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02/07/2012 07:11 am ET | Updated Apr 08, 2012

Liftopia's Best Ski Airports (PHOTOS)

"Getting there" may be half the fun, but when it comes to a ski vacation, the only journey that matters is how fast we can go from summit to base. And maximizing precious time on the slopes can't be accomplished if we're stuck at an airport, wasting away the hours in transit, or waiting for gear to arrive at the baggage terminal (or, even worse, trying to hunt down lost luggage!).

At Liftopia, we travel quite a bit for work -- and for play! -- and spend a fair amount of time in airports across the country. Below are our favorites based on easy access to resorts, speed of baggage delivery and how quickly we can get in and out of the terminal and out on the slopes.

While a killer airport can't erase every hassle and pain point that comes with air travel these days, travelers can easily avoid costly baggage fees by flying Southwest. It makes a huge difference in the cost of a ski trip when other airlines charge approximately $75 per flight to ship skis and boards -- that's two (non-Liftopia) tickets' worth!

Let us know if we missed one of your favorites.

Liftopia's 8 Best Airports for Skiing