Ski Butlers Blog - Shawn Manwaring

Weather Patterns in the Rockies -

What a winter it has been in the Rockies! After a couple mediocre seasons in 2012 and 2013, this year has provided incredible snowfall from start to finish.  It seems like the weather patterns have been strong, consistent and exactly what all of us in the ski industry hope for every ski season.  If you have not made it out West for a ski trip yet this year, you still have about 6 weeks to do so but you better act fast!

Thanks to our good friends over at, we have not missed a beat with weather patterns this year.  Many people assume being a meteorologist, is just like playing darts.  You throw some out there, hoping that they will be good predictions but really have no idea until it hits whether or not it will work out how you imagined.  Open Snow Powder Officers seem to have it figured out and take the guessing game out of weather with accurate forecasts all the time!

If you have not heard of, we suggest you start using them for all powder forecasts from New England all the way across the West through Colorado and Utah to California.  They know their stuff, especially when it comes to predicting snowfall!


Smith Head-Butts the Competition

Amidst an ever changing industry, something has been particularly trendy over the last few seasons.  We are seeing that almost everyone who lives in ski towns and the majority of people that travel in for ski vacations, are now wearing helmets. There are a bunch of reasons for this including first and foremost, safety but also comfort, warmth, and style.  At Ski Butlers, we are partnered with Smith Optics ( and we wouldn’t want it any other way.


A Partner's Blog

Everyone is always asking, "what do those Ski Butlers do all summer?!."  One of the many things we have the opportunity to do is spend time with our partners working on ways to "WOW" customers together.  Over the past few months I have had the opportunity to work with our friends at Summit Vacations and our time together has been very rewarding.  


Scenic Colorado Byways

When a person thinks of taking a “scenic” drive, they are most often going to ponder the idea of driving somewhere through Colorado. Although the United States is a very beautiful country, few states can rival the views that Colorado has to offer from its scenic byways.  I have put together 3 different drives to check out next time you or someone you know has the idea of getting behind the wheel and setting out to enjoy the scenery.
Northern Route:  Boulder to Steamboat Springs
Start out taking Highway 36 North from Boulder to Estes Park.  Once in Estes Park, enjoy the historic Main Street section for lunch at a wide variety of restaurants.  When leaving Estes Park, travel on Highway 34 West to Granby.  There are a few peaks along the way to observe including Deer, McGregor, Ypsilon, Specimen, Howard and Patterson.   You will also pass by Lake Granby on your way into town. Once you have arrived in Granby, head West on Highway 40 towards Steamboat Springs.  You will be greeted by vast wilderness and signs of wildlife the entire way until you arrive in Steamboat.  There are days of activities that can keep you busy in the Boat’ but the locals favorite is Strawberry Park Hot Springs!

Central Route (I-70):  Denver to Grand Junction
The main corridor of the High Rockies is Interstate 70.  It passes through the entire state as part of connecting the east coast to the west coast.  If you have never taken the day trip from Denver to Grand Junction, you are missing out!  There are a ton of mountain towns along the way that serve as possibilities for food, entertainment, sightseeing, local history, etc.  Some of the towns you will pass through or get nearby while taking this journey are Idaho Springs, Breckenridge, Vail, Beaver Creek, Glenwood Springs, Aspen, and Palisade.  All of these towns boast their own unique tourist attractions and I promise, you will not get bored if you choose to make this trip!

Southern Route: Pueblo to Durango
You have two options for this route. Highway 50 or Highway 160 are the choices but either will serve as a satisfying choice for the folks on board.  Highway 50 is more North and will travel through Gunnison and Montrose along the Gunnison National Forest before heading South through Telluride and the San Juan National Forest to Durango.   If you choose the latter option, you will take the far South route and travel through Alamosa and Pagosa Springs before hitting Durango.  The San Juans in themselves are a mountain range like no other and will make it hard for the driver to keep their eyes on the road!

Hopefully you will have the chance to take a tour of one of these scenic byways in the near future and since we happen to be all over the state, stop in and say hello to your friends at Ski Butlers along the way!  Safe travels….