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.

Get a taste of Whiskey & Winter at Distilled Speaker & Spirits

Head to Keystone next weekend for one of our favorite winter events! Distilled spirits & speaker series presents: Backcountry & Bourbon at Warren Station on Saturday, January 12.  Enjoy a fun and informative evening with small batch bourbon tasting and learning about avalanche safety with the Colorado Avalanche Information Center (CAIC).

 

Aaron Parmet, a CAIC Backcountry Expert will be giving a talk that is themed around Human Factors and decision making in the back country.  Joe Larson from Keystone Ski Patrol has had 10 years of experience with Keystone Ski Patrol, as well as in New Zealand and Minnesota in the past.  Larson is a Colorado Avalanche Deployment certified dog handler and avalanche technician, an avalanche route leader and is Avalanche 2 certified. There will also be a Protect Our Winters Athlete joining in the evening as well, speaking on how climate change is influencing the mountains and steps we can take against it!

 

In addition to improving your snow safety knowledge, you can learn all about whiskey from a Jim Beam whiskey expert! You’ll get to sample a series of small batch bourbon and learn about its history and aging processes.

 

All tickets are $20 and include 4 bourbon samples, presentation and a raffle ticket.  Doors open at 6:30 pm and the event begins officially at 7 pm. All attendees must be 21 years or older. Free schwag giveaways will be taking place too from the industries premier backcountry companies.  Purchase your ticket today!

 

SummitCove Lodging has properties available near Warren Station, including condos at Silver Mill Lodge, Jack Pine Condos and The Springs at River Run.  All returning guests receive a discount on any future stays with SummitCove!

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!

 

 

Keller Williams is Back at Keystone on December 21 & 22

Keller Williams and his compadres are back in Keystone this December for the 7th year in a row!  On December 21 and 22, 2018, Keller will be rocking the house with various friends for two completely unique nights of music.

On Friday night, Keller will get down with ‘The Andys’, aka Andy Thorn from Leftover Salmon, Andy Hall from the Infamous Stringdusters, and Andy Falco, also from the Infamous Stringdusters.

 

Saturday night will strike up a completely different tune, as Keller will be collaborating with friends “Two Jeremys and an Eddie.” Jeremy Salken from Big Gigantic, Jeremy Garrett from the Infamous Stringdusters, and Eddie Roberts from the New Mastersounds.

 

Keller Williams is known for his engaging live performances using ‘looping’ techniques, where he builds upon previous measures, sounding like a band with layers of sounds, but actually created by himself, solo.

 

On both nights, the doors open and 8pm and music is scheduled to begin at 9pm.  Tickets are $30 per night in advance online, or $55 for both nights when you purchase in advance.  This event sells out every year, so be sure to get your tickets soon!  Want to walk to the event?  Stay in River Run Village to be close to the venue.  Jack Pine Lodge, Silver Mill Condos, The Springs and Black Bear are all very close to Warren Station.

B.L.A.M! (Beer, Local Art & Music) for Your Holiday Shopping at Keystone’s Warren Station

If you are looking to do some holiday shopping and enjoy some fun live music and delicious beer, Keystone has the event for you this holiday season! Support local artists while you do your holiday shopping and see live music at Warren Station at B.L.A.M.!

B.L.A.M.
(Beer, Local Art & Music!)
This fun holiday event kicks off at 5pm at Warren Station on Saturday, December 15.  Local artists will be displaying and selling a variety of work including photography, jewelry, painting, woodwork, glass, custom skis and boards and more.  Drink specials from New Belgium Brewery will be available and Summit County’s top funk band, The Frisco Funk Collective will be there bringing the tunes! Local singer / songwriter Glenda Luck will also be there as the opening act.

Doors: 5:00pm

Art Show: 5:00pm-9:00pm

Live Music: 6:00pm-9:00pm

Don’t miss this fun holiday event at Keystone in River Run Village!

Thanksgiving Storm Drops 16 Inches at Keystone Resort

We were all thankful for the holiday storm that brought 16 inches of new snow to Keystone over the past Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend.  Holiday visitors were pleasantly surprised with the fresh snow and new terrain openings over the weekend.  Night skiing also kicked off last week, and is open on weekends through 12/20. From 12/21 – 1/6 night skiing will be open every evening until 8pm for the holiday season.  Night skiing continues through March, open late on Wednesdays through Sundays and then will extend again to be every night of the week during Spring Break dates from 3/6 – 3/24.

Skier Walking in Keystone Village

The snow started on Thursday evening, around 8pm and it really didn’t stop snowing until late evening on Saturday.  There are now 12 out of 20 lifts open and 33% of terrain is open for skiing and riding, with 43 trails including terrain on all 3 peaks at Keystone – Dercum Mountain, North Peak and The Outback. The Lakeside Village Ice Skating Rink also opened over the holiday weekend and that means both ice rinks at Keystone Resort are available for practicing your triple axles!

 

On Saturday, visitors celebrated with the annual tree lighting in River Run and Welcome Winter Family Carnival. The hot chocolate and cookies tasted so much sweeter with snowflakes falling and the kids were able to see Santa and tell him what they wanted for Christmas!

Free cookies at Keystone Resort

 

These are some of the best early season snow conditions we have seen in Summit County in awhile! Come up to Keystone and stay before December 20th and you can save 20% on Keystone Ski Lodging with our Cyber Week Sale.  Hurry though, Cyber Week ends this Wednesday!

You’ve Only Got 7 More Days to Buy a Season Pass!

If you have been on the fence about weather or not to purchase a season pass for the upcoming ski season, your time is running out, FAST!  Keystone Resort and all Epic brand season passes are only on sale through next Sunday, November 18, 2018.

 

You may wonder, is it really worth it to buy a season pass?  The answer is different for everyone, but a general rule of thumb is that if you are skiing or snowboarding 4 days or more this snow season, you might be better off purchasing a season pass rather than lift tickets.  Lift tickets tend to run over $100 a day for adults and prices vary based on when you visit.  If you are buying lift tickets, it is always a better value to purchase them online at least 7 days prior to you visit, instead of waiting to buy at the ticket window.  Purchasing online in advance can save you up to 25% on lift tickets at Keystone Resort or any ‘Epic’ Vail Resort.

 

The most affordable Season Pass option is the Keystone A-Basin pass which offers unlimited skiing and riding at both resorts, but with a few blackout days; 11/23/18 & 11/24/18, 12/26/18 – 12/31/18, 1/19/19, 2/16/19 & 2/17/19.  This pass is currently $389 for adults and $289 for kids.  If you want to add Breckenridge into the mix, look at the Summit Value Pass, which has totally blackout free skiing and riding at Keystone and A-Basin dates, but the holiday restricted dates listed above apply at just Breckenridge Ski Resort.  Otherwise you can ski as much as you want between the 3 resorts, minus the Breckenridge Blackout dates.  This would be a great option to go with if you are visiting during any of the holiday time periods such as Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s, MLK or President’s Day Three-Day Weekends. The Summit Value Pass is currently $579 for adults, $469 for Teens ages 13 – 18 and $339 for kids ages 5-12.  Another benefit included with season passes are the 6 ‘Ski With A Friend’ (SWAF) Tickets that get loaded onto your pass, which are valid for discounted tickets at varying prices throughout the season.  These would be great if you have someone traveling with you that didn’t purchase a season pass but would like access to discounted lift tickets.

 

If you are in the military,  you have an even sweeter offer this year for the 10 year Epic Pass Anniversary, with highly discounted Epic Passes for Military Members.  The Epic Military Pass starts at $149 for active and retired members and there is a $549 pass option for veterans.

 

If you do decide that a season pass in the best option for you this ski season, be sure to purchase one online on or before November 18.  Take care of it all and purchase lodging at the same time.  SummitCove Lodging in Keystone offers competitive rates and 24/7 guest services for your upcoming ski vacation.  View our ski lodging rentals now.

T-Shirt Cannons, Hula Hoops, Free Schwag and Snow, Oh My! Keystone Resort is Now Open!

And just like that… we’re open!  Keystone has received close to 2 feet of natural snow in the past few days from the most recent storm and was able to open 2 days earlier than planned! Keystone and Breckenridge are both now open! According to Breck’s COO, John Buhler, “This is the first time in nearly 10 years that either Breckenridge or Keystone will be opening early.”

 

Walking on the new River Run Snowmelt System.
Carefree guests walk to the gondola on the new heated River Run brick pavers that were recently installed. No more slips or falls!

 

The new heated sidewalk pavers that were recently installed in River Run Village greeted guests with clear and snow free walkways as they headed towards the gondola in their gear. Waiting in line wasn’t too bad either, as the Keystone Crew kept the crowds occupied with lots of fun and tons of freebies.  Activities included a hula-hooping contest, a dance off and a t-shirt cannon, and the free goodies available were homemade granola bars (made by Keystone’s newest pastry chef), Starbucks coffee, hot chocolate and doughnuts!  The first 100 people in line also received Keystone Hydroflasks! Multiple prizes were given away too, such as hats, backpacks, face buffs, reusable Starbucks mugs with gift cards and water bottles. The spirits were high as music blasted, t-shirts soared and everyone danced the morning away.  Multiple tv crews and personalities made their appearances to get coverage of the opening day festivities.  Three young kids who were present were asked to help with the final countdown to opening day and the entire crowd joined in with hoots and hollers.  At precisely 9am this morning, eager skiers and snowboards climbed aboard the gondola to start the season at Keystone!

 

Excited crowds at Keystone Opening Day
The crowds getting pumped up for Keystone Opening Day 2018!

 

Kids near the gondola counting down to opening day
Three young kids led the countdown to Keystone’s Opening Day 2018!

 

Keystone opened today with the beginner trails Schoolmarm and Silver Spoon, as well as both the River Run Gondola and the Montezuma Express Chairlift open to visitors. The early season A51 Terrain Park is open too, located at the top of Schoolmarm with eight features to enjoy.  This Friday, there are big plans to open additional terrain!  North Peak will be open to ski and ride with intermediate terrain available on the Prospector trail via the Outpost Gondola and Santiago Express chairlift.  To view more photos from Keystone Opening Day 2018, visit the SummitCove Lodging Facebook page.

Tons of snow for opening day 2018 at Keystone Ski Resort
Great turns and beautiful, snowy views at Keystone today, Opening Day 2018 / 2019!

 

Huge Early Season Storm Allows Keystone to OPEN EARLY! Opening Day is This Wednesday

If you haven’t seen the snow reports in Keystone CO lately, it has been DUMPING the last four days. In the last 24 hours, Keystone has reported 11 inches of fresh snow and that is just from one day! With Ullr blessing us with all this great early season snow, Keystone has moved opening day up to this Wednesday, November 7th, 2 days earlier than originally planned! Opening day celebrations include music, giveaways, tasty treats, and more! The first 100 people in the gondola line will receive a free Keystone Hyrdoflask, so make sure to get there early! Find the Summit Cove Yeti hanging around River Run Village and get a picture with him!

 

If you need ski or snowboard rentals,  stop by Mountain View Sports and mention you are staying with SummitCove Vacation Lodging to receive 25% off your rental packages! It is best to purchase lift tickets or season passes prior to opening day online to get the best prices or if you have a season pass, be sure to bring it! Enjoy some apres food and beverages at Dos Locos and make sure to cash in your Key to Keystone coupon for a free margarita! 

SummitCove Vacation Lodging is currently offering up some great savings to go along with all of this snow.  When you book an early season stay of 2 or more nights, arriving between now and November 19, you can take 20% off your reservation, plus get 2 complimentary ski or snowboard tunes from Mountain View Sports!  Hurry, this deal is only available through November 12, so book soon!  See you on the ski slopes this Wednesday!