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Best 2014 Winter Escapes For North Texans

January 8, 2014 4:16 PM

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It’s that time of year when cabin fever hits north Texans and thoughts wander to planning that winter escape. If you’re looking for a distraction from the winter grind and want to get out of town, here are a few ideas that might help you indulge that desire.Colorado Ski Report | New Mexico Ski Report

Copper Mountain (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Copper Mountain (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Copper Mountain Resort
Reservations
(888) 219-2441
Official Site For Copper Mountain

Located 75 miles from Denver in the heart of Summit County, Copper Mountain offers 2,465 skiable acres of steeps, wide open bowls, tree-filled glades and gentle beginner areas. The terrain is naturally divided with easiest terrain to the west and expert terrain to the east, so everyone can ski or ride at their own pace. Copper caters to kids, especially pre-teens and teens, with unique programming like the newly renovated indoor/outdoor year-round action sport facility Woodward at Copper, value-oriented youth lesson packages, free Tucker Mountain Snow Cat access, award-winning terrain parks including a 22-foot Olympic-sized Superpipe. Copper Mountain strives to establish a low-key, genuine feeling that is inclusive and comfortable for all guests. New this season, Copper Mountain gives you hands-free mountain intelligence, across the entire mountain with the Sherpa app. Woodward at Copper Barn now welcomes wheels and newbies alike with a completed half-million dollar renovation project enhancing the already awesome foam pits and trampolines in this 23,400 sq. ft. facility. Also for the 2013/14 winter season, Copper Mountain Resort  upgraded the Storm King surface lift and installed “Celebrity Ridge,” a new surface lift at the top of the Sierra chairlift providing easier access to some of the best skiing in Colorado, all a part of the 12’s: Copper’s High Alpine Project.

Red River

Red River

Red River, NM
400 Pioneer Road
Red River, NM
www.redriverskiarea.com
www.redriver.org

They call themselves “The Ski Town of the Southwest.” Find fun in the sun and snow in Red River, New Mexico! The Red River Ski Area is open top to bottom with some of the best snow in years, and after the slopes close you’ll find the best nightlife in the region with live music, dining, shopping, dancing, and snowcoach dinner tours. Red River is an easy drive from the Metroplex, and with 75% of the lodging within walking distance of the lifts you’ll be on the mountain before you know it. You can get your lift tickets, lessons, rentals, and information on ski/snowboard packages online too at http://www.redriverskiarea.com. The web site features their full lineup of special events and get lodging & visitor information at http://www.redriver.org.

Key West, FL
www.keywestcity.com

Looking for a warmer respite from winter? Key West is one of the few places in the contiguous United States that has never seen a day of freezing weather! That makes it a pretty reliable place to go to escape the sometimes colder Texas weather. The coldest temperature ever recorded in Key West was 41 °F on January 12, 1886. If you’re perfect vacation features an active and eclectic nightlife, or a relaxing week by the pool, Key West has both… not to mention some of the best seafood restaurants in the state.

Walt Disney World Resort
Lake Buena Vista, FL
(407) 939-2273
disneyworld.disney.go.com

It’s the old stand by and a must for young families. It is generally thought that a trip here can be a budget busting experience, but many are surprised that – often – the resort features discount packages and incentives that may make a trip here more affordable than thought! Whether a weekend getaway or a winter trip for the fam… kids usually don’t come back disappointed.

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