Horizon Air has put nonstop and direct flights to [R227R, Mammoth Mountain] from several West Coast cities onto its schedule for this winter. The flights will accommodate skiers and snowboarders by running daily throughout the season.

Last year's 70-minute nonstop flight from Los Angeles proved such a popular alternative to the five-hour drive that Horizon added a second nonstop flight for this winter. Flights will depart Los Angeles for Mammoth Lakes Yosemite airport at 8:40 a.m. and 2:40 p.m. The morning flight arrives in time to be on the slopes that day.

Return flights to Los Angeles depart Mammoth at 12:50 and 5:50 p.m. Both allow time to squeeze in runs as the airport sits 15 minutes from the slopes.

New service from Northern California and the Pacific Northwest is expected to be equally as popular. Nonstop flights to Mammoth will depart from Reno and San Jose, while Portland and Seattle riders will have direct flights. Seattle flights will stop in Reno, and Portland flights stop in San Jose-just to pick up more passengers. Pacific Northwest passengers won't need to deplane.

Flights depart Seattle at 1:55 p.m. and Reno at 4:40 p.m. Return flights from Mammoth depart at 4:20 p.m. for both cities, allowing almost a full ski day before heading home.

The Portland flight departs at 8:50 a.m. and from San Jose at 11:25 a.m. The return flight from Mammoth departs at 10:20 a.m.

Horizon plans to run the new nonstop and direct flights from Dec. 17, 2009 to April 11, 2010. Complimentary airport shuttles to and from Mammoth Airport are available for those staying at any Mammoth Mountain property.

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