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Airplanes must takeoff and land into the wind. The primary wind direction at the Steamboat Springs Airport is from the northwest. About 85% of the traffic takes off and lands to the north.
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The Steamboat Springs Airport began in 1952 as a dirt landing strip. Mr. Bob Adams spearheaded an airport improvement plan in 1976 and by 1981, the airport received its FAA Part 139 certification. Commercial service ceased in 1995. Since that time, the Steamboat Springs Airport has operated as a general aviation airport.
Activity levels at airports are measured by aircraft operations. An operation is defined by the FAA as a takeoff or a landing. So, a "touch and go" conducted by a training aircraft counts as two operations. With 73 based aircraft, the Steamboat Springs Airport averages 12,000 operations per year.
The Steamboat Springs Airport is open for business 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, in all weather conditions. The airport is attended daily 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the winter, and 7am to 6pm in the summer.
A 2013 Economic Impact Study performed by the Colorado Division of Aeronautics indicated that the Steamboat Springs Airport has a $8.8 million impact on the local and Colorado economies. The airport also generates nearly 100 jobs, both on and off the airport.
No. The Steamboat Springs Airport does not have scheduled commercial airline service. However, the airport does have charter companies that can take you around the world on your schedule.
ALL commercial passenger service/flights land at the Yampa Valley Regional Airport (HDN) in Hayden, Colorado. Steamboat/HDN is located approximately 28 miles west of downtown Steamboat Springs and is served by a number of airlines.
Commercial service ceased in 1995 and currently there is no scheduled commercial air carrier service. Due to factors including runway length, instrument approaches and economic factors related to the operations of Denver International Airport, the likelihood of air carrier service returning to the Steamboat Springs Airport is doubtful. The city intends to concentrate on operating the airport as a general aviation facility, maintaining the current infrastructure and levels of service.
Absolutely. Charter companies are more than willing to take you anywhere you like. Visit the links page for more information on their services.
There are no rental car companies based at the Steamboat Springs Airport. However, Enterprise Rental Car provides car rentals for FBO visitors who require more than the facility's courtesy vehicle. Enterprise is the only rental car company that will drop off/pick up at the Steamboat Springs Airport. Reservations can be booked through the local Enterprise office Monday through Friday (970-879-7442).
Uber and Lyft are available in Steamboat Springs for rides to/from the Steamboat Springs Airport - downtown Steamboat is less than five miles away.
There are several ground transportation companies which offer in town fares or hourly transportation services, including:
The Steamboat Springs Airport begins snow removal operations at 0600L (6 am local) and ends around 1700L (5 pm local) daily November through April. For a typical 6-inch storm, the runway is cleared and useable by 7am daily. If it's not snowing, ground operations may still be clearing snow to ready for the next storm.
Current airport conditions can be accessed by four new Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) cameras - which provide web-based, real-time weather information and cover views from four different directions from the field - FAA WeatherCams.
The City of Steamboat Springs owns and operates the Steamboat Springs Airport, as well as the sole Fixed Based Operation. Airport staffing consists of two full-time employees and four part-time employees, who report to the Airport Manager. The Yampa Valley Airport Commission and the Steamboat Springs City Council provide policy direction.