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A few photographic reasons why NOT to fly commercial 

to  other ski areas for a few days:


TRAVEL SUMMATIONS:

ASE to Sun Valley: approx. 500 air miles.

By car:  2 day drive / 700 road miles.

By air via Boise = 8 hrs.+

By air via Salt Lake = 11 hrs. +/-

By air via Denver = 11 - 12 hrs. +/-

Or from any other ski town to aspen and land

across the street from where the lifts are located: 

Aspen to Sun Valley - or Sun Valley to Aspen via VS/VIP Club

·            1 hr. and 15 minutes flight time; (pending aircraft).

·       Ground transportation of 15 minutes from local airfield;

·       Boarding 15 minutes prior to flight ETD.

·       Total time from Aspen to Sun Valley of approx. 1 and a half to 2 hours. (pending aircraft).

How long does it really take to get from

Aspen to Sun Valley via Commercial flight ?

Example Trip via Commercial Flight:

Here's a sample itinerary for a commercial flight plan.

One needs to know the total travel time to which includes the time at the airports and the un-merrygoround run around from one end of a hub to another.

Someday, 9:30 am:  Start in Aspen 15 minutes to Sardy Field; most airlines recommend you get to the airport at least 90 – 120 minutes before your flight.

9:45 am:  Aspen Pitkin County Sardy Field (ASE) if you need to check luggage, make sure you do it at least 30-60 minutes before departure.

10:15 am:  get your boarding pass and go through TSA security allows enough time for long security lines during busy travel seasons or holidays, and prepare for boarding.

11:20 am:  arrive at the gate once you're ready to board, you can get something to eat in the airport, or just relax near the gate.

11:50 am:  prepare for boarding check your boarding pass and listen to the gate agent as they announce boarding, some airlines require you to be in the boarding area 10-15 minutes before departure.

12:05pm: board SkyWest Airlines flight or other airline.

12:15 pm:  this is your scheduled departure time but this flight is usually delayed by an average of 15 minutes.

12:30 pm:  so this is your actual departure time it takes the plane an average of 25 minutes to taxi to the runway.

12:55 pm:  wheels up! take-off from ASE and fly for about 30 minutes in the air to land in Denver.

1:30 pm:  ETA Denver International (DEN) Denver, CO land at the connecting airport taxi on the runway for an average of 8 -10 minutes to the gate.

1:40 pm:  arrive at the connecting airport make sure you schedule enough time for your layover there may be a minimum connection time for your flight to Boise, Idaho; or Salt Lake City.

2:05 pm:  get to your connection gate with the average delay, you have about 35 minutes if your incoming flight was delayed. Depending on distance to your connection you may have to run.

2:20 pm:  board Southwest Airlines Co. connecting flight to Boise, Idaho, Skywest if going to Salt Lake City.

2:30 pm:  scheduled departure time for connecting flight
but this flight is usually delayed by an average of 10 minutes.

2:31 pm:  actual departure time for connecting flight it takes the plane an average of 10 minutes to taxi to the runway.

2:41 pm:  wheels up again! take-off from DEN fly for about 1.5 hours in the air to Boise; less time to SLC.

4:16 pm (still Mt. time):  Boise Air Terminal (BOI) taxi on the runway for an average of 4 minutes to the gate.

4:20 pm (local time):  arrive at the gate at BOI deplane and claim any baggage / ski / golf equipment etc.

If you're renting a car, check if you need to take a shuttle to car rental agency, otherwise you can ride in a cab, limo, or Uber for about another 20 - 30 minutes;

Drive Time: 2.5 hours to your Sun Valley destination. By Car Nonstop; distance to Sun Valley: 157 miles; Driving time: 2.5 - 3 hours on the road in good conditions / no snow.

ETA Ketchum/Sun Valley 8:00 pm = 9 1/2 – 11 hours.

Or, travel from Boise to Sun Valley by air:

By air nonstop flight is approx. 45 minutes to Sun Valley.

However, during the winter when there is a slight chance of clouds on aircraft computers even if the sun is shining at the Hailey airport 11 miles south of sun Valley; flights are diverted to Twin Falls Idaho 90 miles south.

This flight is approx. 45 minutes, except when the flights are diverted / delayed at Twin Falls 90-100 miles south of Sun Valley;

Diverted / Delayed flight passengers are provided bus transportation to Hailey airport (11 miles) south of Sun Valley;

1.5 -2 hrs. by bus. Wait for better weather to pass, and take delayed flight; Delayed flights are on smaller aircraft resulting in Luggage Delay: 50% of the luggage / ski equip. etc. being delayed 50% of the time, due to weight restrictions on smaller aircraft.

Or, there are 3 options: Rent a car, take an Uber taxi, or hire a limousine. 1.5 hr. drive north to Sun Valley.


RECAP: Let’s see 10 -12 hours flying commercial, (and/or driving a few hundred miles); or 2 hours being a VS/VIP Club member utilizing Aspen / Sun Valley Aviation. hmmmmmmmm.........

 LIFE IS SHORT, TIME IS LUCK.