Beat the Summer Heat with a Trip to Keystone This Summer

Temperatures have recently skyrocketed across the US, reaching over 110 degrees in some areas! Denver, CO hit the 101 mark a few days ago on Friday, July 19, which tied the record for hottest temperature on that day in Denver, originally set in 2005.  Beat the summer heat by planning a trip to the mountains before summer is over!

 

The base of Keystone Resort sits at 9,280 feet in altitude, bringing cool and pleasant average daily temperatures that typically range in the 70’s to low 80’s during the day and 50’s overnight.  Even if it does feel warm during the day, you can count on things cooling off at night.

 

Lakeside Village paddle boarding
Stand-Up Paddle Boarding on Keystone Lake

 

Keystone is also home to all sorts of ‘cool’ activities that allow your to get out on the water.  You can spend a day in Lakeside Village at Keystone Lake on a kayak, paddle boat or stand-up paddle board.  Your kids will love to feed the local fish and explore the lake!  Head over to Lake Dillon for a kayaking Island Tour with Adventure Paddle Tours or rent a pontoon boat and go for a spin around the lake. Grab your fishing rod and cast out into the Snake River. Book a whitewater rafting trip with Performance Tours! Or even simpler, book a condo with an outdoor pool and enjoy relaxing poolside with a good book or playing in the water with your kids! We love The Springs Pool Area at River Run Village, it even has a small water slide for your kids!

 

Take a dip at the Springs River Run Pool Area
Cool off at The Springs Pool Area in River Run Village

 

Prefer to cool down with a cold beverage on a sunny patio?  In the heart of River Run Village, check out Happy Hour at New Moon Cafe or Montezuma Roadhouse.  Or, on Fridays, check out the Friday Afternoon Club!  The F.A.C. happens every Friday of the summer, with free gondola rides to the top of Dercum Mountain, where the is live music with a view, food and drink specials and yard games like cornhole and ladder golf! Hike around or just sit back and relax as you enjoy the music and incredible 360 degree views!

 

You’ll find tons of ways to cool off during a summer visit to Keystone Resort, Colorado! Book summer lodging with rates starting at $79 a night!

 

Digging into Mountain Biking Dirt Camp for Kids at Keystone!

My 12 year old daughter is fearless.  She loves any sport that involves going fast and defies gravity.  Her favorite sport is rock climbing and she can do that at a gym any day of the year, but when the weather is nice, she is a mountain bike girl all day long. She mastered the uphill skills near our home in Golden, but was not super confident on the downhill sections.  Last summer, we noticed that Keystone was offering ‘Dirt Camp’ for kids ages 9 – 13 and she begged to get in on the action. She loved every minute of it and learned some great bike skills. All winter she waited for the 2019 dates to be announced and made sure we blocked the dates off until she could register.  

 

The first session of 2019 Keystone ‘Dirt Camp’ started on June 24.  She walked into the bike school building and noticed her favorite bike coaches from last year were back.  They all greeted her by name and after a round of fist bumps, checked over her bike for mechanical issues. We walked over to Keystone Sports to get her outfitted with downhill gear, with her coach in charge of making sure everything fit properly.  

Summer Mountain Bike Dirt Camp for Kids at Keystone CO

Coaches spent the first day helping the kids practice the skills they would need on the mountain.  Track stands, wheelies, slow speed turns, cornering, etc.. Torrey felt like she mastered the techniques by the end of the day.  When she returned to our condo at the Springs building, she was beaming with pride that she had gotten ‘camper of the day!’ She spent the evening in the pool telling her friends that they should go to the next camp session.

 

The next day, the campers hit the mountain to practice their newly acquired skills. Torrey reported that they couldn’t do some of their favorite trails, like “Girl Scout” because of snow at the top.  They were able to do “River Run” and she felt like she was working beyond her comfort zone. By day 3, she said she was really trying to push herself and maybe went too far. She took a hard fall, but was glad that she had a full face helmet and compression jacket.  Her instructor let me know that they looked her over thoroughly and felt she could finish the day. At the end of day 4, Torrey was sore and tired. She had backed off on her speed and felt safer, but she was working hard to master the tough terrain of blue trails. Though she was tired, she was so excited to get to class on day 5.  As I dropped her off, she asked if she could register for the next session, happening in a few weeks on July 15 -19.

 

If you have a child interested in developing their mountain bike skills, I highly recommend Keystone Dirt Camp! The instructors are fantastic.  In fact, they are considering hosting a similar camp for women that I just might look into for myself and a group of friends. After all, I need to keep up with Torrey! Each camp entry includes one on one instruction, Dirt Camp swag, daily bike, equipment & storage during the camp, a daily bike haul ticket and trail access. 

A Day On the Water With Adventure Paddle Tours

Our family loves being out on the water and on our last summer vacation at Keystone, we wanted to get out onto Lake Dillon.  Some family members had an interest in learning stand up paddle boarding and others were more comfortable being in kayaks.  So we called Adventure Paddle Tours and they offer both kayaks and SUPs to use during their guided tours with a shuttle pick up.  They had a number of different trips including an ‘Island Tour’, a ‘Family Tour’ and a ‘Sunset Tour’! Needless to say, we booked our tours and met our guide at Lake Dillon Marina.  

Adventure Paddle Tours

It was a beautiful, sunny day and everyone was excited.  We got our life jackets and our guide gave us a lesson before we ventured off.  The stand-up paddle boards were thick and easier to stand on then we thought, so that was a relief.  The kayaks were in really good shape too. I really liked having a guide with us, especially with our kids.  I was able to enjoy myself more knowing there was an experienced adult with us. Our guide also knew exactly where to go and spotted so much wildlife that we would have missed.  We saw a bald eagle, several trout, foxes and deer.  

 

We were on a 2-hour tour and with the wind on our backs we were able to see a lot of the lake in that time.  Just when everyone was starting to get tired we were at the end of our tour. I loved the shuttle that picked us up on the other side of the lake.  Because we did not have to go back to our starting point we were able to see more of Lake Dillon. We also enjoyed the shuttle ride back to the marina because as the kids said, “it was a fast boat!”  

 

We will definitely do this again!  This was an amazing experience and built confidence in all of us.  Now when we drive by Lake Dillon my kids say, “we know every part of that lake and we want to do it again!”  Thanks Adventure Paddle Tours, we made memories of a lifetime with your company! 

Mardi Gras Celebrations at Keystone Resort

Head to Keystone to celebrate Mardi Gras 2019 with live music and an all you can eat Gumbo Cookoff in the River Run Village Events Plaza!

 

On Tuesday, March 5, celebrate Mardi Gras in Keystone.  Spend the morning out on the ski slopes – wear your beads and craziest bright colored attire!  In the afternoon, head down into River Run Village where there will be a Gumbo Cookoff and live music all afternoon.

 

Tickets for the Gumbo Cookoff include unlimited tasting from 2:30 – 5 pm.  Some of the area’s best restaurants and home chefs will be on hand serving up their take on the best gumbo, in two categories: either Seafood / Exotic or Chicken & Sausage.  Tickets for the Gumbo Cookoff are $12 for adults online in advance or $15 at the gate.  Kids tickets are $5 in advance or $8 at the gate. Once you’ve had a chance to taste them all, you have the opportunity to submit your vote for your favorite and help to choose the People’s Choice winner!  If you just want to go and check out the music or grab a drink – the music is free to attend!

Taste Every Gumbo in Keystone for Mardi Gras

Schedule of Events:

  • 2:30pm – 3:30pm: DJ Spinnin’ Tunes
  • 2:30pm – 5:00pm: Gumbo Tasting
  • 3:00pm – 3:30pm: Gumbo Judging
  • 3:30pm – 5:00pm: FREE Live Music by Chris Daniels and the Kings
  • 5:00pm: Gumbo Winners Announced

 

Don’t have a Mardi Gras lodging reservation yet? You’re in luck! Book a SummitCove Mardi Gras package: stay 2 or more nights with SummitCove Lodging, including the night of March 5 and you can take 10% off your stay and get 2 free adult tasting tickets for the Gumbo Cookoff! We recommend staying in River Run Village to be in the heart of the action… just walk back to your condo when the event is over, unless you are too full to walk! Then we recommend a wagon!

Ring in the New Year at Keystone Resort – New Year’s Eve Celebrations

What’s happening in Keystone on New Year’s Eve?  Ring in 2019 the way you want, with fireworks, live music, amazing cuisine, drinks and the torchlight parade!

 

Kidtopia Winter Movie Matinee
Head to Kidtopia headquarters for a winter movie matinee before the New Year’s Celebrations begin! Movie is PG, family friendly and begins at 4:30 and is free to attend! Free popcorn will be provided!

 

Ski & Ride School’s Torchlight Parade
Enjoy the Ski & Ride School’s unforgettable New Year’s Torchlight Parade in River Run Village at 6 p.m, headed down the face of River Run.

 

New Year’s Eve Fireworks
Lakeside Village fireworks at 9pm.  Spend the evening ice skating under the stars with hot cocoa or a warm beverage and top it off with fireworks display to ring in the new year.  Or, watch the show from the warmth of the Bighorn Bistro with a fancy cocktail or Colorado craft beer in hand with loved ones!

Live music Keystone Warren station new years ever

New Year’s Eve Concert: Trout Steak Revival at Warren STation
Cap off 2018 by dancing the night away with Colorado’s next best bluegrass band – Trout Steak Revival at Keystone’s very own Warren Station in River Run Village! Meadow Mountain will be opening the show, with doors at 8:30 and Meadow Mountain from 9 – 10 pm.  Trout Steak Revival takes the stage from 10:15 – 12:30 am, with a countdown celebration and free party favors! Tickets are just $20 in advance online, so get yours now!

 

New Year’s Eve at Snake River Saloon
Zuma Road will be ringing in the new year at the Snake River Saloon in Mountain House! Cover charge at the door and saloon will be open until 2am!

 

SummitCove Lodging still has a few properties available for rental over the New Years holiday! Book your stay today and ring in the new year in the mountains!

 

 

Keystone Science School Now Offers Winter Break Camps

Whether you live here in Summit County or are visiting for the holidays, you can now send your kids to Keystone Science School over winter break!  The camps are indeed scheduled with Summit County’s School District Calendar, but coincidentally, the dates also align with many of our guests holiday vacations.  There will be both day and overnight camps available for kids ranging in ages from 5 – 17.  The camps focus on science and technology, mixed with adventure through interactive education. The are aimed at helping kids work on developing their scientific and critical thinking skills, plus having fun with their peers.

 

Kids Sledding on Hill in Keystone

Keystone Science School came up with the winter camp idea after surveying and listening to local parents as they spoke of hardships over break in finding child care as well as keeping kids stimulated and engaged over school breaks.  This is a chance for parents to drop them off at camp for a fun time instead of trying to find child care. KSS will offer potential campers with the same model from their summer camp, but instead with winter-based activities, such as snow-science and winter hiking.  They will dig snow pits, learn about snow and snow stability.  Other activities may include cross-country skiing, sledding, campfires, snow forts, arts and crafts, archery and more.

Keystone Science School’s winter camp is happening on December 27–28, 2018 and again from January 2–4, 2019. The cost is $65 per day for day camp and $85 per day for overnight camp. For more details, visit KeystoneScienceSchool.org.

Happy Halloween from the SummitCove Lodging Team!  

We are spoooktacularly busy up in Keystone today.  We woke up to freezing temperatures and a chilly snow-filled Halloween!  We had some help from Mother Nature providing some good cold temperatures and some natural snowfall, but to make sure we have a good solid base, Keystone has the snow guns blowing hard and are working to make sure we are ready for our opening day next week on Friday, November 9!  

  

SummitCove Lodging Staff Dressed Up for Halloween 2018
Happy Halloween from Snowy Keystone! 10/31/2018

 

If you are around in Keystone today please stop by and say hi and enjoy some scary stories and ghooling good times!  We have a secret stash of candy and are offering free snow dance moves to kids that come in the front desk dressed up today!

 

With some ghostly good luck we have snow in the forecast for Keystone for most of the next 7 days and a high temperature of 34 for the next 10 days.  We are certain to have enough ghost dandruff (fresh snow) to enjoy some howling fast first runs of the season on November 9th.

 

Have a safe, fun and scary Halloween from your friendly SummitCove Team!

The Rumors Are True! Kids CAN Ski Free in Colorado This Winter

The rumors are true! Your kids really CAN ski free this winter in Colorado and even at Keystone Ski Resort!

Kids having fun with family at Keystone

Here’s How:

Signup for the ‘Arapahoe Basin Kids Free 2 Ski’ program online or in-person by December 17, 2018.  This awesome program provides kids ages 6 – 12 with 2 free lift tickets at Arapahoe Basin for the upcoming 2018 / 2019 ski season. There are some requirements, so please read all of the rules first. We love it because there are NO BLACKOUT DATES and you can sign up online, from anywhere!

 

The second way to get free lift tickets is with the Epic Schoolkids Colorado Pack, which offers 4 days or skiing or snowboarding at each of 4 mountains including Keystone, Breckenridge, Vail and Beaver Creek.  There are holiday blackout dates and some other requirements, but this is still an incredible deal! 4 days at each of the 4 resorts equals up to 16 possible free days out on the mountains – what!?

 

Both of these amazing programs not only offer kids ski free options, but they include lesson options too! At Arapahoe Basin, kids can take advantage of a 50% off ‘first-timer’ ski or snowboard lesson if they qualify and are new to the sport.  With the Colorado Schoolkids Program, a free one-time lesson is provided from 11/26 – 12/15, 2018 or from 1/17 – 1/31, 2019. Reservations are required for all lessons.

 

The rumors are true! Kids do ski free in Colorado! Take advantage of these great offers this winter and save some money on your upcoming family ski vacation.  Be sure to read the fine print on both programs and signup prior to your visit. Now that you have your child’s lift tickets, how about booking your lodging?  SummitCove has a variety of family and budget friendly lodging options at Keystone Resort.  We have properties that are just a minute walk to Keystone ski school and the River Run gondola or larger townhomes with private hot tubs and more space for families.  Speak to a SummitCove Keystone Vacation Planner today at (970) 368-7023 or book a vacation rental condo in Keystone online. 

Quick and Easy Fall Hike Close to Keystone, with Big Rewards

The Old Dillon Reservoir Trail is located off of Dillon Dam Road, near the Lake Dillon Reservoir. This is a relatively easy hike, capping out at about 1.7 miles round trip and about 200 feet in elevation gain. It is a perfect choice to do with kids, elderly or if you only have an hour.  It would also be a good ‘first’ hike to do to get you acclimated to the area and altitude.  Even though it is quick and considerably ‘easy’, it offers up some of the best views in the area!  This trail can be done in any season and is very rewarding, without too much work. The hike starts out in the trees with shade and then opens up once you reach the lake.

Old DIllon Rez Hike Near Keystone
Fall colors are popping, the beginning of the hike on the Old Dillon Reservoir Trail

 

The hike has incredible 360 degree views of Lake Dillon, Buffalo Mountain, Ptarmigan Peak, the Tenmile Range and the Continental Divide.  You’ll enjoy the fall foliage all the way up to the top, where you will find the Old Dillon Reservoir, which was built in the 1930’s.  You can even see Keystone’s North Peak from here!  Bring a fishing pole (if you have a Colorado fishing license) or just enjoy the stroll along the lake.  This hike shouldn’t take you more than an hour to complete.

Great view of Lake Dillon from Old Dillon Reservoir Trail
The views are superb, even just a few minutes into the hike!

 

If you are traveling from Keystone, head towards Dillon and take a left onto Dillon Dam Road, at the stoplight near the movie theatre and grocery store intersection.  Then travel on the Dam road for about 2.1 miles and you will see the trail head on the right.

Beautiful Old Dillon Reservoir
The views and reflections in the lake are stunning

 

The fall colors in this area are currently just beginning to peak, so we recommend doing this hike within the next two weeks to see the best colors.  The photos featured were taken on Tuesday, September 11, 2018.  Get out there and enjoy this wonderful Summit County hike!

Labor Day Weekend at Keystone Resort

Head to Keystone this weekend for some Labor Day weekend fun and family friendly events!  On Friday, head up the River Run Gondola – FOR FREE at the Friday Afternoon Club!  Head to the top for some pre-5K stretching on a mountain top hike and then sit back and enjoy live music and drink specials.  On Saturday, participate in the Das Bier Burner 5K at noon to earn your free brat and beer at Keystone Oktoberfest, which kicks off after the race from 1 – 6 pm. Keystone’s Oktoberfest is one of the most family friendly in all of Colorado, with dancing, face painting and performances from the Edelweiss Schuhplattlers dancers.  German Fare and of course Oktoberfest beers, live music and polka dancers complete this great event at Keystone.  On Sunday head to Lakeside Village for ‘A Taste of Keystone’ where you can sample delicious cuisine from Keystone’s best restaurants as you take in the views and enjoy live music around the lake.  Rent a stand up paddle board or paddle boat for a fun afternoon in the sun.

Kids enjoying Chicken Dance at Keystone Oktoberfest

 

Enjoy one last weekend in the mountains before Fall arrives!  View available weekend lodging in Keystone on our website.