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! 

Three Bedroom Springs Vacation Condo at Keystone, #8866

If you are looking for convenience, great amenities, ski slope views and an awesome pool area, The Springs is the perfect building for you in Keystone! If are you looking for a three bedroom condo that sleeps up to 9 with all of these great amenities, modern decor and comfortable living, Springs #8866 is the perfect vacation rental!

Pool and Waterslide at the Springs

 

Springs 8866 is a 3-bedroom, 3-bath condo located on the 3rd floor. The first thing you’ll notice when walking in is the modern kitchen with granite counters and stainless steel appliances. The spacious living room features a large sectional sofa that your whole family will be able to hang out on! There is a large dining table to have a nice family meal after a day out on the ski slopes!

 

Out on the balcony, take in views of the River Run ski slopes, as well as the awesome pool down on the main deck.  This pool even has a kids area and waterslide!  There are also 2 hot tubs, one is adults only, as well as industrial grills for a barbecue on a sunny spring day.  You also have a private barbecue grill on your balcony if you’d rather eat at the condo.

Modern Springs Condo

 

Other great features of this unique rental property are the gas fireplace and hardwood floors.  Head to the master suite, which features a king bed, private balcony and on-suite bathroom.  There is a second ‘master’ suite as well, that also has balcony access and a private bathroom.  The third bedroom is perfect for the kids, with a bunk bed set, full on the bottom and single on the top.

 

Master Bedroom with Balcony at Springs River Run

 

While staying here, don’t forget to take advantage of all of the great building amenities!  There is a ‘movie theatre’ room which you can enjoy a movie together on the ‘big screen’ in plush oversized arm chairs.  Or, challenge your family to a round of pool.  A kids playroom with a playhouse and plenty of toys is located in the same area.  Don’t miss your workout schedule either, there is a fitness center as well as steam room to soak in after you sweat!  Curl up with a good book on the comfy couches in the lobby as you listen to the soothing sounds of the running waterfall and stream that flows through this room.  You’ll love it here!

Bedroom with a Balcony at Springs Vacation Rental Keystone

This property is starting to fill up for the remainder of ski season, but still has President’s Day Weekend dates open.  Book this condo today and nail down the ultimate vacation condo for your upcoming Keystone ski vacation!

January Snow Totals Stacking Up at Keystone, Colorado

2019 is off to a great start and January has been bringing lots of snow to Keystone Resort, Colorado!  The latest storms this past week have brought 18 inches of snow and a total of 30 inches in January so far.  But that’s not the end! We still have 10 days left in January and there is daily snow in the forecast for the remainder of the month, according to Open Snow’s Joel Gratz.

 

 

Keystone reported another 5 inches of snow this morning to cap off the MLK Holiday weekend.  Tomorrow evening another storm will be moving into Summit County, bringing up to 15 additional inches by Saturday evening to the ski slopes at Keystone Ski Resort. Snowpack is at 112% of the average for this month and we hope it continues to be an above average ski season! 99% of the mountain is open and all 20 lifts are turning.  Night skiing is open 5 days a week, Wednesdays through Mondays, meaning you can ski one of the longest ski days in all of Colorado, from 8:30 am until 8 pm! 

 

 

Don’t miss out on the snow! SummitCove Lodging has plenty of properties available, but weekends, holidays and Spring Break are booking quickly with very limited availability.  Book your stay at Keystone today to ensure you don’t miss out on the fun!

Why rent a vacation rental condo vs. a hotel for your Keystone Vacation?

Planning a ski vacation can be alot of work, especially if the whole family is coming along. One of the biggest issues most families have is deciding where to stay. Maybe a hotel or a vacation rental? Most families want to stay within budget, so often they just think of a hotel!

 

A vacation rental offers you the luxury of feeling at home while on vacation. When you book a vacation condo, you can have the family in all under one roof, but with each person having their own bedroom, as well as having a full functioning kitchen to cook breakfast, lunch, and dinner and separate living spaces to hang out! You don’t have to settle for a bad hotel breakfast or spend tons of money by eating out for every meal, breakfast, lunch and dinner, you can prepare family meals at the condo.  The savings you will have on your meals alone is a great reason to choose a vacation rental over a hotel.

 

While most vacation rentals offer more than 500 square feet, you’ll have enough room to stretch, relax and let the kids run around without them bumping into each other. Your family will feel much more like a local and enjoy the beauty of Colorado from your balcony, instead of a packed parking lot and cramped living quarters. You can enjoy family game night at the kitchen table or curl up in front of a fireplace as you all settle in for a movie night.  The extra space will allow you to enjoy each other’s company, instead of feeling like you can’t get away from each other!

Vacation Rental Condo at Keystone Ski Resort

Staying at a hotel, you might have to rent a few extra rooms to fit the whole family comfortably, and with that, staying under budget might be hard to accomplish. A hotel might be ideal if you are planning to stay for one night, since many people like renting a hotel just so they can sleep and continue their journey the next day. When you stay in a hotel, you have no choice but to go with their schedule for meals, housekeeping, fitness facilities, etc. A hotel is great for a quick trip, but if you want to feel at home, I would recommend you stay in a vacation rental! In most cases you’ll have more space, more privacy and more money in your pocket when you choose a vacation rental rather than a hotel. Especially when you are going on a ski vacation, many of these properties cater to you with ski lockers, heated parking garages and gas fireplaces to warm you up after a day out on the ski slopes.

Vacation Rental Living Room at Alders

The choices of vacation rentals at Keystone are endless.  We have walk-to-the-slopes condos in the heart of River Run Village, where you can walk to everything from skiing to ice skating to dinner or shopping.  If you prefer a quieter experience that is more out in the woods, we suggest a larger townhome on the outskirts of the ski resort, such at Settler’s Creek Townhomes in East Keystone. Need help deciding? Call a SummitCove vacation planner and we can help you find that perfect vacation rental condo in Keystone!

Cozy Gateway Lodge Studio Perfect for a Mountain Retreat With Your Special Someone

SummitCove Lodging would like to let you know about a little secret gem of a property,  Gateway Mountain Lodge 5025.  This comfortable studio has been recently updated and is the perfect homebase for your upcoming mountain ski vacation or romantic getaway weekend at Keystone Resort.  This studio condo is affordable and nice, with tons of great amenities and conveniences.

 

This property features everything you’d expect from a standard hotel room, but with even more space, plus a kitchenette, great amenities and free parking, so it’s way better than a hotel! You’re sure to enjoy the room’s modern decor, comfortable bed, plush rugs, new flooring and it even has board games, perfect to stay entertained on a snowy night in! Head back to the condo after a day out on the ski slopes to relax and enjoy each other’s company. Maybe it’s just a movie in bed with pizza from the best pizza in town, Pizza 101!

 

Comfortable Gateway Studio Vacation Condo

 

The Gateway Lodge is situated in the Mountain House Village at Keystone Resort.  It could be considered walking distance to the ski slopes, but it would be a long walk and why walk when the free resort shuttle picks you up directly at the front door of the building?  The SummitCove Lodging check-in office is located here too, making check-in a breeze.  There is a great breakfast and lunch restaurant here called the Haywood Cafe, so you can grab a quick breakfast sandwich and coffee before you hit the slopes. You can even pickup your ski rentals here with the in-house ski shop.  Need groceries, snacks, or a cold 6-pack?  The Gateway Lodge Grocery has it all… at your doorstep!

 

 

 

This property has an on-site indoor heated pool and hot tub, as well as a fitness center and large lobby area.  Each reservation includes a complimentary parking space in the underground parking garage and a ski locker to store your ski and ride gear.  This building has an ice machine and guest laundry room too, in case you need to wash anything during your stay.

 

So, if you are looking for a budget friendly or just plain convenient ski studio for your upcoming Keystone ski or snowboarding trip, this Gateway vacation property is a great option.  Watch a quick video tour of Gateway Lodge 5025 now.  Like what you see?  Book a reservation now at Gateway Lodge 5025 for the 2018 / 2019 ski season with SummitCove Lodging in Keystone.