More planes and trains to offer transportation to ski resorts

New direct flights to and from regional airports will offer additional commercial services to skiers and snowboarders traveling to Colorado ski resorts this winter.

American Airlines will offer direct flights into the Montrose-Telluride Regional Airport from Charlotte Douglas International on Saturdays starting Dec 23. Delta Airlines will operate new flights to Montrose from Salt Lake City over the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.

Aspen Snowmass will have new daily nonstop flights through American Airlines from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport starting this winter, along with expanded service from both the Dallas Fort Worth and Chicago O’ Hare airports.

Skiers and snowboarders bound for resorts in Southwest Colorado will have another option for air service from Denver on a new Boutique Air flight servicing Alamosa San Luis Valley with three daily non-stop flights.

The Steamboat Springs-Hayden Airport will feature nonstop flights from Kansas City and Austin, Texas, beginning Dec. 13. These flights will bring total direct air service to the airport from 14 major U.S. airports.

Meanwhile, Amtrak will offer expanded train service to Winter Park for the 2017-18 ski season.

The Winter Park Express will depart from Union Station in downtown Denver each Saturday and Sunday from Jan. 5 through March 25, plus three new “First Friday” round trips, with a reduced fare of $29 each way on some departures. With more than 27 round trip options and more than 500 seats on each train, the Winter Park Express will allow skiers and snowboarders to travel to Winter Park Resort without using a car.