You’ve Only Got 7 More Days to Buy a Season Pass!

If you have been on the fence about weather or not to purchase a season pass for the upcoming ski season, your time is running out, FAST!  Keystone Resort and all Epic brand season passes are only on sale through next Sunday, November 18, 2018.


You may wonder, is it really worth it to buy a season pass?  The answer is different for everyone, but a general rule of thumb is that if you are skiing or snowboarding 4 days or more this snow season, you might be better off purchasing a season pass rather than lift tickets.  Lift tickets tend to run over $100 a day for adults and prices vary based on when you visit.  If you are buying lift tickets, it is always a better value to purchase them online at least 7 days prior to you visit, instead of waiting to buy at the ticket window.  Purchasing online in advance can save you up to 25% on lift tickets at Keystone Resort or any ‘Epic’ Vail Resort.


The most affordable Season Pass option is the Keystone A-Basin pass which offers unlimited skiing and riding at both resorts, but with a few blackout days; 11/23/18 & 11/24/18, 12/26/18 – 12/31/18, 1/19/19, 2/16/19 & 2/17/19.  This pass is currently $389 for adults and $289 for kids.  If you want to add Breckenridge into the mix, look at the Summit Value Pass, which has totally blackout free skiing and riding at Keystone and A-Basin dates, but the holiday restricted dates listed above apply at just Breckenridge Ski Resort.  Otherwise you can ski as much as you want between the 3 resorts, minus the Breckenridge Blackout dates.  This would be a great option to go with if you are visiting during any of the holiday time periods such as Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s, MLK or President’s Day Three-Day Weekends. The Summit Value Pass is currently $579 for adults, $469 for Teens ages 13 – 18 and $339 for kids ages 5-12.  Another benefit included with season passes are the 6 ‘Ski With A Friend’ (SWAF) Tickets that get loaded onto your pass, which are valid for discounted tickets at varying prices throughout the season.  These would be great if you have someone traveling with you that didn’t purchase a season pass but would like access to discounted lift tickets.


If you are in the military,  you have an even sweeter offer this year for the 10 year Epic Pass Anniversary, with highly discounted Epic Passes for Military Members.  The Epic Military Pass starts at $149 for active and retired members and there is a $549 pass option for veterans.


If you do decide that a season pass in the best option for you this ski season, be sure to purchase one online on or before November 18.  Take care of it all and purchase lodging at the same time.  SummitCove Lodging in Keystone offers competitive rates and 24/7 guest services for your upcoming ski vacation.  View our ski lodging rentals now.

The Next Steps: What You Need to Do After You Book Your Keystone Lodging

Whew! The hard part is done- you’ve picked that perfect vacation rental condo for your upcoming trip to Keystone Resort.  Now what? Here are some of the things you need to think about before you head out on your Keystone Ski Vacation.


Ski Rentals
There are plenty of ski rental shops located in Keystone and Summit County.  We have worked with alot of companies, but we recommend two companies in particular.  We always suggest making your reservations in advance, because they can sometimes run out of gear during peak times, like Holiday weekends or during Spring Break.


Ski Butlers is a ski & snowboard rental delivery company, meaning they come to you. Reserve your skis in advance and pick your appointment time.  They will bring all of your requested gear, plus a size up and down for you to try on in the convenience and comfort of your vacation rental condo or home. This option is especially great for larger groups, families, or anyone traveling without a vehicle on their Keystone vacation. They also are very accommodating if you ever need to switch out your gear.  You’ll  receive a discount as a SummitCove guest.


Another ski rental option we recommend for our guests is Mountain View Sports. Their rental shop is located just across the highway from the SummitCove check-in office, making it an easy stop before you head to your condo. They offer our guests a great discount and have been in business for years and have great recommendations and local’s advice. They also offer a Kids Ski Free Rental Program, where a kid’s rental (12 years old or younger) is free with an adult rental during non-peak times, see their website for the details.


Depending where you are staying at Keystone, you may not need to have a rental car or vehicle while you are here.  River Run Village is super convenient particularly for anyone without a car, because you are located in the main village with all of the shops, restaurants, gondola and plenty of activities within walking distance.  Many other properties within the resort are accessible via the free Keystone Resort Shuttle, making it easy to get around.  We work with Fresh Tracks Transportation and Summit Express for guest airport shuttles to and from DIA.  We also offer rental car discounts at the Denver Airport through Alamo.  Your vacation planner can help you setup any transportation you might need arranged.  Again, this is something you will want to reserve as far in advance as you can for the best rates and to guarantee availability.


Lift Tickets
We always recommend purchasing lift tickets online, at least 7 days in advance prior to your arrival in order to get the best rates. You’ll save even more if you are skiing multiple days. Whatever you do, try to avoid purchasing your lift tickets at the actual ticket window the day of, as you’ll pay the highest prices.


There are several options for groceries right here in Keystone, including Rockin’ Ranch in River Run, the Keystone gas station and convenience store, as well as Gateway Grocery and Liquors located in the same complex as the SummitCove check-in office. The Gateway Grocery also deliveries groceries, which can be a big time-saver or crucial if you don’t have a car during your visit! If you are planning on buying alot of groceries, we recommend doing your shopping before you get to Keystone. Just off of the Silverthorne exit from I-70, on your way to Keystone is a City Market grocery as well as a Super Target.  It is about a 7 mile drive to Keystone from here, so it’s best to do it before you get here to avoid backtracking.


Activities & Dining
Depending when you are traveling, you may or may not need to make activity and dining reservations. During peak times, it can be difficult to get a tubing reservation or a dining reservation, so that is when you might want to make those in advance.  Otherwise, we suggest making a reservation for the top 2 or 3 activities or restaurants you want to try and then let the rest fall in place. You might want to wait for a sunny day to go ice skating or spend a day inside if the weather is bad, so having some flexibility in your plans is key.  Sleigh rides, snowmobiling, dog-sledding and tubing are some of the kinds of activities that you might want to consider making reservations for.

Winter Snowmobiling with White Mountain Tours



How To Save Money On Lift Tickets

Everybody is always asking, “How do we get discounted lift tickets here in Keystone?!” With the price of an Adult lift ticket being sold for anywhere from $100 – $150 at the ticket window, depending on the date, I don’t blame them! There are a couple ways to save money on your upcoming ski trip lift tickets we can fill you in on.


Most people visiting Keystone have never owned a season pass and are interested in getting discounted lift tickets. The best way to ensure discounted lift tickets is by purchasing them online at least 7 days prior to your trip/first day of skiing. For a 1-day adult ski pass, you will save some and the savings go up the more days you are skiing, for a 2-day, 3-day, and so on.


When you are online, make sure to check the box “no” at the top if you will not be going to breckenridge to ski. This will also help you save money. Once you are here in Keystone, you can’t get much of a discount, unfortunately. However, there are a few kiosks in the area that you can sometimes get discounted lift tickets at IF you buy several at once, or multi-day passes and only if they are available at places like City Market or King Soopers in the Denver Area and some Ski Shops as well.


If you plan to ski more than 3 days, I highly recommend buying a season pass to save money.  If you plan on traveling to Colorado for multiple days next season I highly recommend looking into your options for season passes. You can save a ton of money by doing this.  There are quite a few pass options, with the Epic Pass being the full pass, no restrictions and valid at a multitude of resorts in Colorado, California and more.  The Keystone-Arapahoe Basin Pass is a great value, but may not be useful if you are planning on visiting during the holidays, as there are some holiday blackout dates.


I hope this information helps and we look forward to seeing you out on the slopes!  Book your ski lodging at Keystone with SummitCove and enjoy the best rates and property selections in the area!


Keystone and Vail Resorts Season Epic Passes Prices Go Up on September 4!

We are lucky here in Colorado to have so many amazing ski resorts at our fingertips.  We are even luckier to have season pass options available that allow us to go to multiple resorts each season all on the same ski pass at very affordable prices.


Vail Resorts offers a wide variety of pass options to allow you to choose the one that best suits your needs based on when you’ll be skiing and how often.  The least expensive option is the Keystone – Arapahoe Basin pass which offers unlimited skiing or riding at Keystone and A-Basin with a few holiday restrictions, 11/24/17 – 11/25/17, 12/26/17 – 12/31/17, 1/13/18, 2/17/18 – 2/18/18.  This pass is currently going for just $349 for adults and $259 for kids.  This pass pays for itself after 3 – 4 days on the mountain!  The next option up adds Breckenridge Ski Resort to the mix, with the Summit Value Pass.  It has the same date restrictions and is running at $529 for adults, $429 for teens ages 13 – 18 and $299 for kids ages 5 – 12.  This pass will pay for itself after 4 – 5 days out on the ski slopes.

If your ski trip is happening over the holidays, you visit the mountains often or even if you are just planning multiple ski trips this winter, you may want to consider the Epic Local or full Epic passes.  The prices on these are higher, but they include the most resorts and have few to no restrictions on the days you can ski. Resorts on these passes in the Summit County and surrounding areas, include Keystone, Breckenridge, Arapahoe Basin, Vail and Beaver Creek.  You can also visit other areas, such as Tahoe, Whistler-Blackcomb and Afton Alps or even other countries like Austria, France and Switzerland.  Currently the adult Epic Local is $639 and the adult Epic is $859.


We highly recommend purchasing season passes if you plan on skiing or riding more than 3 days this ski season. 2017 / 2018 Ski Season Pass prices will be going up on September 4, so be sure to purchase yours before then.  Passes aren’t on sale for the whole season either, they are typically only available until sometime around the end of November or early December so if you are thinking about buying one, why not do it now at the lower rate?  Ticket window rates vary depending on the date and which resort you are at, but at Keystone they can vary anywhere from $99 to over $150.  If you are purchasing single day tickets, you can guarantee on the best rate by purchasing those at least 7 days in advance online.


The same goes for your lodging! Reserve your ski season lodging now to get the best rates and selection.  SummitCove is currently offering 10% off advance ski-season lodging.  Call one of our vacation planners at (970) 368-7023 to reserve a ski condo.


$79 Lift Tickets at Keystone Resort Until 1/16

Purchase your lift tickets this week one day in advance online and save up to 27%!  Now through January 16, Keystone Lift Tickets are just $79 when you buy at least one day in advance.  Keystone Resort has received 16 inches of snow in the past week so the conditions have been spectacular!

Whenever you are looking for lift tickets, it is usually always best to buy them online at least 7 days in advance for the best deal.  You also have the option to purchase multi-day tickets that will allow you to ski or ride a certain number of days with an included off day, such as skiing 5 of 7 days.  And of course the more days you ski, the better the deal.  Purchasing online in advance will always get you a better price than paying at the ticket window. Don’t forget, your Keystone Lift Ticket also includes night skiing at Keystone Resort! 

To sweeten the deal, SummitCove Lodging is also offering 15% off pre-MLK weekend stays until January 16, 2014! Get out and enjoy all of the fresh snow and get deals!

Discounted Lift Tickets at Keystone Resort Colorado

Discount lift tickets
can sometimes be hard to find, but usually if you plan ahead it is easy to get an awesome deal and save yourself some money.  The best way to get discounted lift tickets for Keystone Resort is to purchase them online, at least 7 days before you plan on being on the slopes at Keystone.  When you purchase a 4-of-6 day lift ticket online, in advance, it will cost you just $90 a day and you will be saving $100 total from the ticket window price!  If you purchase either the 4-day or 5-day lift ticket for Keystone, 2 of those days can be used at Vail and Beaver Creek.  It is also good at Arapahoe Basin and Breckenridge, should you decide to go explore another resort for a day.  If you don’t plan on skiing anywhere else, you have the option to choose the strictly Keystone/A-Basin ticket for an even better rate of $324 for 4-of-6 days of skiing or riding.

If you are coming out last minute or have just missed the 7-day advance window, there are still other options out there to get deals on ski lift tickets.  Websites like Liftopia.comoffer up great deals, but availability is very limited and they don’t always carry tickets for every resort.  When you are heading up to Keystone, you can stop in at local grocery stores such as King Soopers, Safeway, and City Market to see if they have discounted tickets available.  You can also find discounted multi-day tickets sold at ski rental shops outside of the resort areas in Dillon, Silverthorne, and Frisco.

They key to finding great deals is to do your research and start looking as early as possible.  You might also want to consider getting a season pass for next year if you are planning on riding 5 or more days in a season, as it will quickly pay for itself. With a season pass you could also consider taking multiple trips to make it more worthwhile, think a long weekend in mid-January when the Holiday crowds have all gone and the powder really starts to pile up. It is also easy to find deals on lodging during off-peak times. There are value passes available, such as the Summit Value Pass, which offers unlimited riding at Keystone and Arapahoe Basin, with some restricted days at Breckenridge.  If you are from the mid-west, Vail Resorts recently acquired the Afton Alps in Minnesota and Mount Brighton in Michigan, meaning the Summit Value Pass would work at both of those resorts as well!

Last Chance for Keystone 4-Packs/$42 Lift Tickets

Sunday is the last day to buy the Keystone 4-pack discount lift tickets! For $169, you get four lift tickets that are good at both Keystone and A-Basin for the 12/13 ski season. In addition to your tickets, you’ll receive six discounted ski with a friend tickets! Hurry, the Keystone 4-packs are only on sale now through Sunday, December 2nd!

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!