Sometimes the most challenging part of a trip is the mere act of getting there. Winter vacations compound that with the need for travelers to schlep all of the additional winter gear, skis or snowboards. However, this season making turns right off the tarmac just got easier for skiers and snowboarders headed to the slopes in Lake Tahoe.

Experienced travelers know that smaller airports can be a breeze to travel through compared to major airline hubs. The Reno-Tahoe International Airport hits the sweet spot in that regard, thanks to its recent renovations and growing non-stop access to major cities. Lake Tahoe’s chief air gateway has added 13 new flights over the last 24 months including non-stop service from gateway cities such as New York, Atlanta, Dallas, Los Angeles and Oakland. Voted one of the “Best Airports for Skiers” by SKI Magazine, the airport now offers nonstop service to 23 destinations with one-stop service available from virtually anywhere in the United States.

“The Reno-Tahoe International Airport continues to be one of fastest growing small airports in the country with a specific aim toward providing convenient, non-stop service for winter travelers,” said Brian Kulpin, Vice President of Marketing and Public Affairs for Reno-Tahoe International Airport. “On top of the new nonstop flights from New York and Atlanta, RTIA is aggressively targeting additional East Coast markets such as Boston and Washington, D.C.”

At 4,500 feet, RTIA has yet to experience a closure due to snow. This means that skiers and snowboarders can feel confident of their flight’s arrival even when massive storms are pounding the nearby ski resorts. Once on the ground, most of the major ski resorts are located less than an hour’s drive away via major interstates and scenic highways.

RTIA recently completed more than $27.5 million in facility upgrades geared toward streamlining the overall airport experience for travelers. This included a complete overhaul of the baggage handling system, installation of new security checkpoints and the opening of new dining and shopping storefronts. The renovation also included a new Tahoe-themed lobby and informational booths for Lake Tahoe resorts.

Vacation dollars go farther for visitors headed to Lake Tahoe thanks to the unbeatable deals on winter airfare into the region. RTIA is serviced by a broad spectrum of prominent carriers including Southwest Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, American Airlines, Alaska Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Allegiant Air and Volaris. The “Bags Fly Free” policy of the main carrier Southwest Airlines resonates strongly with skiers and snowboarders. Sample pricing for the upcoming season includes roundtrip airfare from New York to Reno for under $250 and one-way fares from Long Beach to Reno for $39 each way.

There aren’t many ski destinations where you can get an instant adrenaline fix on your travel day, but Lake Tahoe makes this a reality with most resorts located a short drive from the airport The Ski Lake Tahoe resorts reward these go-getters by offering numerous “Ski Free the Same Day You Fly” promotions. Simply present your same-day boarding pass at the ticket windows of participating resorts to receive a complimentary lift ticket – no strings attached. Further details can be found here.

Coast-to-coast: non-stop service from New York and Atlanta

JetBlue airlines began offering new non-stop flights from JFK International Airport into RTIA last season and the daily flight allows skiers and snowboarders to maximize their time on the slopes eliminating the need for travel days on each end of their vacation. Beginning December 19th, East Coast-based skiers and snowboarders will be able to fly non-stop from Atlanta to Reno aboard Delta Air Lines. The seasonal flight will be offered on Saturdays throughout the winter, with three days per week during the winter holidays.

Go West: new flights for Texans

Complementing the existing service from Houston and Dallas-Fort Worth, Texans will have the additional option of flying non-stop out of Dallas Love Field to Reno this winter. The seasonal flight is being offered by Southwest Airlines and will commence on January 7th. The Saturday-only flight will be expanded to Saturday/Sundays beginning March 11th, right in the middle of Lake Tahoe’s epic Spring season.

Surf to snow: new flights from LAX, Long Beach, and Orange County

Southern Californians will have a multitude of non-stop options into Reno this winter including direct service from LAX, Long Beach, Orange County and San Diego. New this season, skiers and snowboarders headed to the slopes in Tahoe will have additional non-stop options out of LAX aboard Allegiant Air, direct flights from Long Beach on JetBlue Airways and new flights out of Orange County via Alaska Airlines.

Other noteworthy flights: Portland, Oakland and Boise

RTIA also recently added non-stop service from additional regional markets such as Portland, Oakland and Boise. This brings the total number of non-stop destinations serviced by RTIA to 23 gateway markets including San Francisco, San Jose, Oakland, Los Angeles, Long Beach, Orange County, San Diego, Portland, Seattle, Boise, Las Vegas, Salt Lake City, Denver, Phoenix, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Chicago O’Hare, Chicago Midway, Dallas-Fort Worth, Dallas Love Field, Houston, Atlanta, New York and Guadalajara, Mexico.

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