Keystone Winter Workouts: Ina’s Way

Energy is high these days, as snow starts to appear on the surrounding mountains and the temperatures drop. Ski season is almost here and it is time to start thinking about getting in skiing shape. What better way to get those legs burning, then hike around on the mountain.

If you go over to Mountain House base area, you will see a service road behind the medical center. This is actually the bottom of Schoolmarm ski trail. It is a gradual incline and really gets the lungs and legs burning. At the top you will come to a fork in the road, here you can continue climbing up the mountain, or start going down via Ina’s Way ski trail. If you follow Ina’s Way it will drop you out on River Run trail and take you down to River Run Village. Overall, it’s a great little workout that offers great views and gets you up on the mountain. There is something pretty cool about trekking around on a ski mountain when it’s not covered in snow. It gives you a whole different perspective of things!

Walking up Schoolmarm
Trail signs show you the way
Trail signs show you the way

The Keystone Gondola

Keystone Resort Winter Culinary Festival

Keystone Resort Culinary Festival

Enjoy a weekend of fine foods and wines this coming weekend March 5-7th in Keystone Resort Colorado.

Keystone Resort is putting on a winter culinary festival for your tastebuds to enjoy.   You will need to make reservations for all of the events and you will want to do this as soon as you can!

Kicking off the fun on Friday starting at 10AM with a Kitchen Demo at the Aplenglow Stube on top of Keystone Mountian for only $5 you will enjoy some of the delicious american cuisine.  The Alpenglow Stube is a fantastic award winning restaraunt that is a must do for your Keystone Vacation, however it can get pricey so you might enjoy this sample of goodness.

Ski for a couple of hours after this tasting and work up an appetite because coming up at 2pm we will be seeing you at one of several tastings, Margaritas and Tequilas at Parrot Eyes in River Run Village, Whiskey Blend tastings, and Specialty Rums at the Keystone Lodge in Lakeside Village, now your probably done skiing after these so make sure you leave some of your taste buds to head over to the Unique Red Wines tasting at the ski tip lodge.  You will love this place, enjoy a cheese plate with your $20 tasting over here!   They will be having a wine tasting at the Lodge too if you can not pull yourself away from the rums and whiskey in time and to keep things rolling you have two options.  Head over to the Martini Tasting session at the Summit Seafood at the Inn in Keystone or the World Celebration of Wine at the Ski Tip again.

Now if you can pull off enjoying a couple of these tastings you should curl up into bed in one of our Keystone Rental homes and get ready for another great day of fun.

Saturday March 6th you can start the morning off the right way from 10am – noon at the Keystone Lodge and Spa.  Enjoy a morning of Mimosa’s and spa samples including chari massages, hand massages and treatments and other spa and skin treatments with a light breakfast for $15.  Not going to get much skiing done today but who cares when you can enjoy Mimosa’s and spa treatments, you might just turn this into a spa day instead!

If you are able to escape the spa don’t worry Keystone Resort is putting on a great day all over town, head over and catch the 11am Ice Carving Demo with Chef Steve Nguyen.  They will be putting on a free ice carving demo and at the base of the gondola in River Run Village.  They will be breaking out the chain saws and ice picks to really wow your eyes.  This is a great activity if you have enjoyed too many whiskey and champagne tastings and ready for some lazy day fun in River Run Village.

Saturday will have multiple tastings and then the Grand Tasting will take place at the Outpost.  Prices start at $99 per person and will take approximately 30 minutes to get there because you will be hopping gondolas on the way up.  dress warm and bring your appetite you will enjoy samples of Keystone Resorts local specialty restaurants including Skit Tip Lodge, Keystone Ranch, Bighorn Steak House, Keysotne Seafood Company, Alpenglow Stube and usually the Keystone chefs from these will show up with some additional goodies to outperform one another.  This is the main event for the tasting and the day will lead into another fun night of wine and cheese.


Sunday March 7th the Keystone Culinary Festival will come to an end.  You can start the morning off with a Chocolate and Breakfast class which will last up to 2 hours and will take place the Keystone Conference Center.  The Price is $50 for this 2 hour class and you will enjoy both eating and making cakes, chocolates, crepes, and baked good from Neds Bake SHop at the Conference Center in Keystone.

If you are looking for someone else to do the cooking for you than enjoy the Champagne Burnch at Keystone Resort’s Alpenglow Stube.  You will want reservations and make sure you are ready for this unique experience.


Call one of our Keystone Vacation planners today to get you a place to stay so you can enjoy your loved one with a little style this weekend in Keystone Resort Colorado.







Keystone Resorts Ski Valet, Ski Lockers and Ski Baskets

Ski Lockers, Ski Checks, and Ski Baskets are a great way for to securely store your skis while still having the convenience of easy access. Keystone offers several different ways for guests, skiers and snowboarders, to store their ski gear while enjoying the resort. Also, If you have little ones in your family, you’ll no doubt want to take advantage of these storage conveniences at Keystone, making your ski vacation much more enjoyable and easy to handle.


Keystone Resort has ski lockers available at the Peak of Dercum Mountain in the Summit House. The Summit House is accessible by the River Run Gondola or by the Summit Express, Montezuma Express, Ranger or Ruby Express lifts. There are additional ski lockers at the Mountain House base area, located near the Medical Center. These ski lockers can be accessed through the Pike, Porcupine, or Marmot parking lots.


Keystone also offers ski checks (also known as ski valets), that allow you to check your skis and snowboards during the day or overnight. The Keystone Resort ski check is located near the Peru lift in the Mountain House base area.


River Run Village in Keystone also offers a ski check storage option just across from the Gondola, near the Mountain Services Center at the base of River Run. The ski check storage in River Run offers a great way to check your skis and then explore the Village with ease. The ski check system is a great way to avoid hauling your skis or snowboard around all day and allows you to safely and securely keep your skis near the mountain for easy access when hitting the slopes. Another advantage to checking your skis and boots overnight; you can walk to the slopes in your regular shoes in comfort and ease in the morning, and then simply check them back into your basket while you’re skiing during the day. When you’re done skiing for the day, check your skis/snowboard/boots again and change back into your comfortable shoes to walk back to your car. Definitely is a great way to make walking and getting to the slopes much easier, especially for little ones in the family, as well as yourselves.


Another great way to take advantage of Keystone Resorts ski storage options is to use Keystone’s ski baskets in the Mountain House base area. With ski baskets, you’re able to deposit any number of items into the basket, whether its purses, wallets, skis, boots, shoes, cheese, or whatever you want, and access them at any point during the day. The ski baskets are under constant supervision and a staff member is always available to help you out. The ski baskets are located at the Mountain House Guest Services station.


These ski storage amenities are available throughout Keystone Resort and are a great way to relieve some stress, decrease hauling, and are especially handy for those with children, because you won’t have to carry multiple sets of skis if they get tired. Next time you’re in Keystone skiing, take advantage of their ski valets, ski lockers and ski baskets and make your vacation much easier on you and the whole family!

Hiking in Keystone

Keystone, Colorado is a hikers paradise, with hiking trails that everyone will enjoy. No need to be a seasoned hiker though, there are plenty of trails for recreational hiking with the whole family. In Keystone, you can enjoy either short hikes, day hikes, longer weekend backpacking trips, or even multi-day hikes. Hiking is an easier and one of the most fun things to do as a family while you’re in Keystone.

One thing to do before your vacation trip to Keystone is to check out the different hikes and plan your hikes out ahead of time. You’ll definitely want to read up on Colorado’s weather and hiking, so you’re prepared for anything on your hike. Read up on some of the best hiking trails in Keystone and take a look through reviews, trail maps and photos posted by other hikers. Tripleblaze has a great list of some of Colorado’s best hikes.

A must see, and one of the most enjoyable hikes around Keystone, are the trails near the ghost town of Montezuma. Radical Hill is about a 6 mile long trail with an elevation gain of 1,500 ft. The views on this hike are absolutely stunning. You’ll want to make sure and take a peek into the old mining cabin near the top of the trail as well. Definitely make sure to bring more water than you think. Remember that at altitude, you need more water than usual, as well as plenty of sunscreen. You’ll also want to keep in mind that this area of Colorado is also known for afternoon thunderstorms in the summer months, so earlier in the day is typically the best time to go hiking. Make sure to pack a light rain jacket, hat and portable blanket, along with a small first aid kit.

No matter what hike or hikes you decide to take with your family, you will definitely enjoy the amazing and stunning views Keystone has to offer all along the hikes. So plan a few hikes for the family on your next vacation to Keystone, and enjoy your time together creating memories that you’ll cherish forever.

Gondola Rides in Keystone

Not skiers but want to take a Gondola ride? Keystone Resort is the only Colorado ski resort with two high-speed gondolas. The first gondola takes you to the top of Dercum Mountain while the second gondola takes you to the North Peak and the Outpost. Hop on Keystone’s Gondola during the summer months to either take in the amazing views, go hiking, downhill mountain biking, or just take in some fine dining at the Alpenglow Stube or Der Fondue Chessel. You will be amazed at the breathtaking views from the Gondolas!

Keystone also offers a free guided walking tour from the summit of Dercum Mountain. Learn about local animals, wildflowers, trees and history. Meet in front of the River Run Ticket Office. The River Run Gondola will take you to the top of Dercum Mountain and return you to the bottom after the tour. Ages 7 & older.

On select Fridays over the 2011 summer, Keystone hosts the FAC club with FREE gondola rides from 3pm – sunset every Friday. Enjoy live music while taking in the majestic scenery from the deck of the Summit House and chow down on some delicious BBQ.  Food and beverages will be available for purchase from our outdoor grill and BBQ. Not to mention amazing views above 11,000 feet!

Call 800-354-4FUN (4386) for more information on Keystone Gondola rides.

Keystone Sleigh Ride Dinners

Looking for an experience in Keystone that you’ll never forget? Keystone’s signature dining experience… a Sleigh Ride Dinner! Your sleigh ride will take you through the gorgeous scenery of Keystone’s Soda Creek Valley during the crisp evening air where you can soak up all of the sites and sounds. Sleighs are drawn by beautiful, 2,000 pound, grand draft horses, to an authentic homestead that will warm you up quickly while you enjoy music, an amazing cowboy dinner and sing-alongs with your experienced wranglers. This is definitely a Keystone winter experience that you will never forget and long to do again the next time you’re in Keystone.

Reservations required, call 800-354-4386

Hours: Rides at 4 and 7pm

Address: 100 Dercum Square, Keystone, CO 80435

Keystone’s Ski Tip Lodge

Keystone’s Ski Tip Lodge is a former 1800s stagecoach stop that is now a cozy bed and breakfast. The Ski Tip Lodge offers some of the best food on this side of the Continental Divide. Enjoy a four-course meal and one of Ski Tip’s famed desserts, all with the wonderful service they are acclaimed for. Top off the evening while warming up next to the rustic fireplace. Keystone’s Ski Tip Lodge will be a very memorable experience of your stay in Keystone, Colorado.

Reservations required, call 800-354-4386

Address: 764 Montezuma Rd, Keystone, CO 80435

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Eating at Keystone’s Der Fondue Chessel

Keystone’s Der Fondue Chessel restaurant, a two gondola ride up to 12,000 feet, transports you into an authentic Bavarian dining experience. This Swiss lodge is a perfect choice for a family dinner, group or just a romantic dinner for two. While enjoying a four-course meal, you’ll also be entertained by live music, performed by “Those Austrian Guys”. You will feel as though you’ve been taken into a whole other world. Enjoy authentic fondue just the way you like it… a fondue lover’s dream dinner! A must try the next time you’re in Keystone.

Reservations required, call 800-354-4386

Hours: 5pm – 9pm

Address: Keystone Mountain, Keystone CO 80435

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Keystone’s Alpenglow Stube Restaurant

Keystone’s Alpenglow Stube restaurant is a favorite among many visitors and a staple of Keystone. Customers will enjoy breathtaking views while traveling up the mountain in the two gondolas, all the way to the top of the North Peak, at 11,444 feet. With award-winning chefs, Alpenglow Stube’s menu is delicious contemporary cuisine with a Bavarian accent to compliment its unique and secluded setting. Specialties of the Alpenglow Stube include dishes like their duck foie gras pâté and roast garlic hummus served with kirschwasser soaked pumpernickel, and maple glazed Elk chop served with candied beets, as well as a wood-grilled filet mignon. The Alpenglow Stube also has the most extensive, medal winning wine, port, and cognac list within a hundred miles of Keystone.

Hours: 1st seating at 5, last seating at 8:30pm

For reservations, call 970-496-4386.

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