Keller Williams and His Compadres Are Playing at Keystone’s Warren Station! 

Keller Williams and his Compadres are playing at Keystone’s Warren Station!  They will be here for a two night run on Friday, December 13th and Saturday, December 14th.  Time to get your jam on, Keller Williams and His Compadres are arguably some of the best musicians you will experience all year.  Your best bet is to go both nights as each show has a completely different sound. Friday night it will be K-Dub on lead, Keith Mosely from String Cheese Incident and Jeff Sipe on drums!  “We play loud hard rocking music that is fused with elements of jazz, blues, reggae, and disco.” Saturday night will be a whole different vibe. Rhythm and blues paired with a funky sound.  Get ready to shake it, ‘More Than a Little featuring Mike Dillon’ is in the house on Saturday. In Keller’s 8th return to Keystone, this show sells out every year.

 

Keller Williams at Keystone's Warren Station
Keller Williams at Keystone’s Warren Station

Tickets for individual nights are $30 in advance and $35 at the door (if still available).  Two day tickets are $55 in advance and $60 at the door. Amazing prices for this world class lineup of musicians. SummitCove Lodging has several one and two bedroom units within Silver Mill, Buffalo, and Dakota Lodges. They are each just steps from the venue Warren Station.  Shows start at 8:00pm and go to 11:00pm on both nights. That leaves you plenty of time to enjoy one of the many great restaurants in River Run Village or get in a little night skiing before the show. Get your tickets, book your room, and get ready to dance!

 

Summit County Breweries & More Offer Local Artisan Holiday Shopping Events

If you are headed up to the mountains this holiday season, plan on stopping by one or all of these local markets, featuring artwork, crafts and goods from local artisans.  Shop local this season for all of your holiday gifts (and gifts for yourself!) and your friends and family will be pleased! Book a stay this weekend or next weekend in Keystone and get your holiday shopping completed!

Highside Brewing: 720 Main St, Frisco, CO 80443
Highside Holiday Market
Thursday, December 5, 2019 at 6 PM – 9 PM
Come get your holiday shop on with lots of local artists! Jewelry, paintings, apparel, and so much more! The market will be upstairs from 6 -9 and free to attend.

 

Silverthorne Pavilion: 400 Blue River Pkwy, Silverthorne, CO 80498
Holiday Bazaar
Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 9 AM – 3 PM
Over 30 local artists and vendors will be selling a variety of items perfect for gift giving. Enjoy shopping, entertainment, visits with Santa and more! Free admission.

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Silverthorne Holiday Bazaar, happening this Saturday in Summit County. Photo from Summit Daily.

 

Breckenridge Distillery: 1925 Airport Rd, Breckenridge, Colorado 80424
Crafts & Cocktails
Sunday, December 8, 2019 from 11 AM – 7PM
Back by popular demand, the Crafts & Cocktail Holiday Market to the will be featuring 11 local artisans. Shop for fun and unique handmade, holiday gifts like jewelry, ceramics, macrame and more. Enjoy a hand-crafted cocktail while you get your holiday shopping completed in the Grand Barrel Room.

 

Outer Range Brewing Company: 182 Lusher Ct, Frisco, CO 80443
Artist Holiday Pop-Up
Sunday, December 15, 2019 at 12 PM – 5 PM
Greeting cards, prints & more from Mountain vs Plains in the yurt on Sunday, Dec 15th.  Craftsman Vail will be on-site with their gourmet sammies and snacks.

 

Highside Brewing: 720 Main St, Frisco, CO 80443
Third Thursday Pop-Up

Thursday, December 19, 2019 at 6 PM – 9 PM
Every third thursday of the month, come on out and shop with a beer on hand supporting local artists! Jewelry, paintings, apparel, and so much more! The market will be upstairs from 6 -9.

 

 

Winter Activities That Make the Holidays Special at Keystone Resort

Keystone Resort is nothing short of MAGICAL during the holiday season.  The falling snowflakes, holiday lights and of course all of the wonderful holiday activities and events, all add up to make an unforgettable holiday experience with your loved ones.  Here are some of our favorite holiday activities and events to enjoy during your holiday vacation at Keystone.

 

Sleigh Rides Under the Stars
Keep warm with a thermos of hot cocoa while you enjoy an evening under the stars under a warm, furry blanket.  Two Below Zero Dinner Sleigh Rides will provide a perfect experience that you and your family will reminisce about for years to come!

 

Ice Skating Outdoors Around a Larger Than Life Holiday Tree
Keystone is home to 2 outdoor skating rinks, in River Run and Lakeside Village. Head to Keystone Lake at Lakeside Village and enjoy the largest Zamboni maintained outdoor skating rink in the country, while you dance around the huge holiday tree in the center of the rink.

 

Exploring The World’s Largest Snow Fort
Keystone Kidtopia creates the world’s largest snow fort every year at the top of Dercum Mountain. Kids and adults can explore, play hide and seek and have snowball fights and more inside this fun snow fort!

 

Watching Fireworks Light Up the Mountain
Every Saturday night, at 7 pm, look to the mountain to see a wonderful display of fireworks lighting up the skies over River Run.

 

Seeing 7,000 Pounds of Chocolate Transformed into a Magical Village
The Chocolate Village at the Keystone Lodge & Spa is an annual tradition that gets better every year! Over 7,000 pounds of various types of chocolate are used to create this mini village that includes unbelievable features like a chocolate waterfall, working chocolate gondola and a rotating 6 foot chocolate Christmas tree!  This is a must see for any visit to Keystone during the holidays!

River Run Santa with Reindeer

Visiting Santa and His Reindeer
Santa loves Keystone and visits multiple times over the holidays with his reindeer.  Kids can even enjoy a pancake breakfast with him!

 

Daily Snow Expected Thanksgiving Week at Keystone Resort

The record-setting October snow left Keystone Ski Resort with a great base and recent storms have filled in some additional natural snow! 8 inches of snow has fallen in the past two days and it has continued to snow all morning in Keystone. This Thanksgiving holiday should offer guests a great experience with plenty of terrain open to explore and fresh snow to enjoy.  There is daily snow in the forecast from Monday, November, 25th – all the way through Sunday, December 1st, according to Open Snow’s Joel Gratz. 

 

Upcoming Snow Forecast from Open Snow, as of 11/22/19

Mon
11/25
Day:
1-3
25°F
Night:
2-4
5°F
Tue
11/26
Day:

0-1

16°F
Night:
0-1
2°F
Wed
11/27
Day:
0-1
28°F
Night:
0-1
15°F
Thu
11/28
Day:
0-1
32°F
Night:
0-1
17°F
Fri
11/29
Day:
0-1
31°F
Night:
1-2
14°F
Sat
11/30
Day:
0-1
25°F
Night:
0-1
8°F
Sun
12/1
Day:
0-1
19°F
Night:
0-1
4°F

Thanksgiving weekend is packed with fun events to get you in the holiday spirit.  Spend Thanksgiving day out on the ski slopes or watching the big game with friends and family.  Cook your own meal in your vacation rental or head out for a turkey day dinner at one of your favorite Keystone restaurants, many of which are offering Thanksgiving specials.  On Saturday, head to River Run Village for an afternoon of holiday fun.  The Welcome Winter Family Carnival offers fun for kids and adults, from 3 – 6 pm. Kids can play games, get their faces painted and watch the show from Sven and his circus performances, with free hot cocoa and kettle corn.  Adults can boogie in the ballroom with a Welcome Winter cocktail and enjoy live music from Bluegrass band, Tara Rose and the Real Deal.  At 4 pm, the Kidtopia Parade begins outside in the village plaza, followed by carolers and visits with Santa from 4:15 – 5:15.  Free hot cocoa and cookies will available while you wait for the holiday tree lighting at 5:15pm. Fireworks over River Run cap off the evening at 7pm.

thanksgiving in the mountains
Spend Thanksgiving in Keystone with Friends and Family

SummitCove Lodging still has properties available for the Thanksgiving holiday.  Come up for the extended weekend, or even just a night or two to hit the slopes and attend the fun holiday events in Keystone.  Book your stay today!

B.L.A.M. Back at Warren Station on Saturday, November 23

If you love buying local, handmade gifts for those special someones in your life, be sure to checkout B.L.A.M. at Warren Station for your holiday shopping this year. B.L.A.M. stands for ‘Beer, Local Art & Music’ and has been an ongoing event  for the past few years, with both summer and winter editions. Local artists are hand selected to show their work at the event and it’s a great place to do your holiday shopping and support local artisans.  Speak with the artists about their processes and ideas! Spend a day out on the mountain and warm up in the evening with music, drinks & an art show!

 

BLAM at Warren Station
Holiday Shopping from Local Artists and Live Music at BLAM

What makes shopping even more fun? Sipping a cocktail and listening to live music! Drink specials and food vendors will be available at the event all evening.  You can also enjoy live music from local musicians from 6 – 9 pm. Tickets are just $5 and the event runs from 5 – 9 pm, this Saturday, November 23, 2019 in Keystone, CO. Head to Keystone this weekend for some skiing and riding and to get your holiday shopping done. Don’t forget to treat yourself to something too!

 

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.

Keystone Resort is Opening Tomorrow, 10/12/19!

Ahhh, the crisp air with a touch of wind brushing across my face as I step outside on a beautiful clear morning. “Nothing compares to a morning like this in the high-country,” I tell myself as I take a second to gaze upon the gleaming snow-covered caps of the distant mountains and the beautiful bright orange aspen leaves, dusted with snow. It feels as if the first snow of the season was just yesterday… Well, the first snow of the season WAS yesterday and I couldn’t be more excited! Memories of mid-season powder days are beginning to flood my thoughts but this is just the beginning!  The first snowstorm of the year brought 8 inches of fresh snow to Keystone, to add to the mountains of man-made snow that has been piling up over the past few weeks. 

Excited Skiers and Riders wait for the gondola
Excited Skiers and Riders wait for the gondola to start turning last season on opening day, 2018

 

As the seasons shift and the temperatures change, Keystone is gearing up for an EPIC winter! With the first snowfall of the season underway, it’s now time for everyone to start doing their snow dances and hoping for even more plentiful snowfall! Keystone Resort is already ahead of the game with this though, with snow guns ablazin’ and an opening date of TOMORROW, 10/12/19! This will be their earliest opening in 20+ years and they will be one of the first few resorts to open, but not quite the first.  Arapahoe Basin also announced this afternoon that they are opening TODAY! A-Basin’s lifts will start turning this afternoon from 3:30 – 5:30 pm with $15 lift tickets and $5 draft beers! 

 

Opening Day at Keystone is tons of fun! There are raffles, games, prizes and more! The first 500 guests in line will receive a FREE Keystone neck Buff and the first 100 guests in line will receive a FREE pancake breakfast at the Summit House! There will also be all sorts of great deals at on-mountain and in-village restaurants for early season.

Skiing at the top of Keystone opening day
Skiers and Snowboarders enjoying the views at the top of Dercum Mountain on Opening Day 2018

 

Other fun upcoming events at Keystone include the Halloween Costume Contest on Saturday, October 26 and the Keystone Kickoff Music Series on Saturday afternoons November 2, November 9 and November 16 in River Run Village. The same Saturdays also feature the Nature Valley Bags Tournament at LaBonte’s Cabin on the mountain.  Register in person with your team of 4 starting at 10 am on tournament day. The fun kicks off from 11:30 – 1pm each Saturday and winners will be awarded with prizes!

 

We are beyond stoked for the start of ski season! Let’s all get our skis tuned, snowboards waxed, and the stoke-level amped up for an amazing upcoming winter here in Keystone!!! Book your winter lodging today with SummitCove Lodging and start planning your next visit to the mountains! 

2019 Das Bier Burner 5K – Labor Day Weekend at Keystone

If you are hoping for one more summer getaway before the kids go back to school and temperatures start to drop, head to Keystone for the long holiday weekend over Labor Day.

 

The weekend begins with the Friday Afternoon Club, meaning free gondola rides from 1 – 7pm.  Enjoy live music from Frisco Funk Collective while you take in the views and play yard games like corn hole and ladder golf! The kids can play on the slack lines and dance!

Runners at the Das Bier Burner at Oktoberfest in Keystone CO
Runners lining up for the start of the Das Bier Burner 5K fun run!

 

On Saturday, August 31, 2019 the Das Bier Burner 5K kicks off Keystone Oktoberfest with a fun and scenic 5K run that starts and finishes in the heart of Keystone at the entrance to River Run Village. You’ll head down the bike path towards East Keystone, through the Settler’s Creek neighborhood, next the the river and back towards River Run.  Enjoy the mountain views and crisp mountain air and wrap up the race through the village with spectators cheering you to the finish and keep going strong, because a brat and delicious cold beer await after the race!  This event is family friendly and all ages are encouraged! Every runner will receive a commemorative event t-shirt and goody bag, as well as a brat and a beer (for those of legal age) after the race at Keystone Oktoberfest.  Be sure to dress in costume because after the race is the costume contest!

 

Costume contest runners at 5K Keystone Resort
Costumes are encouraged at the Das Bier Burner 5K with a costume contest after the race!

 

Following the costume contest and awards ceremony, runners and spectators can continue the party at Oktoberfest.  Get your fill on german beers and cuisine while you enjoy the mountain sunshine and live music and polka dancing! Watch amazing performances from the Bavarian Schuhplattlers and kids can take part in free polka dancing lessons! For the strong ones, join the Stein Hoisting Contest to see who can hold a full beer stein up the longest! Don’t worry, though, all contestants get to drink their beer when it’s over, so everyone wins!

 

The Bavarian Schuhplattlers performing at Keystone Oktoberfest
The Bavarian Schuhplattlers performing at Keystone Oktoberfest

 

Don’t miss this fun weekend at Keystone and the last summer festival of 2019!  Register for the Das Bier Burner 5K today and you’ll receive 25% off weekend lodging with SummitCove Vacation Lodging. 5K rates increase on August 16, so be sure to register before then!

 

Catch Some Laughs at the Summer Comedy Series at Warren Station

There’s no shortage of laughs this summer with the Summer Comedy Series at Warren Station at Keystone Resort.

This Thursday, July 18, 2019 catch the second installment of comedy with Brandt Tobler and opener Geoff Tice.  Brandt Tobler is a comedian, author and actor originally from Cheyenne, Wyoming.  He has been featured on a number of shows on Comedy Central, Fox and ESPN and has an award winning podcast, ‘The 31’ and best-selling memoir, ‘Free Roll’ that was released in the summer of 2017.

 

The final installment of the Summer Comedy Series will take place on August 22, 2019 featuring headliner David Rodrigues and opener Mike Hammock.  David has been on the comedy scene since 2015, when he won Denver Comedy Works’ ‘New Faces Competition’, followed by numerous other awards  including 1st place in the Stand-up Showdown at Denver Improv and winner of the 2017 Comedy Works’ Funny Final Four. Mike Hammock also won the ‘New Faces Competition’ in 2018 and combines edgy humor with a broad good natured approach.

Tickets for each event are $15 in advance or $20 day of show and the shows are 18 and up events. Doors open at 7pm and the show begins at 7:30, seats are general admission, first come, first serve.  Don’t miss out on your chance for a night of fun at Warren Station at River Run Village in Keystone! 

 

Keystone Wine and Jazz Festival is Almost Here!

Calling all oenophiles and music lovers. It’s time for the Keystone Wine and Jazz Festival!  Filled with wine tastings, educational seminars and live music from such great artists as Pg6ix, Kirby Velarde quartet, Harold Rapp, Jackiem Joyner, Stanley Jordan, and Selena Albright.  All these greats are headlined by crowd favorite Dotsero. The River Run Village Grand Tasting brings it all together. With our epic summer time days here for this fabulous festival, the mountains are calling. The festival kicks off with a reserve wine tasting this Friday, July 12th at 7:00pm and continues through the weekend.

Wine and Jazz Festival Pour

The wine seminars are an engaging and fun way to increase your wine knowledge.  Starting Saturday, July 13th at 12:00pm at Warren Station we have “Let’s talk DIRT-Y” with viticulturist Rudy Marchesi.  He was Oregon’s person of the year and is the owner of Montinore Estate in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. He is a leader in certified organic farming and the biodynamic community.  Don’t miss his story and wine tastings. Included is a 2017 Pinot Fris, NV Borealis, 2018 almost dry Riesling, 2017 Red Cap Pinot Noir, and a 2014 Grahams Block 7 Pinot Noir.

Next up at 2:00PM at Warren Station is Master Sommelier Roland Mico leading the “More than Pinot Noir” seminar.  Alternatives to Pinot Noir being served will include a Nerello Mascalese and a Beaujolais.   

Ending the day nicely we have “Let’s Talk Tequila – Shaken, Stirred, and Straight”.  This takes place at Warren Station at 4:00PM. We all have our favorite Margarita places.  Presented by Tyler Wang, you will learn history, production, and an insider’s guide to Tequila.  You will also learn about pairing ingredients and try a Paloma Cocktail. Included are samplings of El Tesoro Tequilas. Concluding this fascinating seminar will be a cocktail creation demonstration.  Take your newfound seminar knowledge and browse the wine tents in River Run Village while listening to some fantastic jazz and enjoying the wonderful summertime weather in the mountains. 

Make sure you stick around for Sunday’s festivities.  The day opens with the annual favorite seminar, ‘Prosecco and Pancakes’, running from 10:30am – 12:30pm at Warren Station.  Enjoy scrumptious Ruffino Prosecco Cocktails with an interesting mix of pancakes, toppings and classic breakfast sides, a great way to start the day!  

Finish off two days of education, memories, fun, wine, spirits and bubbles with “Name! That! Wine!” at 2:00pm at Warren Station.  The presenter is Ben Braley. You will try blind tastings and learn more about approach and flavor characteristics for many different varietals.  This will all take place in an exciting game show style format. Blind tastings are an excellent way to learn about our own palate and what you are smelling and tasting.  

We hope you can join us for this amazing weekend of Wine and Jazz.  Stay the weekend and book one of our ticket and lodging festival packages, where you can save up to 15% on your weekend. But hurry, package sales end Friday at 4 pm.  If there is a certain seminar you are interested in attending, be sure to also purchase your seminar tickets in advance, as they typically sell out! Book a River Run Condo with a festival view and you can watch the music from the balcony and you won’t have to worry about driving anywhere after wine tasting. We hope to see you this weekend!