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.

 

Summit Express Makes it Easy to Get to Keystone from DIA

We have used Summit Express in the past as our shuttle to and from DIA to Keystone. Since we stay with SummitCove Lodging, we get an awesome deal on airport transportation with Summit Express. In the past we have ridden on shared group shuttles, but this year my sister, her kids and our mom were coming with us so we rented a private shuttle.   As always it was easy to make a reservation online and Summit Express sent us a reminder text the day before and the driver called us too. They tracked our flight, so if we were delayed they would hold our private shuttle.  We actually landed on time and after we gathered all our luggage, we went to the shuttle pick up and there was our driver, with our big, luxury van waiting for us.   

 

We were all thirsty and low on water, so we were happy to see the van was stocked with lots of water.  Our private shuttle also included a 30 minute stop of our choice which was how we were getting our groceries. We were also all hungry so our shuttle driver recommended that we not wait until we get to Dillon to stop at the grocery store, but we could stop at a grocery store in Golden, a suburb of Denver, so we could also get snacks or pick up fast food for the ride up to Keystone.  We were in the van for about 30 minutes and right off the highway our shuttle driver stopped at a shopping area with a grocery store, Kings Sooper, a liquor store, Apple Jacks (which we found out later is one of the largest liquor distributors in the State and has excellent pricing), and several fast food restaurants. 

 

We had all the stores we needed but only had 30 minutes so it was time to divide and conquer!  My sister took the 4 kids to a fast food restaurant and took the other adult’s orders. My husband did the liquor store run and my mom and I did the grocery store run.  We took a little longer than 30 minutes but our driver was very nice about it. Once we got back in the shuttle van, my sister gave us our food and I sat back ate my salad and enjoyed the ride! 

 

About an hour and 15 minutes later we were getting our keys from the SummitCove check in desk and our driver took us to our beautiful condo, Ironwood 2986, and helped us with all our luggage and groceries.  He even took all our trash from our food. He was seriously the nicest guy and kept the little kids entertained looking for deer on the side of the road and the older kids thought he was great because the van had wifi! 

 

After we said goodbye to our shuttle driver I was sitting in the condo with my entire family and I realized we landed at the Denver Airport at 1:00 pm and 3 hours later we were sitting in our condo.  We all had full bellies and no one had to leave and go shopping for food! I seriously could not believe we were ready to relax and go sit in our private hot tub!  

 

Thanks Summit Express for taking the stress out of traveling and helping us kick off our vacation stress free!  It’s never been easier to get to and from DIA to our Keystone vacation! 

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!

Alders-Townhomes-at-East-Keystone-Resort-Colorado
The Alders Townhomes at East-Keystone Resort, Colorado

 

Alders-Vacation-Rental-at-Keystone-Ski-Resort
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!

 

private hot tub at alders vacation home in keystone
Enjoy a private hot tub under the stars on a Colorado night

 

gourmet kitchen alders rentals keystone resort co townhome
A gourmet kitchen awaits your stay the Alders

 

 

 

Record Setting Snowiest October in History at Keystone

Not only is Keystone open for the 2019-2020 season, they are open with record breaking snowfall!  Yes, Keystone has received 44 inches of new snow in the month of October so far, 17 inches of that in the last week alone.  This beat the pact 2006 October snowfall record of 43 inches at Keystone.  The base is sitting at 18 inches and getting deeper everyday. Today there are 4 runs open and 6 chair lifts running, but tomorrow Keystone is planning on opening up even more terrain, with the addition of intermediate runs Silvermaster, lower Paymaster and Spring Dipper, which will have terrain park features.  Also opening will be advanced run, The Edge, and River Run, intermediate, which will take you all the way to the bottom of the mountain to River Run Base Area without having to download on the River Run Gondola. It is time to make your first trek of the season to the mountains!

 

Get those skis tuned, dig out your ski clothes, helmet and goggles, it is time to go make some turns. SummitCove Vacation Lodging has some amazing early season deals so you don’t have to fight the traffic down the hill.  

 

Beginning November 8th, the 2-week long Keystone kickoff starts with a double billed Reggae/Dub/Ska show, featuring Dubbest from San Diego and Boulder’s own Policulture on November 8th.  The excitement for the 2019-2020 season pumps up with swag giveaways, raffle tickets, and bar specials at Warren Station. Proceeds will benefit Team Breck Sports Club and Team Summit so your money will be going towards a great cause.  These teams start kids as young as five and have been the starting point for several Olympic skiers. They teach many life skills through ski racing and have a world class coaching staff. What an amazing opportunity for your fun money to go help the local community out.  Ski and Snowboard industry movies will be screening on November 9th.  

 

On November 15, treat yourself to a night of laughs with the first night of the Winter Comedy Series at Warren Station. Headliner John Novosad and opener, Aaron Urist will have your bellies hurting by the end of the night. Novosad is originally from Boulder, CO and has appeared on a variety of network tv shows such as The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and is a favorite at Denver’s Comedy Works. Show starts at 7:30 pm, tickets are $15 in advance or $20 day of show.  Check out more upcoming events at Keystone here.

 

This is one of the best, (if not the best) early seasons we have seen in over 20 years here at Keystone Resort. Book your condo, tune those skis, and join us for the new ski season. Conditions are optimal and the snow already loads of fun!  The 2019-2020 season is going to be amazing and we are just getting started.

Fall Colors Are Expected to be ‘Extra Brilliant’ This Year

Coming off an incredible snow season with lots of moisture and a wet spring, the conditions are prime for an exceptionally brilliant show of colors this fall in the Summit County high country.  Experts have predicted that prime colors near Keystone Resort will peak around September 20 into the first week of October.  Head to the mountains to take in the amazing views of hillsides of golds, oranges and reds.

Fall colors at Keystone Resort CO
Fall colors in the mountains 2018

Although the Resort is closed for the summer season, there are still plenty of things to enjoy on your visit to Keystone. Most restaurants offer special mud-season deals like 2-for-1 dinner entries. Many of the sporting goods and equipment shops also run some great sales on last year’s gear so it is a good time to shop for new skis, winter jackets, ski socks, boots and more and enjoy sales up to 60% off regular prices.

 

Hiking in the fall is nothing short of amazing.  Fall tends tend to be full of bright sunshine and perfect temperatures, not too hot but very pleasant.  You can hike a fourteener, grab a hike with a grand finale such as a waterfall, alpine lake or mountain vista, or just enjoy a tree lined trail speckled with colorful aspens.  If mountain biking is your preferred sport, try one of the many trails around Summit County, such as Aspen Alley in Breckenridge or the Oro Grande trail closer to Keystone.

 

Fall is definately one of our favorite seasons in the mountains, but it goes by in the blink of an eye! Book your lodging today and head up to enjoy a fall escape while you still can!

 

Are You a Cornhole Master? Show Off Your Skills This Sunday!

Are you a cornhole master?  It’s time to break out those skills this weekend in Keystone!  Now is your chance to backup all that talk about your cornhole expertise with a friendly cornhole tournament.  Along with the Bluegrass & Beer Festival this weekend, August 3 & 4, New Belgium is hosting a Cornhole tournament.  The tournament takes place from 12:00pm – 2:00pm at Warren Station on Sunday afternoon. Come show off that college Cornhole acumen. There is a bonus prize for best team uniform so dust off those superhero capes or beer mug costumes of yours!  Of course New Belgium is hosting the tournament, so beer sipping will go along with the tossing. You could be good enough to be this year’s Crowned Cornhole Champion in a single elimination tournament. Games will  be held on the Warren Station Patio starting at noon on Sunday. Teams will compete in pairs and the winning team will walk away with a grand prize. Entry is $30 per team and includes two complimentary beers per team. Be sure to get registered early before it sells out! 

Cornhole Tournament at Warren Station

Bluegrass & Beer Festival ticket and lodging packages for the festival this weekend are still available with SummitCove Lodging until 4pm on Friday, August 2nd. Packages can save you up to 15% on your lodging and tickets.  Book a condo in River Run Village and walk to the festivities all weekend long.  Stop by the SummitCove Booth inside the festival to get a free pretzel necklace and to enter to win a prize package for the 2020 Bluegrass and Beer Festival at Keystone!

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. 

First 9 Days of March Bring 70 Inches of Snow to Keystone! More to Come!

March has started off strong at Keystone, with 70 inches of snow falling in the first 9 days of the month.  That is almost 6 FEET of snow!  Talk about March madness! It doesn’t stop there – the snow is expected to pick back up again this afternoon and by Thursday we will have an additional 6 – 17 inches on the ground. Checkout the video below to see what the skiing conditions looked like last Thursday, March 7, after 17 inches of fresh snow had been reported at Keystone Ski Resort that morning!

 

Ski conditions are at an all time high and are the best we’ve seen in years.  The snowpack is at 133% of the average and spring skiing has never looked better.  Keystone is open for another 3 and a half weeks, with closing day set for April 7, 2019.  Closing weekend at Keystone is always a great weekend to visit, with fun events and historically, fresh snow. The Tim O’Brien Band is hitting Warren Station on Saturday night, April 6, for the last concert of the ski season at the River Run venue. And then on closing day, our favorite event of the season, the Keystone Slush Cup! Event registration is now open, with both a kids and an adults skim, happening from 1 – 3 pm. Kids ages 6 – 12 compete in a smaller pool adjacent to the larger pool and participation is free.  Adult entry is just $35, with the chance for everyone to win some incredible prizes! There are even prizes for the best costumes! So start dreaming up your costume, book your lodging and work up your courage, because that water is cold!  Looking back to last year’s closing weekend 2018, Keystone Resort received 25 inches of snow over the last 3 days of the season and went out with a bang!

 

There is still time to plan a spring break getaway to Keystone, Colorado! Chances look good for experiencing fresh snow while you’re here! Book one of our ski-in ski-out condos at Lone Eagle or a Slopeside studio to have easy access to the fresh powder in the morning and hop right on the lifts. We’ll be waiting for you!

The Best Places to Stay for Your Keystone Spring Break Ski / Ride Trip

There are alot of things to consider when you are picking out the perfect lodging location for your Keystone Spring Break ski or ride trip.  The location, amenities, the types of activities you are planning on, and of course the size your group all play into the mix when you are searching for that perfect condo or vacation home. Here are some tips on the different lodging areas and villages that are available for your Spring Break stay while visiting Keystone Resort. 

 

River Run Village is the heart of Keystone during ski season. All the properties in River Run are walking distance to the gondola plus shops, restaurants, and activities. This is a great location if you are coming on a shuttle, have small children, or just want to be where the action is! Almost all of the River Run vacation rental properties have underground garage parking and elevators, making it easy to unload all of your luggage and gear. Just about all the properties have outdoor hot tubs and either their own heated outdoor pool or access to the Dakota Lodge pool.  Expedition Station, The Springs and Red Hawk all boast their own pools! Kids love to catch snowflakes on their tongues while being toasty warm in the hot tub! From the River Run properties, it’s a quick walk to the childrens or adult ski school, or to enjoy a micro-brew during apres ski at the Kickapoo Tavern or for a hearty pasta dinner at Luigi’s. Besides the ski lifts, this is where you’ll find snow tubing, Kidtopia activities, the Dercum Ice Rink, Warren Station Events Center and the Kidtopia fireworks on Saturday nights. There will never be a dull moment staying in River Run Village!

 

River Run Village at Keystone Resort in the Winter
Looking down into River Run Village from a Buffalo Lodge Condo in Keystone

 

Mountain House is the old base area of Keystone. The properties here are less expensive than River Run Village and most are walking distance to the Mountain House lifts. Mountain House area is less crowded than River Run Village so it’s perfect if you want to get on the lifts quicker. There is a beginner area off the small Discovery lift plus another children and adult ski school here so the location is great for families. There are just cafeteria style restaurants here but Mountain House does have one of the best apres ski bars in Keystone – The Last Lift Bar – where you can catch The Swing Crew live music on the weekends and end the day of skiing with a shot-ski. Chateaux Du Mont and Slopeside are the only two properties directly at the base area. Most of the other Mountain House properties are located across the Snake River along Highway 6, with fantastic views of the slopes, such as Ski Run, Frostfire or Tenderfoot Lodge.  There is also some nightlife and restaurants nearby including the Snake River Saloon, Dos Locos and Pizza 101!

Outdoor Firepit at Slopeside Ski Condos in Keystone
Enjoy the warmth of the outdoor firepit with a ski slope view at Slopeside Ski Condos

 

Lakeside Village is a great place if you would like to have some places to walk to and great views, but want to take advantage of the lower cost of being on the shuttle to the lifts. Most of the condos here have beautiful views of Keystone Lake and the mountains, some of our favorites condo buildings include Lakeside, Lenawee, and Montezuma Condos. Lakeside Village has some shops, restaurants, the Keystone Lodge and Spa, and plenty of winter and summer activities. In the winter, the lake is the largest outside skating rink in North America. Around the holidays, there are ice sculptures, the Chocolate Village, and Santa, Cocoa, and Coloring at the Adventure Center. When staying in Lakeside Village, you’ll need to take the free Keystone shuttle to get to the lifts. There is a pick up near each property and it runs every 20 minutes so there isn’t much wait time! Lakeside Village is also the perfect place to stay if you’re coming for a conference. There is a tunnel that goes under Highway 6 and you can walk to the Keystone Conference Center. Lakeside Village is perfect for those who are coming for more than just skiing and the Adventure Center keeps children busy!

 

 

West Keystone is made up of condos, townhomes, and private homes and set in a beautiful forested area. This area is for those seeking the tranquility of the mountains in a quieter setting. Most of these properties have wood fireplaces and the accommodations are larger than the newer properties of River Run. Most of the properties are on the free shuttle to Mountain House lifts. If you’re staying out in the Ranch of Keystone, you will need to drive to the lifts and activities of Keystone. Most of the groups who stay here love to cook their own meals and play games at night. We also have quite a few large homes here so it’s the perfect place for an extended family to stay. Another area similar to West Keystone is North Keystone, located just north of Highway 6. This area is nicely wooded, quiet with wood burning fireplaces and larger accommodations.  These properties are also on the shuttle to the Mountain House base area. North Keystone is close to the conference center and is perfect for larger groups staying together because of the availability of larger townhomes.

 

The last area of Keystone is East Keystone. East Keystone is made up primarily of newer townhomes in a pretty forested area near the Snake River. This is the perfect location for those who want to want to be away from the crowds and enjoy the beauty of the mountains but still want more of an upscale newer property. The townhomes are great for families or groups with the extra room they provide plus they have private laundry which is nice for a long stay. These properties are on a shuttle to River Run Base area, just about ¾ of a mile away. The only restaurant in East Keystone is the award winning Ski Tip Lodge, perfect for those who would like to make it a special night enjoying a four course meal and exceptional wines. They also offer a wonderful happy hour! East Keystone is the area where there had been a 1880’s stage coach stop so there is some history in the area.

Snowy East Keystone Ski Tip Lodge
Snow piles up on a winter afternoon at Ski Tip Lodge and Ranch

 

We do recommend calling SummitCove Vacation Lodging’s knowledgeable sales agents at 970-368-7023 to help you find the perfect location for you and your family or group. We look forward to seeing you this ski season during Spring Break!

We Love Our Guests!

We love taking care of our guests during (and before!) on their vacations in Keystone! Read what William recently had to say about his stay with SummitCove Lodging at the private home, Mossy Rock Lodge #127 in North Keystone.

 

Mossy Rock Lodge Private Home Rental in Keystone Ski Resort

Mossy Rock Lodge 127

DO WE HAVE TO LEAVE

by William on 01/28/2019

“From searching for accommodations, to coordinating logistics for equipment, all the way to checking out, we couldn’t have dealt with a better company. The property was outstanding, and just walking distance to rental shops, restaurants, and market place. The hot tub was a significant tool (especially for this out of shape reviewer). The only thing better than the breathtaking views and conditions, was the overall atmosphere provided by an amazing community. Smiles greeted you everywhere, and everyone was willing to help. We can’t wait to return!”

 

Thank you William! We love hearing from our guests, especially hearing they had such a wonderful time in Keystone! You can read property-specific guest reviews on each of the property listing pages on our website.  Please check out additional reviews about us, SummitCove Vacation Lodging on Google!