Keystone has received a foot of snow over the past week, allowing the Resort to open up some new terrain today! Sections of North Peak are now open for shredding, including The Last Alamo, Mozart Flats, and Prospector with the Ruby Express and Santiago Lifts running on the Peak. There are currently 308 acres of terrain to explore and 21 runs open at Keystone Resort. Night Skiing is going on until 8pm all weekend and ’til 6pm on Sunday, giving you almost 12 hours of skiing and riding time. Snow is in the forecast for the entire weekend, setting us up for some great skiing over the upcoming Holidays! If you are looking to get away for your Christmas Break this year, be sure to check out the Holiday Events Calendar. There is so much to do in Keystone over the Holidays. Take your family to visit the Chocolate Village at the Lodge & Spa, explore the Kidtopia Snowfort, attend Holiday concerts, go ice skating, and awe at the beauty of lights with Keystone Aglow. SummitCove is currently offering some spectacular deals on lodging; check out our 12 Days of Keystone Sale, where each day features a new deal on Keystone Lodging.
Set your alarm clocks for 7am Friday morning, 12/7/2012 for the start of our 12 Days of Keystone Sale! Each day of the 12 Days of Keystone features a daily deal on Keystone Lodging and Deals! Be ready to book, as each sale lasts just 24 hours and offers unbelievable savings on Keystone Vacation Lodging, along with a chance to win prizes during Reservation Races! Sign up for the SummitCove Newsletter and receive 12 Days of Deals right to your inbox!
Winter weather conditions and numerous travelers on the roads can sometimes clog up traffic on I-70 back and forth between Denver and the Mountains, especially on weekends and Holidays during ski season. With a little planning and traffic watching, it can be easy to avoid the traffic jam and spend more time on the slopes, instead of the highway.
Winterize Your Vehicle
Your vehicle makes a huge difference in your travel experience to the mountains. Be sure you have a vehicle with good tires, 4-wheel or all-wheel drive, working windshield wipers and finally a full tank of wiper fluid. Even if the going is slow, a well-equipped vehicle will allow you to move with the flow of traffic without having to worry about sliding off the road or not being able to see the car in front of you. You might even think about placing a sandbag or bag of kitty litter in the trunk to add more weight- it’s also nice to have on hand in case you get stuck anywhere to use for traction!
Leave Early… Very Early
Although 5 am may seem early, it’s a sure way to beat the interstate traffic crowds, both going to and from the mountains. The early bird gets the worm… or in this case the fresh powder and open roads!
Leave Later in the Day… Have Dinner, Hit the Hot Tubs, etc.
Enjoy another day on the slopes and finish up your last day with an early dinner, happy hour, or one last trip to the hot tubs. Typically the traffic clears up later in the afternoon or early evening, but you just have to time it right. Have fun hanging out and be sure to keep an eye on CDOT’s website for traffic updates and to view live cameras or you can even sign up for traffic text alerts!
Stay an Extra Night
SummitCove.com can offer amazing last minute deals for adding an extra night if your property is available. This way you can squeeze in an extra day of skiing, hot-tubbing and relaxing before you hit the road. Leave early Monday morning for a nice quiet drive, sans traffic. If the weather is bad, wait it out an extra day to see if things will clear up.
Take an Alternate Route
If you really need to get back to Denver quickly, think about taking an alternate route. Head West on I-70, getting off on the Copper exit, go through Leadville and Buena Vista, and down 285 back to Denver.
Tomorrow is the FINAL DAY of our Snowcapped Early Booking Sale! 15% Off Ski Season Stays of 3 Nights or More*
This winter has been predicted to be an above average snowfall year and we are prepping for an outrageously awesome season here in Keystone! Keystone Resort is set to open on November 2nd, leaving roughly just 2 months until ski season starts. Prime dates and properties are filling up fast, so it’s a good idea to book now, not only for the best selection but for the best prices! Book your 2012/2013 winter season stay of 3+ nights and lock in last season’s rates, plus take an additional 15% off!*
Why Choose Keystone?
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!*Please refer to the Snowcapped Booking page for all of the details.
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!
Dancing with the Mountain Stars is back for the 5th year at the Keystone Conference Center on Saturday, September 29th. The evening includes a cocktail reception, elegant dinner and a silent auction, with proceeds benefiting Flight For Life Colorado, in addition to a night of dancing and performances. The Flight For Life Colorado helicopter is our Summit County life-line to life-saving healthcare. This year they are celebrating 20 years of service in Summit County and 40 years since the establishment of Flight For Life in Denver, which was the first air ambulance service in the United States. Over the past 20 years, over 5, 400 patients have been transported in the Life Guard 2 helicopter and it has also flown more than 750 Search and Rescue missions in the mountain region. The expenses to operate every day of the year are high and Flight For Life depends on community support to help with equipment purchases for their base crew and helicopter at St. Anthony Summit Medical Center.
After enjoying the wonderful dinner, guests watch as local dancers are paired with professional dancers to fill the dance floor to compete with their versions of the waltz, salsa, tango and many more dances! After watching the dances performed by the local stars and their professional partners, you’ll also be inspired to dance among the stars until midnight in the ballroom. Those interested in attending the event are encouraged to reserve a table now, as last year’s event sold out almost a month in advance! For tickets, please call Deb Edwards at 970-668-6906 or click here to purchase your tickets or sponsorships online. The event starts at 5:30 pm and goes until midnight. If you are looking for a condo within walking distance to the event, Tennis Townhomes, Montezuma Condos, or Lake Shore Condos are all great options and we are currently offering Buy One Get One Free Prices on select properties for this special weekend! See the webpage for all the details.
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!
Keystone August temperatures are averaging around 70 degrees with hardly any humidity in the air. Cool mountain breezes and warm Colorado sunshine make Keystone the PERFECT summer destination! Take your kids on a whitewater rafting adventure or go mountain biking in one of the best parks in the country. Escape the heat this summer and book your summer reservation by Wednesday, August 15 and take 35% off your stay! See webpage for all the details!
Last week we gave our e-mail subscribers a chance to win (1) free single day pass to this upcoming weekend’s nearly sold out Bluegrass & Beer Festival simply by forwarding our e-mail message to a friend. Congratulations to Mr. Ken Sagendorf from Colorado Springs, our lucky festival ticket winner! Ken will be awarded with a single day ticket and an official sampling mug to this weekend’s festival in Keystone, which features live bluegrass music across 3 stages and beer tastings from over 30 breweries. This is one of the most popular and anticipated summer festivals at Keystone! Sign up for our e-mail newsletter to get exclusive deals and chances to win great prizes like this! SummitCove Lodging only has a few River Run Condos still available for this weekend, so if you are looking to be within walking distance of the festival, book soon! Want views of the festival from your balcony? Check out the balcony at Arapahoe Lodge #8115, it’s got an unobstructed view of the River Run Events Plaza, where the main stage is located and it’s still available for this weekend! Don’t miss out on the fun this weekend in Keystone, full of twangy tunes, frothy brews and spectacular views!