It takes expertise and organization to get skiers to their destinations, and SkyWest Airlines is trying to offer both.

SkyWest flies to numerous ski areas in its 44-city route system and is accustomed to special needs of skiing customers, according to John Ligtermoet, vice president of customer service. Ramp agents hand-carry skis from the baggage cart to the customer to avoid damage. In many instances plastic bags are provided to further protect the skis.The airline is flying Metro and EMB-120 aircraft and they have large luggage compartments that make is easy to accommodate bulky sporting equipment.

As a connection carrier for Delta Airlines, SkyWest can provide timely connections, supersaver excursion fares and credit toward Delta's frequent flyer program, Ligtermoet said.