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Your most loved “ski” airport?

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As an antidote to the torrent of misery in the other thread, there must be a few good ones out there, surely?

My nomination goes to Jackson Hole. Less than 10 minutes drive to the resort and abundant car parking within strolling distance of the terminal building. Loads of space inside and beautiful artwork on the walls. No queues anywhere and no delays for baggage. Friendly staff everywhere. No long walks and travelators to nowhere. Panoramic views from the departure lounge. Only downside is no direct flights to the UK.

If Carlsberg did airports...
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Basel. No need to worry about which luggage belt to choose - there is only one. Or was when I last went there.
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Same response as on the other thread: Salzburg, with the caveat that it's not on a Saturday during the ski season.

It's small and friendly. You park right outside. You can arrive 30 minutes before your flight. It's 45 minutes' drive to some of the best ski areas. It rarely gets affected by adverse weather despite the proximity of the mountains.
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Some airports are better than others. But I'll take any that will get me to the mountain.

I've had bad luck with Aspen airport. And given it's only a 3 hr drive from Denver, I have been flying to Denver instead. But I don't hate it. When the condition is right (similar price, good flight time), I'd fly there again.

Salt Lake City is real nice. Small enough to get in and out of. Close to the mountain.

I've flown into and out of Zurich and Geneva multiple times. They both worked quite well. With train station right across the street, it's most efficient in getting straight to the mountain. I've managed to ski the same day I landed. What more can one ask for? Given the chance, I will use them without hesitation.
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Chambery. 1 delay in nearly 20 years of travel on trips to 3vs.
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Turin............... Malpensa ............... Innsbruck .................. Zurich ................. Salzburg ........... Linate ...........WHEN THEY WORK 111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111 Confused
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Calgary as it means I'm going to Banff Smile

Went through Vancouver last time for the first time. Now that's pretty, with the river and the fishtank wall.
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Any UK coz it means I'm going skiing Toofy Grin Toofy Grin
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Jet 2 at Edinburgh, utter dream to use. They knew what they were doing, had a separate conveyor for their customers and skis and bags all went on the same one. From our flat in the city to parking at the terminal then sitting having breakfast having gone through security, 45 mins.
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Telluride..
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Southampton's pretty good. Not technically a 'ski' airport as such though...
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As mentioned in the other thread, definately Zurich. I love Swiss efficiency, good watch window shopping in departures, never had any sort of queue for security, train station in the airport and never wait long for bags to be delivered.

Loads of choice of flights near me as well. Only moan is that prices of anything are terrible.

In the UK, London City gets my vote.
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Doncaster (Robin Hood) : Bit like going to a Supermarket, park across just across the road and walk into the Terminal
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Vancouver. A shining example of how airports could be.
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Chambery - just not on busy Saturdays.
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Gatwick. 30 mins on the choo choo from my front door. Sh*t load of flights to everywhere. Train station right next to the airport. If flying from the south terminal e.g. BA then check in desks are adjacent to the station. Invariably it's busy but the new owners have done a great job of improving the capacity of security. Again in the South Terminal, it's possible to bypass the duty free walk through by following the signs to the lounges instead (thank you @GlasgowCyclops for that tip). Free newspapers.
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London City - cos it's easy to access
Innsbruck - cos it's local bus service to ski resort, and it's a scenic descent on arrival
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dking2001 wrote:
Vancouver. A shining example of how airports could be.
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Calgary as it means I'm going to Banff Smile

Went through Vancouver last time for the first time. Now that's pretty, with the river and the fishtank wall.

As an American, I can't say I like any of the Canadian airports. Never mind "love".

Because be design, we have to check immigration and custom BEFORE boarding the plane. That means I had to be at the airport extra early if I don't want to miss my flight.
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Zürich
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I thought Venice Marco Polo worked well plus

they have impressive pictures and artwork around. Even the luggage conveyor belt is adorned.
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Inbound (arrivals) - City and Southend for speed and no passport queues.

Outbound (departures) - the problem is that the airports I (and I think all of us) really love are the small ones that are quick and easy to get through like Southend (which, unusually for a small airport, also has a decent premium lounge). However, if anything goes wrong, with 1 or 2 flights a day, you're totally stuffed. In contrast, I've never failed to get out of GVA or LHR, whereas I've had multiple failures at smaller airports. Thus whilst I don't love either, they are the most practical airports if I absolutely want to get there.
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@albob, Couldn't agree more - but for me it was when Doncaster Sheffield Robin Hood and Maid Marion International was RAF Finningley - no queues for security then - just a walk across the pan to the allocated aircraft!
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Anchorage - you're getting close to ski heaven (the airports not bad either)
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Another vote for Zurich and its railway station in the basement. On so many occasions my skis and bag have been waiting for me as I clear immigration. Down two escalators and straight on a train for the mountains!
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London Gatwick. If flying early morning and with Geezer jet, one can stay at the Hampton by Hilton, check your baggage in the night before and walk straight through to departures in the morning. If not Gatwick, then London City.

In Europe, Salzburg and Zurich.
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I dont mind Chambery. Just avoid on changeover days
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Munich or Zürich
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Sapporo Chitose! Super efficient, good transport links. It takes a really heavy blizzard to close the airport. Great food and shopping. An on site onsen. Free parking nearby.
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London City, Swiss to Geneva.
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London City, Swiss to Zurich surely?
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The new International terminal at Calgary is pretty good. Because they have a separate terminal for domestic and US flights this one is pretty quiet. Minimal queues, lots of places to sit and eat and kids play areas to tire them out before the long flight!
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Southend - it's like a railway station and you park 50 yds or less from the terminal entrance. Security's a breeze and everything's small & friendly.
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London City. Swift, DLR right on site. Pre flight area a bit cramped though if you are there early.

Vancouver is awful IMV - do they still have that stupid tourist tax they impose of you to fund the waterfalls and totem pole stuff.

As the US goes - Reno is pretty good and Oakland at a push qualifies as a ski airport. MUCH more convenient for the sneaky way to Tahoe than SFO.

Aspen probably the ultimate - Buttermilk is literally next door but flights subject to mountain weather of course.
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Forgot about Reno; very efficient airport and lots of gaming machines, if that's your thing! Very Happy
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As an antidote to the torrent of misery in the other thread, there must be a few good ones out there, surely?

My nomination goes to Jackson Hole. Less than 10 minutes drive to the resort and abundant car parking within strolling distance of the terminal building. Loads of space inside and beautiful artwork on the walls. No queues anywhere and no delays for baggage. Friendly staff everywhere. No long walks and travelators to nowhere. Panoramic views from the departure lounge. Only downside is no direct flights to the UK.

If Carlsberg did airports...


Not quite true in winter though - the back road to Teton village isn't open then so you have to go into Jackson town and out again. Location is awesome though - smack on the edge of the NP looking straight at the Tetons
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London City, Swiss to Zurich surely?


Yes, most definitely.
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Courchevel - sadly I've never been rich enough to fly in there
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Geneva. Easy security, choice of 3 Priority Pass lounges...

Use it at least once a week.
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This end, Cardiff.

That end, Kalispell, Montana.
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Gatwick is my 'local' too and generally very efficient these days and you can fly almost anywhere.
@hd, That tip about following the lounge signs is brilliant, can't wait to try it out on my next trip
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