Best Winter Escapes For North Texans

November 18, 2014 10:04 AM

It’s that time of year when cabin fever hits North Texans, and thoughts wander to planning a 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.

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Copper Mountain (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Copper Mountain (credit: Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Copper Mountain Resort
Reservations: 888-219-2441 | Official Website

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 Copper, value-oriented youth lesson packages, free Tucker Mountain Snow Cat access, and award-winning terrain parks including a 22-foot Olympic-sized super pipe. Copper Mountain strives to establish a low-key, genuine feeling that is inclusive and comfortable for all guests. Copper’s on-mountain audio guide just got a whole slew of new features to enhance your Copper Mountain experience. In addition to the official Copper audible place across the resort, visitors, staff and locals can now leave their own audible markers for others to hear. Listen for celebrity tips, sponsored Easter eggs and more. Download Sherpa before your visit to Copper this season.

Key West, Florida

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 degrees 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
407-939-2273 |

It’s the old standby, 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 family, kids usually don’t come back disappointed.