When is Opening Day at Keystone?

Now that the snow is falling, the rumor mill is churning.  When is Keystone’s opening day for the 19/ 20 ski season? 

Opening Day at Keystone Snowboarding
A Snowboarder Enjoying Turns on Opening Day at Keystone 2018

 

Well what do we know to be true? Keystone has recently upgraded and added to its snow making equipment inventory and has already been making snow for the past couple of weeks.  Today’s snowstorm is now bringing in some significant additional natural snow to that mix and it is starting to build a nice base on the upper half of the mountain.  We know Keystone opened last year on November 7th and in previous years on November 10, 2017 and November 18, 2016.  But, now that Keystone is competing with Loveland and Arapahoe Basin for first chair of the season in Colorado (and the country!), the race to open is on! 

New Snow Keystone October 10, 2019
New Snow in Keystone on October 10, 2019

 

We also know is you can go to the Keystone lift ticket website and purchase lift tickets beginning October 25th, 2019. There are also some kickoff events scheduled starting as early as October 26th, 2019, the Halloween Costume Contest at Summit House!  So, hopefully that points to a sooner rather than later opening day! 

 

Although nothing has been officially announced, this rumor monger believes we can get our skis tuned up and book a room with SummitCove Vacation Lodging for first chair in the next week or two! We know that early season stays offer the lowest rates of the ski season and it is a great time to visit the high country! See you on the ski slopes! 

Upcoming Not to Miss Spring Concerts in Keystone

We are nearing the end of ski season, but there is no shortage of great concerts and events coming up to finish out the season!

 

Tomorrow, March 23
The Lil Smokies at Warren Station
Don’t be fooled by their ‘acoustic’ title, The Lil Smokies bring an electric energy to the stage that is sure to get you moving with their bluegrass rock beats.  The Lil Smokies have won various awards including 2015 Telluride Bluegrass Band Competition and the 2016 IBMA Momentum Band of the Year award.  Catch them this Saturday night, March 23 at Warren Station in River Run Village at Keystone Ski Resort. Doors open at 7:30 pm. The opener, The Lonesome Days will be playing from 8 – 8:45 and then The Lil Smokies hit the stage from 9:30 – 11:15 pm. Tickets are $25 in advance online. 

 

Thursday, March 28
G. Love and Special Sauce at Warren Station
Back for year 2 at Warren Station, G. Love and Special Sauce will be bringing their 25 years of experience to the stage on March 28. This iconic band has an eclectic style that will please all audiences! Unique for this show is the special ‘Pre-Show Pop Off’ which the ticket includes early entry to a special pre-show performance, group photo on the stage, an autographed poster and a Q & A session with G. Love! Tickets for the general show are $30 in advance or $35 at the door if available. Tickets for the main show plus the ‘Pre-Show Pop Off’ are $99.  General doors at 7 pm, at 8pm the opener Ben Sparaco and The New Effect come on, with G.Love and Special Sauce beginning at 9:15 pm.

 

Friday, March 29
JL Universe at The Snake River Saloon
Head to The Snake River Saloon in Mountain House for a night of fun with JL Universe, a blend of electronics, poetry and universal sounds. Cover charge may apply.

 

Saturday, March 30
Alive on Arrival at The Snake River Saloon
Denver soul funk band with New Orleans rock roots will be bringing down the house at The Snake River Saloon on March 30, a cover charge may apply.

 

Saturday, April 6
Tim O’Brien Band at Warren Station
Sending off ski season with a bang, Tim O’Brien Band will be taking over Warren Station over closing weekend at Keystone.  Grammy winning singer, songwriter and multi instrumentalist, Tim O’Brien brings a lot to the stage, with a focus on old time and bluegrass tunes.  Tickets are just $20 in advance online. Doors open at 8 pm and the show starts at 9 pm on Saturday, April 6. Stay the weekend and ski on Sunday, April 7 which is closing day! Then catch the Keystone Slush Cup Pond Skim from 12 – 3 pm.

 

If you love live music, be sure to make it to one or all of these great shows taking place in Keystone! There are just a few short weeks left to enjoy the 7 feet of new snow and all of your favorite runs at Keystone Ski Resort! Take advantage of our Spring Lodging deals and book your stay today!

Passholder Appreciation Week Starts Next Week at Keystone!

Sunny bluebird snowboard day at KeystonePassholders we celebrate you! Help us enjoy this amazing end of season snow, sun, and fun and special deals that are only available to season passholders, for one week, March 25 – March 31, 2019! Take advantage of the food and beverage discounts, samplings, and a even a bean bags tournament on March 31. 

 

This weeklong appreciation event includes:

Spiked Seltzer Toast at the Outpost  
Bask on the sunshine soaked patio with a complimentary spiked seltzer, just by flashing your Epic Pass! 

Breckenridge Brewery Hat Give Away at Go Big Burger*
Scoot down to Go Big Burger, purchase a Breckenridge Brewery or Bud Light beer, and you’ll be stylin’ with a complimentary Breckenridge Brewery hat, daily from 1 – 4 pm.  *While supply lasts.

Food and Beverage Discounts around Keystone
– Complimentary dessert at Keystone Ranch Restaurant with an entree purchase, but only one per bill.  

– Alpenglow Stube is offering half off of a small plate or dessert for lunch or half off a bottle of wine at dinner.

– You’ll get 15% off all entrees at 9280′ Taphouse in River Run Village.

– On March 29th, don’t miss the Breckenridge Brewery complimentary flight tasting at Bighorn Bistro in the Keystone Lodge at Lakeside Village from 3 – 6 pm. *While supply lasts. 

 

And to round out this fabulous spring week at Keystone there is a Passholder Bean Bags Cornhole Tournament at LaBonte’s Smokehouse BBQ on the mountain on Sunday, March 31. Bring your bag skills to ski beach outside LaBonte’s, registration available in the morning, with the tournament starting at 11:30 am for a modified times, single elimination style tournament.  There will be 16 teams of 2, playing 15 minute games. Prizes for first, second, and third place, plus a complimentary bud light participation beverage for all players.  *Must be 21+ to enter, but all ages can watch!

 

Springtime brings activities for the whole family.  Come check out one of the many Spring concerts, learn something new and spend some time together on the ski slopes!  Keystone is offering science classes, painting classes, concerts, fireside cocoa and coloring to name a few fun things throughout the rest of March and April with their Kidtopia programming.  G. Love and Special Sauce on March 28th is sure to be an amazing show. You don’t want to miss the Saturday night fireworks on April 6th, followed the final concert of the season at Warren Station, Tim O’Brien band! To cap off this epic snow season on closing day, be sure to come out and watch (or enter) the Keystone Slush Cup. You’ll see the SummitCove Vacation Lodging Yeti as he makes his best attempt at skimming across the icy pond on April 7th, Keystone’s closing day!

 

Colorado Sleigh Ride Dinners with Two Below Zero

This experience is a must when vacationing in Keystone!  Two Below Zero is located in Frisco, so that is only about a 20 minute drive from Keystone.  It is a short drive and worth it! We also had a coupon from our lodging company SummitCove, so that helped with the cost.

Dinner sleigh rides in Summit County CO at Two Below Zero

We met in a little cabin at the Frisco Nordic Center and then we loaded on to our sleigh pulled by big beautiful horses.  The sleigh driver was a funny guy and provided some fun entertainment and stories. The sleigh ride was a beautiful trail through the woods and we saw several shooting stars up in the night sky!  I have never seen that many shooting stars in one place in my life! We were dressed warm but they also gave us big blankets to put over our laps, so we were plenty warm! 

 

Once we arrived to the cookhouse it was warm and cozy inside.  We started with some wine and then the entertainment began. Nashville born country western singer David Peel delighted us with John Denver, Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson songs!  He is interactive with the guests and gets the kids on stage with him. He was a hoot and made the night memorable! The food is chuck wagon style; meat, potatoes and veggies, simple but delicious! For dessert they have yummy pie and even peppermint schnapps in hot cocoa (or without the schnapps for the kids!). They also offer vegetarian and gluten-free meals upon request.

 

After our bellies were full, our heads had a little buzz of wine and we had big smiles on our faces from the country western singer, we loaded back onto our sleigh and off the horses went pulling us through the forest.  Again, we saw shooting stars and there was music in the air because we sang songs with everyone in the sleigh on the way back. It was an amazing family experience and we made some new friends on this adventure too.  We will definitely be doing this again! Thanks Two Below!

 

 

Mardi Gras Celebrations at Keystone Resort

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

 

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

 

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

Taste Every Gumbo in Keystone for Mardi Gras

Schedule of Events:

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

 

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

Winter Bluegrass Weekend at Keystone, February 1 and 2

Great snow paired with awesome Bluegrass music? Find it next weekend in Keystone at the 9th Annual Winter Bluegrass Weekend! Big name bluegrass bands will be headed to Warren Station on February 1 and 2, 2019 for a weekend of live music and fun! Attend one or both nights to catch some of the best Bluegrass Bands in Colorado!

Friday night, Buffalo Commons out of Steamboat Springs kicks things off at 7pm. Timber! hits the stage at 8:15 and headliner The Railsplitters kicks up at 9:30 pm.  The Railsplitters have roots in traditional Bluegrass but mix with all sorts of musical influences for a one of a kind sound. They’ve taken home multiple awards including 1st place at ‘ROCKYGRASS’ in 2013. Their most recent album was released in late 2017, titled, ‘Jump In’.

 

Saturday, catch the Pine Beatles, a community band who come right from Summit County at 7pm, followed by Whitewater Ramble at 8:15 pm, who will surely get your feet moving.  Headliner Rapidgrass comes on to finish out the weekend, starting at 9:30 pm.  This band has played all across the world and were the winners of the ‘ROCKYGRASS’ band contest in 2015 and has a new recent album that they will be sharing.

 

Tickets are $15 per night or just $25 to attend both evenings.  Same day tickets will be $20 at the door, if still available. Spend the days skiing or snowboarding at Keystone Resort and the nights getting down to some of the best Bluegrass in Colorado! Check out available River Run Rental lodging to be close to the event!

This Weekend in Keystone – Comedy, Music & Mountain Films

Check out the great events that are happening at Keystone Resort this weekend!

Friday, January 25:
Warren Station Winter Comedy Series Finale
Head to Warren Station tonight for the final night of the Winter Comedy Series! Adam Cayton-Holland will be headlining the night, with Christie Buchele opening the night. Adam has toured nationally, recently named one of 25 “comics to watch” by Esquire Magazine.  He has appeared on shows like ‘Those Who Can’t’, ‘Conan’ , ‘The Late Late Show’, and more.  Opener Christie Buchele is from Denver, CO and performs on the heart-wrenching and hilarious realities of being a woman with a disability.  Don’t miss this fun night out at Keystone! Buy tickets today for $17.  Doors open at 7pm and the show starts at 7:30 tonight, Friday, January 25.

 

Live Music
After the comedy show, head over to the Snake River Saloon in Mountain House to catch some live music! The Tyler Glaskow Band will be playing! Expect a small cover charge to enter.

 

Saturday, January 26:
Mountainfilm on Tour: Inspiring Mountain Adventure Short Documentaries
Ready to be inspired? The Mountainfilm on Tour is visiting Keystone this weekend, showing inspiring films that were handpicked from the Mountainfilm festival in Telluride, Colorado. These adventure-packed short documentary style films use the power of their art to inspire audiences to create a better world. A presenter will guide the audience through the programming to provide additional insight.  There will be two showings at Warren Station, at 3 pm and 7pm, with doors opening 30 minutes prior to showtimes.  Cost is $10 for adults and $7 for kids 12 and under. 

 

Kidtopia Fireworks
Don’t miss the weekly River Run fireworks show at Keystone!  Look up to the sky over River Run on the mountain and watch the Kidtopia fireworks, beginning at 7pm.

 

Live Music
After the comedy show, head over to the Snake River Saloon in Mountain House to catch some live music! JL Universe will be playing! Expect a small cover charge to enter.

A Day at A Bay with Local Skier, D-Roc

Today was so fun! I went up to Arapahoe Basin with a good group of friends for some quick laps before heading to work. I had a couple friends in town that had never skied A-basin before, so we wanted to show them around the mountain. The weather wasn’t the greatest but we made due. We started out on Black Mountain Express, or what the locals call BMX. It only gets you about halfway up the mountain, but it still accesses some pretty fun runs. I like it most because it accesses beginner to intermediate terrain, but you’re still able to keep good speed while hitting jumps, bumps and side hits.

 

After warming up a few short runs, we sent it down to Palli, or less commonly known as Pallavicini. This chair accesses some of the most gnarly, steep, and advanced terrain in Summit County. To many locals it’s regarded as the most fun terrain to ski in the county, but that’s all dependent on your ski skill level. With not much recent snow in the past few days and being with some first timers to the mountain, we decided to take West Wall, which is one of the mellower runs down. It’s one of the few groomed runs accessed by the Palli lift and it does have a great pitch to it though making it great for ripping deep turns. We followed West Wall down to Dercum’s Gulch where it flattens out a little bit leading you to Lenawee Lift. Lenawee is my preferred lift at A-basin, it accesses a wide variety of runs that are above tree line. It can even be skied by most beginner to intermediate level skiers with the amount of blue runs it services.

 

Upon approaching the top of the mountain, I sent it over to Humbug, one of my favorite runs on the mountain. It has a sweet gully feel to it, almost making it a natural halfpipe. From there I went down to Lenawee Parks, skiing right under the lift. I call those runs under the lift the ‘Hollywood Lines’ because everyone is watching you, it really puts you in the spotlight for your 15 seconds of fame. Lenawee Parks and the neighboring runs are all really fun because of the way the terrain creates natural jumps making for some really good sends. From there we passed the Lenawee Lift and dropped into the TB Glades for some decent tree skiing. I like the trails through here because the trees are spacious enough to really allow you to get into a good flow and rhythm. After the Glades, we hopped onto Wrangler for a nice easy run out to the bottom, were we regrouped for some quick drinks at the 5th Alley Bar, they have one of the best bloody marys in the county. 

 

All in all I’d say it was a great day, despite the weather. I think everyone should experience this mountain, so I try to bring all my friends to A-Basin. It has so many great things to offer, from the amazing views atop Lenawee and Palli Lifts, to the friendly vibe all the employees give off and of course the great skiing! You should definitely check out the legend, Arapahoe Basin, while you’re in town.

Keep on Shredding!

‘D-Roc’

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Live music Keystone Warren station new years ever

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

Arapahoe Basin is now open for the 18/19 Ski Season!

The Black Mountain Express lift started turning at 9am this morning at Keystone Resort’s neighboring mountain, Arapahoe Basin for their 2018 / 2019 ski season opening day.

First chair riders break through we're open sign 2018 / 2019 ski season

Wolf Creek Ski Area in Southern Colorado took the prize this year as the first Colorado Resort to open for the 18/19 ski season.  They opened last weekend on October 13 after receiving 30 inches of snow in an early storm and hope to continue to stay open on weekends to come.

 

Opening Day 2018 / 2019 Ski Season

Arapahoe Basin has received some significant early season snow as well, with the latest storm dumping 9 – 12 inches on the area and a total of around 2 feet of total natural snow that has fallen.  Continued snow making efforts in conjunction with the natural snow make for some nice ski conditions for those attending opening day today at the mountain.  There are all sorts of festivities happening at the  today including free donuts, giveaways and the ‘mug club’ sales that some folks have been waiting in line for for hours! One intermediate run is open, High Noon, with beginner trails coming later.

Lifts are turning at Arapahoe Basin 2018 / 2019

 

Upcoming events at Arapahoe Basin include a Halloween Concert and Costume Party, happening on Saturday, October 27 as well as the first ‘Rise and Shine’ Rando Series on Tuesday, November 13 at 7am. For the Halloween party, enjoy live music From Katie Glassman and Snapshot from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. The costume contest will be held at 2pm in the Mountain Goat Plaza and contestants will be competing to win A-Basin gift cards and more!

 

If you are wanting to do some early season skiing or riding, head up to the mountains and hit Arapahoe Basin. SummitCove Lodging has some incredible rates on early season lodging for your stay.  Don’t miss Keystone’s opening day on Friday, November 9!