The Killington Downhill Throwdown course is fast. Like 68mph fast (last year Guto hit 68mph standup; Mikel hit 81mph on Luge).
After going over more than a few videos of the event to try to find an example that looks as fast as the place rides I came back to this one from Emily in years past:
Where better to cap off the IDF Season with maximum points in the bag. To sweeten the deal further it seems like the U.S. based airlines are in a pretty decent price war pushing RT flight prices down below $300 from the west coast.
Cover Riders: Troy Grenier, Jacko GnarSteeze, Emily Pross and Thiago Gomes Lessa Photo by Restless Longboards
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I seriously doubt these flight prices prices will be around more than a few days so I am pushing this live today so that no-one misses out.
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San Diego Flights
If you are coming out from San Diego the savings vs the obvious option were in sane (to the tune of $500 less vs the trip to Boston):
If I was doing it I think I might slant toward Albany but MHT is solid as well.
The should-obviously-be-cheaper flight option ends up in this case costing you if you didn't do the research (which most people probably didn't). Flights Boston are literally $865 which you can see here if you feel so inclined:
Best part about the alternate Airport Trips (aside from price) is that they are #1 closer and #2 easier to get through.
Bay Area Flights
For San Francisco the three best options all have one stop (most with American with a few options on United if you prefer):
If you are headed up from Santa Cruz and would rather fly out of San Jose there is also a great deal into Manchester New Hampshire (United) or Hartford (American) both one stop:
If you want to fly out of Oakland, don't mind Spirit (and aren't checking bags) this one may be the cheapest:
Los Angeles Area Flights
This one dropped $40 since yesterday to under $300 Round trip. Pretty awesome although you do take a stop there an back (and fly United). Regardless its a solid deal.
United is running a sale right now so if you are headed back east from L.A. I would buy this one immediately.
Assuming a short jumper to SFO won't kill you, this gets you from Tahoe to Boston on United for well under $300.
I was hoping for some better stuff out of Denver given that some flights connect there for the other trip deals but no luck.
Best I could find was 1 stop in Philly on American:
Some seriously good deals out of the Northwest.
Love this deal, Non-Stop into Boston on JetBlue. Should be stress free, plus they have good snacks.
Seattle has some good trip deals but the main problem is that the cheapest flight options (for whatever reason) mean you arrive on the 8th which doesn't work so hot.
This is the best trip to get you there with out rushing around too much:
It's hard to get to the east coast from the islands for less than $1000. Even harder when you are trying to get there for a downhill skate event that goes down on several very specific days.
Given the propensity for insane expensive flights (and my focus on insane cheap flights) I basically checked Hawaii by accident.
That worked out, Honolulu to Boston is as cheap as I have seen it in the last 3 months, with a single stop in LAX, and on a solid airline (American) assuming you aren't bringing surfboards (AA surfboard fees are nuts).
Not nearly as good, but still insanely solid given the recent flight pricing. I figured I would add this for the Big Island boys since my favorite FBI locals hooked us up years back for Hawaii Sessions (YouTube throwback warning).
If you haven't caught up on the latest series to come out of a Hawaii pilgrimage now is the time:
Best deal out of Kona is on United so if you still haven't gotten over that dude getting dragged off the plane, well, you are going to pay more.
I don't really know if Kona is going to stick around, price is jumping around probably indicating a swing (one way or the other) in the near term:
One stop both ways from Kona will cost you an extra $50, on American Airlines:
Some freaking amazing deals in this morning form Vancouver. If you know anyone going, book it today.
Good flights from Europe in late summer / early fall are generally in the upper 500s. There are some great options popping up.
This connects in Copenhagen to the same Norwegian flight listed for Barcelona below:
One stop in Copenhagen:
Mexico City, MX Flights
Monterrey, MX Flights
One stop in Dallas both ways on American. American charges like a discount airline these days so heads up on checked bag fees. Super solid all the way from Monterrey, cheap-o points for your 2016/2017 IDF Downhill world ranking.
I was hoping for some better options coming in from Brazil but it seems like most flights start in the $1100s and some of the alternate airports are well over $2000.
I was able to bring the prices down a little bit by increasing the trip lengths (which I guess isn't the worst thing given the long flight).
Carlos Paixao, followed by Thiago Lessa. Photo by Restless
Porto Alegre (POA)
The best options to get in from Brazil by far are coming in from Porto Alegre. These are easily 50% off the average and may not last that long.
If that first one sells out, this is an option but the return flight is brutal (51 hours travel time... yikes..)
Belo Horizonte (CNF)
If you didn't see your city listed here and are looking for a flight, hit us up on facebook and I will take a look and see what there is to find.