New American Airlines Flight Schedule Between Los Angeles and Vail/Eagle County Airport Makes It Easier than Ever Before For Australians to Ski Vail and Beaver Creek

01 July 2014

Australians can ski the same day as arrival and departure, with seamless connections between inbound U.S. flights and Vail/Eagle County Airport, via Los Angeles

American Airlines has just released a new flight schedule between Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Vail/Eagle County Airport (EGE) for the 2014-2015 northern ski season, making it easier than ever before for Australians to ski or ride Vail and Beaver Creek with seamless connections. Vail/Eagle County Airport is located only 45km from Beaver Creek and 56km from Vail, with door-to-door transfers to your lodging in Vail or Beaver Creek available in private, chauffeured four-wheel drive vehicles and shuttles with Colorado Mountain Express.

Daily non-stop flights between Los Angeles and Vail/Eagle County Airport will operate from Friday, Dec. 19, 2014 through Sunday, April 5, 2015, maximizing accessibility to Vail and Beaver Creek over the Christmas/New Year break, January school holiday period – most popular with Australian visitors – as well as the March Easter break.

The new flight will depart Los Angeles International Airport at 8:45 a.m., allowing for seamless connections with various inbound flights from east coast Australia arriving between 6-7 a.m. operated by both United and Qantas. With a 12:05 p.m. arrival to Vail/Eagle County Airport, Australians can now ski on the same day they arrive. On the day of departure, Australians can maximize their holiday with a full ski day, departing Vail/Eagle County Airport at 6:45 p.m., arriving in Los Angeles at 8 p.m., and connecting to Qantas and United flights to east coast Australia.

“Australia is a hugely important market for Vail and Beaver Creek," said Davy Ratchford, director of marketing for Vail Mountain. "Our Australian guests are loyal skiers and riders, traveling great distance to experience our world-class resorts and snow. Through our partnership with OneWorld, we’re very pleased to now offer a seamless transpacific connection to ensure that the journey here is as smooth and easy as possible. This is yet another reason for Australians to choose Vail and Beaver Creek when skiing in the States, in addition to an impressive refurbishment of The Lodge at Vail, Beaver Creek’s new combination lift and of course Beaver Creek’s Food & Wine Festival and Vail’s annual Aussie Day celebration, in January. We very much look forward to seeing our friends from Australia next season.”

For those choosing to complement their ski holiday with a visit to other U.S. destinations, American Airlines also offers daily, non-stop flights from Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014 through Sunday, April 5, 2015 between Vail/Eagle County Airport and New York Kennedy, Miami, Dallas/Ft. Worth and Chicago Airports.
The Epic Pass™ is the best lift pass deal in the ski industry offering unlimited, unrestricted skiing and riding at Vail; Beaver Creek; Breckenridge; Keystone and Arapahoe Basin in Colorado, Canyons in Park City, Utah, Heavenly; Northstar and Kirkwood in Lake Tahoe, as well as up to five free consecutive days in Verbier, Switzerland; up to five free consecutive days in Les 3 Vallées, France; and new for the 2014-2015 winter season, five free days at Niseko, Japan. At only US$729, the Epic Pass pays for itself in just over five days.
 
The following early-bird lodging and lift deals for Vail, Beaver Creek and Breckenridge are available for a limited time only, through SkiMax: *All prices are shown in Australian Dollars.
 
St James Place – SKI Beaver Creek from $1309*pp twin share
  • EARLYBIRD BONUS! 40% OFF ACCOMMODATION! ^
  • 7 nights twin share in a Hotel Room at St James Place
  • EPIC 7 Day Pass
*Conditions apply. Valid for travel 13 - 25 December, 2014. Prices are subject to change and availability. Book and Pay by 31 July, 2014. ^Included in package price.
 
The Lodge at Vail, A RockResort – SKI Vail from $2665*pp twin share
  • EARLYBIRD BONUS! 40% OFF ACCOMMODATION^
  • 7 nights twin share in a newly refurbished, slope-side Lodge Room at The Lodge at Vail
  • EPIC 7 Day Pass
*Conditions apply. Valid for travel 5-29 January, 2015. Prices are subject to change and availability. Book and Pay by 31 July, 2014. ^Included in package price
 
The Arrabelle at Vail Square, A RockResort – SKI Vail from $3196*pp twin share
  • EARLYBIRD BONUS! 40% OFF ACCOMMODATION + DISCOUNTED LIFT PASSES! ^
  • 7 nights twin share in a Superior Room at ski-in/ski-out The Arrabelle at Vail Square
  • Daily Breakfast
  • EPIC 7 Day Pass
*Conditions apply. Valid for travel 5-29 January, 2015. Prices are subject to change and availability. Book and pay by 31 July 2014. ^Included in package price.
 
One Ski Hill Place, A RockResort – SKI Breckenridge from $2395*pp twin share
  • EARLYBIRD BONUS! 30% OFF ACCOMMODATION^
  • 7 nights twin share in a One Bedroom Condo at Ski-in/ski/out One Ski Hill Place
  • EPIC 7 Day Pass
*Conditions apply. Valid for travel 8 - 16 January, 2015. Prices are subject to change and availability. Book and Pay by 31 July 2014. ^Included in package price.
 
Flights into Vail/Eagle County Airport, in conjunction with lift passes, lodging and transfers, can be booked now by contacting a Vail Resorts preferred tour operator in your local area, including SkiMax, TravelPlan and Mogul Ski World.  
 
The ski and ride season at Vail will be open from Friday, Nov. 21, 2014 through Sunday, April 19, 2015 and at Beaver Creek from Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014 through Sunday, April 12, 2015.
 
2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships
The clock is ticking down to February of 2015 as the world’s best ski racers descend on Beaver Creek and Vail for the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships. Second only to the Olympics in scope and scale, the 2015 World Championships will feature athletes from more than 70 nations, along with an international television audience of 750 million people.  Beaver Creek will host the majority of the competition – all of which is free to spectators, unlike championships in Europe, while Vail is set to serve as the official hub of the ceremonies and nightly festival events – concerts, parties, a big-screen stadium and more. Be a part of history Feb. 2-15! Experience the World Championships and see the world’s best ski racers in action while enjoying thousands of acres of terrain and the Vail and Beaver Creek experience that guests have come to expect and love. www.vailbeavercreek2015.com  

About Vail Resorts
Vail Resorts, Inc., through its subsidiaries, is the leading mountain resort operator in the United States. The Company's subsidiaries operate the mountain resorts of Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone in Colorado; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in the Lake Tahoe area of California and Nevada; Canyons in Park City, Utah; Afton Alps in Minnesota and Mt. Brighton in Michigan; and the Grand Teton Lodge Company in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The Company's subsidiary, RockResorts, a luxury resort hotel company, manages casually elegant properties. Vail Resorts Development Company is the real estate planning, development and construction subsidiary of Vail Resorts, Inc. Vail Resorts is a publicly held company traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: MTN). The Vail Resorts company website is www.vailresorts.comand consumer website is www.snow.com.
 
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