Good news city slickers: This winter U.S. Airlines have more flights than ever connecting major hubs directly to Ski Country. Here's what you need to know to jet into North America's premier ski resorts in 2016.
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The resorts ringing beautiful Lake Tahoe—including Northstar, Squaw Valley, and Heavenly—are now a non-stop away from New York with JetBlue’s new service to Reno-Tahoe International Airport. The high-desert airport is just 30 minutes from Northstar and 45 minutes from Squaw Valley and the return flight is a red-eye, so you can ride all day, fly all night, and be at your desk in Manhattan the next morning.
In Aspen, American Airlines adds non-stop service to Aspen-Pitkin County Airport from Chicago and a third non-stop flight from Dallas. United will offer five daily non-stop flights from Chicago and is increasing frequency from Houston, LA, and San Francisco. Delta, meanwhile, increases frequency of service from Minneapolis in addition to its non-stop flights from Atlanta.
Tony Telluride is accessed best via Montrose / Telluride Airport, which is now a non-stop flight from Chicago, Dallas, Phoenix, and LA on American Airlines; United is also adding flights from New York; and Delta adds a new midweek flight from Atlanta.
Steamboat Springs’ trademarked Champagne Powder is easily accessed via Steamboat / Hayden Airport. This winter the airport sees an 13 percent increase in seats flying from non-stop markets, including increased frequency of flights from Chicago, LA, Minneapolis, Newark, Seattle, and Washington, D.C.
High in the Rocky Mountains, Vail and Beaver Creek, are now connected to 11 major markets via Eagle Country Airport. New for 2016 is weekly non-stop service from Toronto on Air Canada and increased seat capacity to other massive markets including LA, Dallas, Chicago, and New York.
The Beehive State rocks some of the fastest and most convenient access to powder riding in North America, having 11 ski resorts within an hour’s drive from Salt Lake International Airport—jet into SLC and be at Deer Valley in an hour, Park City in 45 minutes, or Alta in 30 minutes. You can land in SLC, a Delta hub, from almost anywhere since it sees nonstop flights from 90 cities.
Over in the Tetons and Jackson Hole, service to Jackson Hole Airport, is expanding across the board: American Airlines adds new flights from Chicago and LA, and a second daily flight from Dallas; Delta will operate Saturday flights from JFK all winter; and United will now fly daily from New York in addition to existing service from Washington, D.C.
This article originally appeared in Jetsetter.