United Airlines is adding routes and increasing flights to ski towns across the western U.S., including several in Colorado.
The carrier is adding new seasonal nonstop service from its hometown hub in Chicago to Gunnison/Crested Butte, beginning Dec. 21, and Steamboat Springs/Hayden, beginning Feb. 15. The service will end March 29.
United will also increase the number of flights on existing routes, including Denver to Kalispell-Whitefish in Montana between Dec. 10 and Jan. 6 — increasing from two daily nonstops last year to three this year. From Jan. 7-March 31, the carrier will operate two daily nonstops, up from a single roundtrip last year.
The Houston-Aspen route will see an additional flight from Dec. 19-Jan. 6 and one additional fight from Feb. 13-March 31, increasing from two to three.
SkyWest Airlines, a United Express carrier, will operate the routes with a CRJ700 regional jet.
"United is offering skiers even more options to head to the slopes this ski season with three new ski-destination routes and more flights to some of the ski markets we already serve," said Vic Kerckhoff, United's director of leisure sales, in a news release. "This new service provides travelers from across the country with frequent, convenient access to some of the best ski areas in the West."
United operates nonstop flights from Denver to 13 ski resorts during the winter ski season.