Last winter, after years of trips to Deer Valley, we decided we should mix it up and I booked a four-day trip to Aspen connecting through Denver. The beauty of Park City/Deer Valley is that we can fly directly into Salt Lake and be at the mountain an hour after we land. Minimizing transitions is one of my chic family travel rules, but rules were meant to be broken, right?
Here’s the thing that really stung, other airlines were able to fly into Aspen all night. Reason? They were flying bigger planes. Who knew!? When traveling on US Airways I had deciphering their seat maps down to a science (for example, on some planes “exit row” just means there's no third seat in the first exit row), but it never occurred to me that the size of the plane would influence my ability to get to my destination.
So, the moral of the story is this: if you are flying into a small mountain airport during ski season and you have a choice of airlines, GO BIG! Book your flights on the airline that will be flying the biggest plane to your destination. It’s not fool proof, but it will increase your odds. Maybe rules weren't made to be broken after all.
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