Aspen has its own airport and is serviced by Delta, United and American. These airlines have direct flights depending on the time of year from Chicago, Atlanta, Dallas, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Denver and Grand Junction (CO). If you are traveling form any of these cities please check the schedules for the weekend of Ruggerfest. Usually airlines continue to run these routes through the end of September but sometimes they stop flying them for no apparent reason.
Alternatively about 1 1/2 hours from Aspen by car are two other airports – the Eagle/Vail and Grand Junction. Eagle/Vail has direct flights from most of the above cities plus New York City and Boston. Grand Junction has direct flights from Phoenix, Los Vegas and Denver.
One way to significantly reduce your flight ticket is to get in touch with the group booking departments of whatever airline you are flying. If you are a sports team and traveling with more than 10, they will usually give you pricing discounts –especially if you do not wait till the last moment to book!
If you cannot get direct flights into Aspen, Vail or Grand Junction, Denver is the place to go. Denver International airport has flights from almost every airport in the US and the world flying to it – British Airways direct from London, Lufthansa from mainland Europe, Icelandic Air via Reykjavik from both London airports. Air Canada flies direct from most major Canadian cities.
Denver is a beautiful 3 1/2 hour drive from Aspen through some of the most beautiful mountainous terrain in the states. Teams can either rent cars or they can take Colorado Mountain Express vans which can handle 10 people and their gear easily. If you want to rent a car then we suggest http://www.rentalcars.com to get the best rate. If you book now, there is no obligation but rates are very low! They will start to climb soon.
Once you are in Aspen there is little need for an automobile since the fields are centrally located, and if you are staying more than a few blocks away, bus service is plentiful. If you do rent a car we recommend leaving it at your hotel and walking or taking a bus to the fields; parking in the central core of Aspen is limited and can be expensive for full day parking. Most lodges have free parking