aspen Airport
The Aspen-Pitkin County Airport (aka Sardy Field) is located about 3 miles from Aspen and is the gateway airport for the four Aspen Snowmass ski resorts. Commercial flights originate from cities such as Denver, Los Angeles, Houston and Chicago. One downside of flying into Aspen is the risk of the airport closing in foul weather.

Telluride Airport
Telluride Regional Airport (TEX) is 6 miles from the town of Telluride. Telluride airport has direct service from Denver. The airport is at an elevation of 9,078 feet (2767 m), so it’s somewhat weather plagued.

Montrose
Montrose Regional Airport (MTJ) is another potential gateway airport for Telluride Ski Resort (68 miles away). Flights originate from Denver, Phoenix, Los Angeles, New York, and Chicago.

Gunnison
The Gunnison Airport (GUC) receives direct flights from Denver, Dallas/Ft Worth and Houston. Gunnison is the closest airport for:
Steamboat Airport
The Yampa Valley Regional Airport (HDN – aka Hayden aka Steamboat Airport) is only 22 miles (35km) from the Steamboat Ski Resort. In winter there are direct flights to the Yampa Valley airport from Chicago O’Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, Atlanta, Houston, Newark and Denver.

Grand Junction Airport
The Grand Junction airport is only 5 minutes from the Grand Junction city centre, which is where most people stay when skiing at Powderhorn Resort. The Grand Junction Airport receives direct flights from Denver, Salt Lake City, Phoenix, Las Vegas, and Dallas/Fort Worth.

La Plata County Airport
Durango in SW Colorado has its own airport, the La Plata County Airport, with flights from hubs such as Denver, Albuquerque, and Phoenix. The airport is the access point for: 
Albuquerque Airport
Albuquerque Airport in New Mexico is a large airport and can also be used as the access point for the Colorado ski resorts in the SW of the state.

Travel from the Airport to the Ski Resorts

If you’re just visiting one of the major CO ski resorts (ie not one of the “gems” or small Colorado ski areas), you won’t need a car once you’re at the ski resort. Transport is readily available from Denver Airport or the regional airports to the ski resort. Transport comes in the form of inexpensive shared shuttles, private transfers, or some accommodations will provide a pick-up from the nearby airport. See the “getting there” page for the ski resort you want to visit for more information.

If you plan to visit a small low-frills ski area (e.g. Silverton Mountain, Wolf Creek ski area, Monarch Mountain) or sample multiple Colorado ski resorts, it’s best to rent a car. The Denver International Airport has a huge choice of car rentals. The regional airports all have car rental outlets, but the range is somewhat limited and it’s best to book your car rental well in advance.

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