Love Colorado? Love to ski? Now, Southwest flyers have a new airport option thanks to the addition of Steamboat Springs on Southwest Airlines‘ list of destinations.
My family loves to travel to Colorado, and your only airport option currently is Denver, which can be quite a drive to the western portion of the state.
Now, the addition of Steamboat Springs will give us Colorado lovers an alternative that is more centrally located — hooray — and help you more easily get to this popular destination during ski season.
Steamboat Springs Southwest Schedule
With the most recent release of flights, Southwest announced the official schedule for Steamboat Springs.
You’ll be able to fly nonstop to Steamboat from both Denver and Dallas seasonally from December 19, 2020, through April 5, 2021, so it looks like they’re largely targeting ski season!
Steamboat Springs is Southwest’s 90th airport.
The flights will be as follows:
- 3 nonstop flights daily between Steamboat and Denver
- 1 daily nonstop flight between Steamboat and Dallas on Saturdays and Sundays only
As a frequent visitor to Colorado, I have to say there are a LOT of Texans there, so it’s no surprise they’re adding the flight from Dallas.
Steamboat Springs Fare Sale From $49 Per Way
Through August 20, you can snag a cheap fare for Steamboat Springs at an introductory rate.
Fares start at:
- $49 between Steamboat and Denver
- $69 between Steamboat and Dallas
These fares are only good on specific days of the week and are valid for travel December 19, 2020 through February 28, 2021.
About Steamboat Springs
Steamboat Springs’ airport is Yampa Valley Regional Airport, and it’s located roughly two hours’ drive or about 100 miles north of Vail.
My family usually stays in Beaver Creek, where my dad had a condo for many years, and we made the drive up to Steamboat a couple years ago just to check it out for the day.
The scenery is absolutely beautiful, and it has the feel of a “real” western town unlike the more manufactured resort areas of Vail and Beaver Creek. It’s a bit more like Aspen, which again is a real mountain town.
We enjoyed a hike around Fish Creek Falls just out of town and the drive there is fantastic! You can take a paved 1/4 mile walk to enjoy a view of the falls or enjoy a more moderate hike closer to the falls.
Steamboat Springs is a popular skiing town with six peaks and nearly 170 trails, and its snow is renowned as some of the best skiing snow in the world and has been dubbed “Champagne Powder snow.”
Other winter activities include a mountain coaster, snowmobiling, horseback riding, sleigh rides, snow biking, snow tubing and dog sledding.
TIP: You can check your skis, poles and snowboard FREE on Southwest as one of the 2 free checked bags they allow per person. A pair of skis or 1 snowboard, a set of poles and a pair of ski/snowboard boots in a container acceptable to Southwest, counts as 1 checked bag even if you tag them separately!
And, of course, it’s named Steamboat “Springs” because of its hot springs. If you want to take a healing soak, check out Old Town Hot Springs in town or Strawberry Hot Springs up on the mountain.
Are you excited about Southwest adding Steamboat Springs to its list of destinations?
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- Adventurous Things to Do in Colorado Springs for Families
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