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Monster Snows / Spring Break Skiing

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What went from a marginal snow season is now back to close to normal or above normal snowpack.  Southwest Colorado and northern New Mexico have received feet of snow in the past couple of weeks making up for poor early season snowfall. The central and northern Colorado areas are doing well and are ahead of normal snow pack.  It all sets up well for the upcoming spring break weeks.

Latest Conditions & Spring Skiing Tips

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As folks who watched the recent ski racing world championships at Beaver Creek saw, it’s been warm and dry lately.  We’re finally getting a big storm on Feb 16th which will really help a lot. Most areas have been holding up pretty well but it hasn’t been very snowy in the past month and it has been much warmer than normal  Ski area bases have either remained the same or decreased since early January. There has been a big high pressure ridge pushing the jet stream north of the central and southern Rockies.

Late January Blog- Current Ski Conditions & Staying warm Tips

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Snow Report and Outlook: January continues to be a dry and warm month for much of the Central Rockies. And, while sporadic storms have kept the conditions good, we definitely are in need of some more snow soon. Amarillo, TX has gotten more snow than Denver recently so that tells you the weather jet stream has been somewhat messed up.

Early Jan Blog: Good snow all over & winter travel tips

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Mountain weather has been varying almost daily between cold blasts and warmer temps.  Snow this past week has been widespread. Southern storms have blanketed southern Colorado and New Mexico and even Texas has been in the ‘deep freeze’ causing some travel issues.   Overall, ski conditions are very good almost everywhere in Colorado and Northern NM and more snow is in the forecast. 

Late December Blog and Fitness tips

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After a great start around Thanksgiving we had 2.5 weeks of warm and dry weather, and now the big snow has returned. Up to a couple feet at central and northern Colorado on Dec 21st  have created some great conditions at many destinations for the Christmas week.  Southern areas also received snow but not quite as much.  In most winters, it seems like the snow tends to come in a 2 weeks on, 2 weeks off pattern.

Early Season & Holiday Skiing Tips/Info

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We hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving!  Thanks to all those that have supported Mountain Escapes over the past 30 years.  We appreciate your business!

Best snow of the week: this season thus far has produced some of the best early season conditions in years. Most areas have alot of terrain already open and more to open in the next few days. The important thing now is get consistent snow every few days. The amounts for each snowfall doesn't matter as much as the frequency.

Spring Skiing Tips

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Best snow in years!  Most everywhere in Colorado has excellent snow conditions and snow base depths are the biggest in years.  Central and northern Colorado snowfall has been especially plentiful this season providing the best conditions in recent memory

Awesome early season + Tips for Staying Warm

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Colorado is now out of the 'deep freeze' and although still cold compared to most places certainly better than the past couple of weeks. 

Early season snow conditions along with the amount of open terrain are the best they have been in years.  Keep the snow coming!

Tips for staying warm: now that it’s gotten cold it’s time for tips to stay warm!

More Snow + Fitness Tips

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Up to a foot of snow forecast for central and southern Colorado today!.  And, while all the resorts still need snow, this is the best early season in at least 3 years.  Much more terrain is open this year so far, and this new round of snow should increase open terrain dramatically!

Ski season has started, time to get in shape!       

More Ski Openings + Family Deals

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Since last week we’ve added 2 ski openings, Copper and Keystone plus more to open soon.  Mother nature has provided some help as well with several storms in what seems to in an ‘every Tuesday’ pattern. The last couple of years Thanksgiving skiing has been very limited, so we’re hoping for better conditions this year, and so far so good.

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Colorado Open for Skiing

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 Saturday Oct 12th was the first day of the 2013/14 ski season. Arapaho Basin was the big winner in the first ski area to open derby. Another snowstorm hit the mountains the last couple days, and cold weather is expected to continue. Next to open will be Loveland and that will be tomorrow Oct 17th!  

The Race Is On + New Features

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While it is prime time for brilliant golden aspens in the mountains, snow is falling TODAY! And the mountains had some last week too. 

The race for the first ski area to open should end shortly. Look for the winner in the next 10 days.

Early Booking Ski Discounts & Monsoon Season

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Monsoon rain have helped the fire danger in Colorado and increased mid summer river flows which is a great benefit for both the rafting industry and the fly fishing community.  My family rafted (see picture) the Royal Gorge last weekend and had a great time in the 600cfs flows, which will continue and provide fun trips for a couple more weeks.

50 Ways to enjoy the mountains this summer!

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Here are 50 outdoor activities to enjoy! Take advantage of excellent lodging rates and get up in the mountains soon!

Great Rafting & Early Booking Ski Discounts

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Peak runoff is here!   Central and Northern Colorado received a ton of snow since March and with the recent warm weather river flows have come up to high levels, making for great rafting. The excitement should continue on those rivers for a couple months!    Southern Colorado and northern New Mexico rivers are up as well but since those areas didn't receive the big snows runoff will be lower and shorter.   Now's a great time to plan an exciting summer raft trip which can be combined with lodging or camping at most destinations!

Spring Skiing Tips

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Best snow of the week:  All of Colorado and NM got snow this week so the conditions continue to be good. Look for another sizable storm this weekend and temps bouncing up and down as they normally do in March.

Big Snow + Ski Rental Tips

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Best snow of the week:  Aspen got big pow as you can see in the photo.  Monarch was a big winner with over 3 feet this past week, and most Colorado areas have gotten a bunch over the past 3 weeks. We’re finally catching up on snowfall and currently have the best conditions of the season. This February was one of the snowier ones we’ve seen and certainly a welcome relief to the dry early season.  

Weather Outlook:  another storm hitting today into Wednesday and then weather to clear for a few days.

More Terrain Opens & More Trip Tips

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Best snow of the week and weather outlook:  most of the Colorado  resorts got big snow this past week.  Several areas opened more steep terrain including the North Face Lift at Crested Butte and the Eagle Wind Chair at Winter Park.   While many areas still don’t have everything open it will probably only take one more decent storm to get the rest of the terrain open.  Up to a foot of new snow forecast for the Colorado Mountains

Why it’s great to live in Colorado & how fast snow conditions change!

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Best snow of the week and weather outlook: Central and SW Colorado are currently getting pounded with snow (up to 25 inches already), and the system will spread across the state and continue for the next couple of days.

Mid Winter Cold/Dry Spell and signs of Frostbite

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Burrrrrrrr is the word lately. It’s been extremely cold this past week, well below zero at many locations.  Good news is temperature will moderate a bit this weekend. 


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National Business Sales Meeting in Winter Park

It is with absolute confidence that I continue to work with Tom at Mountain Escapes. His attention to detail and clear informaition help make the experience of bringing bus loads much more enjoyable,
Lubbock, TX group to Crested Butte

I do not think I could have planned and carried out the ski trip without the help from Tom and Mountain Escapes. Bruce (local rep) was very kind and helpful during the trip. He checked on the group a couple of times and made our stay easy and enjoyable.

Ponca City, OK group to Winter Park

I appreciated Tom's patience with my questions, attention to detail, thorough answers, and availability. We'll be in touch soon to plan our next trip.
Lubbock, TX group to Winter Park

"Tom runs a wonderful company and is very patient with group leaders. My experience is always great for almost 20 years."

West Monroe, LA group to Winter Park

We so appreciate your working with us, making changes when needed, being so helpful and conscienitious with every aspect of our trip. Your staff was very readily available, which was both impressive and helpful. We have recommended Mountain Escapes to others, and would definitely use your company again.

Conway, AR group to Breckenridge

"Tom and our local rep were very helpful. Tom worked diligently to find us a resort for our group size and price. The rep was great to meet us when we arrived and checked on us frequently."

Madison, MS group to Keystone

"As always you were amazingly helpful  and worked with me every step of the way. I appreciate the incredible detail and attention that you put into every trip I bring through you." 

Ft Hood, TX group to Crested Butte

Our trip was fantastic and so stress free all because of y'all. Thanks you so much for organizing it all. We absolutely loved it and couldn't have asked for a better weekend.
Lubbock, TX group to Crested Butte
We really appreciated all the info and help with our trip. It really made things go so much smoother. Betty (local rep) was a big help too. I will recommend you to anyone going on a ski trip.
Lawton, OK group to Durango
Great experience. The local rep was outstanding. Way beyond what was expected.
Amarillo, TX group to Crested Butte

"I always have a million questions and requests that are always answered and taken care of." 

Waples, TX group to Keystone

"Tom always goes over the top- I am not that on the ball at times, but his patience and friendliness shines through."  

Lubbock, TX group to Telluride