Almost 20 percent of all Aspen's skier days arrive through the Eagle County airport, say industry experts. Count Vice President Joe Biden among them.
Biden landed at the Eagle County airport late Thursday, where a motorcade picked him up and drove him to Snowmass Village for what is scheduled to be a low-key family vacation.
The military transport plane that brought the motorcade vehicles landed in Eagle earlier this week because the Aspen airport is too small to accommodate it, public safety officials said. It's also not common practice for a plane like Air Force II to land at night in Aspen, because they're not supposed circle that airport at night, officials said.
Biden's motorcade left the Eagle County airport headed west and picked up Interstate 70 in Gypsum, traveling through Glenwood Canyon and eventually to Snowmass.
"It's a pretty low-key visit, definitely a vacation," according to Pitkin County Sheriff Joe DiSalvo.
His office and the Snowmass Village Police Department will handle Biden's local security. They'll also get lots of Secret Service protection, DiSalvo said.
Over the Presidents Day weekend, first lady Michelle Obama, her daughters and some friends visited Vail, also flying in and out of the Eagle County airport.
Biden flew to Eagle County from Florida, where he was the headliner in two fundraising events for Sen. Bill Nelson.