Find Cheap Flights to Best U.S. Ski Destinations

For a lot of people, it wouldn’t be winter without skiing or snowboarding. Let’s find some travel bargains for the best U.S. ski resorts and popular destinations.

Where do I fly to get the cheapest flights to good skiing?

Boston is the real bargain among ski destination cities right now. In fact, it’s one of the cheapest cities to fly to in general. Plus, it’s relatively close New England resorts of Vermont and New Hampshire offer some excellent ski and snowboard runs.

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Here’s more information on flying to Boston, as well as alternate airport Burlington though flights to Vermont can be about 40 percent more.

  • Fly to Boston Logan International (BOS)The largest airport in New England is served by major U.S. and international airlines plus discount carriers. It is a major hub for JetBlue.
  • Fly to Burlington (BTV) - Burlington International features flights from Delta, JetBlue, United and US Airways.

I love the Rockies, but where to fly?

Pick Denver or Salt Lake. Nonstop flights from New York to Denver (departing in March) are well below $300 round-trip, and Chicago or Los Angeles to Denver are running less than $200.

Salt Lake will cost more. It’s only a bargain from New York – less than $300 roundtrip. If you’re heading to Salt Lake from Los Angeles or Chicago, you’ll pay 20 percent to 40 percent more than on flights to Denver.

Here’s airport info on those two cities, with some alternatives that sometimes have good sales.

  • Fly to Denver (DEN) – Denver International is served all U.S. legacy airlines, low-cost carriers like AirTran, Frontier, JetBlue and Southwest plus international airlines.
  • Fly to Aspen (ASE) – Aspen/Pitkin County Airport offers scheduled airline service from United, Frontier and American with direct flights from Denver, Los Angeles and Chicago.
  • Fly to Salt Lake City (SLC) – Many of Utah’s premier resorts are literally minutes from Salt Lake International, served by all legacy carriers plus Frontier, JetBlue, Southwest and SkyWest.
  • Fly to Jackson, Wyoming (JAC) – Jackson Hole Airport, located entirely within Grand Teton National Park featuresAmerican, Delta, Frontier, Skywest and (on a seasonal basis) United.

Any general tips for cheap travel to ski destinations?

Of course. Some favorite tips:

  1. Shop on Tuesday at about 3 p.m. eastern time, when you’ll find the most deals.
  2. Fly midweek: Most sales are good for Tuesday and Wednesday flights only (and sometimes on Saturday). Try to fly at least one midweek day for optimal savings.
  3. Compare prices: Remember, Southwest fares appear only on the Southwest website, but Southwest doesn’t always have the cheapest deals. You must compare prices.
  4. Look for ski packages: Many airlines now offer flight and hotel deals.

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Published: February 7, 2012