Hard to find fares under $125 on a legit with any semblance of legroom, let alone Non-Stop to Denver while avoiding the insanity of LAX. Even with two checked bags you are way under $200 Round-Trip Non-Stop during peak ski-season out of John Wayne.
Santa Ana to Denver generally runs around $200 for a Non-Stop flight, this saves you 40% and gets you there on United
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Frontier and Spirit add a ton of fees for your checked bags (AND carry-ons) that leave them drastically more expensive than this deal on United.
More than a few of these trip options are ideal to go with just a pack and your skis / snowboard for a 4 day weekend.
Ski + Snowboard
If you live on the south side of town, this is a no-brainer. A flight time just over two hours out of SNA is going to have you de-planed and hitching a ride up to the hill before you could come close to making the drive to Mammoth (not that that's a bad option either).
It's always nice to get out of town and get some pow on that lighter fluffier side of the spectrum.
Cheap Lift Tickets
A-Basin has some options on discount that DO match up with a few of these trips. Pretty solid to snag 40% off after an already discounted flight. It pays to book ahead...
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As far as date options, Pro/Am Supporters (from $6/mo) already have the full list of available dates (and have been on it for quite sometime given their two hour head start).
Here's a few dates we found for you guys who aren't on that level yet:
There are some additional dates out there for those looking to dig around for some additional options in the X-Mas / New Years area. Although it would be way faster to just subscribe as a Pro/Am Supporter (from $6/mo) and get full availability right here, live and up to date.