Yewww — this one is hot. Southwest has Non-Stop flights from Philly to Colorado for roughly what we normally see their one-ways go for. As always your first two checked bags fly free — but most importantly (during ski season) ski baggage is included in that 2 bag total free of charge.
Ikon and Epic Pass holders both have great resort availability — but Liftopia has discount Lift Tickets covered with 35-45% off at A-Basin or 30-40% off at Copper Mountain (depending on date) — perfect for anyone who decided to go it alone on the pass front.
For anyone staying in / around the Breck area (Epic Pass) there are some killer Ski-In-Ski-Out Condo lodging deals over on Ski Colorado Vacation Rentals with early season discount pricing in effect — SCVR also sent over a 10% stacking coupon to sweeten the deal further (coupon code:
Philly to Colorado is almost always $275+ — these cheap ski trips save 50% and get you there Non-Stop on Southwest.
50% off is already awesome but counting the bag fee savings ($140 per person — assuming you are bringing a gear bag and a board / ski bag) this one is more like 70% off what you would pay on Delta / United / jetBlue etc. Literally the cheapest I have ever seen flights out of PHL during ski season.
This is yesterday at A-Basin (360 video so scroll around):
The rockies have seen an absolute TON of snow over the last week (53 inches in some cases) and there is more in the forecast. While the cheap options to get there for the next storm (Thursday-ish?) have now jumped up to $520 (each way!) there are still some decent prices if you want to get there the week after next to take advantage of the early season snow blitz.
Yeah. The time is now.
How to Book Southwest
Since southwest doesn't allow direct links to specific dates, the best way to go about this is to hit the Southwest Low Fare Calendar. From there enter the airport you want to fly from (PHL to DEN) and then select January (alternately November, December or February):
That should land you on the right calendar. You are looking for the flights that are $69 on the way out there, and $69 or $87 on the way back. Generally the sale covers November through February.
Once you select a date you want to hit continue at which point you are looking for the Non-Stop 'Wanna Get Away' flights (which for some reason are generally cheaper than those with more stops).
Southwest Free Change Fees
One of the best parts about Southwest is that they cover free change fees. That is freaking KEY when you may want to push your reservation around to avoid an incomming Philly side storm (or if you find a cheaper price later).
This has saved more times than I can count. The Free Ski Bags things helps too.