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Free lift ticket with your boarding pass

Courtesy UW Digital Collections

Courtesy UW Digital Collections

Ski season is just about here and a variety of ski resorts will give you a free day of skiing if you show your airline boarding pass.

Fly in to Vail/Eagle County Regional Airport (EGE) in Colorado and bring your boarding pass and Vail Valley lodging confirmation to any Vail or Beaver Creek ticket window and get a complimentary same-day lift ticket as part of the Fly in ski free program.

Squaw Valley|Alpine Meadows -about 42 miles from Reno-Tahoe International Airport – is offering a “Fly & Ski Free” deal for skiers and snowboarders. Guests arriving by airplane can ski or ride for free on the arrival afternoon between 12:30 and 4 pm (and evenings during night operations) by presenting a same-day commercial airline boarding pass with a matching photo ID at the Guest Services & Sales Center at Squaw Valley or Alpine Meadows.

Steamboat Ski Resort, Steamboat Springs, Colorado, offers free night skiing and riding on the day of arrival when you fly into a Colorado Airport. Just show your boarding pass at the ticket window to receive this offer. If you have a boarding pass for Tuesday or Wednesday arrival, you can ski free on Thursday.

In addition, several ski resorts participating in the Alaska Airlines Ski the West promotion are also offering a free day of skiing for those who book packages and show their paper Alaska Airlines boarding pass.

 

Snack Saturday: Armadillo eggs & Texas Taffy

It’s Snack Saturday – when Stuck at The Airport shares snaps of some of the yummy and/or unusual snacks we’ve spotted at airports.

Here are some armadillo eggs and Texas Taffy sold at Dallas Love Field:

TEXAS SNACKS

PEOPLExpress suspends service

PEOPLExpress, the new airline with a throwback name that recently started serving a few communities. The airline announced today it is suspending service, with a plan to re-launch “on or about Oct. 16″

From the airline’s statement:

“Recent aircraft and crew availability and maintenance issues, including an aircraft recently damaged by a vendor’s truck, an engine change and a lack of a promised spare aircraft, have made it challenging to operate a full schedule, preventing us from delivering the passenger experience we are striving for.”

The airline said it is processing refunds for passengers for flights booked through Oct. 15, which it says should take five to seven business days. “For reservations beyond Oct. 15, passengers will receive a notification by e-mail as soon as our service resumption plans are in place.”

Since launching service on June 30, PEOPLExpress has offered 817 flights and said in its statement that it still intends to launch previously announced service to Orlando and Charleston, W.Va., starting Oct. 16.

For more details about flights you may have booked contact: customerrelations@flypex.com or visit www.flypex.com.

Bilingual Leticia helps travelers shop at Miami Int’l Airport

mIA LETICIA

You’ll see virtual assistants at a variety of airports these days, but mostly they’re programmed to offer directions and advice on making your way through security checkpoints.

Miami International Airport (MIA) is doing something different. MIA has programmed its virtual assistant – Leticia – to serve as a bilingual (English and Spanish) shopping consultant to help travelers navigate the airport’s dining and retail destinations.

The first two virtual shopping consultants are on-duty 24 hours a day and are co-located with interactive terminal directories at the connector of Concourses H and J after crossing the security checkpoint.

Beer garden at Denver Int’l Airport

DIA BEER GARDEN

Consider wearing your lederhosen or a dirndl if you’re flying through Denver International Airport during the next few weeks.

This is Oktoberfest season and DIA is celebrating with a temporary beer garden set up in the center of the main terminal.

Opening through Oct. 4, DIA’s “Beer Flights” (get it?) beer garden is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.

DIA BEER GARDEN BEER GLASS

You’ll need to be 21 or older and pay $10 to get in the door, but the admission fee gets you a souvenir glass, a bag of pretzels provided by Southwest Airlines and 10 two-ounce samples of beer.

In addition to beer sampling, the 16-day pop-up beer garden will offer live music, talks by brewmasters, brew trivia and eight picnic tables decorated by local artists.

And to add to the festivities, DIA is having a Twitter photo contest (#BeerFlightsDIA), with prizes from T-shirts and hats to a snowboard, a Durango hotel stay and a day with the head brewer of the Ska Brewing Company.

Not drinking but curious about Colorado-made beer? There’s no admission fee or age limit to view the beer-themed art exhibit, Colorado on Tap: The State of Brew Culture, on the pre-security bridge walkway to A gates through December.

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Photo by Dustin Hall

The exhibit includes artifacts from a variety of Colorado craft breweries, including pub glasses, specialty glassware, coasters, tap handles, t-shirts, bottles, cans and custom art created for beer labels.

And keep in mind, while Denver International Airport’s beer garden will close Oct. 4, the Airbräu, a 600-seat Bavarian-style covered beer garden with an on-site brewery and live music, operates at Munich Airport year-round.

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