Executive Jet Charter Airports with Extreme Winters
Harsh weather is one of the realities of winter flying. Each region has its own weather challenges, from high winds to extreme fog and ice, or in some cases, even floods or wildfires. And though airlines and airports have multiple contingency plans to deal with extreme conditions, travelers have a role to play too. At Stratos Jet Charters, we believe that well-informed executive jet charter travelers have a better journey. Travelers also need to consider winter contingency plans.
So, to help you plan your next flight, here is a list of seven domestic airports that experience extreme winter conditions.
Not surprisingly, 4 of the 7 airports on this list are popular resorts in Colorado. That pristine powder skiing comes at a price – Colorado experiences its share of unpredictable mountain weather. But with some flexibility, executive jet charter travelers can usually find a nearby airport if their first choice is inaccessible.
Breathtaking views, world-class resorts… what’s what not love about Aspen? Executive jet charter pilots would argue that the limited runway approach and mountain winds make Aspen one of the more challenging airports in Colorado. Aspen’s popularity adds to the congestion. Fortunately, nearby Rifle and Eagle airports (see below) can act as alternatives.
Eagle County Regional Airport is the gateway to the ski resorts in Vail. It also has the advantage of a longer, wider runway than at Aspen, making it a better choice for some types of executive jet charter aircraft. However, Eagle is only 40 miles from Aspen, and frequently both airports are affected by the same extreme weather systems.
Garfield County Regional Airport near Rifle has a shorter runway than Eagle, but is situated almost equidistant between Aspen and Vail. It’s a good alternative if one of the other two airports is unavailable. But as noted, proximity is a mixed blessing. Rifle is not immune to the weather that impacts Eagle and Aspen.
Telluride’s charm and the nearby ski resorts have created a new “gold rush” in the former mining town. Airport congestion is a major concern in the winter. Telluride Regional Airport also has an infamous cliff take-off, with a steep cliff drop-off at the end of the runway. Smart pilots avoid Telluride if there is any chance of extreme runway conditions.
Hailey is 13 miles south of Sun Valley and Ketchum ski areas in Idaho. Hailey’s Friedman Memorial Airport has the advantage of a 7,500-foot runway (longer than Aspen). But, to get to it, your executive jet charter pilots have to fly through turbulent, unpredictable Rocky Mountain weather. Flight diversions can be expected.
During winter months, Bozeman Yellowstone International becomes Montana’s busiest airport. Bozeman’s proximity to Big Sky and Yellowstone makes it a magnet for skiers and outdoor enthusiasts. If congestion or conditions become severe, your pilot may have to divert to Three Forks airport, 30 miles north of Bozeman, or to Ennis Field, 60 miles south of Bozeman.
Jackson Hole Airport is the only airport inside a US national park – Grand Tetons National Park. Not only does it face the usual mountain winter flying challenges, but it is also strictly-regulated for noise abatement and traffic congestion. It’s a stunningly beautiful, but sometimes frustrating destination. Idaho Falls airport can handle the overflow, but is 80 miles away, requiring additional ground transportation.
This list isn’t intended to discourage your winter travel. In fact, we hope it will inspire some new destinations for your next executive jet charter getaway or family vacation. After all, winter is one of the most amazing times to visit these destinations. Plan ahead and call one of our expert Stratos Jet Charter Agents for your next winter charter adventure.
To book a private luxury jet charter flight to these destinations or anywhere else in the world, call Stratos Jet Charters at 888-593-9066.