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! 

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. 

A Day On the Water With Adventure Paddle Tours

Our family loves being out on the water and on our last summer vacation at Keystone, we wanted to get out onto Lake Dillon.  Some family members had an interest in learning stand up paddle boarding and others were more comfortable being in kayaks.  So we called Adventure Paddle Tours and they offer both kayaks and SUPs to use during their guided tours with a shuttle pick up.  They had a number of different trips including an ‘Island Tour’, a ‘Family Tour’ and a ‘Sunset Tour’! Needless to say, we booked our tours and met our guide at Lake Dillon Marina.  

Adventure Paddle Tours

It was a beautiful, sunny day and everyone was excited.  We got our life jackets and our guide gave us a lesson before we ventured off.  The stand-up paddle boards were thick and easier to stand on then we thought, so that was a relief.  The kayaks were in really good shape too. I really liked having a guide with us, especially with our kids.  I was able to enjoy myself more knowing there was an experienced adult with us. Our guide also knew exactly where to go and spotted so much wildlife that we would have missed.  We saw a bald eagle, several trout, foxes and deer.  

 

We were on a 2-hour tour and with the wind on our backs we were able to see a lot of the lake in that time.  Just when everyone was starting to get tired we were at the end of our tour. I loved the shuttle that picked us up on the other side of the lake.  Because we did not have to go back to our starting point we were able to see more of Lake Dillon. We also enjoyed the shuttle ride back to the marina because as the kids said, “it was a fast boat!”  

 

We will definitely do this again!  This was an amazing experience and built confidence in all of us.  Now when we drive by Lake Dillon my kids say, “we know every part of that lake and we want to do it again!”  Thanks Adventure Paddle Tours, we made memories of a lifetime with your company! 

Stars & Guitars: New and Improved 4th of July Celebrations at Keystone This Summer!

This summer, Independence Day visitors are going to love the brand new, totally stacked, weekend packed lineup this year for the 2019 4th of July celebrations at Keystone Resort. ‘Stars and Guitars’ will be an entire 4 days of fun with live music, the bike parade, B.L.A.M., BBQ’s, Kidtopia Kidzfest, activities and more.

The festivities start off on Thursday, July 4th with the annual Independence Day Bike Decorating Parade in River Run VillageSummitCove Lodging will be on hand, passing out free bike decorations and cheering on the parade.  Bring your bike and add some sparkle, happening from 10:30 – 11:30 am on July 4th.  Following the parade, families can head over to Lakeside Village for the Bubble Beach Party from 12 – 1 and create bubbles as big as your head! Looking for some creative fun? Check out the Star-Spangled Cupcakes and Canvases event at the Kidtopia Headquarters at Expedition Station from 3 – 4 pm. The Independence Day Party kicks off from 3 – 7 at Lakeside Village with face painting, live music, crafts, bounce houses and more!  Finishing off the night will be the So What Brothers, as they take the main stage at Lakeside from 4 – 7 pm.

 

Day two of celebrations starts at the Kidtopia Stars & Stripes Party & BBQ at Lakeside Village from 12 – 6 pm on Saturday, July 5. You’ll enjoy field games and a summer BBQ, along with the live music and antics of Circus Foundry, performing from 2 – 5 pm and then Meadow Mountain playing from 2 – 4 pm.  You can also take a ride on the Keystone Gondola, free of charge, at the Friday Afternoon Club anytime from 1 – 7 pm.  Cap off the evening with a cold beverage, live music and shopping from local artists at Warren Station’s B.L.A.M. (Beer, Local Art & Music) from 5 – 9 pm in River Run.

 

Saturday is a day for the kids! Kidtopia Kidzfest happens from 11 am – 3 pm in River Run Village.  A Kidtopia Train will be winding through the village with free rides all afternoon. Kids can get their faces painted, jump in the bounce house or ride down the giant inflatable slide – the choices for fun are endless!

 

The music doesn’t stop on Saturday either with the Kidtopia Stars & Guitars Concert. Cover band, Rock and Roll Playhouse will play your rock favorites such as Tom Petty and Rolling Stones from 3 – 5 pm.  The main act, Hazel Miller Band will be rocking the main stage from 5:30 – 7:30 pm.  If the live music isn’t your jam, head over to the Adventure Center instead for Camp Night, where you can enjoy a fire with s’mores, crafts and more from 5 – 7pm!

 

Rise and shine Sunday morning for pancakes at New Moon Cafe, followed by the Strider Balance Bike Races in River Run from 10 – 11 am.  Enjoy a relaxed afternoon by the Lake in the Lakeside Gazebo with live Bluegrass music from Moidel Music and Colorado Wildflower Crafts, where participants can color their own flower pots to bring home as a souvenir!

 

Don’t forget to squeeze in your other favorite summer activities while you are here, like downhill mountain biking, fly fishing on the Snake River, stand-up paddle boarding or going on a Wildflower Hike atop Dercum Mountain. There’s so much to do that you might find you need to stay a whole week at Keystone this summer! Check out available vacation rental condos here- we recommend staying in River Run or Lakeside Village for the 4th of July holiday to be where the action is. Make your plans today to enjoy a whole new Independence Day weekend celebration at Keystone this summer!

Quick and Easy Fall Hike Close to Keystone, with Big Rewards

The Old Dillon Reservoir Trail is located off of Dillon Dam Road, near the Lake Dillon Reservoir. This is a relatively easy hike, capping out at about 1.7 miles round trip and about 200 feet in elevation gain. It is a perfect choice to do with kids, elderly or if you only have an hour.  It would also be a good ‘first’ hike to do to get you acclimated to the area and altitude.  Even though it is quick and considerably ‘easy’, it offers up some of the best views in the area!  This trail can be done in any season and is very rewarding, without too much work. The hike starts out in the trees with shade and then opens up once you reach the lake.

Old DIllon Rez Hike Near Keystone
Fall colors are popping, the beginning of the hike on the Old Dillon Reservoir Trail

 

The hike has incredible 360 degree views of Lake Dillon, Buffalo Mountain, Ptarmigan Peak, the Tenmile Range and the Continental Divide.  You’ll enjoy the fall foliage all the way up to the top, where you will find the Old Dillon Reservoir, which was built in the 1930’s.  You can even see Keystone’s North Peak from here!  Bring a fishing pole (if you have a Colorado fishing license) or just enjoy the stroll along the lake.  This hike shouldn’t take you more than an hour to complete.

Great view of Lake Dillon from Old Dillon Reservoir Trail
The views are superb, even just a few minutes into the hike!

 

If you are traveling from Keystone, head towards Dillon and take a left onto Dillon Dam Road, at the stoplight near the movie theatre and grocery store intersection.  Then travel on the Dam road for about 2.1 miles and you will see the trail head on the right.

Beautiful Old Dillon Reservoir
The views and reflections in the lake are stunning

 

The fall colors in this area are currently just beginning to peak, so we recommend doing this hike within the next two weeks to see the best colors.  The photos featured were taken on Tuesday, September 11, 2018.  Get out there and enjoy this wonderful Summit County hike!

Labor Day Weekend at Keystone Resort

Head to Keystone this weekend for some Labor Day weekend fun and family friendly events!  On Friday, head up the River Run Gondola – FOR FREE at the Friday Afternoon Club!  Head to the top for some pre-5K stretching on a mountain top hike and then sit back and enjoy live music and drink specials.  On Saturday, participate in the Das Bier Burner 5K at noon to earn your free brat and beer at Keystone Oktoberfest, which kicks off after the race from 1 – 6 pm. Keystone’s Oktoberfest is one of the most family friendly in all of Colorado, with dancing, face painting and performances from the Edelweiss Schuhplattlers dancers.  German Fare and of course Oktoberfest beers, live music and polka dancers complete this great event at Keystone.  On Sunday head to Lakeside Village for ‘A Taste of Keystone’ where you can sample delicious cuisine from Keystone’s best restaurants as you take in the views and enjoy live music around the lake.  Rent a stand up paddle board or paddle boat for a fun afternoon in the sun.

Kids enjoying Chicken Dance at Keystone Oktoberfest

 

Enjoy one last weekend in the mountains before Fall arrives!  View available weekend lodging in Keystone on our website.

Check Out One of the Best Pools in Keystone!

Have you gotten enough relaxation this summer? Had any fun in the sun?  Enjoyed a little down time on a waterslide?! Head to Keystone and stay at the Springs to enjoy one of the best pools at the whole resort! The Springs Pool area is truly a mountain paradise with lush greenery, rock landscaping and mountain views!

 

SummitCove has a number of vacation rental properties available for rent at The Springs, ranging from studios, one-, two- and three- bedroom condos.  Enjoy all of the great amenities at The Springs when you visit Keystone this summer!

Yoga on a Mountain? Checkout Summer Yoga at Arapahoe Basin

If you are tired of your stuffy ‘inside’ yoga practice, why not take it outside this summer?!  Better yet, on a mountain! Arapahoe Basin  is offering a summer yoga series, happening weekly on Fridays and Sundays in the Mountain Goat Plaza through September 2! One hour yoga sessions start at 11am and are led by a local instructor. Afterwards, take a hike or bike ride and stay for lunch, because Yogis receive a 15% discount for lunch the same day as they practiced at the 6th Alley Bar & Grill.

 

Yoga sessions are just $12 when you register online in advance or $15 as a drop-in if the class isn’t full – advanced registration is recommended.  Events will happen rain or shine and you must bring your own water bottle and mat. The event takes place

Summertime in the Rockies Keystone Loveland Pass

 

15 Summer Fun Activities To Try On You Summer Visit To Keystone Resort!

We all love Keystone in the winter and enjoy hitting the slopes! But have you ever checked out the many things to do over the summer? Summer is a great time to try the many different things Keystone has to offer. From hiking to biking to swimming, read on about some of our favorite things to do over the summer months here in Keystone, Colorado!

 

1. Horseback riding is something you should definitely experience in the mountains. Saddle up at Keystone Stables and ride through the White River National Forest. The wrangler will guide you through some great trails, that may get steep but are a ton of fun.

Horseback Riding at Keystone Resort Colorado

 

2. Not ready for the snow to be gone and still want to do snowy activities? Don’t worry, you can still go snow tubing in the summer! The tubing hill is located at the top of the mountain at Adventure Point. Get on the magic carpet and sled down with your friends and family, winter AND summer!

 

3. Kidtopia Headquarters still has fun activities in the summer for kids. The ice skating rink melts and turns into a mini golf course. There is rock climbing, panning for gold (gems), a bungee trampoline and tons of other free and fun activities. You can even head through a maze at the Montezuma Shaft Maze. Your kids will not get bored from all the activities at Keystone’s Kidtopia.

 

4. Fishing never gets old out here in Keystone. Try out fly fishing along the Snake River with one of the best guides in Keystone. Check out http://thecoloradoangler.com/guide-service/ Great for all ages. Not to sure about the fly fishing in the rivers, no worries with Lake Dillon so close. Rent a pontoon boat and tug along the lake fishing and soaking up the sun. Rent at http://www.bigedsfishing.com/

 

5. We love the sleigh ride throughout the winter to have a fun dinner and listen to live music. There is also a summer version that you can do. Jump into a wagon like the olden days to get to dinner and then enjoy a Wild West Show and live entertainment with their Chuck Wagon Dinner! SummitCove guests receive a special discount with Two Below Zero.

 

6. Keystone had some great hiking trails in Keystone or near Keystone with a short drive to. Hiking can be easy to hard depending on what you enjoy or if you have kiddos.

– Tenderfoot Trail: Easy- 2.6 miles
– Oro Grande Trail: Easy- 3.5 miles
– Sapphire Point: Easy- .7 miles one way
– Old Dillon Reservoir Trail: Easy to Moderate- 1.7 miles
– Dercum Hill: Moderate- 7 miles round trip
– Mount Royal trail: Moderate- 4 miles round trip
– Buffalo Mountain: Hard- 5.5 miles

 

7. Take the lifts up the mountain to have a picnic or to grill out. Great for scenic views up the mountainside at 11.640ft. Fun to ride up the lift or Gondola and then hike down. Make it romantic and have a proposal up there. Awesome views and great way to experience the summer days. Don’t forget your camera! Every Friday you can ride the River Run Gondola for FREE from 1 – 7 pm as part of the Friday Afternoon Club!

 

8. White water rafting is a great thrilling adventure if you want to go outside your comfort zone. Raft along the Colorado or Arkansa river, choose from a range of class levels with a guide. Can enjoy a half day or full day. Don’t worry about having your camera and losing it, there is a photographer that goes with and takes action shots of your trip for a lifetime of memories. www.performancetours.com

Biking in Keystone Gulch Soda Creek Ridge

Enjoying the wide open views

9. Mountain biking is a huge hit in the summer months here at Keystone. There are few places here that you can rent bikes and ride them on the mountain. From easy to hard trails, be prepared to get muddy and dirty. Check out Mountain View Sports on trips and rates for your mountain biking fun.

 

11. Want something more thrilling? Check out ATV tours. Rent an ATV and scale the mountain. Choose morning or afternoon tours. Morning tour includes lunch. Have hours of fun with family or friends. With professional guides to take you through the rugged landscapes and see awesome views.

 

12. Want to fly over the mountains? Take a hot air balloon ride. This will be a great adventure flying over The Rockies. Pick pine cones from treetops, splash-n-dash in the lakes or rivers, and spot wildlife from above it all! 

 

13. Keystone has Olympic Size Tennis Courts that have had Olympians come from all over to play on the courts. Feel like an Olympian and have a match with your family at the Tennis Courts off Tennis Club Road. Stay in Tennis Townhomes, Quicksilver Condos or Cabin in the Pines to be within walking distance of the Tennis Center! 

 

14. Want to sail through the trees at 11,500 feet in the air? Zip Lining is for you. Fly side by side over deep canyons and creeks with two Certified guides.  See old gold mining claims, the tallest mountains in North America, and wildlife.  Top of the Rockies Zip Lines will take you on a fun ride and if you are staying with SummitCove Lodging, you’ll receive a special price! 

Overlooking the Pool

 

15. Into swimming? SummitCove has alot of great lodging options with awesome outdoor pools. Check out the Springs with the water slide, Expedition Station, Dakota Lodge with views of the mountain, or Lakeside with access to the Lodge and spa. Pools never close out here in Keystone so enjoy summer swimming while staying in Keystone.

 

Join us this summer for family fun and try out one or all the activities that Keystone has to offer! We hope to see you this Summer!

Mountain Biking Highlight: Keystone Gulch to Soda Creek Loop

This is a longer loop of about 15 and a half miles at Keystone Resort that starts with a big climb, but ends with a fun downhill and wide open meadow vistas and incredible views throughout. This trail has it all including summer time views of the ski resort and lifts, tons of wildflowers, riding alongside streams, open meadows and lots of fun singletrack.  This is a must-do ride for riders who can handle the challenging climb of just over 2,000 vertical feet at altitude.

Keystone Gulch Trailhead
Starting the climb on Keystone Gulch Road

 

Keystone Gulch Biking
Views from the climb, nearing the top of the ridge

 

If you are staying in the West Keystone area, such as Keystone Gulch Townhomes, Northstar or Wild Irishman, you can just start the ride right from your vacation rental and leave the car parked!  The ‘trail’ starts at the Keystone Gulch Trailhead, going up the dirt road, following along side the stream. After about 3 miles of a gradual climb on the road, you will pass by two ski lifts in the Keystone Outback ski area. A little further at 3.4 miles you will be turning right on CO Rd 176.  This is where the real climbing begins for another 3 miles.  You’ll be going up several switchbacks, with some short steep sections and longer mellow climbs.  You will catch some awesome glimpses of the ski runs as you continue to get closer to the top.  Look for the singletrack trail off to the left as you turn up onto the final switchback and you’ll soon be at the Colorado Trail – turn right at the T and start your descent.

 

Biking in Keystone Gulch Soda Creek Ridge
Enjoying the wide open views

 

 

Fun Descent at Keystone Gulch Trail
The descent (and the fun) begins!

 

You’ll take in some great views of the hills, wildflowers and trees on this fun singletrack.  Watch out, as this is a popular trail with other bikers and hikers so keep your finger on the brake.  You’ll come to a signed intersection at Red Trail, where you will turn right.  Head through the meadows and forest until you reach the Soda Ridge Trail.  Continue to ride this trail as it flows up and down through the Keystone Ranch area and various neighborhoods.  This section has a great fast flow and is lots of fun!  Eventually you will come to the Keystone Aqueduct Trail intersection, where you will again turn right. This trail has views over the Keystone Valley and River Golf Course. You will run into the exposed pipe and you may choose to walk this section. You’re nearing the end of your ride, totaling about 15.5 miles.  Look for the bridge that will take you back to the road towards the starting point and give yourself a pat on the back – job well done!

Mountain Bike Trails at Keystone Resort CO
Going through some recent logging operations

 

To celebrate, you’ll likely want to grab a cold one!  Continue the ride and go right on Soda Ridge Road from the Keystone Gulch Trailhead parking area and then left on West Keystone Road.  You’ll meet up with the bike path shortly – turn right on the path and head towards the Keystone Lake, going left at the shore.  Park your bike here and head to happy hour at the Bighorn Bistro inside the Keystone Lodge and Spa- you’ve earned it!