Two ski destinations that have gone years without airline service will have planes practically landing on their slopes this season.
Getting to Taos Ski Valley has always meant flying to Albuquerque, then driving three hours to the ski area. Rio Grande Air (877-435-9742) will now offer a 45-minute option. Five times a day, nine- and 11-passenger Cessna Grand Caravans will shuttle skiers from Albuquerque to Taos Municipal Airport. The $150 round-trip fare includes ground transportation to and from any Taos lodging property.
After an absence of more than three years, commercial jet service returns to the Lake Tahoe Airport. Allegiant Air (877-202-6444) makes daily flights from Las Vegas, plus Fresno and Burbank, California. Round-trip tickets range from $120 to $200. Tahoe Air (888-824-6324) flies direct from Los Angeles and San Jose with round-trip fares beginning at $140 and $100, respectively. The one-hour flight from L.A. puts Angelenos on the slopes at Heavenly in about two hours.