Airlines say they need the subsidies because of rising fuel prices and financially strapped vacationers.
The Telluride Tourism Board is helping Crested Butte Mountain Resort with a $650,000 revenue-guarantee deal with Allegiant Air to bring twice-weekly flights from Oakland and Phoenix to Montrose all winter.
According to the Denver Post, Steamboat, Crested Butte and Vail are also paying more to airlines for consistent flights.
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