Low Inventory Alert: Keystone Condos Are Filling Up Fast for the Christmas, New Year’s and Holiday Breaks

Believe it or not, we are just a few weeks from opening day at Keystone Resort. In the blink of an eye it will be Thanksgiving and then shortly after that, we will be in the heart of the holiday season.  Kids will be on school breaks and parents will likely have some well-deserved time off for the holidays.  Have you considered a family ski vacation this winter at Keystone Resort?


The holiday season at Keystone is nothing short of magical. Snowy evergreen trees, ice skating outside on a frozen lake, exploring the world’s largest snow fort, meeting Santa, seeing the chocolate village… it is surely an experience you and your family will cherish for years to come and the quality time with your family is priceless.  It is also one of the busiest times of year. Our prime properties, particularly those private homes and larger townhomes tend to book out first and the rest are slowly filling up. We have less than 45% vacancy for the time period just after Christmas through New Year’s.  Now is the time to get your lodging reservations on the books!


Scenes from the infamous ‘Chocolate Village’ at the Keystone Lodge


Give us a call today and we can make some lodging recommendations for your family holiday getaway at Keystone.  Don’t worry – there are still some great options available, but they won’t be open for long! Ski Tip #8701 is a great 3 bedroom condo in Keystone that sleeps 8. This unique townhome has a private hot tub, gas fireplace and a great kitchen! Keystone Gulch Cabin #1668 is a rustic 3-bedroom private home that would be perfect for a family holiday basecamp. Huge windows bring the outside in, I can picture a family spending a quiet evening here, sipping hot cocoa and watching the snow fall as they put on their favorite family holiday movie. A stone hearth, wood-burning fireplace is at the center of this great family room. For a smaller family, Silver Mill #8241 is a great option located in the heart of River Run Village. You’ll enjoy the easy access to the shops, restaurants, Dercum Ice rink and the River Run gondola from this one bedroom condo! For those looking for the best of the best, try Timbers 3067, a ski-in two bedroom condo that is located just off the slopes at River Run.  This building has an indoor/outdoor pool, amazing fitness center, a beautiful lobby with a grand piano and other wonderful amenities.  This condo even features a custom Keystone ski-themed mural behind the jetted tub in the bathroom!

A custom Keystone ski resort themed mural in this luxurious Timbers bathroom!


Don’t put it off any longer – book your holiday vacation at Keystone Resort today!


Spending Christmas at Keystone Ski Resort

So you’ve booked your trip to Keystone for the holidays, now it’s time to plan what to do while you’re here! Keystone will be running in full force over the holidays, with plenty of activities to keep you busy. Many restaurants will be offering special Christmas menus and most will be open during normal hours of operations over the holiday season. You’ll be able to participate in all of our winter sports, as well as fun holiday events and shopping.

  • Meet Santa: Children will have the opportunity to meet Santa every weekend in December and throughout the week of Christmas, from about 1 – 5 pm in both River Run and Lakeside Village. To see the daily hours and locations to Meet Santa click here.
  • Chocolate Village: Keystone’s signature ‘Chocolate Alpine Village’ will be up and running for 24 hour viewing December 19 – January 3 in the Keystone Lodge. The village is made up of over 8,000 pounds of chocolate, complete with trains, waterfalls and a running Gondola, among other attractions and is amazing and fun to see in person.
  • Riperoo’s Village Parade: Every Saturday at 4pm Keystone’s mascot, Riperoo, leads a parade around River Run with keystone employees, performers, along with a horse drawn carriage. The parade ends at Dercum Square Ice Rink where attendees are treated to complimentary hot cocoa and cookies.
  • Keystone Kidtopia: Throughout the winter season, Keystone hosts Kidtopia, a series of events designed for kids. Everyday there are new activities such as, fort building, cookie hour, a parade and meet the avalanche dogs.  This also includes the infamous Snowfort at the top of Dercum Mountain which is free to explore during regular mountain hours.
  • Fireworks: Every Saturday Night from December 13 – April 12  at 7pm, Keystone Resort shoots fireworks over River Run. These fireworks can be seen all around Keystone and are a festive end to a day on the slopes.
  • Sleigh Rides: Nothing screams ‘Holidays’ more than cozying up with your loved ones for a snowy sleigh ride on a starlit winter’s night. Prices are $30 for adults and $20 for kids and includes hot apple cider on your ride.  There is also an option to enjoy dinner and a sleigh ride, call 800-354-4386 to make reservations.
  • Snow Tubing: Atop Dercum Mountain Keystone offers downhill snow tubing.  Snow tubing is also available at the Frisco Adventure Park which is just a 15 minute drive from Keystone and they offer SummitCove guests a discount in the Key to Keystone book.  Reservations are recommended at either location.
  • Ice Skating: Keystone is well-known for their huge outdoor rink located at Keystone Lake in Lakeside Village.  This rink is the largest Zamboni-maintained rink in North America and is sure to be fun for the family.  There is also a smaller outdoor rink in River Run, located in between Expedition Station and Buffalo Lodge.  Bring your own skates to skate free!
  • Family Brunch: Take advantage of the Bighorn Bistro & Bar’s family brunch, offered every Sunday in December. Parents can enjoy a mimosa with their meal in the main room, while the kids play games, make crafts and watch movies during their own special kids themed brunch in the Littlehorn room. Cost is $24.95 for adults and $12.95 for children.
  • Ski Tip Ranch and Keystone Ranch will be serving a Christmas Dinner menu for $75 and $65, respectively. The Alpenglow, Der Fondue Chessel, and Bighorn Bistro & Bar will also be serving a special menu on Christmas day. For reservations, call (970) 396 – 4FUN.
  • Snake River Saloon:  Enjoy a great holiday meal and then spend the rest of the night dancing the night away to live music in the saloon!  The Snake River Saloon is located next door to the Gateway Lodge in the Mountain House village.
Getting Festive
  • Eminence Ensemble 5th Annual Holiday Party:Eminence Ensemble will be rocking Warren Station at Keystone with a Holiday party on December 27th at 7pm, purchase tickets here.
  • Christmas Trees: Summit Home Services, 970-485-2150, can provide a completely decorated tree, set up at your condo for the day you arrive. After you depart, they will take it down and clean up for you. These Christmas tree set ups start at $325 can be ordered online.
  • Christmas Trees can also be purchased at Lowes in Silverthorne; 5-6 foot trees start at $29. City Market, Wal-Mart, Whole Foods, and True Value carry trees as well.


  • Outlet Malls in Silverthorne: Shop at brand name stores like Nike, Pacific Sunwear, American Eagle, Banana Republic, Bath and Bodyworks, and more at discounted prices.  Find those last minute or hard to shop gifts here!
  • River Run Merchants:  The shops in River Run Village have a wide assortment of ski gear, clothing, Keystone souvenirs, and more to pick up last minute gifts or to send off to loved ones who couldn’t make the trip with you!

Christmas Vacation in Keystone, CO

So your kids are out of school for 2 weeks and you have no plans?  How many times will you hear “mom, I’m bored,” or “can I watch another movie?”  It doesn’t have to be that way.  Escape cabin fever and the TV zombie face by getting away to Keystone, CO.  Your kids will love every minute of playing in the snow at Colorado’s favorite family ski resort!  With ski school for the kids, mom and dad might even get a few runs in the Outback.  In addition to skiing, Keystone has the best tubing hill in Colorado!  The whole family, as long as they are taller than 42 inches, can spend an hour speeding down the tubing hill.  If speeding is a bit scary for the little ones, think about the Keystone Nordic Center.  The tubing hill is mellow, yet still fun for the everybody.  Want a better work out?  Snowshoeing at the Nordic Center is a great choice!

In addition to the recreation on the mountain, the condos also have some incredible amenities.   If you stay at the Springs building, you will be amazed by the two hot tubs, heated pool with water slide and splash pool.  Soak in the hot tub while your kids go up and down the water slide into the heated pool.  The little ones will love tromping through the splash pool and playing with the waterfalls!  After all of the fun, head in an put a movie on in the theater room.  Even better, play a game of pool while the kids watch one of their favorite cartoons right next door.

Keystone Activities around the Holidays!

Looking for something fun to do while in Keystone during the holidays? Here’s a list of entertaining and exciting special activities going on at Keystone Resort and nearby in the area. There’s definitely something here for everyone to enjoy and have a great time! Hope you have a wonderful holiday season!

  • USSA Chevy Grand Prix – Copper Mountain Resort
  • Breakfast with Santa at Tuscato’s Main Street – Frisco 
  • Santa Visits the Frisco Historic Park Main Street – Frisco
  • Keystone Betty Fest

Betty Fest brings together women for two days of skiing and riding in a fun, non-intimidating environment. This program includes extensive on-hill training on Keystone’s Ski and Ride School’s trails, video analysis and discussions about nutrition, women’s specific concerns and equipment.  All women’s programs are taught by PSIA – certified, women instructors, including Annie Black – Colorado’s Ski Instructor of the year – and each group is small and supportive.

  • K2 Pink Chase

Kick off the 2009-10 ski season with a unique global fundraiser uniting the women’s ski and snowboard community, raising money for breast cancer research organizations worldwide. The Pink Chase involves all snow sports disciplines: skiing, snowboarding and telemark. The public and K2 Alliance compile teams of two-three women and attempt to record as much vertical as possible while touring the mountain for the designated check points.

  • Winter Dew Tour – Breckenridge Resort
  • Chocolate Village at the Keystone Lodge & Spa

Created by Keystone’s renowned pastry chef Ned Archibald, this chocolate village has all the details.  With holiday trees, gifts and a train traveling throughout, you will be amazed by the power of chocolate.

  • Keystone Holiday Magic on Ice

Come see the Denver Figure Skating Club holiday show.  Enjoy hot chocolate and snacks at the Keystone Adventure Center while watching figure skating to holiday music.

  • Holiday Carolers in Lakeside Village

Strolling through the Lakeside Village & Keystone Lodge & Spa, these carolers bring the spirit of the holidays to Keystone.  Join in for a tune or two or enjoy the sounds as you skate around the Keystone Lake.

  • Santa & His Reindeer

Dress warm and bring your camera and the kids for a visit with Santa and his reindeer, Cupid.

  • Ice Carving Demonstration

Stop by the Lakeside Village throughout the day and watch the creation of a sleigh and reindeer made from blocks of ice.  It is truly amazing.

  • Keystone KIDTOPIA

Keystone KIDTOPIA—Bring your kids to a festival designed just for them. Explore the ultimate Snow Fort* at the top of Dercum Mountain, dance to live music in the plaza, make arts and crafts, go Disco Tubing and join the continuing education activities that fill this weekend on and off the slopes. Bring the whole family for a fun filled, kid friendly weekend.

  • Holiday Tubing & Cookie Trimming

Holiday Family Style Tubing & Cookie Trimming at the Nordic Center. Call 970-496-4275 for more information.

  • Moonlit Family Tubing & Dinner

Tube under the light of the full moon then warm up with a hearty supper. Call 970-496-4275 for more information.

  • Full Moon Snowshoe Tour 

Experience snowshoeing by moonlight! $40 includes snowshoe rental, 2-mile moonlight tour & soup buffet dinner with dessert. $35 if you have your own snowshoes. Minimum age: 13 years. Reservation required, please call 970-496-4275.   Event Dates: December 30, January 29, February 26, March 27.

  • New Year’s Celebration

Ring in the New Year with Keystone Resort’s torch light parade in River Run.
Enjoy family fun in the Lakeside Village with fireworks at 6 &10:30.

5:30- 6:30pm Lakeside Suite VIP Fireworks viewing area, fireworks begin 6:00pm

$25 per person includes first cocktail at the bar and hor d’oeuvres consisting of assorted cheeses, French bread and crackers, pretzels, chips and dips and assorted mini pastries. Cash bar after first cocktail.

5:30 – 10:00pm Ice Skating Party at Keystone Adventure Center
Bring the whole family to the Keystone Ice Rink and enjoy snacks, sodas, & hot chocolate while skating with Frosty.

6:30 – 8:00pm Family Dinner Buffet at the Edgewater Café, in the Keystone Lodge & Spa.
$24.95 for Adults, $12.95 for Children 5 -12 and under 5 free.
Enjoy a buffet dinner for the whole family at the Keystone Lodge & Spa. Dinner price includes free skate rentals.

8:00-10:00pm Murder Mystery Dinner the ballroom at the Keystone Lodge & Spa $125 per person.

Death for Dinner Mysteries are the funniest ever attended. The mystery unfolds with a crime that must be seen to be believed. The room is now full of suspects, as the clues and jokes fly fast and furious throughout dinner. The plot thickens as the Detective arrives at the scene of the crime to question everyone and try to get to the bottom of this baffling mystery.

Lodging discount available at the Keystone Lodge & Spa for attendees, $199/night (based on double occupancy). 

  • Burton Super Demo Tour

The Burton Super Demo is an interactive and entertaining experience for the guests at Keystone Resort. Guests can sample and experience an array of products from brands such as Volvo, Paul Mitchell, Gore Tex, Nature Valley and Burton’s brands Red and Anon. Test out Burton Snowboard’s 2009/2010 product line at this Free Demo open to the public.