nonstop flight to Montrose

Southwest Airlines is adding a nonstop flight to Montrose, Colorado, from Austin. It’s an easy drive from the airport to Telluride Ski Resort, shown here. Pam LeBlanc photo

Planning for this year’s ski season just got a little easier, thanks to a new nonstop flight from Austin to Montrose Regional Airport near Telluride on Southwest Airlines.

From Montrose, it’s an hour and 15-minute drive to Telluride, or an hour and 45-minute drive to Crested Butte. That means one flight gets you within spitting distance of two of my favorite ski towns – and some of the best skiing in North America.

nonstop flight to Montrose

It’s an easy drive to Telluride, shown here, when you catch the nonstop flight to Montrose. Pam LeBlanc photo

The nonstop flight to Montrose only runs on Saturdays. If you don’t mind a connection, you can fly any day of the week on Southwest, Delta, American or United.

Related: Top 10 things to do in Telluride this Winter

When I checked fares today, the nonstop flight to Montrose on Southwest was selling about $270, but check before you book because prices change.

I can’t stay away from Telluride. I endured a six-hour drive from Denver to attend the Telluride Bluegrass Festival this summer, and it’s long been at the top of my “best of” list for skiing. Crested Butte, with its easy access to hiking, mining town roots and steep tree runs, also makes me swoon.

The 2-hour and 20-minute direct flight will run from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport from Jan. 5 until April 2.

Related: A Texan’s Guide to Telluride

Want to get even closer to Telluride? Telluride Regional Airport will offer daily jet service from Denver and Phoenix again this winter.

For full schedule information go to Colorado Flights.


A free gondola whisks people from downtown Telluride to Mountain Village. Pam LeBlanc photo