Keystone’s Newest Development: The New Seasons

Meet Keystone’s newest development – The New Seasons at Keystone

 

Have you been dreaming of that perfect mountain retreat or second home in Colorado? Think of snow capped mountains, miles of trails, and the bubbling sounds of the Snake River from the backyard patio. The New Seasons is Keystone’s newest upcoming development. Nestled in Lodgepole pines, near the Mountain House Base Area, this location is the perfect base camp for all of your mountain adventures!  You can walk over to Lakeside Village for ice skating or paddle boarding or hop on the paved bike path.  Head to one of Keystone’s two golf courses or to the hiking and biking trails in West Keystone.  The options are endless and this new property will have everything you need for a perfect visit to Keystone Resort.

 

The developers of the New Seasons broke ground this past June and the first phase of the development is expected to be completed in mid to late 2019.  In the meantime, you can preview the location and amenities by staying in the current Seasons Townhomes.   The complex will feature 4 buildings that hold a total of 32 new condos. Potential buyers can choose from one-, two- and three-bedroom floor plans, that range in price starting at $419,000 going up to $829,000.

 

Features of The New Seasons that we love:

  • Located on the Keystone Resort shuttle route, which means quick access to the slopes and Keystone Conference Center
  • On-site steam room, hot tub, and an outdoor grilling area
  • Stainless steel appliances
  • Granite and Marble countertops
  • Full stacked washers and dryers
  • Step out your back door and hit the trail the leads to the Snake River and Keystone Lake
  • Located on the bike path

 

We are so excited to see this new development at Keystone Resort.  If you have any questions or are interested in buying a vacation rental at The New Seasons, please get in touch with one of SummitCove Lodging’s Homeowner Services Representatives by calling (970) 368-5888.  We can provide you with realtor contact information and vacation rental projections for the new properties. Look for vacation rental options coming soon!

Expedition Station River Run Condo #8590 Gets a Facelift!

 

Expedition Station #8590 just got a facelift! This beautiful 2 bedroom, 3 bath River Run Condo sleeps 8 and has plenty of room for your entire group! Brightly lit, elegantly decorated and equipped with anything you might need on your vacation – it is all here!
 
This property now features all new flat screen TV’s, memory foam toppers on all of the beds including the murphy and sofa beds, ipod docks in the bedrooms and USB charging hub in the kitchen. You will love the upgraded kitchen, new furniture, wood floors and spacious living areas that this property offers. You will also enjoy ski slope views from the privacy of your own balcony! 
 
Expedition Station is located in Keystone’s River Run Village, near the River Run Gondola, Keystone Ski Slopes and Dercum Ice Skating Rink!  Call SummitCove Lodging in Keystone today to get this property reserved!

Five Fun Activities to Do With Your Family in Keystone

Keystone is one of the most family-friendly ski resorts in the world, but there’s far more to do with your kids while visiting than just ski!  We’ve got a few of our favorite family activities listed below for you to check out while you are visiting Keystone!

Ice Skating  at Keystone Lake
A must-do while visiting Keystone- check out North America’s largest Zamboni-maintained outdoor skating rink, 5 acres of fun!  Whether you want to try your toes at a triple axle or shoot the puck in a pickup hockey game, you are sure to have a great time skating on the Lake! The rink is the highlight of Lakeside Village– it’s surrounded by restaurants, shops and a number of properties available for rent, including Lakeshore 1561 which features amazing views!   After you’ve had enough on the ice, stop by the bar in the Keystone Lodge and enjoy a warm nightcap or hot chocolate. The rink is open daily from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m.; Admission and skate rental prices are as follows: Adult $12/$10, Youth $9/$5, and Seniors $6/$3.  You are also welcome to bring your own skates!

Cupcakes and Canvases
If you are looking for a way to get creative, this class is the perfect outlet to let your little ones explore their artistic sides!  This 2 hour class is led by an art teacher who helps you and your kids create artistic masterpieces… all while enjoying delicious cupcakes!  The $15 registration cost includes all the supplies including a canvas, brushes and paint, cupcakes and guidance from a teacher. There are 2 more sessions this season, on February 10 and March 10, so sign up today!

Tubing at Adventure Point
Take a ride to the top of the River Run Gondola and head to Adventure Point- a tubing hill with a modern twist. Pick from 5 lanes and then let your kids decide- straight or spin and get ready to hold on!  Once its over, no more trucking up a steep hill, let the magic carpet whisk you back to the top to do it again!  Looking to get funky? Check out snow-tubing on Thursday Nights, which is disco themed under the lights and disco ball!

Explore the Nation’s Largest Snow Fort
Your kids will LOVE exploring this larger than life snow fort, based at the top of Dercum Mountain.  The fort is built with a dragon theme and has features like lookout towers, a drawbridge, ice sculptures and tunnels.  Can we say snowball fight? (Play nice kids!) Better yet, the fort is free to enter, all you need is gondola pass or lift ticket to get to the top of the mountain!

Winter Zip Line and Snow Cat Tour
If your kids are a little bit older (ages 7 & up) and are looking for a fun adventure, you should try the winter zip lining & snow cat tours with our partners, White Mountain Tours and Top of the Rockies Zip Lines.  A complimentary shuttle will pick you up in Keystone and after a short and scenic 25 minute ride, you will arrive at the spectacular 2000 acre private property near Leadville.  The area has views of Mt. Elbert and Mt. Massive, and rests on the splendid slopes of Mt. Arkansas, an almost “Fourteener” at 13,795 feet.  Strap in and enjoy 5 sections of zip lining and an informative snow cat ride, of course stopping at an original yurt for hot chocolate along the way- this is sure to be one of the highlights of your trip!  All SummitCove guests receive a discount from White Mountain Tours in the Key to Keystone Coupon Book! Complimentary coveralls and boots are available if needed, but personal warm winter apparel is appropriate and recommended. Guests must bring goggles or sunglasses as eye protection is not provided. Helmets, transportation and hot chocolate are included in the tour price.

 

Holiday Happenings 2012 at Keystone Resort

The Holidays are here at Keystone Resort!  All around the Resort you will notice signs of the Holidays, including the penguin Snow Sculpture pictured above!  There is a large lighted Christmas Tree in River Run Village and as you walk you will hear the sounds of Christmas Songs playing throughout the Village.  Some fun Holiday events are planned for the next two weeks in Keystone.

Ice Skating: 2 outdoor ice rinks are both open at Dercum Square in River Run Village and Lakeside Village.  Dercum Square is open daily 11am-8pm, and Lakeside Village is open 9am – 9pm.  Play pond hockey or play ‘ice queen’- its something the whole family will enjoy!

Snow-Tubing:
Just like when you were a kid, only on a much bigger hill with its own tubing lift – during the day or under the lights. With a unique state-of-the-art conveyor lift, the amount of rides is up to you. Get ready to laugh until it hurts in this must-do experience for all ages.  Every Thursday enjoy Disco Snow Tubing under the lights!

Night Skiing:  New Holiday hours have Keystone Night Skiing staying open late until January 6!  The mountain stays open under the lights until 8pm daily and 6pm on Sundays.  Keystone lift tickets hold the best value, with a 12-hour ski day!

Visit with Santa: The little ones will love telling their Christmas Wishes to Santa!

Saturday, December 22nd      4:00pm – 6:00pm                    Luigi’s Pasta House

Sunday, December 23rd         4:00pm – 6:00pm                    Pizza on the Run

Monday, December 24th        11:00am – 1:00pm                   Kidz Cabin

Holiday Ice Show: Celebrate the season at the Holiday Magic Ice Show at Keystone Lake, performed by the Denver Figure Skating Club on Saturday, 12/22 at Noon. There will be 25 numbers that will be 1-3 minutes long each. Public skating hours of operation at Lakeside are 9:00am-9:00pm.

Keystone Aglow: 
Every night, watch as both villages light up the night with Keystone Aglow, a light show in River Run and Mountain House Villages.

Keystone Kidtopia, Fireworks, & The Snowfort:  Keystone Kidtopia is all season long, with daily events planned.  Be sure to check out the life-size snowfort atop Dercum Mountain- this year has a new location, with a view! Every Saturday Evening, check out the fireworks show at 7pm, view from either village.

Chocolate Village at Keystone Lodge & Spa: Be sure not to miss this delicious homemade creation from Keystone Resort’s Pastry Chef Ned Archibald. This handcrafted holiday tradition 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. This mouth watering creation gets a special new addition every year.

Head for the Hills New Year’s Eve Celebration:Ring in the new year with one of your favorite bands, Head for the Hills playing at Warren Station. Come and join us at Keystone for New Years Eve!  Head for the Hills, champagne toast, and countdown to a New Year!  A night you won’t want to miss! Doors open at 7pm, show starts at 8pm.  Get tickets online HERE.

New Year’s Eve Celebration in Keystone: Bring in the New Year at Keystone!  Join us for an evening full of activities and events including a Torch Light Parade on Dercum Mountain (visible from River Run Village), two firework shows in Lakeside Village, a midnight balloon drop, a concert featuring the Colorado acclaimed quartet Head for the Hills, and much more still to come!
Lakeside Village:

10 a- 8pm: LEGO Oasis NYE Celebration at Expedition Station
6:00pm Lakeside Village Fireworks
10:00pm Lakeside Village Fireworks
River Run Village:

7:00pm River Run Torch Light Parade
9:00pm Head For the Hills Concert

Holiday Tree at Keystone Resort

Keller Williams Coming to Keystone!

According to the Mayan Calendars, the end of the world is predicted to come down December 21, 2012.  Popular musician, Keller Williams is throwing an ‘End of the World’ celebration right here in Keystone for 2 nights on December 21 & 22.  Williams is  known as a ‘master of acoustic guitar’ and has teamed up with many different artists over the years since his first album back in 1994. 

Join Keller Williams and his Compadres at Warren Station in Keystone, Colorado on December 21st and 22nd for two nights of fun.  The first night will feature Keller, Billy Nershi and Keith Moseley picking bluegrass, as well as a Keller solo set.  On the second night, experience the funky grooves of Keller, Kyle Hollingsworth, Keith Moseley and Dave Watts along with a solo set from Keller.

Tickets for the event are $30 for solo nights or $50 in advance for both nights.  Book a condo in River Run Village, such as Jackpine Lodge, Dakota Lodge, or Silver Mill Condos to be close to the shows, along with restaurants, bars, and the ski slopes at Keystone Resort! 

Spend Thanksgiving in Keystone This Year

If you are looking for the perfect place to host a family gathering for Thanksgiving this year, you might want to consider a family ski vacation at Keystone Resort!  Keystone boasts all sorts of fun activities that everyone in your family can enjoy, including snow-tubing, skiing, sledding, shopping and more.  Your kids will love horsing around in the pools and hot tubs, along with making snowmen and playing in the snow!  For the Black Friday shopping fanatics, the Silverthorne Outlet Malls are just 10 minutes away, along with a Target, Wal-Mart, and multiple shops right here in River Run Village. 

SummitCove Vacation Lodging has properties of all sizes to accommodate your family, whether you all want to be under one roof if one of our spectacular private homes or town homes or have some space in separate condos within the same building.  Most of our properties have full sized kitchens stocked with everything you need to make that famous turkey dinner that everyone has been looking forward to all year.  If you aren’t interested in cooking while on vacation, Keystone has some really amazing and unique dining options to make your Thanksgiving meal truly memorable. Visit the Der Fondue Chessel or Alpenglow Stube and enjoy a night of fine dining at 11,444 feet when you arrive by gondola or dine in an old stagecoach at the Ski Tip Lodge. You can also leave the meal planning to the professionals and have meals delivered right to your vacation rental property through services like Peak Provisions. 

Keystone is the perfect place to get your entire family together, especially those that you might not see often enough, and really enjoy each others company.  You will have fun doing things together like playing board games, sitting by the firepit making s’mores, enjoying cooking delicious meals, watching football, getting fresh tracks on the mountain, and soaking in the hot tubs.  And don’t forget- night skiing at Keystone Resort starts on Wednesday, November 21st! Make this Thanksgiving one that your family will never forget and book your Thanksgiving Vacation in Keystone today!

 

Easy Cooking in Your Ski Condo

Feeding your family during a vacation can be tough.  Long days, busy schedules, and high altitudes may make you want to order in pizza every night, but we’ve got a few recipes that will be easy to prepare and save you money by not eating out every night. The nice thing is that most of our vacation rental properties in Keystone feature a full size kitchen and all of the cooking supplies you need to make a great meal.  Cooking while you’re on vacation does present its challenges- you’re usually working with fewer tools, unfamiliar appliances and without your normal spice cabinet.  You will also be busy with activities and tired at the end of the day! What you should look for when you are planning your meals are some simple, easy-to-make recipes that will please even the pickiest eaters, feed a crowd, have few ingredients and make plenty of leftovers.  Here are four of our favorite easy dinner recipes for your next family ski vacation:

Easy Mexican Fajitas

Ingredients:
– Medium size flour tortillas
– 1 Lb. skirt or flank steak
– 1 Package taco of fajita seasoning
– 1 White or yellow onion
– 1 Red bell pepper
– 1 Green bell pepper
– 2 Tbsp olive oil
– Prepared guacamole
– Prepared pico de gallo salsa
– Shredded cheddar cheese
– Sour cream

Directions:
Preheat oven to 375.  Rub the steak with half of the fajita seasoning and salt and pepper and bake for 35-40 minutes.  Slice onions and peppers and then sauté in olive oil over Medium heat.  Take the meat out of the oven and then slice it against the grain in thin strips. Warm tortillas in the microwave for 30 – 40 seconds.  Serve ingredients in bowls or plates and let your family create their own as they please!

Beef and Bean Chili

Ingredients:
– 2 Lbs ground beef or buffalo
– 1 Large onion, chopped
– 2 Stalks of celery, chopped
– 8 Cups (4-15oz cans or 2-28oz cans) tomato sauce
– 8 Cups (4-15oz cans) beans (2 kidney, 1 pinto and 1 black or garbanzo)
– 1/4 Cup chili seasoning (your favorite brand)
– Salt & pepper, to taste
– Cayenne pepper, to taste
– Chopped fresh or canned jalapeno peppers, to taste
– 1/2 Lb. elbow macaroni

Directions:
In a large stockpot, brown the beef. Break it apart into large chunks, season with salt, pepper, and about half of the chili seasoning and cook until it is just slightly  pink.  Once the meat is browned, stir in the rest of the ingredients.  Bring everything to a boil and then cover and simmer for at least 30 minutes.  The flavors only get better the longer you simmer;  if you have a crockpot, you can throw everything in before you head out to the mountain, and the feast will be ready when you get back at the end of the day! In the meantime, cook up the pasta and set aside.  Once you are ready to eat, add the macaroni pasta to the chili and serve hot with shredded cheese, sour cream and corn chips or crackers for the perfect warm and easy to prepare meal!  You can leave the jalapenos out if your family doesn’t like spicy foods.

Italian Chicken, Roasted Potatoes and Broccoli

Ingredients:
-2 Lbs. mix of boneless, skinless chicken thighs and breasts
-8 Tsp melted butter
-1 Cup Italian-seasoned breadcrumbs
-2 Tsp olive oil
-1 Lb. baby new potatoes, halved
-1 Half white onion, chopped
-1 Clove garlic, chopped
-1 Large head of broccoli
-1 Half of lemon

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 350.  Dress the chicken with 6 tsp melted butter, then  roll in seasoned breadcrumbs and place in a casserole dish or roasting pan. In another pan, drizzle the potatoes with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Chop the garlic and onions and add to the potato mix.  Cover both dishes with tinfoil or pan covers and cook both the chicken and potatoes for 40 minutes.  About 5 minutes before the timer beeps, steam the broccoli and top with juice of lemon, a pinch of salt and remaining butter.  Serve and enjoy!

B for D (Breakfast for Dinner)

Ingredients:
-1 Box of pancake mix
-Eggs (2 per person)
-Bacon
-Milk
-Fresh blueberries
-Butter
-Maple syrup
-Shredded cheddar cheese (optional)

Directions:
Start with the bacon, either fry or bake according to package directions.  Make the pancakes according to recipe on box, adding the blueberries into the batter. Crack all of the eggs in a bowl, add a splash of milk, whisk and scramble, adding the cheddar cheese if you’d like.  Serve this for breakfast or dinner, a family favorite!

Keystone has a few small markets where you can purchase groceries, but we recommend planning your meals and grocery list on the plane or in the car ahead of time and then stopping at the City Market in Dillon before you head into Keystone.  You will be exiting off of I-70 at the ‘Dillon/Silverthorne’ exit, take an immediate left and the City Market will be two stoplights ahead on the left, and then Keystone is about 7 miles further down the road. Remember to look for recipes with a simple and short ingredient list that are easy to prepare. Also think about things that are easy and quick for breakfast and snacks to take with you on the mountain, such as granola bars.  Bottled water is not really necessary, as the water in Keystone tastes great! Many of our ski condos come stocked with crock-pots, which is a great tool for ski vacation meals- just throw it all in in the morning and dinner is ready when you get home!  Check out the SummitCove.com’s ‘Ski Vacation Meal Ideas’ Board on Pinterest for more easy recipes!

5 Thanksgiving Week Activities for the Whole Family

When spending time with family, it can often be hard to find something that everyone enjoys, but Keystone is one of the most family oriented resorts around and has some fun activities that everyone will love! Here are a few of our top picks to keep any family busy during this holiday week.

Top 5 Thanksgiving Week Activities for Whole Family

1. Early Morning Pow-Pow Sessions.
Get up, get out early and make the most of the amazing early season snow here we get at Keystone Resort! Be sure to warm up with a hot chocolate (or hot toddy) at LaBonte’s Cabin or Summit House on Dercum Mountain.

2. Scenic Gondola Ride for the Whole Family
The gondola in Keystone features a scenic ride up to 11,640 feet, where the you’ll experience amazing views of Lake Dillon, the 10-mile range, and even Breckenridge Ski Resort.  This is a great option for families with kids too young to get out on the mountain or anyone not interested in strapping on a pair of skis. At the top grab lunch and hot chocolate at the Summit House or enjoy a beer in an Adirondack chair.

3. Ice Skating.
Keystone boasts the largest, Zamboni maintained ice rink in North America!  There is also a 2nd rink located at Dercum Square in River Run Village.  Do some twirls or skate under the stars, this is an experience you’ll never forget!

4. Cruising River Run Village.
Great shops, coffee, food, apres ski specials and people watching, really something to satisfy everyone.

5. Explore the Snow Fort!
Everyone loves a winter wonderland, and nothing says it more than a life sized snow fort at the top of the mountain!  Have a snowball fight or play hide and go seek!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Enter to Win a Free Stay in Keystone This Winter

Light dustings of snow have been seen on the peaks throughout Summit County over the past few weeks and everyone is gearing up for ski season.  A-Basin is planning on starting their snow-making this week, and Keystone will be soon to follow. Keystone Resort’s opening day, scheduled for Friday, November 2nd, is just 29 days away!  We are getting excited and will be giving away a FREE, 2-night stay in Keystone to whomever can guess the date of the first significant snowfall in Keystone of 4 inches of more!

SummitCove Vacation Lodging is hosting its second annual, When Will It Snow?’ contest, offering contestants a chance to guess the date of the first significant snowfall of 4 inches or more in Keystone. The winner of the contest will be handsomely rewarded with a 2-night stay in a one bedroom condo in the beautiful Keystone, Colorado over the resort’s opening weekend, November 2nd through the 4th, 2012. Entrants are required to complete a quick signup form in exchange for their entry. In the event of multiple contestants guessing the correct date, a final drawing will be held to pick one ultimate winner. The winner will be notified by e-mail within 48 hours of the first snowfall. See all the rules here.

New Private Home Available for Your Next Keystone Ski Vacation

SummitCove Keystone Rentals is proud to announce the addition of a new private home in the West Keystone area at Keystone Resort to our rental program.

Keystone Gulch Estate #1688 is a four bedroom, three and a half bath home,  just minutes away from the Mountain House Ski Lifts and Base Area at Keystone. This property features some incredibly unique amenities, including a private indoor hot tub, foosball table and a massive flat screen television that emerges from its own cabinet via remote control!  Recent upgrades include new carpets, updated decor and furnishings. This property is tucked away in a serene mountain setting, close to hiking and snowshoeing trails, Keystone golf courses, the Keystone stables, and the free Keystone Resort Shuttle stop.

This immaculate home has it all! The open floor plan and vaulted ceilings throughout the house really enhance the space and the mountain decor will make you feel right at home. Huge windows boast sensational forest views  in both the winter and summer months. A private heated two-car garage keeps your car warm and snow free during the snowy winter months.  Downstairs in the living area and great room you will find a wet bar, huge flat screen TV with surround sound, along with a stereo system that has the ability to broadcast throughout the house!  There is also a plethora of board games and a chess board to host a family game night by the fire on a chilly winter evening!

Did we mention the state of the art kitchen? Whether you are making a snack or a gourmet meal, this kitchen has everything you could ever want. Top of the line appliances including double ovens, granite counter tops, and directly open to the dining area, you will fall in love with this fully stocked luxurious kitchen! Outside is a private gas grill and patio area to extend your space in the summer months and allow you to take in the serenity of the forest.

The master bedroom suite is straight out of the magazines, with mountain views, a private gas fireplace, sitting area, king bed and master bath with jetted tubs and separate luxurious shower.   A secret ‘hidden’ rotating TV feature will really impress and allow you to watch from bed or the sitting area!  Talk about a private retreat!  Two of the other bedrooms offer queen and full beds, with the fourth bedroom featuring bunks and a trundle bed for kids or a large group.

If you have been searching for the perfect mountain escape to host your next family ski vacation, wedding group or Colorado family reunion, be sure to check out this amazing mountain home, now managed by SummitCove Lodging!  Hurry, prime dates will book quickly at this spectacular home!