Park City local and retired pro skier Meghan Brown rips it up at Park City Mountain Resort. - ©Liam Doran

Park City local and retired pro skier Meghan Brown rips it up at Park City Mountain Resort.

Copyright: Liam Doran

Holiday ski travel is unpredictable at best with monster storms, canceled flights, disappointed relatives and screaming kidos lying in wait should your luck run out. Pairing the right ski resort with the right airport eliminates missed connections, lengthy white-knuckle drives and disconcerting heart palpitations. Not to mention lessening the stress of life after baggage claim. 

Beat the ski travel blues by flying into a ski destination that offers easy airport access with direct flights (serviced by major airlines) into and out of some of the country’s biggest markets.

1. Jackson Hole Airport (JAC)

Jackson Hole Airport, located at the base of the Teton mountain range, is approximately 14 miles from Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and less than 10 miles from the town of Jackson. American, Delta and United Airlines offer direct flights from Denver, Salt Lake City, Dallas, Houston, Minneapolis, Chicago, Atlanta, San Francisco, Newark, New York-JFK, Seattle, Phoenix and Los Angeles. 

The top of the Bridger Gondola was some amazing skiing.  - ©Jackson Hole Mountain Resort

The top of the Bridger Gondola was some amazing skiing.

Copyright: Jackson Hole Mountain Resort

2. Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC)

Flying into Salt Lake City International (SLC) puts skiers and riders within a 60-minute drive of 10 ski areas, including Park City Mountain Resort, Deer Valley, Snowbird, Alta, Brighton and Solitude. Seven carriers operating into and out of SLC—United, Southwest, Delta, Alaska, jetBlue, Frontier and American Airlines—provide 700 daily nonstop flights to and from more than 95 destinations. 

3. Eagle County Regional Airport (EGE)

If you’re looking to skip the two-hour drive from Denver, catch a flight into Eagle County Regional via Air Canada, United, Delta or American Airlines. This convenient, high-elevation airport places skiers and riders within a 30-minute drive of both Beaver Creek and Vail ski areas and is just under an hour to Copper Mountain. Eagle County Regional provides nonstop flights from 12 major markets during the winter, including Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York-JFK, Newark, Phoenix, Toronto and Washington DC. 

Family groomer time at Beaver Creek. - ©Beaver Creek

Family groomer time at Beaver Creek.

Copyright: Beaver Creek

4. Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport (BZN)

Located in the heart of cowboy country, Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport (BZN) provides nonstop flights to and from 15 cities across the country, including Denver, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Houston, Chicago and New York-LaGuardia. The airport, which is serviced by Delta, Alaska, United and American Airlines, puts travelers approximately 30 miles from Bridger Bowl and 50 miles from Big Sky Resort

Bridger Bowl - ©Doug Wales

Bridger Bowl

Copyright: Doug Wales

5. Burlington International Airport (BTV)

Fly direct into Vermont from 10 cities, including New York-JFK, Chicago, Charlotte, Washington DC and Toronto, and gain easy access to Smugglers’ Notch and Stowe Mountain Resort (located approximately one hour from Burlington International Airport). BTV is serviced by Delta, jetBlue, Porter, American and United Airlines.  

Tappin' trees in Vermont. - ©Smugglers' Notch

Tappin' trees in Vermont.

Copyright: Smugglers' Notch

6. Aspen/Pitkin County Airport (ASE)

The Aspen/Pitkin County Airport is situated within 3 miles of Aspen’s world-class skiing and 6 miles of the Snowmass Village. Major carriers like Delta, United and American Airlines provide nonstop service from some of the country’s biggest hubs. You can plan a direct flight whether flying out of Chicago, Atlanta, Phoenix, Houston, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Minneapolis, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Salt Lake City or Denver. 

Aspen Snowmass trading inches for feet - ©Jeremy Swanson

Aspen Snowmass trading inches for feet

Copyright: Jeremy Swanson

7. Reno-Tahoe International Airport (RNO)

Hop aboard a Delta, Alaska, Frontier, Southwest, United or American Airlines flight from a number of hubs across the country and you’ll be skiing the Sierras in no time. Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows is located within a one-hour drive of the Reno-Tahoe International Airport, and nine airlines service more than 130 daily flights with nonstop flights from Chicago, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Houston, Denver, Los Angeles, New York-JFK, San Francisco and Salt Lake City.

 

Floating in powder on Dec. 11 at Alpine Meadows. - ©Squaw Valley-Alpine Meadows

Floating in powder on Dec. 11 at Alpine Meadows.

Copyright: Squaw Valley-Alpine Meadows

8. Friedman Memorial Airport (SUN)

Alaska, Delta and United airlines offer direct service into Sun Valley’s Friedman Memorial Airport, putting skiers and riders within 15 miles of the slopes from a variety of major markets; nonstop flights from Chicago, Denver, Salt Lake City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland and Seattle are available. 

Bluebird skies and powder? A great combination at Sun Valley. - ©Cody Haskell

Bluebird skies and powder? A great combination at Sun Valley.

Copyright: Cody Haskell

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