Earlier today, Alaska Airlines announced a new seasonal route from San Diego to popular ski destination Steamboat Springs, CO beginning in December 2016 and running through March.

Per Alaska Airlines’  website, here is the service summary:

Dates City pair Departs Arrives Frequency
Dec. 17-March 25 San Diego-Hayden/Steamboat Springs 9:55 a.m. local 1:07 p.m. local Wednesday & Saturday
Dec. 17-March 25 Hayden/Steamboat Springs-San Diego 1:45 p.m. local 3:06 p.m. local Wednesday & Saturday


Regional carrier SkyWest airlines will operate the flight with 75-seat Embraer 175 aircraft. Travel Update blogger Max Prosperi wrote about his experience in First Class on the E175 here.

You might recall a pretty sizable order Alaska Airlines placed for 30 E175 jets as they look to fly more “long, thin routes” or routes that are too long for a turboprop and nonsensical for the B737.

It’s a bit far out for a snow vacation at this point, but I think this route is worth mentioning as I have quite an affinity for gorgeous landscapes and of course..snow.

The flights are live and bookable via Alaska Airlines’ website. Below is a dummy search:


If you’re hoping to use points and miles to get yourself to Steamboat Springs, fear not. Ben over at OMAAT wrote up a guide here. Additionally, Scott at Travel Codex (Alaska Airlines Czar), has an index on Alaska’s website here (cool!).

Steamboat Springs has some of the most premier skiing (fresh pow!) on the planet, supported by its hosting of the 1989 and 1990 Alpine Skiing World Cup (that exists?). Located in the upper valley of the Yampa River, Steamboat Springs, if nothing else, is a beautiful place to get away and relax.

I know you’re sick of my italicized exclamations (!) so until next time, folks!