Friday Afternoon Club at Keystone Resort

Ever find yourself wondering how to kill a few hours and not knowing what to do on a Friday? Is it too early to go out and explore nightlife, but too late to start on an adventure like a hike or a bike ride? Perhaps you find yourselves in a situation where you just aren’t quite ready for dinner. Well if you find yourself in that sort of situation on a Friday in Keystone why not jump on the Gondola for the Friday Afternoon Club!

Enjoy a free ride to the top of Dercum Mountain aboard the River Run Gondola.  The ride will take you up to Keystone’s Summit House where you will enjoy an evening of fun atop Dercum Mountain. Every Friday there will be live music from great local bands. Atop the mountain you can also enjoy the fun (and free!) yard games provided. Challenge your friends to a game of Ladderball, Cornhole, Bocce or Horseshoes among others while you take in the breathtaking views from the top of Dercum Mountain towards Lake Dillon and Buffalo Mountain.  Relax and listen to the music while sipping a glass of wine or cold beer. If you do find yourselves feeling hungry there is plenty of mouthwatering food being served up at the Overlook Grille as you enjoy supper at 12,000 feet above sea level!

The Friday Afternoon Club runs every Friday throughout the summer from 4pm to 7pm. The gondola is still active all other days of the week and you can still ride it to the top to enjoy the scenery and atmosphere of the top of Dercum Mountain but it is only free on Friday afternoons and for foot passengers only. Kick off the weekend the right way by enjoying yourself atop Keystone Resort!

Live Music Lineup:
July 5th: The Luv Brothers
July 12th: Funky Johnson
July 19th:  Chancer’s Hooley
July 26th:  Funky Johnson
August 2nd:  Gristle Gals
August 9th:  Funky Johnson
August 16th:  The Schwingers
August 23rd:  The Schwingers
August 30th:  The Luv Brothers

Night Skiing in Keystone, Colorado

The sun setting at Keystone Resort

One of our favorite things about Keystone Resort is Night Skiing! Keystone offers visitors with one of Colorado’s longest ski days- you can ski or ride long after nearly all the other mountains close.  Your lift ticket is good all day and into the night!   Watch the sun set over the beautiful Rocky Mountains while enjoying a few more runs. The serenity of the mountain at night is a completely different unique experience than what you get during the day.  Check out the schedule below for night skiing hours and dates and be sure to try it at least once during your visit to Keystone!

2012/2013 Keystone Night Skiing Schedule
Wednesday, November 21 – 25, 2012
November 30 – December 1, 2012
December 7 – 8, 2012
December 14 – 15, 2012
December 21 – January 6, 2013
January 9 – April 7, 2013 (Wednesday – Sunday and select Holiday Mondays)
Open 7 days a week during March

Hours: (On Days With Night Skiing)
Open until 8p Wednesday – Saturday
Open until 6p Sunday and select Holiday Mondays
A51 Terrain Park closes at 6p all night ski nights

Friday Afternoon Club Today at Keystone Resort’s Summit House, Featuring Live Music from The Luv Brothers and FREE Gondola Rides!

Taking in the views just after a rain shower in July during Keystone's Friday Afternoon Club


Start the weekend off right with Keystone Resort’s Friday Afternoon Club! Head up to the Summit House, via the River Run Gondola to enjoy an evening of live music, drink and food specials and activities including horseshoes, corn hole, ladder ball, bocce ball and more!  Enjoy the spectacular views from an Adirondack chair or take a scenic nature hike. Free live music will feature a variety of bands throughout the summer.  All activities are free and can be checked out through the Overlook Grill.  Foot passenger rides on the gondola are FREE on Fridays from 3pm- close.  This afternoon features music from The Luv Brothers, a Summit-County based band, playing not only high energy bluegrass country originals, but also a mix of cover songs which they put their own unique spin on.

Free parking is available at the River Run Lot, located off of Highway 6 East on Gondola Road.

July 27- Luv Brothers
August 3- Funky Johnson
August 10- Levi
August 17- Chancer’s Hooley
August 24- Luv Brothers
August 31- Luv Brothers

Also tonight and tomorrow night in Keystone, catch UMconcious playing live at the Snake River Saloon.  The band brings a fusion of live hip-hop, jazz and funk, based from Denver, and won the Westword Magazine’s ‘Best Hip-Hop Band in Colorado’ award in 2008. Small cover charge at the door.

Keystone’s Wild Weather

For anyone who has recently transplanted to Colorado, it takes some time getting used to the extreme variation in climates and ever changing weather conditions. It seems you need to be prepared for all seasons, at all times. Thanks to the altitude, a mere 9280 feet at Keystone, it can be dumping in the mountains and sunny and warm down in Denver. On top of that, up here in the mountains it is not uncommon to experience several seasons in one day. For example, yesterday when we drove to SummitCove’s Keystone office, it was sunny and 65 degrees. Several hours later we looked out the windows to witness, 20 mph winds and snow squalls. For a moment we thought the snow they had been predicting for this week had come early. But alas the snow was just passing through and the sunny quickly returned. Whenever you are in the mountains you definitely need to be prepared for anything!

Keystone has been busy since opening on Friday, the Montezuma lot has been full ever since. On top of that they are predicting more snow this week!

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According to Colorado Powder Forecast they are predicting snow all day tomorrow and a stronger storm blowing in early next week. Opening Keystone Mountain is only half the battle, now we need more snow to keep trails open and continue to open more terrain. So keep you fingers crossed, and pray for snow!

The brief snow that blew through on Sunday

Surefoot Boot Liners: A New Era of Comfort

You have probably walked by it many times on your way to the Gondola in River Run Village. They call themselves Surefoot boot fitters and they are right between Sharp Shooters and Spoon Cafe. World renowned for their custom boot liners, they make life in ski boots so much more comfortable. They use orthotic scanners and advanced computer technology to create a boot liner that contours perfectly to your foot. In the past they were using another company’s product which limited the alterations they could make to the liner itself. But this year the company has come out with their very own liner, the Contoura X1.

The Summit Daily recently interviewed Jeremiah Hughes, manager of Copper Mountain’s Surefoot store. According to Hughes, features of the Contoura X1 include seamless composition, elasticity in the toe to create more toe space and a liner that maximizes space in the boot’s shell. Additionally, the liner is softer making it easier on woman’s calves.

So they take the advantages of the new liner and return to the old technique of inserting expandable foam into the liner, which allows for an exact foot casting.

Die hard skiers have long lamented about the discomfort of ski boots, compared to snowboard boots. So for anyone who skis more than a few days a year these liners are a must. They will completely change how you ski and make you look forward to getting into to your ski boots.

So next time you are in Keystone’s River Run Village, be sure to stop by Surefoot, and discover all they have to offer. They also have stores in Copper and Breckenridge!

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Keystone Resort Opens in less than 24 hours!

Well it’s finally here; Keystone opens tomorrow! Unfortunately, there isn’t any snow in the forecast, but they are calling for sunny skies. So it should be a beautiful day to enjoy your first day back on snow. Word from Mountain Operations is that they will be opening top to bottom with three trails; Spring Dipper, Upper Dutchman & River Run. They will also have a great early season terrain park, for all those jibbers, with 25+ features.

According to Keystone’s Web site the schedule tomorrow is as follows:

8:00am – Donuts, Coffee and Hot Cocoa at the Keystone tent by the River Run Gondola.

9:00am – Gondola starts running

4:00pm – Lifts close but the après party goes on at Parrot Eyes in River Run Village.

Unfortunately, lift ticket prices have not been released. But we are told that they will be around $70 tomorrow.

And if you are looking for another good “Happy Hour” destination, Dos Locos, in Mountain View Plaza comes highly recommended. Friday is also “Free Money Friday,” you can put your name in the pot for a chance to win free money! Since, a winner hasn’t been picked for a while now the pot is at $450, you don’t want to miss out!

The cats are getting everything perfect for tomorrow.

Five Days Until Keystone Resort Opens!

That’s right….only five days! It seems like we have been counting down forever, but it is almost here. The slopes are looking good and there will definitely be ample snow for November 5.

Here is a picture posted on Keystone Resort’s facebook page. It was taken on October 28 on North Peak. It seems like the snow is deeper, in some places, than it was all of last season!

Photo Courtesy of Keystone Resort

So be sure you book your lodging reservations for this weekend, you don’t want to miss the start of the 2010-11 season!

Also be on the look-out for the SummitCove Yeti this season, he will be offering lots of great promotion and prizes. And check out this new video featuring our new mascot!

New River Run Condo joins SummitCove family

We are excited to report that we are gaining new properties like crazy these days. Which gives us that many more options to offer you, and to fit all your lodging needs.

Everyone loves River Run Village, and we just acquired a new unit in Silver Mill building. Silver Mill is the tall building that is the main feature of River Run Village. Just outside is the well-known Village campfire pit where people exchange stories of the days adventures, and the famous “Parrot Eyes” margarita and burrito bar.

This cute one bedroom unit has all the comforts of home, with the added convenience of location. You are in walking distance to the River Run gondola and all the great restaurants and shops that the village has to offer.

Click here to check out Silver Mill 8234 in more detail!

Cozy Living Room
Comfy Master Bedroom

Family Freedom Pack Deal for Vail Resorts Passholders

Do you have a season pass? It definitely is a good investment, for anyone who plans to ski more than five times this season, the Epic Pass basically pays for itself. Vail Resorts has also implemented a ton of great programs for pass holders this winter.

One Program at Keystone is in conjunction with the Ski and Ride school, and it’s called The Family Freedom Pack. For $439 you get:

  • 4 full-day lessons with Keystone Ski & Ride School
  • 4 complimentary days of slopeside parking at Mountain House base area

You need to act fast though, on this deal, because word from the SummitCove office is that these are selling out quick. So head on over to the Mountain Service Center at the base of the River Run Gondola to make you purchase. They are open 9 to 4 daily until the mountain opens.

First Real Snow in Keystone!

Today staff at the Keystone office traveled to work  under cloudy skies and depressing rain. But shortly after starting their day, they looked out the window to see something amazing….snow! Big,  beautiful, wet flakes falling from the sky. It’s the first accumulating snow to fall at this altitude and it was a beautiful sight. Everyday the surrounding mountains are looking whiter and whiter. Unfortunately, shortly after it started, the snow stopped and the sun came out. But up in Montezuma they accumulated several inches and mountain top web cam images, from Keystone, are looking pretty promising as well. So keep doing your snow dances and hopefully we will be reporting significant snowfall in the near future!


Reservations and Guest Services Agent, Caleb was rather excited about the snow!