Vail and Beaver Creek Access

Airports Near Aspen, Colorado

jet_slopesWhile Denver International Airport is Colorado’s largest airport and is generally the easiest and cheapest to fly into, it is a four-hour mountain drive to Aspen, and even farther from the western ski resorts of Telluride and Durango. Colorado High Country has a variety of airports that are closer to its world-class ski resorts, allowing for more direct, quicker travel.

The Aspen/Pitkin County Airport ( is Aspen’s regional airport, just five minutes from the resort area. Take a morning flight and be skiing by afternoon. Two airlines service the airport: United Express, operated by SkyWest, and Republic, operated by Frontier. Direct flights are available from cities including Denver, Los Angeles and Chicago.

While Aspen/Pitkin County Airport is the most convenient airport to Aspen travel, there are other airports in the surrounding ski country that are much closer to Aspen than Denver. Further, so long as you don’t mind car travel, these airports will allow you to piece together trips with other famous Colorado ski resorts. Eagle County Regional Airport ( is about an hour and a half north of Aspen and is located conveniently to Vail and Beaver Creek. To the south, Gunnison airport ( is not much closer than Denver, but would allow you to combine a trip to Crested Butte, one of Colorado’s most challenging ski areas, with a trip to Aspen.

Air Canada To Launch Nonstop Winter Service Between Toronto and Vail/Eagle Airport

WinterFlyingVail Resorts, Inc. in partnership with Air Canada, announced today new, non-stop Air Canada flight service between Toronto (YYZ) and Vail/Eagle (EGE) Airports for the coming winter season beginning Dec. 14, 2013, through April 5, 2014. The 120-seat Airbus A319 aircraft will offer a choice of Executive or Economy class service, and feature complimentary seatback entertainment throughout the aircraft.

The new service will be the second non-stop western ski gateway from Toronto, behind Denver, making it easier than ever before for those traveling from Toronto and Eastern Canada to ski and snowboard Vail and Beaver Creek, two premier mountain resort destinations in the United States. The new flight also allows for skiing and riding on the same day of travel, as well as the convenience of clearing customs and immigration prior to departure in Toronto. Eagle Airport is conveniently located 45km from Beaver Creek and 56km from Vail, with seamless, door-to-door transfers to accommodations in Vail or Beaver Creek with Colorado Mountain Express, offering shared shuttle and private chauffeured SUV options.

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10 Reasons to Visit Vail with Kids….in the Summertime!

vailWhen most people think of Vail, they think of fantastic winter sports – skiing, snowshoeing, snow boarding. Not many people think of it as a summer destination. There’s a saying in Vail that “people come for the winter but stay for the summer,” and there are actually a lot of tangible reasons for it.

Surprisingly (to some of us who weren’t already in the know), Vail has a lot to offer families in the summertime. For those who already knew this, they may not even want others to get in on the scoop. Vail isn’t an over-crowded place to visit, mainly because it’s very large and spread out. The climate is always mild. Vail natives say that they have “great sleeping weather,” meaning you can always open your window for a cool breeze. It makes for great weather for biking, hiking, exploring and playing outdoors. A trip to Vail is quite affordable, too. There is a variety of accommodation options to match every budget and a lot of free activities.

So here we have our top 10 reasons to visit Vail with the kids in the summertime. Start your end of summer or next summer planning now!

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Steamboat Ski Corp. Executive Talks About Inaugural Tokyo flight

indexThe June 10 nonstop flight from Denver to Tokyo on a United Airlines 787 Dreamliner was years in the making. Aboard the inaugural voyage were business leaders and delegates representing various facets of Colorado. Part of that envoy was Rob Perlman, senior vice president of sales and marketing for Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. Perlman was along representing Steamboat and the Colorado ski industry. The Steamboat Pilot & Today spoke with him about the inaugural flight and his time in Tokyo.

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Colorado Ski Resorts Subsidize Airline Costs

Colorado ski resorts are paying more to airlines for consistent flights into regional mountain airports.

Airlines say they need the subsidies because of rising fuel prices and financially strapped vacationers.

The Telluride Tourism Board is helping Crested Butte Mountain Resort with a $650,000 revenue-guarantee deal with Allegiant Air to bring twice-weekly flights from Oakland and Phoenix to Montrose all winter.

According to the Denver Post, Steamboat, Crested Butte and Vail are also paying more to airlines for consistent flights.