Best Winter Escapes For North Texans

January 15, 2013 2:25 PM

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

Crested Butte

Crested Butte

Gunnison-Crested Butte, CO

Gunnison Crested Butte Tourism Assn
202 E Georgia
Ste. B, Gunnison, CO

Crested Butte Mountain Resort
12 Snowmass Road
Crested Butte, CO

(888) 559-0841
Official Site of Gunnison-Crested Butte, Colorado

Newcomers quickly figure out that Gunnison-Crested Butte is the real deal.  Perhaps that’s why National Geographic named Crested Butte in its “Top 25 Ski Resorts in the World.”  Here, visitors are greeted with vibrant Victorian store fronts, expressive local characters, and a spirit that celebrates a simpler life and time.  Crested Butte Mountain Resort boasts enough of the steep and the deep to challenge the most expert of skiers, while moderate terrain is designed to thrill the entire family. Located nearby, Gunnison, Colorado is a 1880s Western town that offers local charm, a pioneering spirit, diverse shopping and dining. In a community that is adorned with twinkle lights, just a handful of traffic lights and views that will leave you breathless, you may just realize that you have found “Colorado’s Last Great Ski Town”.

Red River

Red River

Red River, NM
400 Pioneer Road
Red River, NM

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 The web site features their full lineup of special events and get lodging & visitor information at

Key West, FL

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

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.