Southern California skiers will find that airfare prices to Denver are plummeting – to less than 100 bucks in some cases – just as snow is finally arriving in the northern Rockies.
Much like the Sierra, its snowy cousins to the west, the Colorado Rockies had struggled with a dry spell so far this season. Some resorts closed in December, and others had only 50% of runs and lifts operating.
Fares also dropped dramatically out of Burbank and Orange County. The best fares out of John Wayne last week were $286. They are now $118, as offered by American, Delta, Frontier, Southwest and United. Prices from Burbank to Denver have dropped similarly.
The airfare Hail Mary comes in the lull between the Christmas holidays and the busy spring break. The deals are for restricted, round-trip flights. Fares can change daily and availability is not assured.
Statewide in Colorado, 78% of lifts are spinning, serving 54% of available trails, according to Ski Central, which tracks conditions across the state.
Forecasts called for snow through Friday, and a stormy pattern over the final weeks of January.