Our Stay in Snake River Keystone

We love coming to Keystone to ski and board and when we do come we always go to the Snake River Saloon for dinner.  Our lodging company SummitCove gives us a coupon for $12.00 off dinner for two, so you really can’t beat it.


This is also why we like to stay in the Snake River Townhomes, so we can walk to the Snake River Saloon for dinner, drinks and dancing.  We also like to stay in the Snake River Townhomes because we can walk into River Run Village as well. It is a bit of a haul in ski boots but it is the perfect location for my partner and me.  

Snake River Townhomes Keystone Resort Colorado


At the Snake River Steakhouse & Saloon we always start with the New Zealand Green Lip Mussels in a wine, garlic sauce.  They are always sauteed perfectly. For dinner I order any of their steaks and they are all fabulous. The last time I was there I had the Colorado T-Bone with mushrooms and onion rings.  It was a tender and juicy piece of meat. My partner always gets the Prime Rib and is never disappointed. We always enjoy a bottle of good red wine with our steak dinners.


After dinner we go over to the bar side of the Snake and enjoy cocktails and live music.  They always have good live bands and good bartenders. I usually order the Hpnotini cocktail and my partner drinks Old Fashions with Breckenridge Whiskey.  The vibe is fun and easy going. People are dancing and having a good time. We always end up making friends and having lots of laughs.  


At the end of the night we happily walk home to our beautiful Snake River townhome, with full bellies and big smiles, as it is always a good time at the Snake River Saloon and staying in Keystone Resort!

Get the Inside Scoop the Science of Snow Forecasting Tomorrow with Joel Gratz

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Tomorrow night, December 6, 2019, head to Silverthorne’s Angry James Brewery to hear the inside scoop on the science of snow forecasting with Open Snow’s Joel Gratz.  The event is free to attend, with no tickets required and begins at 6pm, running about 45 minutes.  Attendees will have time to ask questions and get a quick forecast of what’s ahead for winter and learn about the very interesting science behind snow forecasting.  And speaking of snow forecasting, Joel is forecasting 2 – 6 inches of snow today in Keystone, followed by another 4 – 10 inches from Sunday into Monday.


The event is part of a larger celebration of Silverthorne’s First Friday Event, with the Holiday Tree Lighting and other holiday fun festivities scheduled throughout the evening. From 4:30 – 5:30 pm, enjoy family fun, crafts, carolers, hot cocoa and treats at the Silverthorne Pavilion.  At 5:30 pm, watch as the holiday tree lights up at the Performing Arts Center, with the first 300 guests receiving a free ornament.  Following the tree lighting, head to Angry James to hear Joel Gratz or stay and enjoy the live music from the Rocky Mountain Brass Band & get photos with Santa from 5:30 – 7:30 pm.  Capping off the evening is the Bad Santa Party at Angry James Brewery with a Bad Santa costume contest and an ugly sweater contest, where you can win tickets to Yonder Mountain String Band at the Riverwalk Center on 12/29/19.


Don’t want to leave Keystone?  Head to Warren Station instead anytime from 4 – 7 pm tomorrow for the ornament painting party with Ready, Paint, Fire! Cost is $7 and you can paint as many ornaments as you’d like!


The holiday fun doesn’t stop there, on Saturday you can head back to the Silverthorne Pavilion for the Holiday Bazaar, from 9 am – 3 pm.  Kids can enjoy hot cocoa and snacks and visit with Santa, while you all shop for holiday gifts from local artisans and craft makers.  Now that it’s December, it’s time to get in the holiday spirit, starting with these fun events!

Keller Williams and His Compadres Are Playing at Keystone’s Warren Station! 

Keller Williams and his Compadres are playing at Keystone’s Warren Station!  They will be here for a two night run on Friday, December 13th and Saturday, December 14th.  Time to get your jam on, Keller Williams and His Compadres are arguably some of the best musicians you will experience all year.  Your best bet is to go both nights as each show has a completely different sound. Friday night it will be K-Dub on lead, Keith Mosely from String Cheese Incident and Jeff Sipe on drums!  “We play loud hard rocking music that is fused with elements of jazz, blues, reggae, and disco.” Saturday night will be a whole different vibe. Rhythm and blues paired with a funky sound.  Get ready to shake it, ‘More Than a Little featuring Mike Dillon’ is in the house on Saturday. In Keller’s 8th return to Keystone, this show sells out every year.


Keller Williams at Keystone's Warren Station
Keller Williams at Keystone’s Warren Station

Tickets for individual nights are $30 in advance and $35 at the door (if still available).  Two day tickets are $55 in advance and $60 at the door. Amazing prices for this world class lineup of musicians. SummitCove Lodging has several one and two bedroom units within Silver Mill, Buffalo, and Dakota Lodges. They are each just steps from the venue Warren Station.  Shows start at 8:00pm and go to 11:00pm on both nights. That leaves you plenty of time to enjoy one of the many great restaurants in River Run Village or get in a little night skiing before the show. Get your tickets, book your room, and get ready to dance!


Summit County Breweries & More Offer Local Artisan Holiday Shopping Events

If you are headed up to the mountains this holiday season, plan on stopping by one or all of these local markets, featuring artwork, crafts and goods from local artisans.  Shop local this season for all of your holiday gifts (and gifts for yourself!) and your friends and family will be pleased! Book a stay this weekend or next weekend in Keystone and get your holiday shopping completed!

Highside Brewing: 720 Main St, Frisco, CO 80443
Highside Holiday Market
Thursday, December 5, 2019 at 6 PM – 9 PM
Come get your holiday shop on with lots of local artists! Jewelry, paintings, apparel, and so much more! The market will be upstairs from 6 -9 and free to attend.


Silverthorne Pavilion: 400 Blue River Pkwy, Silverthorne, CO 80498
Holiday Bazaar
Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 9 AM – 3 PM
Over 30 local artists and vendors will be selling a variety of items perfect for gift giving. Enjoy shopping, entertainment, visits with Santa and more! Free admission.

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Silverthorne Holiday Bazaar, happening this Saturday in Summit County. Photo from Summit Daily.


Breckenridge Distillery: 1925 Airport Rd, Breckenridge, Colorado 80424
Crafts & Cocktails
Sunday, December 8, 2019 from 11 AM – 7PM
Back by popular demand, the Crafts & Cocktail Holiday Market to the will be featuring 11 local artisans. Shop for fun and unique handmade, holiday gifts like jewelry, ceramics, macrame and more. Enjoy a hand-crafted cocktail while you get your holiday shopping completed in the Grand Barrel Room.


Outer Range Brewing Company: 182 Lusher Ct, Frisco, CO 80443
Artist Holiday Pop-Up
Sunday, December 15, 2019 at 12 PM – 5 PM
Greeting cards, prints & more from Mountain vs Plains in the yurt on Sunday, Dec 15th.  Craftsman Vail will be on-site with their gourmet sammies and snacks.


Highside Brewing: 720 Main St, Frisco, CO 80443
Third Thursday Pop-Up

Thursday, December 19, 2019 at 6 PM – 9 PM
Every third thursday of the month, come on out and shop with a beer on hand supporting local artists! Jewelry, paintings, apparel, and so much more! The market will be upstairs from 6 -9.



5 Properties That Are Perfect for A Family Holiday at Keystone

Looking for the perfect vacation rental home for your upcoming holiday vacation at Keystone Resort?  Here are 5 properties that we recommend for a family holiday stay.

Springs 8819 at River Run Village
Springs 8819 Can Host All of the Kids & More

Springs 8819: 3 Bedroom
If you want to be close to the gondola, have access to one of the best pools in Keystone and be able to walk to dinner every evening, The Springs is one of the best options in River Run for you and your family.  Springs 8819 is a 3 bedroom, 3 bath condo that sleeps up to 10 people.  This is a corner property meaning you have extra windows and an oversized balcony.  This vacation condo has amazing ski slope views, leather sofas, stainless appliances and its own washer and dryer. There is a large dining table to host a perfect holiday meal with your loved ones.


Living Room at Conference Village Tennis Townhomes Keystone
Spacious Living for the Holidays at Tennis Townhomes 1335

Tennis Townhomes 1335: 2 Bedroom
This property also has mountain views, but is located off the beaten path in North Keystone. You are still just a quick shuttle away from the slopes, but could walk down to Lakeside Village for happy hour at the Bighorn Bistro, a family skating night at Keystone Lake or to view the incredible Chocolate Village at the Keystone Lodge & Spa. With 2 bedrooms, 2.5 baths and sleeping up to 6, it is the perfect getaway for a holiday in the mountains.


Settler's Creek Townhomes East Keystone
Settler’s Creek Offers the Perfect Amount of Coziness for Your Holiday Trip

Settler’s Creek 6500: 2 Bedroom
Head about a mile East of River Run Village and you’ll find Settler’s Creek Townhomes.  These multi-level townhomes are beautiful and set with a scenic mountain and forested backdrop.  Settler’s Creek 6500 is a two bedroom that features a huge and comfy sectional sofa for you and your family to curl up on next to the fire on a winter evening. Additional features like double vanity sinks in the bathroom and a barbecue grill make it perfect for hosting.  Head to the clubhouse to play a game of pool next to the stone fireplace or to warm up in the hot tub.


Keystone Gulch Condo 1234 in West Keystone
Keystone Gulch Condo 1234 is a Cozy Mountain Cabin with All of the Luxuries

Keystone Gulch Condo 1234: 2 Bedroom
A mountain cabin wouldn’t be complete without a wood stove, exposed wood beams and forest views from the couch! Keystone Gulch Condo is West Keystone offers guests that warm and cozy mountain cabin feel, while still offering the luxuries of a modern vacation home.  It seems like every window looks out on the beautiful forest setting! Your holiday vacation will be unforgettable at this 2-bedroom mountain home.


Alders 4 bedroom Keystone Ski Resort Colorado
Big Windows w/Mountain Views at Alders 714

Alders 714: 4 Bedroom
With 4 Bedrooms and 4.5 Baths, this new constructed Alders is the perfect place to celebrate the Holidays with your whole family.  You’ll love the large pictures windows, huge leather sectional sofa, gourmet kitchen and cozy fireplace.   The best part of this property has got to be the private hot tub, though! If your kids want to jump in a pool, you also have access to the shared pool at Dakota Lodge in River Run Village.


Winter Activities That Make the Holidays Special at Keystone Resort

Keystone Resort is nothing short of MAGICAL during the holiday season.  The falling snowflakes, holiday lights and of course all of the wonderful holiday activities and events, all add up to make an unforgettable holiday experience with your loved ones.  Here are some of our favorite holiday activities and events to enjoy during your holiday vacation at Keystone.


Sleigh Rides Under the Stars
Keep warm with a thermos of hot cocoa while you enjoy an evening under the stars under a warm, furry blanket.  Two Below Zero Dinner Sleigh Rides will provide a perfect experience that you and your family will reminisce about for years to come!


Ice Skating Outdoors Around a Larger Than Life Holiday Tree
Keystone is home to 2 outdoor skating rinks, in River Run and Lakeside Village. Head to Keystone Lake at Lakeside Village and enjoy the largest Zamboni maintained outdoor skating rink in the country, while you dance around the huge holiday tree in the center of the rink.


Exploring The World’s Largest Snow Fort
Keystone Kidtopia creates the world’s largest snow fort every year at the top of Dercum Mountain. Kids and adults can explore, play hide and seek and have snowball fights and more inside this fun snow fort!


Watching Fireworks Light Up the Mountain
Every Saturday night, at 7 pm, look to the mountain to see a wonderful display of fireworks lighting up the skies over River Run.


Seeing 7,000 Pounds of Chocolate Transformed into a Magical Village
The Chocolate Village at the Keystone Lodge & Spa is an annual tradition that gets better every year! Over 7,000 pounds of various types of chocolate are used to create this mini village that includes unbelievable features like a chocolate waterfall, working chocolate gondola and a rotating 6 foot chocolate Christmas tree!  This is a must see for any visit to Keystone during the holidays!

River Run Santa with Reindeer

Visiting Santa and His Reindeer
Santa loves Keystone and visits multiple times over the holidays with his reindeer.  Kids can even enjoy a pancake breakfast with him!


Upcoming Holiday Events in Keystone

Thanksgiving is just a few days away and that means holiday events are right behind! Gather up the family and enjoy the festivities in Keystone. Keystone is the perfect family ski resort to experience the magic of the holidays.


The magic starts off the Saturday after Thanksgiving, November 30th, with the Winter Family Carnival at Warren Station. From 3 – 6pm, kids can entertain themselves with crafts, face painting, and entertainment while munching on free kettle corn and warm hot cocoa. For the adults, there will be a variety of libations to enjoy while listening to the music of Tara Rose and the Real Deal. The Lighting of River Run happens from 4 – 5:30pm in the center of River Run Village starting with the Kidtopia Parade, visits with Santa, and ending with the Holiday Tree Lighting at 5:15pm.  You can catch a bite to eat after the lighting and then after dessert be ready to catch the Keystone Fireworks at 7pm! A full afternoon and evening of laughter and cheer.

Holiday Ice Skating at Keystone Lake

Enjoy the other magical activities Keystone offers during this time. The World’s Largest Snow Fort up on Dercum Mountain gets lit up on December 21st and children can enjoy crafts, hot cocoa, and pictures with Santa. The Chocolate Village in the Keystone Lodge is always a must see and is different every year. You’ll be amazed at all the details of this Alpine Village, all carved out of chocolate. Keystone Lake is right outside of Keystone Lodge where you can snap photos on the ice sculpture of Santa’s Sleigh and the Reindeer. Stay warm and sip hot toddies at the Adventure Center and watch the ice skaters wheezing their way past you on the 5-acre lake with the Christmas tree in the middle. 


There are many other holiday treats around Keystone to experience so start making this a holiday tradition. Your children will love the family time during this special season.


Daily Snow Expected Thanksgiving Week at Keystone Resort

The record-setting October snow left Keystone Ski Resort with a great base and recent storms have filled in some additional natural snow! 8 inches of snow has fallen in the past two days and it has continued to snow all morning in Keystone. This Thanksgiving holiday should offer guests a great experience with plenty of terrain open to explore and fresh snow to enjoy.  There is daily snow in the forecast from Monday, November, 25th – all the way through Sunday, December 1st, according to Open Snow’s Joel Gratz. 


Upcoming Snow Forecast from Open Snow, as of 11/22/19




Thanksgiving weekend is packed with fun events to get you in the holiday spirit.  Spend Thanksgiving day out on the ski slopes or watching the big game with friends and family.  Cook your own meal in your vacation rental or head out for a turkey day dinner at one of your favorite Keystone restaurants, many of which are offering Thanksgiving specials.  On Saturday, head to River Run Village for an afternoon of holiday fun.  The Welcome Winter Family Carnival offers fun for kids and adults, from 3 – 6 pm. Kids can play games, get their faces painted and watch the show from Sven and his circus performances, with free hot cocoa and kettle corn.  Adults can boogie in the ballroom with a Welcome Winter cocktail and enjoy live music from Bluegrass band, Tara Rose and the Real Deal.  At 4 pm, the Kidtopia Parade begins outside in the village plaza, followed by carolers and visits with Santa from 4:15 – 5:15.  Free hot cocoa and cookies will available while you wait for the holiday tree lighting at 5:15pm. Fireworks over River Run cap off the evening at 7pm.

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Spend Thanksgiving in Keystone with Friends and Family

SummitCove Lodging still has properties available for the Thanksgiving holiday.  Come up for the extended weekend, or even just a night or two to hit the slopes and attend the fun holiday events in Keystone.  Book your stay today!

New Luxury Townhomes at the Alders Neighborhood at Keystone Resort

Recently constructed in the past 2 years, the Alders Townhomes in Keystone offer visitors top of the line luxury living in a beautiful setting, just far enough from the resort to offer a quiet setting, but still be convenient for resort activities.  The Alders subdivision is located in East Keystone, less than a mile from the main River Run Village area.  Situated near the paved bike path and Snake River, you’ll have access to recreation areas right out the door.  Hop on the shuttle to be on the slopes in just a few minutes or head out on one of the many hiking and biking trails in the area.  In the winter, enjoy snowshoeing, snowmobiling, skiing and more.  You’re even just a quick walk to the award-winning Ski Tip Lodge, perfect to sit down for a gourmet dinner or even apres happy hour after a day out on the ski slopes at Keystone Ski Resort. In the summer, walk or bike down to the village for one of the many popular summer festivals!

The Alders Townhomes at East-Keystone Resort, Colorado


Cozy living space with great views and large outdoor patio


The Alders Townhomes vary in size, with most properties offering 3 to 4 bedrooms, private balconies and two car garages.  You’ll find custom and luxury finishes inside such as granite counters, hardwood floors, stainless appliances, Alder wood doors and trims and stone fireplaces. Some even offer a private hot tub and barbecue grill! Multiple levels offer privacy for your group and spacious, open floor plans are perfect for entertaining.  Big picture windows bring in the incredible mountain & river views that surround these properties.  Alders guests also have access to the Dakota Lodge Pool Area in River Run Village, perfect for those families with kids!

Alders-747-Master-Bedroom Rental
Gorgeous modern master bedroom with sky high ceilings and private balcony
Alders 24 with picture window and mountain views
Alders 24 with big picture windows and mountain views


SummitCove Lodging is now renting multiple vacation properties at The Alders.  Scroll through the photos and pick your favorite for your upcoming winter ski vacation at Keystone. Book your reservation now at The Alders with SummitCove!


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Enjoy a private hot tub under the stars on a Colorado night


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A gourmet kitchen awaits your stay the Alders




Where to Find a Home Cooked Thanksgiving Meal in Keystone

Thanksgiving originated as a harvest festival and has been nationally celebrated since 1789.  Thanksgiving entails; giving thanks, feasting, spending time with family and friends, football, and of course skiing!  Conditions are fantastic at both Keystone and A-Basin. More and more terrain is opening everyday. Options for Thanksgiving dinner are plentiful.  You can always cook your own in your condo. Our kitchens are well stocked with utensils, pans, and bowls. That being said, it is always nice to have someone else do the cooking!  The following list represents some of the restaurants in Keystone and Dillon, whether or not they will be open and if they have a special Thanksgiving meal.


Keystone Fine Dining Restaurants

Bighorn Steakhouse:  Is offering a full traditional Thanksgiving buffet.  This buffet is extensive and the chefs are amazing!  Cost for the buffet for adults is $60 and kids ages 6-12 are just $24.


The Alpenglow Stube, The Ski Tip Lodge, The Der Fondue Chessel and The Keystone Ranch, will all be open and serving their regular menus on Thanksgiving Day.  

For reservations at any of the above restaurants call 970-496-4386


Other Keystone Restaurants:

New Moon Cafe: Open on Thanksgiving for Breakfast & Lunch, with 2 very tasty Thanksgiving Brunch Specials, in addition to the entire regular menu. For breakfast enjoy a pumpkin waffle with cranberry topping, maple syrup, whip cream and powdered sugar. For lunch, get your turkey fix with a carved turkey sandwich on toasted ciabatta roll with cranberry aioli and with a side of green bean casserole.


Kickapoo Tavern:  Will be open on Thanksgiving and serving a traditional turkey dinner as a special.  Their full menu is available for any non turkey eaters.  They do not take reservations.


Montezuma Road House:  Will be open on Thanksgiving a serving a traditional turkey dinner as a special.  Their full menu is also available if you would prefer one of their other dishes.  They do not take reservations.


Dos Locos:  Closed on Thanksgiving.  Open the rest of the weekend.


Snake River Saloon:  Closed on Thanksgiving.  Open the rest of the weekend.


Dillon Restaurants:

Dillon Dam Brewery:  Closed on Thanksgiving.  Open the rest of the weekend.


Arapahoe Cafe:  Closed on Thanksgiving.  Open the rest of the weekend.


Pug Ryans: Will be open from 2 – 8pm, you can order a traditional Thanksgiving turkey dinner with all the fixings, including pumpkin or pecan pie! Full menu also available. Cost: $26 for adults, $12 for children 12 and younger. For reservations, call 970-468-2145


Red Mountain Grill:  Will be open and serving a traditional turkey dinner as a special.  Their full menu is available for any non turkey eaters.  They do not take reservations.


This is just a short list of restaurants in the area. Wherever you decide to go for your turkey day meal, we do recommend calling in advance to make sure they are open!  We hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving visiting Keystone!