Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. has launched a new Web site, www.flysteamboat.com, to boost air travel into the Yampa Valley this winter. The site offers airfare deals and a range of travel options and tips.

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Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. has launched a new Web site, www.flysteamboat.com, to boost air travel into the Yampa Valley this winter. The site offers airfare deals and a range of travel options and tips.

Ski Corp. launches airfare Web site

FlySteamboat.com offers new platform for travel options

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Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. has launched a new Web site to showcase travel options and fares at Yampa Valley Regional Airport.

The site, www.flysteamboat.com, advertised fares Monday including $289 from Boston, with one stop; $312 from Austin, Texas, with one stop; and $368 nonstop from Atlanta. Andy Wirth, senior vice president of sales and marketing for Ski Corp., said flights advertised on the sight are "bi-directional" and will help local travelers find lower fares out of the Yampa Valley, as well as provide a new platform for vacationers seeking fares to YVRA.

"Most of our airfares right now are in the $200s to $300s, and this time last year they were in the $600s to $800s," Wirth said. "We've been successful at getting hold of great airfares into this valley, through very aggressive marketing and communications programs."

Wirth credited Ski Corp. Airline Program Director Janet Fischer with "spending a great deal of time on the phone selling these programs to pricing managers" at Delta/Northwest, American Airlines, United Airlines and Continental Airlines. Frontier is not providing service to YVRA this winter.

Steamboat's Local Marketing District, which brokers contracts to secure air service in the valley, helped fund the new Web site, Wirth said. The interactive site is Flash-based and may require an Adobe upgrade on some computers and Web browsers. The site also offers ground transportation options and travel tips.

Barbara Robinson, general manager of the Holiday Inn of Steamboat Springs, said last week that she appreciated Ski Corp.'s efforts.

"What I like is the fact that we will once again have excellent air service - the airfares are very low," Robinson said. "The mountain has gone out of their way with great incentives. : I personally think we will have a cautiously optimistic winter."

Wirth said Friday that Ski Corp. has "about 20 to 23 percent of the season on the books," meaning it has booked about one-fifth of the total guests booked last winter.

"Three to four years ago, we would have had about 25 to 28 percent of the season on the books (at this time)," Wirth said, adding that "most resorts" are between 8 and 23 percent booked for this winter.

"Generally speaking, we're seeing trends that we're performing to higher ends of the spectrum," he said about Steamboat Ski Area and Steamboat Central Reservations.

At the Sheraton Steamboat Resort, general manager John Curnow said last week that "our winter bookings are pacing well ahead right now. : I think there are some positive signs out there."

Comments

terry55 4 years, 10 months ago

If bookings are running behind last year and last year was a off year,THEN HOW CAN ANY OF THIS BE POSITIVE?

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toboyle105 4 years, 10 months ago

Just looked for a flight to YVRA from Boston R/T for a 14 day stay, best fare was 1200 or so dollars/person. Doesn't sound like much of a discount. Don't see too many families jumping on that!

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Brian Smith 4 years, 10 months ago

terry55, I would guess it is good news because flights are cheaper than they were last year at this time, making it more realistic for people to fly into Hayden. I just booked one round trip tix to Knoxville, TN for $400 out of HDN, and am looking at booking another to Austin for $300. Not bad I don't think, better than driving to Denver.

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George Danellis 4 years, 10 months ago

It is said that the site is "bi-directional" however I see currently that only in-bound flights can be searched. Is this correct, and if so, when will it be useable for itineraries that originate at HDN?

Kudos to Ski Corp et al for driving fare deals.

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telebikebird 4 years, 10 months ago

addlip2U-

Are we not a tourist based community? If Ski Corp launched the site are they not gearing it to our vistors??

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David Hill 4 years, 10 months ago

There are definitely some decent fares for flying into Hayden. I just checked for friends coming in from Dayton, OH and was able to find $220 round trip one stop flights. About $330 to fly in from Washington, DC so much better than in some years when best fares were in the $500 or more range.

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addlip2U 4 years, 10 months ago

telebikebird.. Those of us living here - are we not bringing family and friends (tourists) to Steamboat supporting the Ski Corp by purchasing day pass at much higher cost than those on the "package"?

As stated, "Steamboat Special Fares must be booked with lodging..."

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