According to the Mayan Calendars, the end of the world is predicted to come down December 21, 2012. Popular musician, Keller Williams is throwing an ‘End of the World’ celebration right here in Keystone for 2 nights on December 21 & 22. Williams is known as a ‘master of acoustic guitar’ and has teamed up with many different artists over the years since his first album back in 1994.
Join Keller Williams and his Compadres at Warren Station in Keystone, Colorado on December 21st and 22nd for two nights of fun. The first night will feature Keller, Billy Nershi and Keith Moseley picking bluegrass, as well as a Keller solo set. On the second night, experience the funky grooves of Keller, Kyle Hollingsworth, Keith Moseley and Dave Watts along with a solo set from Keller.
Tickets for the event are $30 for solo nights or $50 in advance for both nights. Book a condo in River Run Village, such as Jackpine Lodge, Dakota Lodge, or Silver Mill Condos to be close to the shows, along with restaurants, bars, and the ski slopes at Keystone Resort!
Fall is quickly coming, the leaves in Keystone have already started turning, and one of the first things that comes to mind for the fall season (after football) is… Oktoberfest! The River Run Rocks! Concert series is putting their own twist on Oktoberfest this year, with ROCKtoberfest, going on tomorrow afternoon in River Run Village. This event is the perfect Fall kickoff, featuring live music, delicious food, and of course BEER! The music is free and kicks off at 2pm featuring tunes from Redline Radio, Musketeer Gripweed, and even polka music to get into the ROCKtoberfest spirit. Redline Radio is a high energy, top-40 cover band from Denver, consisting of 5 members jamming out on a variety of instruments, including electric guitar, bass, drums, keys and harmonica. Musketeer Gripweed hails from the Fort Collins music scene, self-described as an “American Revival Stomp Shake Ass Holla” band, they are sure to get you up on your feet, moving and shaking! The festival and music run until 7pm and can be followed up with dinner or drinks at one of the many restaurants located within the village, including the Kickapoo Tavern and Wolf Rock Steakhouse. Book a condo in Silver Mill or Arapahoe Lodge and experience ultimate convenience by walking to the event from your condo! Call one of our Vacation Planners to reserve at a great, discounted price!
Other activities to try while you are visiting Keystone include Downhill Mountain Biking, Golfing, Hiking, and enjoying the amazing fall colors that are starting to change the hillsides to brilliant orange, yellow, and red hues! This is a great time to visit Keystone Resort Colorado!
Keystone features world class terrain with something for every skiing or riding level, whether you are just learning or are a black diamond, powder-seeking pro! Just 90 minutes from the Denver International Airport and smack dab in the center of a cluster of other ski resorts, such as Breckenridge, Arapahoe Basin, Copper and Vail; Keystone offers a central location with convenience that can’t be beat. Keystone is also one of the few resorts in Colorado that hosts night skiing, meaning you get more bang for your buck. There are also plenty of lodging options in Keystone, whether you want to ski-in, ski-out at Lone Eagle, enjoy private bubbly hot tubs and slope views like those at Chateaux DuMont or just have the convenience of walking to shops, restaurants, and the slopes like you’ll have when you stay in River Run Village. Keystone is also known to be one of the most family friendly resorts, offering activities designed just for kids, such as Kidtopia Kidsfest, the Snow Fort at the top of Dercum Mountain, and every day fun with activities like ice skating, tubing, sledding, sleigh rides and more! You’ll also have access to Keystone’s Epic Mix, which allows users to track their days, vertical feet, earn pins and even have free professional photos taken on the mountain to record EPIC experiences! Keystone really has something for everyone! Call one of our Vacation Planners today and have them help you find the perfect property for your next Keystone Colorado vacation!
A few of the leaves in Summit County have already started changing colors, meaning Fall is on it’s way.. and even better, that Winter will be here before we know it! Fall is an incredible time to visit Keystone; the summer crowds have dwindled and it feels as if you have the whole resort to yourself. Many of the restaurants in Summit County offer 2-for-1 deals, making it easy to enjoy a gourmet meal at just a fraction of the price you would normally pay. The temperatures are cool, making it the ideal weather for hiking and biking. Equipment shops start running fall sales to get rid of last year’s equipment, meaning you can receive savings up to 70% off on a new pair of skis, boots, googles, and other gear. The quiet and relaxed atmosphere during the off season is a nice change from the normal hustle and bustle at the resort. You can also visit some of the Fall themed events in Summit County, including Wine in the Pines, Oktoberfest, Fall for the Arts, Fall Fest and more.
Probably the biggest reason to come though is for the Colorado Fall Colors. Keystone is home to Aspens which change to brilliant gold and orange hues, creating hills of gorgeous colors. Although the exact dates cannot be predicted, typically September is the best month to view the colors. There are numerous trails in the Keystone and Montezuma areas that offer superb color viewing opportunities, including the Peru Creek trail and Keystone Gulch area. If you have never tried cross country mountain biking, it is a great way to cover alot of terrain and really submerse yourself in the beautiful scenery. There are many trails that are considered beginner level to get started on. You can also ride your bike up one of the scenic passes such as Loveland or Hoosier. Another way to view the colors is to take a scenic drive on one of the many beautiful roads in Summit County such as Montezuma Road, The Top of the Rockies Scenic Byway over Independence Pass, or the Copper Minturn Loop.
SummitCove is sticking with the 2-for-1 theme and offering A FREE Night, when you buy one night from September 10 until October 31st, at participating properties. Experience the colors from the balcony view shown above at Expedition Station or be tucked away in the woods at Trapper’s Crossing Townhomes. You can’t pass up these amazing prices during your Fall Color Viewing Tour! Take a break from the city life and experience the brilliance and beauty of the Colorado wilderness during one of its most beautiful seasons!
What do you have planned for your long weekend over Labor Day? How about one last getaway with the kids before the back to school grind? Or an inexpensive, yet romantic getaway weekend with your special someone? Keystone is just a short 70 minute drive from Denver and is the perfect place to go for a quick mountain escape. There is plenty to do here whether you are an outdoor enthusiast, love shopping or are just looking to relax and take in the beautiful scenery. We have properties to fit any size group and Vacation Planners that can help you find that perfect property, whether you want a romantic love nest or a spacious home for your entire family. Spend 2 nights in Keystone over Labor Day Weekend & get your 3rd night free!
Over Labor Day Weekend, culinary lovers can satisfy their taste-buds at the Taste of Keystone Culinary Outdoor Food Festival. The Taste of Keystone is a perfect way to experience Keystone’s finest cuisine, from restaurants like the Alpenglow Stube, Ski Tip Lodge, Keystone Ranch, and The Bighorn Steakhouse without having to break the bank. Sample the finest foods and enjoy specialty wines along the shores of Keystone Lake. Stay at a property in Lakeside Village and walk to the event!
For the shopping lovers and deal hounds, the Merchant Tent Sale will be going on all weekend. This is a great time to get your holiday shopping done early or get some new ski equipment at up to 70% off! Don’t miss out on great bargains and prices from Gorsuch, Kidz Cabin, Christy Sports, Keystone Sports, Rock’n R Ranch and Shirt Off my Back. It’s the perfect time to buy your gifts for the entire family.
This will also be the last weekend for FREE gondola rides during the Friday Afternoon Club, with live music, food, and yard games at the top of Dercum Mountain. If you’ve never seen the views from the top during the summer, you won’t want to pass it up. With amazing panoramic views of Lake Dillon, Breckenridge and the surrounding mountains, it is a great spot to hike around or just enjoy a beer with a view in one of the comfy Adirondack chairs in the sunshine. Friday, August 31st features live music from the The Luv Brothers, at the top of Dercum Mountain. Saturday the 1st is your last chance for twilight riding in the Keystone Bike Park. The final closing day of downhill mountain biking is September 16th. Other activities at Keystone include hiking, biking, golf, and horseback riding. Enjoy one last summer vacation before the snow falls!
Wednesday is the last day to save big on summer stays with our Escape the Heat sale! Take 35% Off stays of 3 nights or more! Looking for a property with an awesome outdoor pool? Check out The Springs,Settler’s Creek or Soda Springs!
One of the first things that probably comes to mind when you think of the perfect summer mountain vacation is whitewater rafting. Although it’s a total blast, it’s certainly not the only way to get wet in the high country. From stand up paddle boarding to sailing to kayaking and fishing, there are plenty of ways to get wet!
Whitewater kayaking is a ton of fun, along with being a great upper body workout. Try it out yourself at the Breckenridge kayak park, located on the Blue River in downtown Breckenridge. At 1,800 feet, it’s the longest in the state and includes 15 water features that challenge all levels of boaters. Access is free, and equipment rentals and instruction are available at local outfitters.
Looking for something more mellow with less rapids? Why not rent a sea kayak and head to Lake Dillon (officially named Dillon Reservoir), conveniently located in the center of Summit County. Kayak Lake Dillon is Summit County’s only kayaking outfitter and can arrange family and other sea kayak trips on the scenic lake.
Lake Dillon Boating
Lake Dillon is more than just Denver’s Water Source! In addition to kayaking (see above), you can sail, stand up paddleboard, rent a pontoon boat and more. Both the Dillon and Frisco Marinas rent out boats. Check out the Lake Dillon Water Taxi for a short ride along with a history lesson- its a great way to get out on the water inexpensively and see the spectacular views. SummitCove guests receive a coupon for a discount on the Taxi’s round trip ride in our Key to Keystone Coupon Book.
A person could devote a lifetime to mastering the minute details of fly fishing: which flies to choose, how to cast, where to look for fish, when to lure them in. Or that person could hire a guide and head to one of the many trout-full rivers in the high country. Summit Fly Fishing on Keystone Lake offers equipments rentals, guided trips and lessons. The Snake River is a great place to learn! Looking for a property that is close to the river? Red Hawk Townhomes #2352 backs up right to the river- just step out the back door and grab your fishin’ pole- you can start as the sun comes up!
KODI Rafting is based out of Frisco, Colorado and offers all kinds of rafting trips. Rafting is fun for everyone and even Dad is sure to grab a thrill from getting soaked with cold mountain runoff as you paddle through the river’s rapids. KODI offers a variety of trips spanning across 4 rivers, running everything from an easy float trip for kids to an extreme whitewater adventure! They also do duckie trips for those looking to steer their own boat and they are perfect for later season trips when the water is tamer. Remember- all SummitCove guests receive a 10% discount on all KODI trips!
Stand Up Paddle Boarding
This sport seems to be all the new rage this summer and it’s becoming more and more popular up here in the high country. KODI has also started Stand Up Paddle Board trips this summer, that include a full day with training, the morning session just practice on a local pond, followed by taking it to the river in the afternoon. Keystone visitors also have the opportunity to rent a board right on Keystone Lake! The Keystone Adventure Center on Keystone Lake also offers kayak and paddle boat rentals.
Swimming/ Pool Party
Keystone has some spectacular outdoor pools at various condo buildings, perfect for the kids to play or to lay out and indulge yourself in a great book and the warm sunshine. Book a condo at The Springs in River Run and enjoy beautiful landscaping, a waterslide, 2 hot tubs, waterfalls and 2 huge common grills… can we say pool party!? Soda Springs,Dakota Lodge, and Tennis Townhomes are some of our other summer time pool favorites.
Want to Cool Off in the High Country?
SummitCove has just extended our Escape the Heat Sale, offering 35% Off Summer Stays of 3 Nights or More. It’s the perfect reason to get out of Denver and into the high country to try out some of our fun water sports and beat the heat!
The 16th Annual Keystone Bluegrass and Beer Festival is this weekend, with a kick-off party tonight at Warren Station! Oakhurst and the Farewell Drifters will be setting the stage for a weekend full of fun and live music, starting tonight at 8pm at Warren Station in Keystone. Tickets are just $10 at the door. If you haven’t purchased your Beer Tasting Passes be sure to visit HERE to take part in one of the longest running beer festivals in Colorado! With over 25 breweries, offering several beers from their portfolios, including New Belgium, Dillon Dam, Grand Teton, Renegade and more, you are sure to find some new favorites as well as enjoy the classics! This is one of the most popular summer festivals in Keystone- nothing beats the fresh mountain air, amazing views, fresh beer tasting and live music, all right here in Keystone! Stay in one of our River Run Village Condos to be right in the middle of the action!
SummitCove has just a few properties still available for this weekend- call us today to get the best deal on River Run Lodging to be in the heart of all the action! There will be activities in Keystone for the kids all weekend as well including arts & crafts, musical instrument lessons, the Keystone rock climbing wall, and a mini golf course all within the River Run Village area. The weather forecast looks great with plenty of sunshine and temperatures in the 70s all weekend- it’s shaping up to be a spectacular weekend to be in Keystone!
It’s back…. Kidtopia! Bring your family to River Run Village this Saturday afternoon and enjoy some FREE family fun! Come experience a petting zoo, train rides, caricatures, face painters, balloon artists, crafts, mascots Olivia and Oliver, spin art, a kid’s show, bounce houses, DJ and a street entertainer for a day you won’t want to miss! Today’s show features Jim Jackson, a one man circus show! He will be performing on the main stage in River Run Keystone at 12 pm, 1:30pm and 2:30 pm. Entertainment will be going on from 11am – 3pm. Walk around the village and enjoy the free entertainment and activities all afternoon! This is a great time to let your kids roam around and burn off some extra energy while having fun and being around other youngsters. Interested in staying the night on Saturday? Check out a property at Jackpine Lodge or Black Bear Lodge in order to be closet to the event in River Run Plaza. Jackpine 8015, a 1-bedroom property in River Run actually has a balcony that overlooks the events!
Q: Why should we choose Keystone CO as our Winter Vacation Destination?
A. We thought you’d never ask! Keystone is one of the most family friendly resorts around, offering kids specific activities like Keystone Kidtopia- a festival just for kids that include special games, glow-light ice-skating, a giant life size snow fort at the top of the mountain to play in, arts and crafts, adventure zones on the mountain to explore and so on. Keystone has its own snow-tubing hill, TWO outdoor ice skating rinks, sleigh rides, outdoor fire-pits, amazing dining options, shopping, cross-country skiing, outdoor heated swimming pools, sledding and more! Not to brag, but we think Keystone has some of the best views around, including incredible angles on Lake Dillon and surrounding mountains like Breckenridge! The activities are endless and there is certainly something for everyone at Keystone Resort! There are also some amazing events throughout the winter like the River Run Rocks! FREE concerts series, culinary festivals, a winter bluegrass festival, Mardi Gras celebrations, Holiday festivities and more!
Keystone as a mountain offers a great bang for your buck, as it is one of the only resorts in Colorado that has night skiing! This means on select days, you can ski from open to close- up to 12 hours…If you can make it that long, your ticket is good all day and night! So it’s nice to be able to take a break in the afternoon for a hearty bowl of chili or a beer on an outdoor patio and then head back out, warm and refreshed. Keystone has three separate peaks, each offering different terrain and multiple gondolas. It also boasts some of the most diverse terrain, ranging from beginner to double black and expert only terrain. It includes multiple learning areas for kids and beginners, with mini chairlifts and ‘magic carpets’, plenty of groomed ‘corduroy’, powder runs, tree skiing, hiking zones, and even KAT TOURS- spend the day on a tour or take 1 ride on the KAT for just $5. This is a great way to experience some of the deepest powder and find some areas that have been completely untouched! Area-51 is Keystone’s terrain park and it is one of the best in the country. It is also one of the closest resorts to the Denver Airport- just a quick 90 minute drive and you’re here! Arapahoe Basin is also just 7 miles up the road if you are looking to explore other mountains and offers some great, different terrain without having to travel far.
Keystone Resort has a FREE shuttle system that will take you just about anywhere you’d like around town. It also is one of the only resorts that still offers CLOSE parking at no charge!
Q: Why should I rent from SummitCove Property Management rather than directly from the Owner of the Condo?
A. All of the condos and homes that SummitCove rents are individually owned by families. Owners are able to choose who manages their property, and they have picked us.. to take reservations, be the guest contact, provide maintenance and security while they are away. We serve as a point of contact, a ‘home base’ to help you with everything you need all the way from the planning stage to the check-out day. You can trust us with your credit card information and that you will always have someone to call if you need to. We offer 24-7 emergency and maintenance service, along with excellent customer service and experience. So if your heat goes out at 3am, you get locked out of your property, or just need a recommendation on where to eat- we are here for you, in Keystone, at any time day or night. No worrying about sending money to an unknown stranger, waiting around for a call back or wondering what would happen in the event of an emergency. We are also able to use our size to our advantage- we have some great guest perks such as our Key to Keystone Coupon Book offering discounts on restaurants and activities & free bike rentals in the Summer and discounted lift tickets and equipment rentals in the winter.
Q: Is SummitCove connected to Keystone Resort or Vail Resorts? What are the benefits of renting from SummitCove vs. the Resort or other Property Management Companies?
A.Summitcove Property Management is one of many property management firms that operate in or near Keystone Resort. Although we are not directly affiliated with Keystone or Vail Resorts Inc. that operate the ski mountain, we do work closely together on an everyday basis to make sure our mutual guests are happy and come back to Keystone year after year.
SummitCove stands apart in many ways. One of the biggest differences is that we allow you to pick the EXACT property you will be staying at, vs. just a general ‘2-bedroom in River Run’ as an example of what information the Resort would provide. We have photos, video tours, reviews, amenities lists, distance to the slopes, bedding configurations information and more for each and every property we manage. You will be happy to know that your kids will be getting the bunk beds they’ve been looking forward to, the property has that cool mountain decor or stainless steel appliances, or even just that you and your friends will both staying in Buffalo Lodge- whatever it is you are looking for, we allow you to pick from our properties and find the one that suits you best. Our properties are as individual as you and we want you to enjoy your vacation and we believe it all starts with where you stay! Many of our properties also have additional amenities that aren’t always found in the ‘stock’ properties of the Resort.
SummitCove provides personalized customer service and being a small company, we are able to go the extra mile for our guests. We are a small company where it’s possible to walk in and maybe meet the owner- we have just under 300 properties and about 25 employees. We still have 24-7 customer service, a local check-in office and customer perks, just like the Resort, but we hope you will find your experiences with us are much more personal and memorable, connecting a face with a name. We offer our guests great perks like 25% off equipment rentals, discounted lift tickets, and various coupons for discounts at restaurants, activities, massages, and more!
Our check-in office is located RIGHT IN KEYSTONE, meaning you don’t have to drive to Dillon or get your keys from a lockbox. In the winter months we typically have someone staffed at our front desk 24 hours a day! Nothing’s worse than traveling 10 hours only to get your keys in the dark out of an outdoor lockbox and have no idea where you are going! Our front desk agents will be awaiting your arrival, greeting you with a smile, ready to draw out directions on a map, show you where the grocery store is and even offer advice on the best place to go for breakfast, ski rentals, and what activities to do; not to mention offer you an exclusive coupon book to help you save big while you are here!
Q: What are the properties like and what supplies will be provided?
A. Our properties come fully furnished with everything you need to feel like you’re right at home. We have all different sizes of properties from a small studio with kitchenette to a 5-bedroom private home that sleeps 16! They are all individually owned and every property is different, with their own decor and amenities, based on the owner’s personality. Although Keystone itself is no more than 4 miles long, there are many different areas, villages, and buildings like River Run, Mountain House, Settlers Creek, Trappers Crossing, Snake River, Ski Tip and the Pines just to name a few. Most properties have dining rooms and full kitchens that stock everything you’d need to make a nice family dinner- stove, oven, refrigerator, dishwasher, coffee pot, dishes, silverware, pots and pans, and even salt and pepper! In the other rooms you will find most units have multiple flat screen TV’s, a DVD player, hair dryers, fans, closets and even humidifiers to combat the drier air. We always start you out with basic supplies like shampoo, conditioner, Kleenex, paper towels, dishwasher detergent, dish and hand soaps, coffee, toilet paper, sponges, towels, trash bags, etc. All properties are different, but we do set some requirements in order for every guest to be comfortable. Some properties feature heated garages, ski lockers, fireplaces, private hot tubs, surround sound, washer and dryer, jetted baths, leather couches, stainless steel appliances and so on. Check out the Property Information page on our website for each specific property to find out these sort of details! Many of the buildings have common spaces that feature pools, hot tubs, couches and televisions, pool tables, outdoor grills, steam rooms and more.
Q: How do I rent a unit? Is there a deposit and what are the payment terms?
A. You can rent any of our properties by booking directly on this website using a credit card or you can call us at 1-877-850-7750 if you would like to speak with us and book by phone- we have experienced Vacation Planners who can help you find the exact property you are looking for based on your individual preferences such as location, cost, the size of your group and specific amenities you might be looking for such as a fireplace or hot tub! Sometimes it is nice to have help sorting through the different options. We will ask questions such as “What is most important to you during your stay? Do you want to be able to walk to the slopes or do you not mind taking a shuttle? Do your kids prefer bunk beds or twin beds? Do you need a washer and dryer in your property? How about a view?” etc.
When you book your stay, 1/2 of your rent is required as a down payment, and the final payment will be due 60 days out from your reservation. A small damage fee is included in the price to cover minimal incidentals in case of an accident, but it will not be refunded. Our cancellation policy is as follows:
More than 180 Days prior to Arrival Date – 90% of the total rental amount will be refunded.
179- 60 Days prior to Arrival Date – 75% of the total rental amount will be refunded.
59 – 30 Days prior to Arrival Date – 50% of the total rental amount will be refunded.
29 – 14 Days prior to Arrival Date – 25% of the total rental amount will be refunded.
Less than 14 days prior to Arrival Date – No Refund.
We do offer travel insurance for an extra 6.95% of your reservation cost that covers some travel circumstances such as weather, traffic delays, illness and more from Travel Guard. It will protect your entire partys’ vacation investment if you are forced to cancel, interrupt, or delay your trip due to weather, illness, injury, or any other covered reason. This policy also includes very important baggage and medical protection. This can be a great thing to have, especially in Colorado- because sometimes airports close and roads shut down and people may get sick in the winter!
Q: Should I rent a car? Is there a shuttle?
A. Keystone and Summit County both have FREE Shuttle Systems making it easy to get around once you are up in the mountains. We also have many properties that are within walking distance, so you can easily get by without a car. So if you are coming to Keystone from the airport, you may choose to rent a car or take a shuttle. There are quite a few airport shuttle companies out there and prices vary depending on the size of your group, but typically range from $50-$70 a person. There are also shuttles available to other ski resorts- you can get to Arapahoe Basin, Copper, and Breckenridge for free on the county-wide shuttle, The Summit Stage, but to go to Vail or Beaver Creek you would have to pay for a shuttle. If you do choose to rent a car you will most likely want to get one that has a ski rack and 4-wheel drive. Many times the roads are clear, but it is nice to have 4-whell drive if it starts to snow. Parking is free for all of our guests and there is a big skier parking lot that is just a 10-minute walk to the gondola, some other resorts charge up to $25 a day for parking.
Q: I’ve made my reservation; now how do I check in and get my keys?
A. SummitCove has a full-service check-in desk conveniently located in the middle of Keystone Resort. We are located at 23110 US Highway 6 in the Gateway Plaza, which is right in between the Haywood Cafe and Cornerstone Real Estate. Our office is no more than 5 minutes to your Condo or Home. We typically have someone staffed at this office until at least 3am, and 24-7 during the busier ski season months. We ALWAYS have someone available by phone 24 hours a day. Check-in time is 4pm. In the rare event that no one is at our check-in office when you arrive, you will get your keys from the lockbox inside our lobby. We ask that you print your confirmation that we emailed to you at the time you made your reservation or have it available on your smartphone, as it contains the lockbox code, directions and other important information about our services and the specific property that you are staying at.
If you have any more questions or concerns at any time, please feel free to call or contact us! We know that some people are new to the vacation rental home process, but we assure you once you try it you will never stay at a hotel again! You’ll love all of the extra space to spread out and enjoy your vacation, not to mention all the additional amenities available and the money you’ll save by cooking dinner instead of having to go out every night! Book your Keystone Vacation today!