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Alaska Airlines adding Colorado ski town to wintertime route structure

Post by John Gillie / The News Tribune on July 16, 2013 at 11:14 am with No Comments »
July 16, 2013 11:18 am

Alaska Airlines, which historically has provided air service to such ski towns as Sun Valley, Idaho, and Mammoth Lakes, Calif.,  and Kalispell, Mont.,  will add a Colorado ski destination to its route map for the first time this winter.

Alaska Airlines/Skywest CRJ-700 regional jet
Alaska Airlines/Skywest CRJ-700 regional jet

The SeaTac-based airline will begin new service between Sea-Tac Airport and Steamboat Springs/Hayden, Colo., this winter. The twice-weekly flights will operate from Dec. 18 through March 29, 2014. The flights will make the roundtrip to Steamboat Springs on Wednesdays and Saturdays during that period.

“This will be Alaska Airlines’ first Colorado ski destination, giving our customers in the Pacific Northwest the first-ever nonstop service to world-class skiing in the Western Colorado Rockies,” said Joe Sprague, Alaska Airlines’ vice president of marketing.

Ski destinations typically see their airline service from major cities increase dramatically during the ski season.  Three other major airlines, Delta, United and American, will fly from Steamboat Springs this winter.  They will provide non-stop service from such destinations a Dallas-Fort Worth, Atlanta, Chicago, Houston and Minneapolis in the East and Midwest.

Connections to Western cities have been scarce in part because of the abundance ski destinations closer to those cities.  But Rocky Mountain resort cities are trying to tap the markets on the West Coast with the promise of dry powder skiing and well-developed resorts.

United Airlines recently announced it will connect Steamboat Springs with Los Angeles next winter.

Alaska service will be provided by Skywest Airlines under contract using 70-passenger CRJ-700 regional jets.

Alaska Airlines is offering introductory fares starting from $119 each way. Tickets must be purchased by July 26 for travel from Dec. 18  through March 29, 2014.

Summary of new service:

Service Dates City pair Departs Arrives Frequency
Dec. 18-March 29 Seattle-Steamboat 1:35 p.m. 4:50 p.m. Wed, Sat
Dec. 18-March 29 Steamboat-Seattle 5:25 p.m. 6:50 p.m. Wed, Sat
All times based on local time zones.


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