Flying in? Choose a resort that’s close to Denver. Denver International is a “hub” airport, which means airlines use it as a transfer point, allowing passengers to pick up connecting flights to almost anywhere. With lots of airlines stopping here, flights are cheap. You can sometimes find round-trip tickets from Los Angeles for less than $150, for example. Ditto for flights from New York, Chicago and other popular starting points.
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2Shuttles – Pick a ski resort that doesn’t require a car to comfortably get you to the ski mountain or around town. Then instead of renting a car, take an Airport or local Mountain Shuttle to the resort. Look ahead at your resort’s local bus or trolley system, most are free, and look at walking proximities as well, then decide.
3Car Rentals – Book in advance without giving a credit card number, which is common, especially for holiday weekends as their rates can be steep. Consider weekly and off season weekend rates as usually the savings are better. Then check back each week after the reservation to see if the rates have dropped and rebook if they have.
4Parking – Most resorts have free parking, but the free spots often fill up early. If you don’t want to walk miles or pay $20 to wedge your car into a pay lot, get to the mountain before 8:30. Plus experience is a great guide here – if you don’t know the best place to park at a resort, if you can find someone who’s been there, ask them.
5Drive Yourself – All common sense here. Ski closer to home to use less gas (LINK?) and car pool to split that cost. Just make sure to include only people you like to spend time with to enjoy the close quarters.