The Next Steps: What You Need to Do After You Book Your Keystone Lodging

Whew! The hard part is done- you’ve picked that perfect vacation rental condo for your upcoming trip to Keystone Resort.  Now what? Here are some of the things you need to think about before you head out on your Keystone Ski Vacation.


Ski Rentals
There are plenty of ski rental shops located in Keystone and Summit County.  We have worked with alot of companies, but we recommend two companies in particular.  We always suggest making your reservations in advance, because they can sometimes run out of gear during peak times, like Holiday weekends or during Spring Break.


Ski Butlers is a ski & snowboard rental delivery company, meaning they come to you. Reserve your skis in advance and pick your appointment time.  They will bring all of your requested gear, plus a size up and down for you to try on in the convenience and comfort of your vacation rental condo or home. This option is especially great for larger groups, families, or anyone traveling without a vehicle on their Keystone vacation. They also are very accommodating if you ever need to switch out your gear.  You’ll  receive a discount as a SummitCove guest.


Another ski rental option we recommend for our guests is Mountain View Sports. Their rental shop is located just across the highway from the SummitCove check-in office, making it an easy stop before you head to your condo. They offer our guests a great discount and have been in business for years and have great recommendations and local’s advice. They also offer a Kids Ski Free Rental Program, where a kid’s rental (12 years old or younger) is free with an adult rental during non-peak times, see their website for the details.


Depending where you are staying at Keystone, you may not need to have a rental car or vehicle while you are here.  River Run Village is super convenient particularly for anyone without a car, because you are located in the main village with all of the shops, restaurants, gondola and plenty of activities within walking distance.  Many other properties within the resort are accessible via the free Keystone Resort Shuttle, making it easy to get around.  We work with Fresh Tracks Transportation and Summit Express for guest airport shuttles to and from DIA.  We also offer rental car discounts at the Denver Airport through Alamo.  Your vacation planner can help you setup any transportation you might need arranged.  Again, this is something you will want to reserve as far in advance as you can for the best rates and to guarantee availability.


Lift Tickets
We always recommend purchasing lift tickets online, at least 7 days in advance prior to your arrival in order to get the best rates. You’ll save even more if you are skiing multiple days. Whatever you do, try to avoid purchasing your lift tickets at the actual ticket window the day of, as you’ll pay the highest prices.


There are several options for groceries right here in Keystone, including Rockin’ Ranch in River Run, the Keystone gas station and convenience store, as well as Gateway Grocery and Liquors located in the same complex as the SummitCove check-in office. The Gateway Grocery also deliveries groceries, which can be a big time-saver or crucial if you don’t have a car during your visit! If you are planning on buying alot of groceries, we recommend doing your shopping before you get to Keystone. Just off of the Silverthorne exit from I-70, on your way to Keystone is a City Market grocery as well as a Super Target.  It is about a 7 mile drive to Keystone from here, so it’s best to do it before you get here to avoid backtracking.


Activities & Dining
Depending when you are traveling, you may or may not need to make activity and dining reservations. During peak times, it can be difficult to get a tubing reservation or a dining reservation, so that is when you might want to make those in advance.  Otherwise, we suggest making a reservation for the top 2 or 3 activities or restaurants you want to try and then let the rest fall in place. You might want to wait for a sunny day to go ice skating or spend a day inside if the weather is bad, so having some flexibility in your plans is key.  Sleigh rides, snowmobiling, dog-sledding and tubing are some of the kinds of activities that you might want to consider making reservations for.

Winter Snowmobiling with White Mountain Tours



Family Events and Activities During the Holidays at Keystone

Keystone is a wonderful place to visit with your family over the holidays.  In addition to great skiing and snowboarding, there are tons of other fun family-friendly events and activities scheduled for the holiday season.  Here are just a few ideas for some fun things to do with your family during your visit.


Meet Santa
Santa will be around for most of December, with various appearances all over Keystone Resort. See him at the Kidtopia Headquarters, in Lakeside Village, or River Run.  Kids will love getting the chance to tell Santa what they want for Christmas!


Chocolate Village
This is a must-scene during your Keystone holiday visit.  Each December, the lobby at the Keystone Lodge hosts an incredible chocolate village, complete with a working gondola and running waterfalls.  Every year the scene changes and you just won’t believe that the entire village is made out of over 5,000 pounds of chocolate! Don’t miss this – it’s open 24 hours a day too!


Wednesday Winter Movie Matinees
Free movie matinees for the whole family start at 4pm at the Kidtopia Headquarters.  December’s lineup includes Anastasia, Elf, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Frozen!


Ice Skating
Keystone is home to two outdoor ice skating rinks! Checkout the smaller rink at Dercum Square in River Run or head to Lakeside Village for the 5 acre, zamboni-maintained rink, complete with a lighted holiday tree in the middle.  Supports are available if you are new to the sport or a little unsure on your skates!

Ice Skating at Dercum Square


Snow Tubing & the Snow Fort
Atop Keystone’s Dercum Mountain is Adventure Point – Keystone’s downhill tubing zone!  Reservations are recommended. On your way, check out the world’s largest snowfort!


Family Game Nights on Mondays
On Monday nights, head to the Keystone Kidtopia Headquarters for family game night.  Play in group bingo, start up a board game or challenge the fam to a friendly game of foosball during family game night from 6:30 – 8:30 pm.

Kids Rule at Keystone: Daily Kidtopia Events for Ski Season

If you haven’t heard, kids rule at Keystone Resort! Daily Keystone Kidtopia events offer kids endless things to do during their visit.  Kids can have a snowball fight or explore the world’s largest snowfort.  They can enjoy free cookies and hot chocolate, play games, learn about so many things, do arts and crafts, and more! Checkout the main events that happen every week all season long at Keystone. The best part? Most of the events are free and for all ages! The Keystone Kidtopia Headquarters is located in the main level of Expedition Station in River Run Village, near the ice rink.

Note – dates and times are subject to change. Call (970) 496-4386 with questions.

Every Day:

Kidtopia Headquarters
Located in River Run, Kidtopia Headquarters is open daily from 9:30 am – 3 pm. Enjoy toys, games, and more. Great for chilly days or when you want to take a break from the outside activities!

Kidtopia Snowfort
Starting December 16, the world’s largest snowfort will be open for exploration.  Have a snowball fight or pretend you are king of the castle! Fun for all ages!

Cookie Time
At 4pm at Kidtopia Headquarters, get a free tasty treat from Chef Ned!

ISpy Keystone Scavenger Hunt
Enjoy this self-guided tour that explores the resort and starts at Kidtopia Headquarters!


Ripperoo’s Ice Cream Party!
Kids can enjoy ice cream, photo opportunities and t-shirt decorating on the 1st floor of the Mountain House Lodge on Sundays through April 1st from 3:30 – 4:30 pm.

Starquest Exploration
The Keystone Science School heads the exploration of our universe on Sundays at the Kidtopia Headquarters from 5 – 6:30 pm.  Highlights including learning about winter constellations, viewing celestial objects up close, and buildin a starfinder that will be theirs to take home.


Fireside Cocoa & Coloring
Mondays from 3 – 5 pm, stop in at the Bighorn Bistro and decorate your own mug next to the fire and then fill it with hot cocoa and take it home as a souvenir! No registration required and no charge!

Family Game Night
In River Run Village at Kidtopia Headquarters at Expedition Station, families can join in on board games or bingo or friendly foosball from 6:30 – 8 pm.


Stretch, Bend & Wiggle: Kid’s Yoga
At Keystone’s Lakeside Village, visit Studio K from 10:30 – 11:15 am and have some fun with a kid’s yoga class. Kids will learn how to do basic yoga and incorporate yoga as part of a healthy lifestyle.

Meet the Avy Dog
Every Tuesday from 4 – 5 pm, Keystone’s avalanche dogs will be ready to meet and greet guests as they learn about what the dog’s do and how they are an asset to the team.  Meet the dogs at the Kidtopia Headquarters.

Super Snowy Science
Meet at Kidtopia Headquarters from 5:30 – 7 pm and learn about the science of snow.  Keystone Science School instructors lead a class teaching about types of snow crystals, layers of snow, life-cycle of snow and more.  All ages are welcome and you don’t even have to register in advance, just ‘snow’ up!


Critters Discovery
Kids (and their parents) can learn about all the different kinds of animals that call Keystone their home.  Put on by Friends of the Dillon Ranger Disctrict, this is a hands on class for everyone! Meet at River Run Kidtopia Headquarters across from the Dercum Ice Rink at 2 pm, for this hourlong class, every Wednesday through April 8.

Winter Movie Matinee
Curl up with a good movie every Wednesday starting at 4pm at the Kidtopia Headquarters! Movies average about an hour and a half.

Here’s the 2017 / 2018 Winter Film Lineup (subject to change):

December 6 – Anastasia
December 13 – Elf
December 20 – Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
December 27 – Frozen
January 3 – The Book of Life
January 10 – Paddington
January 17 – Snow Day
January 24 – Peter Pan
January 31 – The Peanuts Movie
February 7 – Cool Runnings (Olympics)
February 14 – Ratatouille (Kidtopia Culinary Festival)
February 21 – Leap!
February 28 – Moana
March 7 – Sing! (Kidtopia Music Experience)
March 14 – The Princess and the Frog
March 21 – Storks
March 28 – The Good Dinosaur
April 4 – The Little Mermaid


Old-Fashioned Tubing with Ripperoo
Head over to the Keystone Nordic Center in West Keystone for some tubing.  Walk up and slide down or build a snowman, Thursdays from 2 – 3 pm.

Cupcakes and Canvas
Every Thursday from 5 – 6 pm, kids can explore their creative side as an art teach guides them to create a masterpiece and enjoy a cupcake! This class is $15 per person and reservations are required, call (970) 496-4386.  The class is for kids ages 3 or older and their parents and includes the canvas, all supplies, instruction and a cupcake!


Wacky Tacky Party!
On Fridays, Kidtopia Headquarters turns up the volume with their Wacky Tack Party!  Dance music, party games, prizes and face painting and a fun craft to make and take home.  Join the party from 5 – 7 pm on Friday afternoons.


Crafter-er-noon & Face Painting
Be at the Keystone Kidtopia headquarters starting at 12:30 until 3 pm on Saturdays for face painting and free crafts!

Ripperoo’s Village Parade
Join Ripperoo as he parades through the village with friends and dance performers, hop on his float! Parade starts at 4pm in River Run.

River Run Fireworks
To cap off a wonderful weekend in the mountains, direct your eyes to the mountains for the weekly Saturday night fireworks display! Fireworks start at 7 pm through March 10 and 8 pm for the remainder of the ski season.


Be sure to take advantage of some of these fun, kid-friendly events while you are visiting Keystone this winter.  Most events are free to attend and parents are always welcome!  Keystone is the place for kids!

New Terrain and Night Skiing Coming This Week at Keystone!

We’ve had some much cooler temperatures this week, along with 11 inches of fresh snow!  This means new terrain opening!  Tomorrow, Wednesday November 22, Keystone will be open top to bottom, with advanced skiing and snowboarding access to the bottom of River Run.  On Friday, the resort plans to open the Mountain House Base Area as well, giving beginners access top to bottom and more lift options all around. New terrain that is on schedule to open this week include Jaybird to Lower Schoolmarm, River Run and The Edge.


Night skiing is scheduled to open tomorrow as well, for advanced skiing and night skiing for beginners on Friday! Keystone Resort is one of the few resorts in Colorado to offer night skiing, giving you the most bang for your lift ticket buck! The resort will continue to open at 9 am through mid-December, when then the hours will extend and the mountain will start opening 30 minutes earlier at 8:30 am.


Most of the mountain activities will be open starting Wednesday as well including tubing at Adventure Point, Sleigh Rides and Ice Skating at Dercum Square. Your favorite dining options will be ready to enjoy tomorrow as well at Alpenglow Stube, Der Fondue Chessel, Ski Tip Lodge and Keystone Ranch.  Other dining options in Keystone that are already open include Zuma Roadhouse, Snake River Saloon, New Moon Cafe, Kickapoo Tavern and Dos Locos.


Thanksgiving Weekend at Keystone offers all sorts of family fun events and activities.  Be sure to checkout the Welcome Winter Family Carnival on Saturday featuring live music from Coral Creek at Warren Station with drink specials and tons of free activities for the kids.  Afterwards, head into the heart of River Run to meet Santa, see the Carolers and watch as the grand tree and village lights light up the night!


It’s not too late to take the family to Keystone for Thanksgiving.  SummitCove Vacation Rental Lodging is offering 20% off last minute stays in Keystone over the holiday weekend.  Enjoy the fresh snow and warm holiday atmosphere at Keystone Resort this Thanksgiving.  Or head up on Friday after the big meal and just spend the weekend. Choose from over 300 rental properties at Keystone Resort and enjoy 24 hour guest services. See you on the slopes!



Kids Free 2 Ski Program at Arapahoe Basin

If you have young kids and plan to visit the Keystone area this winter, you are in luck! Arapahoe Basin offers a great program where kids ski free! That’s right, it’s not too good to be true, kids really do ski free in Colorado.  You can signup your kids in advance and receive 2 free lift tickets for them to use anytime this ski season, with absolutely no blackout dates!

The only thing you have to do is sign up online, before December 18th! The Kids Free 2 Ski Program gives kids ages 6 – 12 (2) free A-Basin Lift Tickets to use anytime this season for skiing or snowboarding! After you’ve signed up online, just stop in at the ticket office on the day you’d like your pass and bring a form of ID such as your child’s birth certificate, report card or school id and then they will give you your passes.


This great program also encourages young learners by offering 50% off one morning, half day ‘first-timer’ lesson.  The lessons can be booked starting January 7, 2018 through April 29, 2018, but they must be booked in advance. Please call Guest Services at 888.272.7246 to book your half-off lesson.


For the adults, there are a variety of lift ticket and season pass options.  One of the best deals out there is the A-Basin Elevation multi-day 4 pack pass for just $169. They also offer a mid-week season pass, good for unlimited skiing or riding Monday – Fridays with no blackout dates for the whole ski season, running currently for $249.  Or bump up to a full season pass for $349.


Don’t miss out on these great discounted and free lift ticket options available at Arapahoe Basin this ski season! Book your lodging in nearby Keystone with SummitCove Lodging and take advantage of the free Swan Mountain Flyer shuttle that runs multiple times a day from Keystone to Arapahoe Basin.




Low Inventory Alert: Keystone Condos Are Filling Up Fast for the Christmas, New Year’s and Holiday Breaks

Believe it or not, we are just a few weeks from opening day at Keystone Resort. In the blink of an eye it will be Thanksgiving and then shortly after that, we will be in the heart of the holiday season.  Kids will be on school breaks and parents will likely have some well-deserved time off for the holidays.  Have you considered a family ski vacation this winter at Keystone Resort?


The holiday season at Keystone is nothing short of magical. Snowy evergreen trees, ice skating outside on a frozen lake, exploring the world’s largest snow fort, meeting Santa, seeing the chocolate village… it is surely an experience you and your family will cherish for years to come and the quality time with your family is priceless.  It is also one of the busiest times of year. Our prime properties, particularly those private homes and larger townhomes tend to book out first and the rest are slowly filling up. We have less than 45% vacancy for the time period just after Christmas through New Year’s.  Now is the time to get your lodging reservations on the books!


Scenes from the infamous ‘Chocolate Village’ at the Keystone Lodge


Give us a call today and we can make some lodging recommendations for your family holiday getaway at Keystone.  Don’t worry – there are still some great options available, but they won’t be open for long! Ski Tip #8701 is a great 3 bedroom condo in Keystone that sleeps 8. This unique townhome has a private hot tub, gas fireplace and a great kitchen! Keystone Gulch Cabin #1668 is a rustic 3-bedroom private home that would be perfect for a family holiday basecamp. Huge windows bring the outside in, I can picture a family spending a quiet evening here, sipping hot cocoa and watching the snow fall as they put on their favorite family holiday movie. A stone hearth, wood-burning fireplace is at the center of this great family room. For a smaller family, Silver Mill #8241 is a great option located in the heart of River Run Village. You’ll enjoy the easy access to the shops, restaurants, Dercum Ice rink and the River Run gondola from this one bedroom condo! For those looking for the best of the best, try Timbers 3067, a ski-in two bedroom condo that is located just off the slopes at River Run.  This building has an indoor/outdoor pool, amazing fitness center, a beautiful lobby with a grand piano and other wonderful amenities.  This condo even features a custom Keystone ski-themed mural behind the jetted tub in the bathroom!

A custom Keystone ski resort themed mural in this luxurious Timbers bathroom!


Don’t put it off any longer – book your holiday vacation at Keystone Resort today!


Arapahoe Basin is Now Open for the 2017 / 2018 Ski Season in Colorado

Arapahoe Basin is now officially open for the 2017 / 2018 ski season here in Colorado!  Recent big, early season snowfall and cool fall temperatures helped the resort make opening day a reality.  Typically the resort is one of the first to open in Colorado, with this year being no exception and opening about a week earlier than they did on 2016’s opening day, October 21.  Loveland Ski Area has commented that it shouldn’t be far behind and is already making snow, pushing to get open as soon as possible.  Keystone Resort is also now less than a month away from their scheduled opening day on Friday, November 10.  Epic Passes are currently on sale, with a variety of options that include skiing and both Arapahoe Basin and Keystone Ski Resorts.

Excited skiers and snowboards were waiting in line well before today’s 9am start time, with some even camping out nearby the evening before to try and get the coveted ‘first chair’ of the season! Many visitors dress up in fun costumes or bright neon ski clothing or even Halloween costumes for opening day.  The energy level is high and opening day is nothing short of a fun time.



Get excited for Keystone’s opening day and take advantage of SummitCove Vacation Lodging’s opening weekend lodging sale,  offering 50% off lodging at select properties.  Opening Day is tons of fun with first tracks and lots of freebies like free coffee, doughnut holes and prizes!


Bring Your Family Together in Keystone for Thanksgiving

If you really want to make the most of your holiday weekend, why not take your family to Keystone for a nice ski vacation?  Instead of stressing over a big meal and having to clean the house, spread out in a spacious condo and leave the cooking to someone else!  Spend your time with your family instead!


Spend the weekend skiing together, watching football, playing games and enjoying each other’s company.  Take advantage of Keystone’s great dining options and instead of spending all of your time in the kitchen, enjoy a great family holiday meal that someone else prepares!  Try some of Keystone’s best restaurants such as the Alpenglow Stube, Der Fondue Chessel or the Ski Tip Lodge for a delicious Thanksgiving spread.  For something in River Run, check out Zuma Roadhouse.  You can also find nice family menus at Bighorn Bistro and the Snake River Saloon in Mountain House.


Support your team by sporting your football jersey out on the slopes!  You’ll notice that most people stay in on Thursday, meaning you’ll have the slopes to yourself!  If you do want to cook your family meal, you can rest easy knowing that your rental condo is stocked with plenty of cooking supplies to make that perfect meal. We require each of our vacation rentals to have a standard inventory of cooking items such as pots, pans, knives, cutting boards, utensils and more.


Arrive on Wednesday evening and just relax. On Thursday, enjoy a family day together skiing and of course eating a big meal, and then more skiing and more eating leftovers!  Friday morning, the diehard shoppers can head into town and enjoy Black Friday Deals at the Silverthorne Outlets Mall!  Talk about great deals, the outlets are a shopping lover’s dream come true and every year the deals get better and better! On Saturday, head into River Run Village and attend the Welcome Winter Family Carnival.  This free event happens every year and is the official ‘winter kickoff’ party.  Enjoy tons of activities and games for the kids, along with live music and winter-themed drink specials for the adults. Watch as the holiday tree lights up and the village lights begin their ‘dance’ for the holiday season. Santa and his reindeer will also be around for visits with the kids.


Create a new tradition this year of skiing with your family on Thanksgiving at Keystone Ski Resort in Colorado! The fresh, crisp mountain air and exercise sure beats a stuffy, crowded house any day!  You’ll love waking up early on Thanksgiving morning to hit the slopes.  Book a condo at The Springs Condos to be close to the gondola so you can head back to the condo periodically throughout the day for Thanksgiving goodies, such as a slice of pumpkin pie and to check on the score of the big game! If you aren’t into downhill skiing or snowboarding, grab a pair of snow shoes, cross-country nordic skis or ice skates and head outside!


Take advantage of our new lowered Thanksgiving weekend rates.  Book early for the best property selections, especially if you are traveling with a large or extended family.  We have everything from small ski studio condos, to medium size townhomes up to 5 and 6 bedroom private homes for a large family or even multiple families or a big group of friends!

How to Save Money on Your Family Ski Vacation at Keystone

There are some easy ways you can make your family ski vacation a little more affordable.  Check out these tips for saving money on your next family ski vacation here at Keystone Resort.


Take Advantage of Guest Discounts
When you stay with SummitCove, you’ll receive a copy (electronically in your confirmation and a hard copy at check-in) of our Key to Keystone coupon book, chock full of exclusive discounts on everything from your rental car or airport shuttle, your ski rentals, dining, and activities like snowmobiling and zip lining.  Be aware and take advantage of these deals and you can save a pretty penny! Some of the best offers include 25% off ski rentals and a free margarita!


Pack a Lunch
Eating lunch on the mountain can be very expensive, so why not pack a bagged lunch for your family? Lockers are available inside the mountain lodges, so pack lunches in a backpack and then stash the bag in a locker and head back for it at lunch time. Cold cut sandwiches, string cheese, granola bars, chips and fresh fruit are all great options to bring.  Foldable soft sided water bottles are great to fillup on water and save room in your pack or jacket.


Stay Outside of River Run Village
If you don’t mind taking a shuttle to the ski resort, you can often find lodging options that are much more affordable than properties that are within walking distance to the slopes.  You’ll also enjoy the fact that these properties tend to be quieter and more spacious and many have their own heated swimming pools and hot tubs.

Northstar Townhomes, located in West Keystone, about 1.5 miles from the Ski Slopes


Purchase Lift Tickets in Advance
Whatever you do, don’t wait until the day you ski to buy a lift ticket! We always recommend purchasing a season pass if you are skiing more than 4 days in a ski season, but if you are buying single day lift tickets, they are always at the lowest rates when you buy them online at least 7 or more days in advance of your first day on the mountain.  You’ll also save time by skipping the lift ticket lines!


Do Your Grocery Shopping BEFORE You Get to Keystone
There are some small grocery stores in Keystone, but for the best prices and selection, we highly recommend stopping at a major grocery store before you get into Keystone.  The closest option is the City Market (part of the King Soopers brand) located off of Highway 6 in Silverthorne.  You will pass right by it, on the left if you take the Dillon / Silverthorne Exit 205 off of I-70 to get to Keystone. There is also a super Target in the area, turn right off of exit 205 and head North about a mile.


Cook Meals at the Condo
Eating out for every meal certainly gets expensive, so plan to make some of your meals at your vacation condo.  SummitCove stocks the rental properties with everything you need to prepare a meal, such as pots and pans, knives, cutting boards, utensils and more.  There will also be a starter supply of dish soap, a sponge and dishwasher detergent available for you to cleanup.  Plan easy to prepare meals like spaghetti, tacos, or roasted chicken with vegetables.  You can also get stuff for grab and go breakfasts with muffins, bagels and cream cheese, fresh fruit, granola and yogurt, perfect for a quick bite before heading out to the slopes.


Book Your Condo or Vacation Rental EARLY
SummitCove Lodging offers some great early season deals to kickoff the ski season. Sometimes we even run promotions that have no blackout dates, meaning even those holiday stays can be booked at a discounted rate. You’ll also realize that the best properties get booked first, so the sooner you book, the more likely you are to get the property you want and at the right price. Booking your lodging should be one of your very first steps when planning a ski vacation.


So You’ve Got 3 Days with Your Family at Keystone Resort…

With so many winter activity options available for the whole family in Keystone, it’s a little hard to fit it all into a long 3-day weekend. But if you are lucky enough to get even three days here, you are lucky enough! Here are some ideas on how to maximize three perfect winter days in Keystone on a family ski vacation.


Arrival Evening

You were able to book a discounted rental car since you booked your lodging with SummitCove Rentals, so pick it up at DIA and then hit the road and head West to Keystone Ski Resort! After a little over an hour of driving, get off of I-70 at the Silverthorne/Dillon exit 205 and stop at the City Market grocery store to pickup some essentials for the weekend like eggs, bagels, soda water, granola bars and sandwich supplies. There is a liquor store next door if you want to pickup a 6-pack of Colorado Craft beer. Now the family is complaining of hunger, so head into one of Summit County’s most well-known restaurants, the Dillon Dam Brewery.  After dinner, drive 7 miles further into Keystone and stop by Mountain View Sports to pickup your discounted ski rentals that you reserved in advance.  When you’re all fitted up, head across the street to the SummitCove check-in office to pickup your condo keys. After a quick run down on the condo, directions and everything you need to know your stay, you are officially ready to start your vacation!  Park the condo in the heated parking garage at The Springs Condos and take the elevator up to your two bedroom vacation rental condo! Turn on the fireplace, unpack the groceries and if you have time, head down to the pool area for a quick dip in the hot tub or steam room or for a round of pool in the lobby.  Hit the hay and set your alarm for your first day on the slopes tomorrow!

The Springs Vacation Condos at Keystone Resort

Day 1

Having eaten at the Dillon Dam Brewery the night before, you could nibble on leftovers in your River Run Village condominium refrigerator for breakfast. But since you also, smartly, picked up some groceries at the Dillon City Market, whip up your omelets and bacon (or bagels with cream cheese) to fuel your day on the ski slopes at Keystone Resort.  Pack a granola bar in your pocket for a mid-morning snack on the mountain.


You’ve registered your kids for a full day of ski school, so walk from your condo to the River Run Village Children’s Ski and Snowboard School, near the gondola. Wave good-bye to the kiddos and enjoy your kid-free day on the slopes until about 3 p.m. You can stop for an amazing lunch and much needed break at the Four-Diamond Alpenglow Stube. Be sure to get a photo from the overlook!


While your husband tosses kids’ wet clothes into the condo’s dryer, scoot out to your late afternoon massage at the spa at the Keystone Lodge and Spa. Chances are, the kids are exhausted — especially if you’re in the high-altitude mountains from sea level! So, take it easy tonight with dinner at a Village restaurant or even get a pizza delivered from the best pizza joint in the county, Pizza 101. If you’re feeling energetic, shuttle over to the Snake River Saloon, your tastebuds will thank you for the extra effort. Hunker down with a family movie before bedtime!


Day 2

One adult can trot over to Inxpot for lattes, breakfast burritos and cinnamon rolls to go, while the other adult gets the kids up and at ’em. After feasting comfortably in your condo’s dining area, gear up for a family ski day on the slopes.  For lunch, everyone will find something that appeals at the Outpost Lodge.  Or, plan on packing a lunch with cold cut sandwiches, granola bars, string cheese and apples.  You can leave your backpack in a rented locker and head back there for your lunch break.  Enjoy the slow green runs of Schoolmarm and the Family Ski Trail for lots of fun that everyone can enjoy.


At 2:30 p.m. make your way over to Adventure Point for your tubing reservations. Try not to shriek louder than your children as you sail down the steep slopes! Stop at the Keystone Kidtopia snow fort to admire the awesome ice sculpture. Kids will have fun throwing snowballs at their parents!



After a relaxing soak in your condo’s outdoor hot tub (or brief late afternoon nap), bundle up for a gondola ride to Der Fondue Chessel, where you’ll gorge yourselves on vegetables and bread dipped in the most savory melted cheese, as well as meat, seafood or still more veggies cooked on your table-top Raclette grill. In between courses, get up and do the chicken dance with the oom-pah-pah band. Save room for a variety of chocolate fondue for dessert. Waddle to the gondola for the ride home.


Day 3

For your final day, either strap your skis back on if conditions are phenomenal, or consider one of my favorite family activities in the area: dog sledding with Good Times Adventures in Breckenridge (about 30 minutes away). Even young children can drive the dogsled!


This afternoon, head to the Keystone Adventure Center at the Keystone Lodge to rent skates to take some turns on frozen Keystone Lake. (If you prefer to stick closer to “home,” you can also skate at Dercum Square in River Run Village.

Ice Skating at Dercum Square in River Run Village


To celebrate a successful three full days at Keystone, splurge on a family meal at the Ski Tip Lodge. This former 1800s stagecoach stop is now a cozy bed and breakfast offering a marvelous three-course gourmet dinner menu (with simple kid-pleasing items like burgers and pasta, too). Gathering around the fireplace for an array of delicious desserts is a lovely way to cap off a Keystone getaway!