6 Reasons Why You Should Book Keystone Lodging Direct Instead of Through AirBnB

AirBnB and other large third party booking sites such as Homeaway or VRBO make searching for a property easy, by heading to one known site, but you may find these bookings to be less reliable than staying with a local property management company.  You may not realize that you could be paying more, you might be sacrificing customer service and that you are risking the possibility of your reservation being cancelled unexpectedly. Here are 6 reasons you should consider booking your next Keystone Vacation directly with SummitCove Lodging instead of on Air B n B.


Book This SummitCove Lodging Property Direct

1. You’ll Pay Less
When you book a vacation rental property through a big third party booking site such as AirBnB.com, you are paying a service charge to the site- basically they are acting as a middleman between you and the property owner, taking their cut of the transaction.  Skip the middleman and book direct with the property manager, such as SummitCove Lodging and you can save up to 10% on your Keystone Lodging by avoiding the third party booking fees.


2. Feel Good About Supporting a Local Business
Although not every property management company is local, SummitCove Lodging in Keystone is. We have been here at Keystone Resort for over 15 years and specialize only in Keystone resort. We hire local employees and are experts in the area. All of the money you spend with us goes right back into the local economy, which can’t be said for booking on Air B n B.


3. Earn Your Returning Guest Discount
One of the perks of booking direct with SummitCove Lodging is our returning guest loyalty discount.  Every time you stay and book directly with us after your first stay, you’ll receive a loyalty discount of up to 15% on every future reservation! (Discount varies based on dates and length of stay.)


4. Take Advantage Of Our Expert Knowledge & Service
When you book a property on AirBnB, you can’t be sure what the experience will be like.  You could end up staying with a company like ours, or you could end up staying with an owner who lives overseas and doesn’t keep up with their property or who is impossible to get ahold of.  They likely work with contract workers and don’t have control of the quality of service and property care.  We have a full team of housekeepers, maintenance and guest services on staff who take care of our guests and properties, 24 hours a day.  If you have any kind of issue during your stay, you have someone here in Keystone just seconds away.  Think about getting locked out of your property at midnight in the cold… call us and we’ll be there in minutes. Call that owner who lives in Florida or England? They might not even answer the phone!


5. Rest Assured That Your Reservation Won’t Be Canceled
Sure things happen – pipes burst, a big snowstorm comes in, Aunt Judy decides she wants to visit…your Airbnb host can cancel on you at anytime for any reason.  This could be a huge problem, especially if you are visiting over a peak time period such as Spring Break or over the holidays when vacancy is non-existent and you might not be able to find another property.  And so much for all that time spent on finding the perfect property!  SummitCove Lodging won’t cancel your reservation and if on the slim chance there was an issue with the property you’ve booked, we would upgrade you into another one of our rental properties that is similar to or nicer than your original property. Don’t take the chance of not having a property to stay at when you arrive in Keystone!


6. Exclusive Guest Discounts on Dining, Transportation & More
We have built key partnerships with other local businesses in Keystone to offer our guests additional discounts and deals on all other aspects of your vacation including your airport transportation, dining, equipment rentals, activities and more.  Each guest receives access to our exclusive Key to Keystone coupon book with hundreds of dollars of additional savings!


Don’t take these risks on your upcoming Keystone Ski Vacation!  When you book with SummitCove Lodging, we promise to provide you with an unforgettable, worry-free vacation experience.


7 Reasons Why We’re Crushing Hard on Lakeside Condos

Write it down: Lakeside Condos in Lakeside Village at Keystone.  These studio condos boast incredible views, full kitchens and are super spacious, considering they are studios. Read on to see why we’re crushing on Lakeside Condos and why you should book a stay at Lakeside for your next visit to Keystone Resort in Colorado!

One. The Views
Seriously, you can’t get any closer to the lake. These Lakeside Condo balconies practically hang over the lake and the views of the mountain ranges and evergreens in the background make these some of the best views at all of the resort. You’ll love sitting out on the balcony with a cup of coffee or a cold one, or enjoying the view from inside the condo with your dinner.

Mountain and Lake view at Lakeside Condos in Keystone Resort


Two. The Location
In the winter, you are just yards away from the 5-acre frozen ice skating rink and the Keystone  Adventure Center. In the summer, enjoy the lake on a stand-up paddle board, kayak or paddle boat.  Enjoy morning walks around the lake in any season! The Snake River is just beyond the Lake as well as the paved Bike Path. You have world-class dining just next door inside the Keystone Lodge & Spa, at the Bighorn Bistro, as well restaurants like the Edgewater Cafe and Pizza on the Plaza downstairs. There is a free Keystone resort shuttle stop just outside the door. You can even walk to the Keystone Conference Center and Tennis Centers!

Ice Skating Rink at Keystone's Lakeside Village


Three. Full Size Kitchens
Unlike some other studio condo options at Keystone Resort, most of the Lakeside condos feature a full size kitchen.  Save money by cooking meals at the condo instead of eating out and keep any leftovers in the fridge! Enjoy a home-cooked meal overlooking the lake!

Kitchen at Lakeside Condo in Keystone Village

Four. Affordable
Since these are still studio condos, you’ll find some really reasonable rates all year long at Lakeside Condos.  Save your money for an experience while you are here, such as a whitewater rafting trip, downhill snow tubing or a fancy dinner on top of the mountain at the Alpenglow Stube!


Five. Fireplaces
It doesn’t really feel like the mountains without a fireplace! In addition to the balconies and full kitchens, you’ll find a fireplace in most Lakeside vacation rental properties.  Curl up by the fire on a summer evening after a day out on the lake or to warm up after a day out on the ski slopes!


Six. Access to the Lodge & Spa Pool Area
Lakeside Condo guests have full access to the heated pool and hot tub at Keystone Lodge & Spa.  Enjoy a quick dip in the pool or a long soak in the hot tub after a full day of activities at Keystone Resort!


Seven. Events
Lakeside Village is not the main village area of Keystone, but there are still tons of great events & activities that take place here.  In the summer, look for kids fishing derbies, A Taste of Keystone over Labor Day weekend, live music on the lake, 4th of July special events and more.  In the winter, enjoy the Chocolate Village next door at the Keystone Lodge & Spa, pond hockey tournaments and figure skating shows, plus fireworks over the lake for New Years. There’s always something fun to do in Lakeside!


SummitCove Lodging offers a number of vacation rentals at Lakeside Condos, so pick your favorite and get your reservation on the books! These popular studios book quickly, especially on event weekends and for Keystone conferences!

Why You Should Stay Somewhere Other Than the Keystone Lodge and Spa in 2020

Sure, the Keystone Lodge and Spa gets a lot of hype.  It is the only spot in Keystone with valet parking and it does feature the Chocolate Village display in the lobby over the holidays!  But, we beg you to reconsider your lodging options for your next Keystone vacation, because there is so much more out there!


Get Closer to the Slopes!
Let’s face it – the Keystone Lodge and Spa is only a mile and a half from the ski slopes, which isn’t really far, but it is when you consider how many lodging options in Keystone are within walking distance to the ski slopes or even slopeside!  Choose a property where you have 2 – 6 minute walk to the slopes instead of a 10 – 15 minute shuttle ride, such as The Springs, Silver Mill, Liftside Condos or Tenderfoot Lodge.  Or choose to upgrade your stay and stay slopeside at Lone Eagle Condos!


Cash in on the Views!
When you stay in Keystone, don’t you dream of waking up to amazing views of the ski slopes? Arapahoe Lodge 8119, Hidden River 5995, Ski Run 501, Slopeside 2800, Springs 8864, and the Keystone Brom House, are just a few of our favorite ski slope view vacation rental properties!

Ski Slope Views from Balcony of Ski Run Condos
Wake up to this view at Ski Run 501!


Stay Somewhere More Modern
The Keystone Lodge and Spa is one of the original buildings of Keystone Resort, built back in the late 60’s.  It was renovated in 2010, but here we are a decade later.  There are some wonderful newly constructed buildings in Keystone including The Alders Townhomes and River Run Townhomes, where you can enjoy the most modern and luxurious finishes and that ‘freshly built’ feeling!

Modern dining area at River Run Townhomes in Keystone CO
Mountain modern design and newly constructed, River Run Townhomes have it all!


Get More Square Footage for the Same Buck
Unless you book a larger suite, most of the rooms at the Keystone Lodge and Spa are a more traditional (tiny) hotel room.  Why cram all of your ski gear, luggage and bodies into a tiny hotel room, when you could book a 1-bedroom condo that features a separate bedroom, living room and full size kitchen for a similar rate? You’ll also save money with the option to prepare your own meals with the kitchen instead of eating out for every meal!


Enjoy a Less Crowded Pool Area
There are over 150 rooms in the Keystone Lodge, and that’s not counting some of the surrounding buildings that also have access to the pool and hot tub facilities at the Lodge and Spa.  That’s potentially a lot of people in one pool!  Book a stay at somewhere like Flying Dutchman, Quicksilver, or Settler’s Creek Townhomes where the guest to pool ratio is much lower!

Heated Outdoor Pool at Flying Dutchman Condos in West Keystone
Large heated outdoor pool at Flying Dutchman, open year-round!

Choose a Heated Parking Garage Instead of Valet/Outdoor Parking
You may find that you enjoy parking in a heated parking garage better than valet parking anyways.  Choose a building with a heated underground parking garage and you can keep your car warm and snow free and take the elevator straight up to your condo.  Luggage racks can help you schlep your gear and you’ll be able to run down to the car anytime if you need to. Plus, complimentary parking for one car is available and you won’t have to tip a valet driver every time you want to use your car! The majority of the condos in River Run Village have heated underground parking garages and are all within walking distance to shops, restaurants and the slopes, meaning you might not even want to use your car at all during your stay!


But I Want A Massage!
Just because you aren’t staying at the Keystone Lodge and Spa, doesn’t mean you won’t have access to booking a session their world class spa facilities.  Or you can skip the traveling and get a massage in your room!  Namaste Bodywork features mobile massage and will actually perform a service in your vacation rental – talk about relaxing!


Keystone Resort is home to a wide variety of lodging and vacation rental options.  SummitCove Lodging has vacation planners available every day from 8 am – 9 pm to help you find that perfect property for your dream vacation, based on what’s most important to you.

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!

The Alders Townhomes at East-Keystone Resort, Colorado


Cozy living space with great views and large outdoor patio


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

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


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


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.