Chocolate Village Grand Opening on December 6, 2018

The Chocolate Village at Keystone Resort is a long-time holiday tradition in the mountains!  The mini village is a must-see for any holiday visit at Keystone.


What’s so great about it? Well, this village is made completely out of 100% chocolate!  Over 7,000 pounds of various types of chocolate are used to create this impressive scene.  The village changes some from year to year and always features a new element!  You’ll see a working gondola, a running train, a chocolate waterfall, a forest of chocolate trees, chocolate mountains and more! This display is one of the coolest things you’ll see this holiday season.


The chocolate village is open 24 hours a day, though after midnight, all of the features may not be running.  If you are heading to Lakeside Village to do some ice skating or even for a nice dinner at the Bighorn Bistro, be sure to stop into the Lodge to see the infamous chocolate village! But be warned – you aren’t allowed to eat this display, as tempting as it may be!


For an extra-special experience, visit the Chocolate Village and say hi to Santa at the same time!  Santa will be at the Keystone Lodge and Spa for a number of different dates and times!


Don’t miss seeing the Chocolate Village while you are visiting Keystone over the holidays! SummitCove Lodging in Keystone has some great holiday lodging sales happening, so call today!

5 Reasons to Take Your Family to Keystone for the Holidays

If you haven’t decided on where to spend your holiday break this year, you might want to consider Keystone Resort.  Keystone is home to world class skiing and riding and is the most kid-friendly resort in Colorado!  Home to Keystone ‘Kidtopia’, there are daily, free events that are all centered around kids.  Enjoy incredible dining options, endless activities and some of the best snow in the Rockies! Here are 5 reasons to book your winter holiday getaway today!


The Most Bang for Your Lift Ticket Buck
Keystone is one of the few resorts in Colorado to offer night skiing, with select days offering 12 straight hours of skiing or riding.  Take all the breaks you want – we bet you won’t get tired of the incredible terrain at Keystone Resort day or night.


There are activities for EVERYONE
Let’s face it, some families have trouble finding common grounds.  Susie likes to stay inside, while Johnny is an outdoor adventure junkie.  Keystone is home to millions of activities, from daily Kidtopia events to ice skating, snow tubing, sleigh rides and even indoor activities such as pottery painting or a game of pool in the lobby.  Plan a family game night and then an outdoor activity the next night. Find some common ground in activities that everyone will enjoy!

Keystone on a snowy winter night


That ‘Holiday’ Feeling
Keystone doesn’t hold back on the holidays – enjoy the holiday lights in the village, Christmas trees, ice sculptures, holiday music, carolers, and even visit with Santa and his reindeer! Check out the amazing ‘Chocolate Village’ at the Keystone Lodge, where the entire scene is made out of chocolate! You’ll feel like a kid again when you experience the magic of Keystone during the holidays!

The amazing Chocolate Village at the Keystone Lodge and Spa


The World’s Largest Snow Fort
Where else can you explore the world’s largest snow fort on top of a mountain peak? Here at Keystone, kids rule! Have a snowball fight or just get lost in this huge snowfort located atop Dercum Mountain.


Fireworks Every Saturday
Another cool part of Keystone Kidtopia are the Saturday night fireworks that can be seen from multiple villages at Keystone.  Head up for night skiing and watch them from the gondola, or step outside on your River Run Condo balcony for an amazing show over the mountain. You can also see them from select properties in Mountain House, North Keystone and Lakeside Village!


These are just a few of the reasons to take your family to Keystone this holiday season.  Come out to Keystone to experience the wonder of the holidays and to create some unforgettable family memories! Check out available vacation rentals for the holidays here with SummitCove. 

Our Favorite Properties for Christmas in Keystone (That Are Still Available!)

The holidays are just around the corner and prime properties are booking quickly.  Here are a few of our favorite properties to enjoy when spending Christmastime at Keystone Resort.  Book your reservation today with SummitCove Lodging while these properties are still available for Christmas in Keystone!


Alders 54

Alders Townhomes in East Keystone are one of the newest developments at Keystone Resort.  This 3-bedroom, 3 bath townhome, Alders 54, sleeps 9 people. There are 2 living areas as well as a beautiful, spacious kitchen and great views of the outdoors.  You’ll love cooking up a holiday meal in the kitchen and spreading out on the sectional sofa with your family on Christmas morning.  This rental property won’t be available for long!


Alders 54 Living Area


Lone Eagle 3051

Lone Eagle condos are one of the few ski-in properties at Keystone Resort, making it a premier choice for a winter ski vacation.  Lone Eagle 3051 is a cozy 2 bedroom condo with a great balcony and a stunning view.  Luxurious finishes, a great master bath suite along with a huge kitchen make this the perfect place to host a holiday celebration.  Curl up next to the fire with your favorite Christmas movie and the whole family to make some holiday memories you’ll never forget!


Huge master suite with gorgeous bed at Lone Eagle 3051


Keystone Gulch Cabin 1668

If you are looking for a mountain getaway, tucked into the woods with that cabin feel, this private home, Keystone Gulch Cabin 1668, is the place for you!  The cozy family den features huge floor to ceiling windows that allow you to feel as you are outside in the woods! A large stone fireplace and huge sectional are the ideal place for opening presents early Christmas morning! Three bedrooms offer space for mom and dad, your teenager and two little ones, or whomever else will be visiting on your holiday vacation!


Enjoy watching the snow fall at Keystone Gulch Cabin!


Springs 8864

The Springs is one of the most popular condo rentals in all of Keystone Resort and River Run Village.  The best parts of The Springs are its pool area, proximity to the gondola and additional amenities such as a movie theatre room and kids playhouse.  Your kids will never be bored while staying at this lodge in Keystone.  Springs 8864 is a one bedroom, 1 bath that sleeps 4, perfect for a smaller family with one or two small children.


Kids will love this waterslide and all of the other amenities at The Springs!


Ski Tip Ranch 8721

Ski Tip Ranch 8721 is a 4 bedroom townhome in East Keystone just steps from the free shuttle route. This spacious vacation rental sleeps up to 11 and has a wonderful back patio for a morning cup of coffee before you hit the slopes. Multiple levels offer added privacy and the fourth bedroom offers bunk beds, perfect for a kids room. Some added features include a jetted tub in the master bath, large dining area and private garage. You’re also just steps away from the famous Ski Tip Lodge, which offers some of the finest cuisine in Keystone,  perfect for an intimate Christmas dinner.


Large dining table at Ski Tip 8721 for a family holiday feast


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!


Take Your Family to Keystone for Thanksgiving This Year

Thanksgiving is just a month away and it’s time to start planning! Why spend Thanksgiving crammed into a small space, stuck inside with nothing to do? Change things up this year and take your family to Keystone! Whether you celebrate with just your immediate family, prefer a ‘friendsgiving’ or you like to invite all of your relatives, we have the perfect accommodations for your group of 2 or 20! Here are some things to consider when looking for your Thanksgiving Lodging.


1.  The Perfect Kitchen
Are you planning to cook a big meal or would you prefer to go out for Thanksgiving Dinner and leave the cooking up to someone else? Some of our favorite kitchens at Keystone Resort include North Fork Lodge 577, Keystone Retreat 33, Wild Irishman 1064, Alders 869,  Tennis Townhomes 1314,  and Settler’s Creek 6565. Although we keep our vacation rental kitchens stocked with all of the basic cooking necessities, keep in mind that every kitchen is stocked differently and may not always include some of the more obscure items such as a turkey baster or tupperware large enough to fit all of the turkey leftovers! Make your meal prep easy by ordering in advance from one of the many grocery or meal prep delivery services and have all of the food delivered to your property’s fridge prior to your arrival!

You’ll love cooking in this dream kitchen at Keystone Retreat #33



2. Location
Location probably depends on your group and what you plan to do.  If you are looking for alot of family time shared inside the vacation home, you might be ok with a large private home tucked away at Keystone Ranch with a private hot tub. If everyone is focused on skiing, you might opt for something a little closer to the slopes and the activities that happen in River Run.  Do you mind taking a shuttle or driving to the lifts instead of walking? These are all things to consider when searching for your Thanksgiving accommodations. Also note that most of the larger townhomes and private homes tend to be a bit further from the main village.


3. Amenities
Every property is different, so be sure you narrow down your top ‘must-have’ amenities before you begin your search and that will help to make sure you are getting everything you need from your vacation rental.  Some of the most common requests include king size beds, private laundry, a private garage, fireplaces and hot tubs! Many of our larger townhomes and private homes come equipped with garages and private hot tubs which are especially great when you are traveling with a larger group! Nothing beats warming up in the hot tub under the stars after a day out on the ski slopes!


Starfire Townhome 1979 sleeps 12 and features a private garage


4. Price
The great thing about visiting over Thanksgiving are the great rates! Thanksgiving in Keystone is one of the most affordable holidays to visit during, because it falls in the early part of ski season. Although we can’t predict how much it will snow, we can promise that Keystone has incredible snow making capabilities and a good amount of the mountain should already be open, if not all of it! The skiing is great and you can’t beat how affordable it is! Take advantage of our Thanksgiving sales and promotions by signing up for the SummitCove Newsletter list below. While you are in Keystone, take advantage of our Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday sales to book your next Keystone vacation!

Bring Your Family Together in Keystone for Thanksgiving

If you really want to make the most of your holiday weekend, why not take your family to Keystone for a nice ski vacation?  Instead of stressing over a big meal and having to clean the house, spread out in a spacious condo and leave the cooking to someone else!  Spend your time with your family instead!


Spend the weekend skiing together, watching football, playing games and enjoying each other’s company.  Take advantage of Keystone’s great dining options and instead of spending all of your time in the kitchen, enjoy a great family holiday meal that someone else prepares!  Try some of Keystone’s best restaurants such as the Alpenglow Stube, Der Fondue Chessel or the Ski Tip Lodge for a delicious Thanksgiving spread.  For something in River Run, check out Zuma Roadhouse.  You can also find nice family menus at Bighorn Bistro and the Snake River Saloon in Mountain House.


Support your team by sporting your football jersey out on the slopes!  You’ll notice that most people stay in on Thursday, meaning you’ll have the slopes to yourself!  If you do want to cook your family meal, you can rest easy knowing that your rental condo is stocked with plenty of cooking supplies to make that perfect meal. We require each of our vacation rentals to have a standard inventory of cooking items such as pots, pans, knives, cutting boards, utensils and more.


Arrive on Wednesday evening and just relax. On Thursday, enjoy a family day together skiing and of course eating a big meal, and then more skiing and more eating leftovers!  Friday morning, the diehard shoppers can head into town and enjoy Black Friday Deals at the Silverthorne Outlets Mall!  Talk about great deals, the outlets are a shopping lover’s dream come true and every year the deals get better and better! On Saturday, head into River Run Village and attend the Welcome Winter Family Carnival.  This free event happens every year and is the official ‘winter kickoff’ party.  Enjoy tons of activities and games for the kids, along with live music and winter-themed drink specials for the adults. Watch as the holiday tree lights up and the village lights begin their ‘dance’ for the holiday season. Santa and his reindeer will also be around for visits with the kids.


Create a new tradition this year of skiing with your family on Thanksgiving at Keystone Ski Resort in Colorado! The fresh, crisp mountain air and exercise sure beats a stuffy, crowded house any day!  You’ll love waking up early on Thanksgiving morning to hit the slopes.  Book a condo at The Springs Condos to be close to the gondola so you can head back to the condo periodically throughout the day for Thanksgiving goodies, such as a slice of pumpkin pie and to check on the score of the big game! If you aren’t into downhill skiing or snowboarding, grab a pair of snow shoes, cross-country nordic skis or ice skates and head outside!


Take advantage of our new lowered Thanksgiving weekend rates.  Book early for the best property selections, especially if you are traveling with a large or extended family.  We have everything from small ski studio condos, to medium size townhomes up to 5 and 6 bedroom private homes for a large family or even multiple families or a big group of friends!

Thanksgiving at Keystone Resort

Thanksgiving in Keystone is one of the most highly anticipated  holidays in the Rocky Mountains! It’s the perfect time of year to come up to the cold, alpine air and get some high-elevation relaxation.  Come home to your vacation rental and cook your Thanksgiving meal in your own private kitchen with the whole family. The kids will hit the slopes as you put the finishing touches on your tasty creations, and at the end of the day, everyone can come together and enjoy their unique holiday ski vacation together!  


Rent one of our unique private homes, such as Keystone Prospector’s Home or the Keystone Gulch Estate. Would you rather be within walking distance to the slopes and events in River Run? Check out some of the larger properties in The Springs or Red Hawk Townhomes for the perfect basecamp Thanksgiving condo. We have properties to suit any size family, small or large, so who you bring is up to you!


Head out to the ski slopes and be back to the condo in time to soak in the hot tubs amongst the stars.  There are so many great events that start up over the Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend.  The Welcome Winter Family Carnival starts on Saturday the 26th. Take the kids to meet Santa in River Run village, and watch the annual lighting River Run Village celebration! Your kids will be mesmerized by the winter wonderland that unfolds in front of them!


SummitCove also offers great discounts to guests on their transportation, whether it’s a rental car or airport shuttle, as well as ski equipment discounts and dining deals. Come up to the mountains at Keystone Resort and enjoy the snow with your family this Thanksgiving holiday!


Plan Your Family Holiday Family Ski or Snowboard Vacation Today

The holidays are one of the absolute best times to be in the mountains.  There’s nothing better than soft snow falling in a mountain village as you stroll through the shops and take in the cool mountain air, with the glimmering excitement of a waking up to a powder day, especially on Christmas morning.  Holiday decorations and lights amplify the charm, with the sparkling snowflakes adding to the magical feeling in the air.


If you’ve never visited Keystone Resort over the holidays, you might not yet know what you are missing. Forget Disney World!  Take your family to the mountains this year for their winter break getaway, where you can enjoy skiing, snow tubing, ice skating, snowmobiling, zip lining… the list goes on and on.  Most kids will even just have a blast swimming in the pool while it’s snowing or playing board games together as a family.  Don’t worry, the pools are heated year-round and it’s not as cold as it sounds!  Give your family the gift of experiences and memories this year that will last a lifetime.  Unwrap Christmas morning with a fresh ski wax and cup of hot chocolate out on the ski slopes.


Keystone hosts tons of fun events and activities for the holidays including the ‘Welcome Winter Family Carnival’ and ‘Pancakes with Santa’.  Santa will be around with his reindeer throughout the holiday season, to meet kids and hear about their Christmas wishes! There are also fireworks every Saturday with Keystone Kidtopia, once the season gets into swing.  Daily Kidtopia events will be happening with fun and free things for the kids to enjoy, such as parades, free cookies, arts and crafts and more.  In mid-December, the Snow Fort opens, a larger than life snow castle that kids can explore, play at and have snowball fights! Take the kids ice skating at the rink at Dercum Square, near Buffalo Lodge, Dakota and Expedition Station Condos.


A family Ice Skating at Dercum Square in River Run Village


There are places that will deliver a Christmas Tree to your condo or private home rental, complete with lights and decorations! Your holiday traditions can continue in the mountains.  Spend Christmas Eve together, sipping hot chocolate next to the fireplace.  This holiday memory will be one that stands out from the rest and you’ll never forget.  Book your holiday stay in Keystone today! 

6 Reasons Why Thanksgiving in Keystone Beats Staying Home

You’ve thought about heading to Keystone for Thanksgiving a few times over the years, yet you’re still hosting at your house.  Here is why you should make your Keystone Thanksgiving lodging reservation today:

  1. Skiing in a Football Jersey – enough said!
  2. No dishes – it’s totally acceptable to go out for Thanksgiving Dinner while you’re on vacation.  But if you do decide to cook, you can be confident that the kitchen in your condo or townhome is fully stocked with all the necessities for a great family meal.  If not, we can make recommendations for the best restaurants in the Keystone Resort area.  There are also some really awesome grocery delivery services in the area that will take the shopping and sometimes meal prep out of the equation for you!
  3. Family Game Night. Nothing brings the family together like a fun game night. Spend the evening playing charades, Speak Out, Yahtzee, Scattergories or whatever the fam enjoys these days and bring out your competitive sides.
  4. You’ll have the best stories to tell your co-workers on Tuesday morning back at work.  Instead of tall-tales of the deep fryer setting the garage on fire, you’ll be sharing stories of the ski slopes and glorious champagne powder in between all of the leftovers, hot tub dips and football games.
  5. PERSONAL SPACE! Stop cramming 15 people into your living room, with kids sharing beds and sleeping on the floor and putting grandma on a pullout sofa – book one of our spacious private homes or town homes and finally have the space to ENJOY one another’s company without getting on each other’s nerves. Your family will seriously thank you.
  6. FUN!  You and your family have limited time off together.  This is one time of the year where you have an excuse to spend time together and HAVE FUN as a family, without the daily distractions of basketball practice and piano lessons. Use the long holiday weekend as the perfect excuse to have as much fun as you can with your family.

Rent a Private Home in Keystone This Christmas!

Are you still looking for the perfect holiday vacation for the whole family? Come visit Keystone for a white Christmas on the ski slopes! SummitCove Vacation Lodging still has two private homes available over Christmas. Keystone River Retreat and Keystone Prospectors Home are both spacious houses with plenty of room for the entire family and all of your festivities.

Keystone River Retreat #1247 is a 3 bedroom, 3.5 bathroom house that sleeps 9 people comfortably. Located right across from the Keystone Stables, it has ample parking in the front, as well as garage parking. The living area is very open, with plenty of room for everyone to gather. There is also a large game room downstairs, ideal for families traveling with kids. With a fully stocked kitchen, this home makes it easy to cook meals for everyone. It is only a short bus ride away from Mountain House base area where you can find ski school, as well as generally shorter lift lines. Keystone River Retreat is a cozy and convenient choice for your family.
Keystone Prospectors Home #669 is a luxurious 5 bedroom, 5 bathroom private home, less than a mile from River Run.  Two of the downstairs bedrooms are set up with two bunk beds each, allowing this house to sleep up to 16 people; a great option for larger groups. With two spacious master bedrooms and two living rooms, this house is comfortable for the kids and adults, without feeling crowded. There is a private hot tub, perfect after a long day of skiing. Keystone Prospectors Home is only a short walk from River Run making it a great option for a group that wants to spend the day in the hustle and bustle of the resort.
To view and book either of these homes, along with a variety of condos still available for Christmas, visit our website at  Call us today while we still have properties available for the Holidays in Keystone!