30 Winter Activities to Check Out While Visiting Keystone Resort

In no particular order, here’s our list of 30 things to try while you are visiting Keystone, CO this winter. After you  get in a day of skiing or snowboarding of course!

1. Snowshoeing. Rent snowshoes from Mountain View Sports and hit the trails at the Keystone Nordic Center, Keystone Gulch, Frisco Peninsula, or up near Montezuma.

2 Shopping. There are so  many places to shop in Summit County, whether you are looking for high end luxury shops or the best deals.  Shop in River Run Village, the Silverthorne Outlet Mall, or Frisco or Breckenridge Main Streets.

3. Find the Yeti. Keystone is home to the SummitCove Yeti, who makes appearances from time to time, usually when you are least expecting it!  When and where is a mystery, but if you see him, grab your camera, get a photo with him and post on the SummitCove Facebook page!

4. Snow-Tubing.  This is one of the most family friendly and fun activities around- everyone is sure to have a good time.  Magic carpets carry you and your tubes up, so there’s no trudging up the hill like traditional sledding. The Keystone Adventure Center and Frisco Adventure Center both offer snow-tubing in the winter months.

5. Have a drink on a sunny patio or in an Adirondack chair.  Colorado is known for 300 days of sunshine and many don’t realize how many BEAUTIFUL winter days we have.  When the sun shines hit LaBonte’s Cabin or Summit House for a beer or Bloody Mary in an Adirondack Chair with a view or Kickapoo Tavern or Inxpot for an après-ski drink and appetizer.

6. Night Skiing. See the mountain with a whole different perspective.  Lights guide you down the mountain as you feel the fresh air rushing upon your face. There are less people out and you’ll notice an eerily awesome quiet to the mountain- you’ll have to try it to know what we are talking about! Keystone is one of the few resorts in Colorado to offer night skiing; meaning you get more bang on the lift ticket buck.  We recommend skiing til mid-day, going in for a quick hot drink or cup of chili to warm up and then heading back out there for round two! 

7. Dog Sledding.  Kids will have the time of their lives, seeing the dogs in action and helping mush their own sled.  Try Alpine Adventures or Good Times Adventures for guided tours through the Rocky Mountains.

8. Winter Zip Lining. This is a new winter activity this year offered through the same owners of White Mountain Snowmobiling Tours.  Top of the Rockies Zip Lining takes you through the back-country near Leadville, zipping down lines, over rivers, train tracks, and taking in spectacular views.  A must-do for adrenaline junkies!

9. Snowmobiling. You’ve never experienced snowmobiling like this before! Wide open powder fields, groomed trails, family rides and views for miles.  Check out White Mountain Snowmobile Tours for the best snowmobiling tour around, they even provide you with all of the necessary gear!  Look for your coupon from WMST in the Key to Keystone Coupon Book.

10. Sleigh Rides. Nothing beats the feeling of fresh winter air nipping at your nose while bundled up sipping hot chocolate, listening to the soft patter of horse hooves, while taking in amazing scenery of snow heavy evergreens and mountain views.

11.  Ice Castles (Silverthorne).  You will be amazed by the maze of icicles and formations that form this spectacular winter wonderland, all built by hand!  Located in Silverthorne, the ice castles are open to visit for a small charge and usually open in late December or January and stay open as long as the weather permits.

12. Winter Festivals and Free Concerts.  Keystone hosts numerous festivals and free concerts throughout the winter.  Bluegrass on the Snow, River Run Rocks!, Keystone Kidtopia and the Festival of Lights are some of the most popular events of the year!

13. Go See the Snow Sculptures in Breckenridge. (Jan 15 – February 3rd).  This year will be the 23rd year of the International Snow Sculpture Championships.  Larger than life sculptures are made from scratch, watch the progress as artists from around the world build works of art from a square block of ice.. working through the night in the cold of winter!

14. Ice Skating or Pond Hockey. The Keystone Lake Ice Rink is the largest outdoor, Zamboni maintained rink in North America!  There is also another smaller, outdoor rink located in Dercum Square at River Run Village.

15. Hot Tubbing While Its Snowing. This SCREAMS ski vacation! Cold snowflakes hit the hot steam for a unique and refreshing feeling; personally I think its THE best time to be in the hot tub.

16. Ski-Biking.  If you are looking to take a day off of skiing or riding, but would still like to be out on the mountain, you’ll definitely want to try ski-biking. Part bike, part ski, 100% new adventure. Rent and take lessons at the Keystone Adventure Center.

17. Full Moon Cultural Cuisine Dinners at Arapahoe Basin. This is a really fun and a truly unique dining experience. You take the Black Mountain Express Lift up and then snowshoe down in the moonlight, after enjoying a one of a kind gourmet meal of course.  Reservations are required and events sell out early.

18. Kidtopia Kidsfest. Where else do they have an entire festival and winter season, dedicated to kids?  Glow Bug Skating Night, dog sledding, fireworks displays, teen adventure nights, scenic sleigh rides, cookie decorating, dancing to live music in the plaza, arts and crafts, disco tubing, meet the Avalanche Dog & more.  Keystone even builds a life size snow fort at the top of Dercum mountain every winter for kids to explore and have snowball fights!

19. Enjoy a Wide Range of Fine Dining Options.  Snake River Saloon, Alpenglow Stube, Ski Tip Ranch, Keystone Ranch, Bighorn Steakhouse, and Der Fondue Chessel are some of our favorites in Keystone. Reservations are recommended. 

20. Snow Kat Skiing & Tours. Grab a few friends and family members and take a snow-cat ride through the back mountains of Keystone Resort. Untouched powder and breathtaking views of the Continental Divide, Ten Mile Range and the Gore Range are just a part of the fun.

21. Nordic (Cross-Country) Skiing.  A great way to take in the scenery, look for wildlife and a enjoy a slower pace of skiing! Also is a great workout.  Try the Keystone or Frisco Nordic Centers.

22. Gondola Rides.  If you aren’t skiing or riding, it is still fun to take a ride up to the top to soak in the spectacular views at above 11,000 feet or visit one of the on-mountain restaurants via the River Run Gondola.

23. Mountaintop Dining.. Alpenglow Stube & Fondue Chessel.  Fine dining with altitude, this is an experience that you’ll always remember.  When else can you take a gondola to dinner?!

24. Experience Live Music. Snake River Saloon, The Goat, Warren Station, 320 South in Breck, the Riverwalk in Breck and many other places in Summit County offer live bands on a regular basis.  Many Colorado bands frequent this area and there are some really good acts to see!

25. Hot Chocolate and Marshmallows Next to the River Run Firepit.  Warm up after a day on the mountain next to the over sized fire pit in the village.  People watch and sip a hot beverage for a relaxing afternoon.

26. Drive to the top of Loveland Pass on a full moon or clear day.  It’s just 8 miles to the Summit of Loveland Pass from Keystone, meaning you can easily experience unparallelled views without much work.  We suggest going during a full moon or clear day to avoid an icy road.

27. Hot Springs. Natural hot springs are littered around Colorado and are a must try at least once in your life.  Leadville, Buena Vista, and Idaho Springs are all just a short drive from Keystone.

28. See a show at Lake Dillon Theatre CO.
This intimate venue features shows year round, everything from comedies to musicals.  Most shows are family friendly and are a unique and cultural experience for everyone!

29. Have an Epic Mix Photo Shoot. FREE, professional photographers take your photos all around the mountain! Have a contest to see who can get the most photos or have one taken from every spot! Epic Mix is available to all season and day pass holders.  Online versions of the photos are free with the option to pay for high quality downloads and prints.

30. Bowling.  Take the family out for a bowling night while you’re here, Lakeside Bowl in Dillon.


 

Kid Friendly in Keystone, Colorado

Keystone Resort, Colorado is known to be one of the most kid-friendly and family oriented resorts in Colorado.  It is also one of the only resorts in the state to offer night skiing, giving you more value in your lift tickets.  You will find that Keystone has families at heart and provides a fun and relaxed atmosphere, allowing you and your family to make some amazing memories that will last a lifetime.

Keystone Kidtopia
A festival designed specifically for kids!  Each year Keystone builds a larger than life snow fort for kids to explore, or even throw snowballs.  Other Kidtopia activities include Ski with a Ranger Day, Arts & Crafts, Disco Tubing, Glow Bug Skating, Nastar Racing,  Face Painting, Parades, and Hot Chocolate and Marshmallows by the firepit.  Your kids won’t want to go home.

2 Outdoor Ice Rinks
Kids will have a blast skating in the fresh air outdoors under the starry sky.  Keystone Lake boasts the claim of being the largest outdoor, Zamboni maintained ice rink in North America!  There is also a new skating rink located in Dercum Square at River Run Village, just outside the door from Expedition Station, Buffalo Lodge and Dakota Lodge! Warm up with hot chocolate afterwards!

Adventure Point Tubing Hill
The whole family will love this activity as you fly down the hill on inner tubes at Adventure Point, during the day or at night, under the lights!  With a unique state-of-the-art conveyor lift, the amount of rides is up to you, but it sure beats having to hike!

Family Friendly Dining Options
Bring the kids to one of the most memorable, on-mountain restaurants in Colorado, Der Fondue Chessel.  Ride the gondola and enjoy authentic Bavarian Cuisine and live entertainment in a cozy mountain lodge atmosphere.  Other kid-friendly Keystone Restaurants include the Kickapoo Tavern, Luigi’s Pastahouse, Snake River Saloon, Dos Locos, Pizza on the Plaza and the Haywood Cafe.

Family Friendly Events and Festivals
Each winter Keystone holds numerous festivals and events, and the majority of them are kid-friendly.  Enjoy free concerts in River Run Plaza at the River Run Rocks concert series or enjoy live music or plays in Warren Station.  During the Holiday Season, kids will love the Chocolate Village at the Keystone Lodge and Spa, a handcrafted holiday tradition that features 2,500 pounds of chocolate crafted into a miniature alpine village, a working chocolate gondola, a cascading chocolate waterfall, 6 foot tall white chocolate Christmas tree with chocolate presents. Other fun holiday events include the Festival of Lights and Santa and his Reindeer visiting the village.

Camp Keystone
More than just ski school! Camp Keystone offers kids with lessons, on-snow activities, kids’ night out, theme days and more!  If you book 3 or more days, your child is guaranteed to have the same camp counselor, making it even easier for them to have fun and learn more. 

Kid Friendly Terrain
Keystone offers plenty of green and beginner runs, and features 3 different learning areas on the mountain with 6 magic carpet lifts.  Kids adventures zones are scattered across the mountain, offering fun features for kids to master!

Sleigh Rides
Bundle up for the ride of a lifetime in an old-fashioned horse drawn sleigh, see the stars and enjoy the beautiful winter wonderland scenery while you sip hot chocolate and enjoy the night.

 

Labor Day Festvities in Keystone

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!

Lakeside Village in Keystone

 

Show Off Your Artistic Side at Canvas and Cocktails This Saturday!

Canvas and Cocktails

Saturday, August 25, 2012
Are you looking for a way to explore your artistic side but don’t know where to start? Want a fun night out that is new and exciting? Canvas and Cocktails is an upbeat creative class for both the artistic and not so artistic. This event is perfect for a unique date night, team building with co-workers or just a fun night with your friends! At the end of the night you will go home feeling great with a painting you can call “uniquely yours” and hopefully with a new found talent you’ll want to explore further.

Come learn the basics of acrylic painting while enjoying the company of friends. Not artistic or feeling a little nervous? Don’t worry- no experience is necessary, an instructor will guide you through step by step recreating the featured night’s painting. It’s easy, fun, and totally stress free. By the end of the night you will be amazed at the artwork you have created!   Drinks are not included in ticket price but drink specials will be available! Items included for the night are the instruction, canvas, brushes and paint. Bring your friends and try out something new this Saturday evening in Keystone!

Time:
Doors and cocktails begin at 6 PM, Painting begins at 7 PM
Location: Warren Station, River Run at Keystone, Colorado
Costs: $41.99 in advance, $45.00 at the door
Buy tickets here: www.augustcanvasandcocktails.eventbrite.com

Photo Credit: CanvasandCocktails.com

Don’t Miss the 15th Annual Dos Locos and Keystone Science School Benefit Event This Friday

The 15th annual Dos Locos and Keystone Science School Benefit Event is taking place this Friday, August 17, and the night includes the chance to bid on unique, valuable items at the silent auction, along with participating in a fun scavenger hunt.  Dinner will include a gourmet Mexican buffet and live music with The Pine Beatles, a community based band out of Breckenridge. Throughout the night there will be loads of fantastic prizes and giveaways, including a grand prize for a week long trip to Mexico. Cost for the event is $20 for adults, $15 for kids ages 4-12, and kids under 3 are FREE.  The event kicks off Friday evening at 5:30 pm and ends at 8:30.  Tickets can be purchased at the door.  Dos Locos is located in the Mountain View Plaza, just a quarter of a mile down the road from SummitCove Property Management in Keystone.

The Bottle Shop in SummitCove Hosts ‘Third Thursdays’ with Free Wine Tastings

The Bottle Shop is a new boutique wine, beer and spirits store that opened earlier this year in the SummitCove neighborhood near Keystone Resort. The owners, Ben and Janesse Brown, have a chalkboard set up in the store so customers can make recommendations for wine or beer brands they’d like to see and they also offer a ‘make your own six-pack,’ so folks can take home a mix of their favorite brews. There is a big emphasis on local and Colorado brands across the whole spectrum of inventory. Brown says the prices are good: because the shop is located in unincorporated Summit County, it isn’t affected by additional town or resort taxes. The shop is mostly a wine and beer store; only 20 percent of the floor space is dedicated to liquor. It has nearly 200 wines to choose from — which the Browns picked out after consulting with a sommelier — and room for another 100 after community input starts rolling in.

The Bottle Shop proudly hosts ‘3rd Thursdays’ each month, in which visitors can sample wines, beers, and spirits from 4-7pm on the third Thursday of each month. The Bottle Shop partners with other community businesses to bring the properly paired garnish with your wine (think cheese, bread, and chocolate!). Third Thursdays will feature a local “somel-yeahs!” – community members sharing their “expert” views on the featured wine – either a new favorite or old friend.  It is a terrific time to gather as a community for some sublime wine and good company! The next Third Thursday will take place on August 16, 2012. If you are looking for a property nearby, check out the West Keystone area, which is just a little over a mile from The Bottle Shop.  Soda Springs 1917 or Pines 2136 are both available for rental in August- rent a bike and ride to the wine tasting!

Heading to the Bottle Shop?  Don’t forget your Key to Keystone Coupon BookSummitCove guests receive a 10% discount on any 1 item in the store when you present your coupon!

The Bottle Shop Hours:
Sunday – 1 -6 p.m.
Monday – Thursday 12 -9 p.m.
Friday – Saturday 12 -10 p.m.

The Bottle Shop Location:
In the Summit Cove Neighborhood Center
40 Cove Boulevard, C-1
Dillon, CO 80435

Frequently Asked Questions about Reserving a Vacation Rental Property from SummitCove Lodging in Keystone Colorado

Q: Why should we choose Keystone CO as our Winter Vacation Destination?

A. We thought you’d never ask! Keystone is one of the most family friendly resorts around, offering kids specific activities like Keystone Kidtopia- a festival just for kids that include special games, glow-light ice-skating, a giant life size snow fort at the top of the mountain to play in, arts and crafts, adventure zones on the mountain to explore and so on. Keystone has its own snow-tubing hill, TWO outdoor ice skating rinks, sleigh rides, outdoor fire-pits, amazing dining options, shopping, cross-country skiing, outdoor heated swimming pools, sledding and more! Not to brag, but we think Keystone has some of the best views around, including incredible angles on Lake Dillon and surrounding mountains like Breckenridge! The activities are endless and there is certainly something for everyone at Keystone Resort! There are also some amazing events throughout the winter like the River Run Rocks! FREE concerts series, culinary festivals, a winter bluegrass festival, Mardi Gras celebrations, Holiday festivities and more!

Keystone as a mountain offers a great bang for your buck, as it is one of the only resorts in Colorado that has night skiing!  This means on select days, you can ski from open to close- up to 12 hours…If you can make it that long, your ticket is good all day and night!  So it’s nice to be able to take a break in the afternoon for a hearty bowl of chili or a beer on an outdoor patio and then head back  out, warm and refreshed. Keystone has three separate peaks, each offering different terrain and multiple gondolas. It also boasts some of the most diverse terrain, ranging from beginner to double black and expert only terrain. It includes multiple learning areas for kids and beginners, with mini chairlifts and ‘magic carpets’,  plenty of groomed ‘corduroy’, powder runs, tree skiing, hiking zones, and even KAT TOURS- spend the day on a tour or take 1 ride on the KAT for just $5.  This is a great way to experience some of the deepest powder and find some areas that have been completely untouched!  Area-51 is Keystone’s terrain park and it is one of the best in the country.   It is also one of the closest resorts to the Denver Airport- just a quick 90 minute drive and you’re here!  Arapahoe Basin is also just 7 miles up the road if you are looking to explore other mountains and offers some great, different terrain without having to travel far.

Keystone Resort has a FREE shuttle system that will take you just about anywhere you’d like around town.  It also is one of the only resorts that still offers CLOSE parking at no charge!

Q: Why should I rent from SummitCove Property Management rather than directly from the Owner of the Condo?

A. All of the condos and homes that SummitCove rents are individually owned by families. Owners are able to choose who manages their property, and they have picked us.. to take reservations, be the guest contact, provide maintenance and security while they are away. We serve as a point of contact, a ‘home base’ to help you with everything you need all the way from the planning stage to the check-out day.  You can trust us with your credit card information and that you will always have someone to call if you need to.  We offer 24-7 emergency and maintenance service, along with excellent customer service and experience. So if your heat goes out at 3am, you get locked out of your property, or just need a recommendation on where to eat- we are here for you, in Keystone, at any time day or night. No worrying about sending money to an unknown stranger, waiting around for a call back or wondering what would happen in the event of an emergency. We are also able to use our size to our advantage- we have some great guest perks such as our Key to Keystone Coupon Book offering discounts on restaurants and activities & free bike rentals in the Summer and discounted lift tickets and equipment rentals in the winter.

Q: Is SummitCove connected to Keystone Resort or Vail Resorts? What are the benefits of renting from SummitCove vs. the Resort or other Property Management Companies?

A. Summitcove Property Management is one of many property management firms that operate in or near Keystone Resort.  Although we are not directly affiliated with Keystone or Vail Resorts Inc. that operate the ski mountain, we do work closely together on an everyday basis to make sure our mutual guests are happy and come back to Keystone year after year.

SummitCove stands apart in many ways.  One of the biggest differences is that we allow you to pick the EXACT property you will be staying at, vs. just a general ‘2-bedroom in River Run’ as an example of what information the Resort would provide.  We have photos, video tours, reviews, amenities lists, distance to the slopes, bedding configurations information and more for each and every property we manage.  You will be happy to know that your kids will be getting the bunk beds they’ve been looking forward to, the property has that cool mountain decor or stainless steel appliances, or even just that you and your friends will both staying in Buffalo Lodge- whatever it is you are looking for,  we allow you to pick from our properties and find the one that suits you best.  Our properties are as individual as you and we want you to enjoy your vacation and we believe it all starts with where you stay! Many of our properties also have additional amenities that aren’t always found in the ‘stock’ properties of the Resort.

SummitCove provides personalized customer service and being a small company, we are able to go the extra mile for our guests.  We are a small company where it’s possible to walk in and maybe meet the owner- we have just under 300 properties and about 25 employees. We still have 24-7 customer service, a local check-in office and customer perks, just like the Resort, but we hope you will find your experiences with us are much more personal and memorable, connecting a face with a name.  We offer our guests great perks like 25% off equipment rentals, discounted lift tickets, and various coupons for discounts at restaurants, activities, massages, and more!

Our check-in office is located RIGHT IN KEYSTONE, meaning you don’t have to drive to Dillon or get your keys from a lockbox. In the winter months we typically have someone staffed at our front desk 24 hours a day!  Nothing’s worse than traveling 10 hours only to get your keys in the dark out of an outdoor lockbox and have no idea where you are going! Our front desk agents will be awaiting your arrival, greeting you with a smile, ready to draw out directions on a map, show you where the grocery store is and even offer advice on the best place to go for breakfast, ski rentals, and what activities to do; not to mention offer you an exclusive coupon book to help you save big while you are here!

Q: What are the properties like and what supplies will be provided?

A. Our properties come fully furnished with everything you need to feel like you’re right at home. We have all different sizes of properties from a small studio with kitchenette to a 5-bedroom private home that sleeps 16!  They are all individually owned and every property is different, with their own decor and amenities, based on the owner’s personality.  Although Keystone itself is no more than 4 miles long, there are many different areas, villages, and buildings like River Run, Mountain House, Settlers Creek, Trappers Crossing, Snake River, Ski Tip and the Pines just to name a few. Most properties have dining rooms and full kitchens that stock everything you’d need to make a nice family dinner- stove, oven, refrigerator,  dishwasher, coffee pot, dishes, silverware, pots and pans, and even salt and pepper! In the other rooms you will find most units have multiple flat screen TV’s, a DVD player, hair dryers, fans, closets and even humidifiers to combat the drier air.  We always start you out with basic supplies like shampoo, conditioner, Kleenex, paper towels, dishwasher detergent, dish and hand soaps, coffee, toilet paper, sponges, towels, trash bags, etc.  All properties are different, but we do set some requirements in order for every guest to be comfortable.  Some properties feature heated garages, ski lockers, fireplaces, private hot tubs, surround sound, washer and dryer,  jetted baths, leather couches, stainless steel appliances and so on.  Check out the Property Information page on our website for each specific property to find out these sort of details! Many of the buildings have common spaces that feature pools, hot tubs, couches and televisions, pool tables, outdoor grills, steam rooms and more.

Q: How do I rent a unit?  Is there a deposit and what are the payment terms?

A. You can rent any of our properties by booking directly on this website using a credit card or you can call us at 1-877-850-7750 if you would like to speak with us and book by phone- we have experienced Vacation Planners who can help you find the exact property you are looking for based on your individual preferences such as location, cost, the size of your group and specific amenities you might be looking for such as a fireplace or hot tub! Sometimes it is nice to have help sorting through the different options.  We will ask questions such as “What is most important to you during your stay? Do you want to be able to walk to the slopes or do you not mind taking a shuttle?  Do your kids prefer bunk beds or twin beds? Do you need a washer and dryer in your property? How about a view?” etc.

When you book your stay, 1/2 of your rent is required as a down payment, and the final payment will be due 60 days out from your reservation.  A small damage fee is included in the price to cover minimal incidentals in case of an accident, but it will not be refunded.  Our cancellation policy is as follows:

  • More than 180 Days prior to Arrival Date – 90% of the total rental amount will be refunded.
  • 179- 60 Days prior to Arrival Date – 75% of the total rental amount will be refunded.
  • 59 – 30 Days prior to Arrival Date – 50% of the total rental amount will be refunded.
  • 29 – 14 Days prior to Arrival Date – 25% of the total rental amount will be refunded.
  • Less than 14 days prior to Arrival Date – No Refund.

We do offer travel insurance for an extra 6.95% of your reservation cost that covers some travel circumstances such as weather, traffic delays, illness and more from Travel Guard. It will protect your entire partys’ vacation investment if you are forced to cancel, interrupt, or delay your trip due to weather, illness, injury, or any other covered reason.  This policy also includes very important baggage and medical protection.  This can be a great thing to have, especially in Colorado- because sometimes airports close and roads shut down and people may get sick in the winter!

Q: Should I rent a car?  Is there a shuttle?

A. Keystone and Summit County both have FREE Shuttle Systems making it easy to get around once you are up in the mountains.  We also have many properties that are within walking distance, so you can easily get by without a car.  So if you are coming to Keystone from the airport, you may choose to rent a car or take a shuttle.  There are quite a few airport shuttle companies out there and prices vary depending on the size of your group, but typically range from $50-$70 a person. There are also shuttles available to other ski resorts- you can get to Arapahoe Basin, Copper, and Breckenridge for free on the county-wide shuttle, The Summit Stage, but to go to Vail or Beaver Creek you would have to pay for a shuttle. If you do choose to rent a car you will most likely want to get one that has a ski rack and 4-wheel drive.  Many times the roads are clear, but it is nice to have 4-whell drive if it starts to snow.  Parking is free for all of our guests and there is a big skier parking lot that is just a 10-minute walk to the gondola, some other resorts charge up to $25 a day for parking.

Q: I’ve made my reservation; now how do I check in and get my keys?

A. SummitCove has a full-service check-in desk conveniently located  in the middle of Keystone Resort.  We are located at 23110 US Highway 6 in the Gateway Plaza, which is right in between the Haywood Cafe and Cornerstone Real Estate.  Our office is no more than 5 minutes to your Condo or Home.  We typically have someone staffed at this office until at least 3am, and 24-7 during the busier ski season months.  We ALWAYS have someone available by phone 24 hours a day.  Check-in time is 4pm. In the rare event that no one is at our check-in office when you arrive, you will get your keys from the lockbox inside our lobby.  We ask that you print your confirmation that we emailed to you at the time you made your reservation or have it available on your smartphone, as it contains the lockbox code, directions and other important information about our services and the specific property that you are staying at.

If you have any more questions or concerns at any time, please feel free to call or contact us! We know that some people are new to the vacation rental home process, but we assure you once you try it you will never stay at a hotel again!  You’ll love all of the extra space to spread out and enjoy your vacation, not to mention all the additional amenities available and the money you’ll save by cooking dinner instead of having to go out every night! Book your Keystone Vacation today!

Don’t Miss the Next Showing of the Kidtopida Kids Theatre: The Prince, on Friday July 27 at the Quaking Aspen Amphitheatre in Keystone

Actors at a previous performance in 2007 at Quaking Aspen Amphitheatre, photo credit from SummitDaily.com

Don’t miss this fun event that you and your children are sure to love at !

On Friday mornings at the Quaking Aspen Amphitheater, Keystone’s River Run Village hosts The Prince. This is a fun event especially designed for kids that takes place in the serene and beautiful setting in the forest near the bubbling Snake River at Quaking Aspen Amphitheater in Keystone’s River Run Village.

In the tradition of Pinocchio: An Americana Folktale, The Ant and the Grasshopper, Rapunzel: A Rock N Roll Fairytale, and The Red Cape comes a world premiere family musical, The Prince, from the Lake Dillon Theatre Company. The Kingdom’s royal princes have all mysteriously gone missing. That is, all except Prince Herbert, often dubbed the most ineligible bachelor in the land. But when the awkward Herbert is given the humorously impossible task of serving as royal king-to-be to all the Kingdom’s princesses, he discovers his true self. You and your children are sure to love this original family musical full of humor and heart as Prince Herbert and the entire kingdom discover that true nobility comes from deep within.

Tickets are $5 general admission for parents, children, and all guests.  All seating is general admission. Dates, times, and locations are subject to change at any time. Pets are prohibited. Look for additional showings of The Prince on August 3rd and 10th.

Quaking Aspen Seating

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

 

Last Day to Save on Your 2012-2013 Ski Season Lodging with our Snowy Peaks Sale!

Winter Activities at Keystone Resort

Today is the last day of our 72-hour snowy peaks early booking sale! Book by 5pm MST today in order to receive 15% off winter stays of 3 nights or more! See webpage for all of the details. Keystone Resort is home to countless winter activities such as skiing, snowboarding, snow biking, ice skating, exploring snow forts and ice castles, hot-tubbing, shopping, snowmobiling, fine dining and more!  Throughout the winter guests can enjoy free concerts at events like the River Run Rocks! concert series and Bluegrass on the Snow, visit various festivals like Keystone Kidtopia and the Winter Culinary Festival, along with explore our  world renowned ski slopes and terrain parks.  Don’t miss out on a great winter in Keystone, Colorado, book your winter ski vacation today!