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!

New Year’s Eve in Keystone

Are you looking for something to do in Keystone for New Year’s Eve? Well, look no further. Your friendly neighborhood SummitCove staff has compiled a list of all the going ons in Keystone!

Torch Light Parade

Ring in the New Year with Keystone Resort’s torch light parade in River Run. Join us at the mountain to watch skiers and riders come down the mountain carrying torches. From the bottom of the hill, in the village, this is a cool and scenic view of the mountain. Parade starts at 8:30pm

Fireworks at Lakeside Village

2 Shows Friday Night, right over Keystone Lake!

6:30 & 10:30pm

Live Music at Adventure Center’s Out of Bounds Saloon

Denver based band, Hit List! will be performing at the Out of Bounds Saloon at the Adventure Center in Lakeside Village from 8pm – 12:30am.

Wolf Rock Steak House

The Wolf Rock Steak House in River Run Village is hosting a New Year’s Eve Bash with DJ Pete Donello & Performance Artist Mike Potts. Doors open at 9pm

Kickapoo Tavern in River Run Village

Arnie J. Green Band- Funky Soulful & Bluesy

Show starts at 10 pm, $20 at the door or $10 with Dinner

Snake River Saloon

Dinner: Accepting Early Dinner Reservations for 5pm

First Come First Serve, Walk-ins welcome for the rest of the evening

Bar: New Year’s Eve Party with free favors!

Live Arena Rock Band- CRANKT

Doors open at 9:30 pm, $15 Cover or $10 with Dinner

Dos Locos Mexican Cantina & Bar

Regular Dinner Menu and a Live DJ starting at 9pm. They will also be doing FREE MONEY FRIDAY, win cash Friday night if your name is drawn, but you must get your name in by Thursday to be eligible!

Christmas Dinner at Keystone

Restaurants Open and Available for Christmas Dinner in Keystone

Attention Keystone Vacationers, if you are in the area for Christmas and are looking for dinner plans and you DO NOT have reservations, we can definitely point you in the right direction!

Many of Keystone’s famous restaurants are booked solid for dinner reservations, some places that do not take reservations but are having a delicious dinner planned are below:

Wolf Rock Steakhouse in River Run, they do not take reservations so it could be packed between 5 – 8PM, be wary.

Luigi’s Pastahouse in River Run, Italian favorites, same as above.

Snake River Saloon in Mountain House, a local favorite, it will be packed.

Dos Locos Mexican Restaurant & Cantina, classic Mexican food, they expect to be extremely busy, however, you can call ahead at 970-262-9185 to see how long the wait is.

Pug Ryan’s Steakhouse in Dillon, awesome food and great beer, ready to roll!

You can also travel to Frisco, Dillon, or Silverthorne for a great dinner, but not every restaurant is open. Call ahead just to be sure and Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Have a White Christmas at Keystone Resort

Spend Christmas at Keystone Ski Resort!

40% OFF Keystone Reservations Dec 9-26, 2010.

SummitCove Vacation Rentals is offering the lodging deal of the year in Keystone Resort for Christmas reservations in our fantastic properties.  Enjoy a vacation where a White Christmas is guaranteed, Keystone Colorado is already open with some of the best early ski conditions in history we are going to make vacation over Christmas a real joy this year.  The best thing about our Keystone property Management program is our properties are professionally managed, cleaned, and maintained to ensure your vacation is a great success!

  • New reservations only.
  • Any nights between Dec 9-26, 2010 are discounted by 40%

  • Not all properties eligible for discount.

White snow in Keystone

This vacation deal in Keystone does not require a discount code as for the properties is is valid on will automatically have the price adjusted for Keystone Reservations between December 9th and December 26th while reserving your vacation rental online.