Keystone and Breckenridge Announce Extending Seasons in 2019 and Beyond

Summit County has been seeing great snow to kick off 2019, with Keystone snow totaling 41 inches in the month as of 1/25/19 and 51 inches at nearby Breckenridge Ski Resort. The snow has been so good that Breckenridge recently announced they will be extending their season and staying open until Memorial Day weekend, if weather conditions allow! Skiing is expected to be open on Peak 7 for the whole time and portions of Peak 8 while the weather allows for spring skiing in Summit County.


Parent Company Vail Resorts also announced its plans to extend Keystone’s season in the future, by shooting to be one of the first Colorado ski resorts to open. Historically Arapahoe Basin and Loveland Ski Resorts have been the main mountains in the race to be the first mountain open for ski season. Late last year, a capital improvement proposal was submitted to upgrade snowmaking capabilities at Keystone, which will improve their early season snow even more. Together, Keystone and Breckenridge combined will offer one of the longest ski seasons in the country.  Look for SummitCove’s early season lodging deals and come out for opening day 2019!


Liftopia Presents: The Mountain Collective Multi-Resort Pass

A foggy day at Keystone Resort

Four legendary ski areas are coming together under one extraordinary pass. Brought to you exclusively by Liftopia, the Mountain Collective is a ground-breaking collaboration between Alta, Aspen/Snowmass, Jackson Hole, and Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows. Experience the ultimate winter with two free days at each mountain listed, plus each pass holder receives unlimited 50% off lift tickets. With the Mountain Collective, it’s now possible for passionate skiers and riders to claim thousands of vertical feet and chase ideal winter conditions across Colorado, Utah, Wyoming and California. Passes are on sale now for just $349 and $229 for children.

Want to ski or ride multiple resorts without having to travel far and wide, state to state or across the country?!  Keystone Resort is located in scenic Summit County, Colorado, which is home to SEVEN ski resorts within a 40 mile radius.  Purchase an EPIC Season Pass and receive unlimited access to Keystone, Arapahoe Basin, Breckenridge, Vail, and Beaver Creek- let’s not forget their west coast resorts Heavenly, Northstar, and Kirkwood. For $659, pass holders get unlimited access to all of these resorts- no blackout dates and in addition they receive 6 Ski with a Friend Passes.  Keystone Resort is centrally located in the middle of it all; just a short drive from Arapahoe Basin and Breckenridge, and with Vail and Beaver Creek just another 30 miles down the highway, it’s the perfect place to host your Colorado ski vacation!

Summit County Visitors Can Enjoy Mountain Music All Summer With the Breckenridge Music Festival


Visitors to Summit County have plenty of choices of activities and events, and musical events are often one of the most popular options.  Every year, guests come to the mountains to enjoy cooler summer temperatures and the many music festivals and concerts in Keystone and nearby towns and resorts.  One of our recommendations for music lovers is to visit our nearby neighbors in Breckenridge and enjoy the Breckenridge Music Festival 2012.   Performances will run between Friday, June 22nd, and Saturday, August 18th with a variety of performances.  Visitors to Keystone Resort should make the short drive to enjoy one of these concerts and explore Summit County!

Performances will vary in musical style, and there is something for everyone.  The Breckenridge Music Festival Orchestra, in residence each summer, perform amazing orchestral concerts.  You can enjoy chamber music in an intimate setting or catch the Blue River series for jazz, blues and bluegrass, roots rock, country and other styles.  Here is the full lineup for the Summer of 2012 along with the link to information about ticket prices and performers:




Please contact the Breckenridge Music Festival for pricing information, and to reserve your tickets!  SummitCove is offering Summit County lodging accommodations all summer long with some amazing prices and promotions!

Some Colorado Ski Resorts Are Still Open! Araphoe Basin Hosts a Fun Spring Events Lineup

Although Keystone Resort closed over 2 weeks ago on Sunday, April 8, a few of the other surrounding area ski resorts are still open!  Spring weather has shifted some attention to summer activities, such as hiking and mountain biking, but the skiing conditions are still great for those looking to add a few more days on the mountain to their season.

Breckenridge Ski Resort recently announced it’s plan to extend its season for two extra weekends past it’s original closing date which was set for April 15.  This upcoming weekend will be the last chance for skiers and riders to enjoy the Breckenridge slopes for the 2011/2012 ski season.  The resort will be open Friday – Sunday, April 27-29. Visitors can take advantage of discounted lift tickets, being offered for just $50 at the ticket window.  Parking for the entire weekend is free and open terrain includes most of Peak 8, including the Imperial Express Super Chair.  Lifts will be running from 9am until 4 pm each day.  Those with season passes will not incur any extra fees during the extended season.  SummitCove is currently offering 30% off already reduced rates for the remainder of April.

Arapahoe Basin’s season is still going strong and typically stays open as long as the snow sticks around.  Last year the resort finally closed down over the 4th of July weekend, making for a 10-month long ski season!  The resort has a great Spring Lineup of events planned, including a new Chili Cook-off, live music every weekend, and its final and most popular spring event, the Festival of Brewpubs on May 27, in its 11th year.   Warm weather conditions make for pleasant skiing conditions at the mountain.  The resort’s infamous ‘Beach’ area has spots available for rental, allowing visitors to park along the base of the mountain and enjoy barbeques and tailgating in between runs. Its always a fun time at The Beach!


Keystone Resort Visitors’ Late Spring Lift Ticket Options

Keystone and Summit County skiers and snowboarders on a quest for affordable lift tickets still have a few options this season.   We have rounded up a list of  lift ticket prices during the remainder of the season at Summit County resorts including Keystone, Arapahoe Basin, Copper Mountain, and Breckenridge.

At SummitCove, we recommend that non-pass holders check with for advance ticket purchases.  It is usually possible to save a couple of dollars by heading to a grocery store on your way to Keystone.  We have also discovered that lift tickets are sold at Walmart.  The most recent prices that have been posted range from $103 for a 1-day Breckenridge and Keystone lift ticket to $494 for a 6 day lift ticket.  Children’s pricing starts at $59 and goes up to $240 for the 6-day option.  Discounted prices are also available for nearby Copper Mountain Resort.

Arapahoe Basin is also offering a perfect option for discounts with he Spring 3 Pass, which is on sale through April 17, 2012.  The pass is valid for 3 days of skiing or riding at Arapahoe Basin ski area through the rest of the 2011/2012 season, which is tentatively scheduled through June.  If skiers or riders use more than 3 days, the pass is reloadable for $54 a day lift passes.

For details about pricing, we recommend that you call ahead to make sure that you understand the options and availability.  This could definitely be a great way to save on late season pricing.  Another great way to save is to take advantage of reduced lodging rates in March, and the SummitCove spring sale.  We are currently offering 30% off on many properties during April ski vacations to Keystone, Breckenridge, A Basin or Copper Mountain.

Contact a SummitCove Vacation Planner today for details about reserving your Keystone Resort lodging.

Keystone and Summit County Offer Plenty of Options for Women’s Ski Programs

The 2011/2012 Ski and Snowboard season has seen a large increase in programs specifically designed for women throughout Summit County.  Keystone Resort has seen tremendous success in women’s programs since adding Betty Fest to it’s event line up, even increasing the program this year.  Women who love the mountains and enjoy winter recreation are in luck, because Keystone and other Summit County ski areas are adding more and more activities and programs geared toward the ladies. Here’s a rundown of current programs that you may want to check out!  It’s a great opportunity to plan a girl’s getaway with some friends and family!

Betty Fest at Keystone Resort

There is still one more Betty Fest weekend at Keystone from Saturday, March 3rd to Sunday, March 4th.  This all-women’s program includes on hill training through Keystone’s stellar Ski and Ride school.  It also includes video analysis and discussions about nutrition and equipment geared specifically toward women.  This is a great opportunity to fine tune your skiing or riding skills with other women in a supportive environment.  Call 970.496.4170 for details on the final Betty Fest of the 2011/2012 season!

Women’s Wednesdays at Copper Mountain

This program is run through the Copper Ski and Ride school throughout the ski season.  Women from their late 20’s to 60’s participate in the program with all ability levels from beginners to experts.  Skiers and riders who participate are grouped according to ability and match with an instructor who stays with them for the day.  Lift tickets are a separate cost, and the lesson rates vary depending upon how many lessons you choose.  The program is still running through April 4, 2012, and you can call 866.385.0144 to get all of the details.

Legendary Ladies at Arapahoe Basin

Legendary Ladies is a part of the Arapahoe Basin Snowsports School.  It runs in 3 week sessions, and the next session is scheduled for March 7th, 14th, and 21st.  Groups of three to six women are grouped by ability and then paired with an instructor between 10am and 1pm.  Generally, intermediate to advanced skiers participate in the program, but anyone who wants to learn more can call 888.272.7246 for information!

Babes on the Bumps at Breckenridge

This independently organized program takes place on Thursdays and Fridays through early March at Breckenridge.  Each group is created based on ability, and a “Mama Babe” is assigned at a group leader in charge of meeting times and locations.  Breckenridge Ski and Ride School instructors do participate in the program.  Regulars need to commit to five of eight sessions, and there is an administration fee.   Participation requires both a season pass and lesson pass.

All of our SummitCove properties are located within a short driving distance of each of these great Summit County ski resorts, and we are happy to provide lodging for overnight stays as you sharpen your skiing and riding skills.  If you are planning a girls mountain getaway, contact a SummitCove Vacation planner today to find out more about reserving Keystone lodging!

Colorado Ski Pass Sale – Hurry to buy the Summit Value Pass

The Summit Value Pass is one of our favorite offers this year for folks planning a Colorado ski vacation! This pass is perfect for people who only plan to ski in Summit County.  If you are planning a vacation to Keystone, and will be skiing or riding for 4 or more days, look into this option for savings!  Hurry!  Pricing is only guaranteed through this Sunday, October 16th!

Resort Access
Unlimited skiing or riding at Keystone and Arapahoe Basin with limited restrictions at Breckenridge.
$50 pass holder tickets available for purchase during blackout dates at Breckenridge.


Adults $409

Teen $319

Child $209

Additional Tickets
– Six (6) Ski-With-A-Friend ( SWAF) varying discount tickets are automatically loaded onto your pass. Just take your guest to the ticket window and present your pass to receive the discount*
– Half-priced tickets available at Heavenly and Northstar.

Blackout Dates
Breckenridge restricted: 11/25 – 11/26/2011, 12/26-12/31/2011, 1/14/2012 & 2/18-2/19/2012.

Pass Insurance
Purchase Pass Insurance for only $20 ($10 for children ages 5-12) to protect your season pass. If you do not accept pass insurance, you will not be eligible for a refund of any kind.

SummitCove will help you to find the best Keystone Resort lodging for you and your family as you head up to Keystone for your ski and snowboard vacation!

USA ProCycling Challenge to Return to Colorado in 2012!

The USA Pro Cycling Challenge will be back in 2012 from August 20-26!  Race organizers have already begun planning for the 2012 race. Nearly 1 million spectators viewed the race from the roadsides along the route while more than 25 million watched the race on television in 161 countries and territories. The USA Pro Cycling Challenge was one of the largest cycling events in United States history.

For seven consecutive days, 135 of the world’s top athletes raced across 518 miles through the Colorado Rockies, reaching higher altitudes than they ever had to endure, more than two miles in elevation. The race featured a challenging course through some of America’s most beautiful scenery.

Requests for proposals for cities across Colorado to apply to be a 2012 host city will be issued at the end of the month.  Breckenridge, Copper Mountain Resort and Frisco in Summit County have been specifically invited to submit proposals.  This year, 11 host cities for the race included Colorado Springs, Salida, Crested Butte, Gunnison, Aspen, Vail, Avon, Steamboat Springs, Breckenridge, Golden and Denver. All 11 of these cities have expressed interest in returning as a host city in 2012.  The request for proposals will be posted online at the end of September.

It’s ProCycle Race Day in Summit County!

Today is the day long awaited by Summit County bicycle enthusiasts.  We have some helpful tips for our guests to navigate to the race and to your condo in Keystone!  The USA Pro Cycling tour is expected to bring a record-breaking number of spectators to Colorado.

On Saturday, 8/27 I-70 in the Summit County area will be impacted from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. due to spectators traveling in, and rolling closures on Hwy 9 and Hwy 6.  Swan Mountain Road will be closed during this time frame.  The Town of Breckenridge suggests that in order to watch the finish in Breckenridge, be where you want to be by 1:00 p.m.  On Sunday, check here for race impacts on I70 in the Denver Metro area.
Plan on the typical weekend travel patterns, but expect to have a few more friends on the road as folks come and go for the bike race!  On Sunday, expect  congestion to begin by 11:30 a.m., to be significant at its peak between 3:00-4:00 and drop off around 8:30 p.m.
Enjoy the cycling in the mountains on Saturday, and in Golden/Denver on Sunday!  Stay tuned as SummitCove shares our pictures and staff experiences over the next couple of days both from Keystone and Summit County and from our Golden office!

Take Advantage of Early Season Lift Ticket Deals!

Season pass and lift ticket deals are being released, and at SummitCove, we’ve found you some of the best early season deals for Summit County ski areas so that you can make plans for your ski vacation now!

Summit Value Pass

Adults ($409), Teens ($319) and Children ($209) will enjoy unlimited skiing or riding at Keystone or Arapahoe Basin, and Breckenridge with limitations of the following blackout dates:

  • 11/25 – 11/26/2011, 12/26-12/31/2011, 1/14/2012 & 2/18-2/19/2012.
  • $50 pass holder tickets available for purchase during blackout dates at Breckenridge

The Summit Value Pass also includes 6 Ski-With-A-Friend varying discount tickets, which will be automatically loaded on your pass.

Epic Pass

Adults ($649) and Children (at $329) receive unlimited access to Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, heavenly, northstar-at-Tahoe and Arapahoe Basin with no blackout dates.  You also had the added benefit of 6 Ski-With-a-Friend varying discount tickets being automatically loaded on your pass.

Epic Local Pass

Adults ($499), Teens ($379) and Children ($249) will enjoy unlimited skiing or riding at Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin with limited restrictions at Heavenly and Northstar-at-Tahoe.  This also includes 10 restricted days at Vail or Beaver Creek, 6 Ski-With-a-Friend varying discount tickets built into your pass.  Be aware that there are blackout dates at Vail, Beaver Creek, Heavenly and Northstar on 11/25 – 11/26/2011, 12/26-12/31/2011, 1/14/2012 & 2/18-2/19/2012.

Epic 7 Day Pass

Adults ($499) and Children ($249) will receive a total of 7 unrestricted tickets valid at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Heavenly, Northstar-at-Tahoe or Arapahoe Basin and 6 Ski-With-A-Friend varying discount tickets loaded on the pass.

Arapahoe Basin Bonus Pass

Adults ($369) and Children ($299) can enjoy unlimited and unrestricted access to A-Basin for the 2011/2012 season.  You also receive 5 days at Breckenridge or Keystone.  One of those days can even be used for Vail or Beaver Creek with blackout dates.  Take advantage of discounts on retail, lessons and food and beverage as well as discounted tickets for friends and family.

Other ways to get discounts:

  • Purchase a Gems Card
  • Look into Military passes and discounts
  • Purchase a Mountain Sports Club Membership
  • Have a friend with a season pass purchase discounted lift tickets for you (do not attempt to use your friend’s pass)
  • Sign up for email alerts on discounts from Sliding on the Cheap
  • Lodging with SummitCove?  We’ll send you information about lift tickets through our affiliate with your reservation confirmation!
  • Buy and entertainment or coupon book, or stop by retailers like Sports Authority, Christy Sports and REI.