Planning for this year’s ski season just got a little easier, thanks to a new direct flight on Southwest Airlines from Austin to Montrose Regional Airport near Telluride, Colorado.
From Montrose, it’s an hour and 15-minute drive to Telluride, or an hour and 45-minute drive to Crested Butte. That means one flight gets you within spitting distance of two of my favorite ski towns – and some of the best skiing in North America.
The non-stop flight only runs on Saturdays. If you don’t mind a connection, you can fly any day of the week on Southwest, Delta, American or United.
When I checked fares today, the direct Southwest flight was selling about $270, but check before you book because prices change.
I can’t stay away from Telluride. I endured a six-hour drive from Denver to attend the Telluride Bluegrass Festival this summer, and it’s long been at the top of my “best of” list for skiing. Crested Butte, with its easy access to hiking, mining town roots and steep tree runs, also makes me swoon.
The 2-hour and 20-minute direct flight will run from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport from Jan. 5 until April 2.
Want to get even closer to Telluride? Telluride Regional Airport will offer daily jet service from Denver and Phoenix again this winter.
For full schedule information go to Colorado Flights.