How to Save Money On Your Family Ski Trip in Keystone

1. Book As Early As Possible.  Lots of places offer incentives for booking early, including Lodging.  Before the season starts, look for early booking sales to save as much as 40% on lodging.  Many sales require you to act fast, so start planning your dates as early as you can so you will be ready to book once you see a great sale. It also ensures you will have the best selection of properties to choose from!

Currently SummitCove is holding a 72-Hour Thanksgiving and Early Season sale that offers 30% off stays of 3 nights or more and as an added bonus, we’ll buy your first day of your adult ski rental from Mountain View Sports!  Sale ends tonight, 11/10/12. See page for all of the details.  We also have a daily ‘Deal of the Day‘ in which we offer an amazing discount for a specific property or time period, good for 1 day only!

2. Visit During Off-Peak Times and Weekdays. Keystone Resort is already open at the beginning of November and closing day isn’t until April 7th, meaning you have a huge window of dates to pick from. In general, prices at ski resorts are the highest during the snowier months and also during school breaks and holidays, such as Christmas and President’s Day Weekend.  Weekdays are another good bet, as lift tickets are usually less expensive and middle of the week skiing typically means fewer crowds, shorter lift lines, and smaller group sizes during lessons.  Keystone is also a great bet for early season skiing, as we have unbelievable snow-making capabilities in case Mother Nature doesn’t deliver; you won’t have to worry about the snow.

3. Join Mailing Lists.  Sign up for all the newsletters and mailing lists you can.  Typically companies will send their subscribers ‘exclusive’ deals that aren’t available to just anyone!

4. Get Your Grade-schooler a Passport. If you live in Colorado, your 5th and 6th graders are eligible for a ‘passport’ which offers free or discounted skiing to students. You can apply online or through the mail and must provide proof of their current school grade. Colorado has both 5th and 6th grade passports.

5. Keep an Eye Out for Deal Sites. Check Liftopia, Discount Lift Tickets, and for ways to save on lift tickets at resorts all over Colorado. If you don’t see the resort you want, it’s still a good idea to buy your tickets in advance online instead of at the ticket window.  Keystone sells multi-day tickets online, ski 2 of 3 days, 4 of 6, etc. which will save you money when purchased in advance.

6. Save on Your Equipment Rentals. All guests receive discounts on equipment rentals from both Mountain View Sports and Door 2 Door Delivery with Christy Sports.  Be sure to look for your discount codes in your confirmation e-mails and Key to Keystone Coupon Books!  Don’t forget to make a reservation for your rentals, sometimes rental shops can run out of equipment during the busy season.

7. Check the Grocery Store & Ski Shops for Tickets. Some supermarkets and local ski shops in Summit County and Denver area sell lift tickets for up to $10 per day less than what you’d pay at the ticket window. That’s a savings of $40 per day for a family of four!

8. Download the Key to Keystone Coupon Book
In mid to late November, all future SummitCove guests will have access to an electronic version of our Key to Keystone coupon book which offers deals from all sorts of restaurants, activities, and shops around Keystone and Summit County.  Look for deals on ski rentals, snowmobiling, ziplining, dining, drinks, massages, and more! You also receive a hard copy book of the savings when you arrive in Keystone.


Local’s Night Tonight at the Bighorn Steakhouse

‘Mud Season’ is what the locals refer to as the slower off-season in Summit County, after the summer rush is gone, but before the winter guests start arriving.  There aren’t many visitors during this time and some businesses actually close their doors for anywhere from 2 to 6 weeks, offering a break before the season; to clean, go on vacation, or just get away before the season ramps up. Other restaurants and businesses stay open year-round and typically serve up big deals for those who stick around during the mud season. 

Tonight is locals night at the Bighorn Steakhouse, located in the Keystone Lodge and Spa in Lakeside Village.  For those who have never been to the Bighorn Steakhouse, this is a great time to go check it out!  The restaurant features great views of Keystone Lake and the towering mountains of the Continental Divide.  Delicious menu selections change often and typically feature a vegetable of the day.  Entrees  may include dishes such as fish, chicken, scallops, vegetarian/vegan options, and of course steak!  Tonight their certified Angus Beef Filet Mignon is on special for $18.  If you aren’t feeling like steak, you can take 25% off all other entrees.

Fall is on the Way- A Great Time to Be in Keystone

Keystone is an amazing place to view Colorado’s Fall Colors!

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!

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!

Only a Few River Run Condominiums Left for the 2012 Bluegrass and Beer Festival- Book Your Stay by 7/28 to Receive 25% Off*!

16th Annual Bluegrass and Beer Festival at Keystone Resort Colorado

August 4th-5th, 2012
River Run at Keystone, Colorado

Escape the summer heat of the city and visit Keystone for one of the best summer festivals in Colorado! The Bluegrass and Beer Festival is back for its 16th year in a row and visitors come from all over the state and even the country to attend this fun festival every year!  Festival-goers can bask in the sun, enjoying the blue skies, gorgeous views and cool mountain temperatures while tasting amazing brews from over 30 breweries, nibbling on some delicious down-home cooking and get’ down to the live music bluegrass shows on 3 different stages in River Run Village on August 4 & 5, 2012. August temperatures in Keystone average around 75 degrees, making it the ideal place for a summer getaway!

River Run Condos for this popular weekend are booking up fast- if you reserve your 2+ night stay by Saturday, 7/28,  Take 25% off for the Bluegrass & Beer Festival Weekend with SummitCove Lodging. 25% Off Sale ends on 7/28/2012, *see webpage for full details.  SummitCove has a wide variety of properties to fit any size group or budget.  Book a condo in the heart of River Run and watch the bands from your balcony or pick a property with mountain views- the choice is yours! Black Bear Lodge is right in the middle of the action try renting a condo there!

This is a fun festival that everyone is sure to enjoy!  Not interested in beer?  The music is free to anyone!  Wine and non-alcoholic drinks are available for purchase as well. Weekend Passes or Single Day Passes for BEER-DRINKING at the event are available for purchase online or at the door.  Passes include an official sampling mug along with unlimited beer tastings.

The confirmed 2012 Bluegrass and Beer Festival music line-up includes bands such as Head for the Hills, Oakhurst, the Farewell Drifters, Darrell Scott, Tim O’Brien, Casey Driessen, Haunted Wind Chimes, Henhouse Prowlers, Dead Winter Carpenters, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, Town Mountain, Jeff Scroggins & Colorado, the Grinz and more. There are also some after-party events scheduled at Warren Station on both Friday and Saturday nights to keep the party rockin’ and your feet tappin’! Friday evening, Oakhurst and the Farewell Drifters will be performing from 9 – 11:30 pm, tickets are just $7 in advance or $10 at the door.  Saturday evening features a show with Tim O’Brien and Casey Driessen, playing from 8:30 – 11 pm. Tickets are $14 in advance or $17 at the door. Book your weekend of fun today!



2011 Bluegrass and Beer Festival at Keystone


Keystone Resort’s Kid-Friendly Summer Activities


Kids Panning for Gold at Keystone Resort

Keystone Resort is full of fun, family-friendly activities year- round.  This summer, several programs have continued that are perfect for keeping younger kids busy during your Rocky Mountain Vacation; from Kid’s Discovery Days to storytelling in River Run Village.  There is still plenty of time to plan a summer vacation to Keystone with your family.  Be sure to take a look at our current summer specials to find the best fit for you!

Kid’s Discovery Days takes place on Tuesdays in River Run Village.  With a new entertainer each week, a bounce house, and 2 face painters or balloon artists, the kids can stay busy.  Lines close at 12:30 am, and performers are on stage from 11am to 11:45am.  The final date for Kid’s Discovery Days for 2012 is scheduled for  August 14th.

Storytelling with Redtail the Mountain Man and Bambi the Donkey will take place on Wednesdays through August 8th.  This free activity includes storytelling and free face painting that the kids are sure to love.

Friday performances of Kidtopia Kid’s Theatre will showcase the Lake Dillon Theater sponsored show “The Prince” at the Quaking Aspen Amphitheater.  The remaining summer dates are July 20th and  27th, and August 3rd and 10th.  Tickets are only $5 for adults and children, and with two shows to choose from (10:30 am and noon), there is plenty of time to plan your day.

Kidtopia KidsFest is set to take over River Run Village on July 28th, and August 11th.  Bring your family for free fun including a petting zoo, train rides, caricatures, face painting, balloon artists, crafts, spring art, a kids show, bounce house and a DJ.  All entertainment takes place in the River Run Events Plaza from 11am to 3pm.  The featured Kid’s Show entertainer will perform on the stage at noon, 1:30pm, and 2:30pm.

For young anglers, you may want to plan to attend the final Kid’s Fishing Derby of the season.  This event is for children 12 and under on July 28th.  Registration begins at 9am, and the event starts at 10am.  The entire family can cheer and enjoy a morning on the lake.  Raffle prizes, BBQ, and live music will follow the event.  Be sure to bring your own fishing gear and tackle since this is not supplied for you!

You may also want to top off your perfect day in Keystone at the miniature golf course in River Run.  It is just $8 per person for the entire day (you can come and go), and open from 8am to 5:30 pm.  You might also want to consider renting a paddle boat on Keystone Lake.  There are plenty of activities to consider when planning your Keystone vacation!

Miniature Golf at Dercum Square in Keystone

Frisco Marina and Island Grill in Frisco Host Summer Kickoff Party This Weekend

A sailboat enjoys the waters on Lake Dillon earlier this week.

This weekend marks the official  season opener at the Frisco Marina and they are starting off the season with a kickoff party, this Saturday, June 2nd at 11am.  A New Belgium Beer and Burger will be provided for free for all current slip-holders at the Marina, and the combo deal is just $5 for the general public.  Live music will be provided by Easy Foot, an independent rock band, from 12:30-2pm.  Families, children, and dogs are all welcome at the event.  Sales on boat rentals and retail items will be in place all weekend and the canoe and kayak rentals start at 8am, all summer long.

Visitors at the Marina can also choose to take a ride on the Lake Dillon Water Taxi, which ferries back and forth between the Frisco and Dillon Marinas, running from 10am-6pm on Saturday.  SummitCove guests receive a discount on round trip fares.  Board in Frisco at the ‘A’ dock next to the public boat ramp.  Don’t miss this fun event this weekend at the Frisco Marina!

Vail Resorts Announces May 28th Deadline for Lowest Ski Pass Prices

Vail Resorts released an announcement to remind skiers and snowboarders that the lowest prices and spring benefits will end after May 28th when purchasing season passes.  Purchases currently only require $49 down until the deadline.  The remaining balance would be charged in mid-September.  Passes allow for access to Keystone Resort, and depending on the pass also allow for use at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, and Arapahoe Basin in Colorado.   Some passes also include other resorts out of state at Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood.  Here’s a run-down of all of the options for 2012/2013 season passes:

Epic Pass: This pass is $659 for adults and $339, and offers unlimited access to Keystone, Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Arapahoe Basin, Heavenly, Northstar, and Kirkwood.

Epic 7 Day Pass: Adult passes are $509 and children’s tickets are $259, and offer 7 unrestricted tickets at Keystone, Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Arapahoe Basin, Heavenly, Northstar, and Kirkwood.

Epic Local Pass: Priced at $509 for adults, $389 for teens, and $259 for children, this pass offers unlimited skiing or riding at Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin, along with limited restrictions at Heavenly, Northstar, and Kirkwood.  10 restricted days will also be available for use at Vail or Beaver Creek along with discount options at other resorts.

Summit Value Pass: Adult prices are $419, for teens $329, and $209 for children for unlimited skiing and riding at Keystone and Arapahoe Basin along with limited restrictions at Breckenridge

SummitCove is proud to be your lodging provider when you visit Summit County this ski season!  We are currently accepting early reservations for the winter season.

Save on Your Keystone Vacation With The New Summit Coupon!

Keystone Resort has plenty of activities for the summer, from fun events to amazing day trips and activities the whole family can enjoy.  At SummitCove, we understand that sometimes you want to plan a getaway, but its hard to part with all of your hard earned cash so that you can have a mountain getaway.  That’s why we are introducing the brand new Summit Coupon, good on 2 night stays in a one or two bedroom property for an amazing price!  Imagine yourself soaking up rays poolside, on a whitewater rafting adventure, hitting the links at one of the five local area golf courses, biking miles of a beautiful rec path or single tracks throughout the county, or treating yourself to a day at the spa!  The activities are endless and Keystone has some great summer festivals you won’t want to miss!

$199 for 2 Nights  in a 1-Bedroom Property
(Valued at $404.65 – You save $205.65, that’s 51% OFF!)
Spend 2 Nights in a participating 1-Bedroom property of your choice.  Choose from over 64 properties! A Free Bike Rental and Key to Keystone Discount Book are also included with this package!

$299 for 2 Nights  in a 2-Bedroom Property
(Valued at $546.95 – You save $247.95, that’s 46% OFF!)
Spend 2 Nights in a participating 2-Bedroom property of your choice.  Choose from over 71 properties!  A Free Bike Rental and Key to Keystone Discount Book are also included with this package!

Available Trip Dates for Either Package:
MAY 7 – JUNE 29
JULY 16 – 20

We’ve teamed up once again with our partners at Mountain View Sports to offer a free bike rental on every reservation.  Guests can also pick up their Key to Keystone coupon book beginning  in June for additional savings throughout Keystone and the surrounding area!  SummitCove is making family vacations affordable again!  For other great packages and promotions available for the summer season, contact a SummitCove Vacation Planner today to get started and take advantage of the Summit Coupon!

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!