I am a nervous flyer and also get motion sickness. Are the flights in Colorado "bumpy" or is one airport better to fly into than others? I appreciate your help.
It can be bumpy flying into Denver. Usually worse in summer months in the late afternoon early evening. I find it worse coming in from the west, heading east, but that is just anecdotal.
When are you coming? Might take a stiff drink or a valium.....
In my experience, flying in or out of Denver the turbulence can be hit or miss. I've experienced both silky smooth and bumpy take offs and landings. That being said, I've also experienced this at other US airports.
Is Denver your final destination or just a connection? If Denver is your final destination, I would still recommend flying into DIA (Denver International Airport) rather than another Colorado airport. While Colorado Springs has an airport, it's much smaller and ticket prices can cost a bit more.
I am not 100% sure if i will fly into Denver. I would be willing to drive to my destination (to be determined, somewhere in Colorado) to have a smoother flight. My worst experience was in and out of Reno and I'd rather avoid anything like that as much as possible.
I have to "take something" to get on the plane, so,i agree and think i will need to go prepared. Are there better cities to fly into? Id like to go sometime in ski season
Coming from Florida, you should be OK on your Denver approach and take -off during the ski season.
The problem is usually on appioaches from the west. In late Spring, the Rockkes create sometimes what is called standing waves. They are bumpy, but loved by seasoned sailplane pilots
I would make your arrangements at the most practical and reasonably priced airport. You can't predict turbulence, it can happen anywhere. No reason to make it a factor in where you book.
Thank you for all of your help and advise!
I agree with the pp if you fly in from the western mountains, you'll experience more turbulence. Coming down from the higher mountain altitudes can have this effect. Some pilots are much better at it than others and then of course, weather/wind factors apply. Overall though, it's nothing compared to flying through a storm cloud if you've ever done that? At least not in my opinion. Hopefully it won't be too bad and you'll have a great time here!
Denver may have advantages in:
1. Size of available aircraft. Smaller airports get few large planes.
2. Price, schedule, and choice of airline.
3. Rental car selection and cost (especially if you are willing to go off-airport to pick up your rental car to avoid airport surcharges).
For seasonality of weather events (and thus, perhaps, of turbulence), it might be worth remembering that Denver's driest 4 months are November - February. In the ski areas (e.g. Vail or Aspen) the precipitation events are more evenly distributed - with November-February as likely for precipitation events as any other months.
Driving to ski towns can be enjoyable, so long as you don't do it at the same hour as everyone else (e.g. Friday afternoon-evening ) or return with everyone (Sunday afternoon-evening) when you'll experience that amazing show of brake lights of the cars lined up ahead of you. Even I70 is scenic (a relative rarity among Interstates, IMHO..).
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