Approved by district voters in 2004, the Local Marketing District (LMD) oversees funds directed toward providing commercial air service into the Yampa Valley Regional Airport (HDN). The LMD and Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp. lead the commercial air program in partnership with the Yampa Valley Regional Airport, Routt County, City of Steamboat Springs, Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association and the lodging community.
STEAMBOAT SKI RESORT'S ROLE
Under the leadership of Rob Perlman, President & COO, and management by Janet Fischer, Airline Program Director, the Steamboat Ski & Resort, with input from the LMD, is responsible for contracting all air service, exploring future winter and summer flight options, providing oversight to achieve maximum revenue and load factors, and maintaining relationships with current and prospective airlines and key contacts. In addition, the resort hosts the annual Airline Partners’ Summit bringing 100 key airline contacts to Steamboat.
The ski resort, on behalf of the LMD, works to balance demand with capacity through financially sound routes that focus on a variety of factors including destination markets, hub airports, airline economics and diversity. Air service is the lifeline for a vibrant resort community, and the LMD is committed to preserving this vital community asset.
"As a business that’s been around for more than 100 years, when air seats are plentiful so are destination guests. Their impact ripples through the valley and has a positive influence on our business, employees and local economy." — Lindsay Dillenbeck, F.M. Light & Sons
"Every one of my fellow employees across the restaurant business sees the difference in wages, hours and tips when the commercial flight program starts flying each winter. Without it, our business would look very different." — Rex Brice, Rex’s Family of Restaurants
"As a local business that operates on an international scale, we have a different perspective on the flight program than those in the tourism industry. A vital commercial flight program is extremely important for our employees and company as we continue to grow in Steamboat Springs." — Chris Tamucci Director of Operations, BAP, Big Agnes, Honey Stinger