Annual Wine and Jazz Festival Returns to Keystone, Colorado in July 2012


The Keystone Wine and Jazz Festival, an annual favorite, will return to the resort on July 14th and 15th.  Tickets are available now!  Contact a SummitCove Vacation planner today to reserve your River Run Village Lodging for the event!

On Friday, July 13th, the Top VIP Reserve Wine Tasting will start the festivities.  Tickets are $85 per person including gondola tickets to take you to the Keytop Deck on Dercum Mountain.  With an array of fine wines and gourmet appetizers, the tasting will take place from 6pm to 8pm.

Enrich your knowlege of wine with seminars and tastings.  Learn about harmonize wine with food, and enjoy live music from Hazel Miller, Elan Trotma and Lin Roundree, Dotsero, and more.  The festival is scheduled from 1-5 pm on Saturday and Sunday in Keystone Resort’s River Run Village.

Cost is free for music and admission with a wine tasting glass purchase.  The cost of a Tasting Glass is $60 per person for one day, or $100 for a 2 day pass.  Seminar tickets area available separately for  $20, and they will sell out so secure yours as soon as possible!

Seminars will take place on Saturday, July 14 and Sunday, July 15th.  Take a look at the schedule below:

Saturday, 12pm:  75 BELOW IN JULY with Frank Seidl, Sommelier, General Manager, Trinity Fine Wines

Learn about Meritage wines at this entertaining session

Saturday, 3pm: COME OUT OF THE DARK AND SEE YOUR WAY TO OUR BLIND TASTING SEMINAR, Scott Thomas, Wine Specialist, Republic National Dist Company

Learn about blind tasting wine at this interactive seminar.

Sunday, 11am: BUBBLES EVERYDAY ON ANY BUDGET, Diane Kressley, General Sales Manager, Grand Vin

Learn all about champagne and sparkling wines.

Sunday, 2pm: JELLY BELLY WINE BAR EXPERIENCE, Ashley Rowe, Luxury Wine Specialist, Constellation Wines

Exercise your palette with six different wine pairings with dozens of jelly bean flavors, and explore unique flavor combinations.


Keystone to Host the Ascent and Enduro Bicycle Events for Summer 2012!

Keystone Resort is hosting a series of bike races over the summer including the Ascent Series and the Enduro Series that will be of interest to cycling enthusiasts.  The series will take place from June through August, so be sure to include these exciting events in your Keystone vacation plans!  Here is a look at the event dates and key event information:

Keystone Ascent Series

This race series is uphill and against the clock.  Winning depends upon the strength and endurance of the rider only.  Starting times are at equal intervals, usually one or two minutes apart.  The rider with the fasted time will be named the winner.

Friday, June 15 at 7pm

Friday, July 20 at 7pm

Friday, August 17 at 7pm

Lift tickets are required at the start of all races at $16 for a single haul ticket and $20 for an all day ticket.  Competitor rates are only available with a numbered bike plate, which will be distributed at check in.

Entry Fees: $15 per race or $38.25 for the Series

Keystone Enduro Series

This race series is a relatively new format with inspiration from some interesting places: car rally and motorbike enduro racing!  The competitve side of mountain biking comes out in this race, which is often called “All-Mountain”.  This race is considered to be a true test of the best all around mountain biker.

Thursday, June 21 at 7pm

Thursday, July 19 at 7pm

Thursday, August 16 at 7pm

Lift tickets are required at the start of all races at $16 for a single haul ticket and $20 for an all day ticket.  Competitor rates are only available with a numbered bike plate, which will be distributed at check in.

Entry Fees: $15 per race or $38.25 for the Series

***Registration is through Keystone Resort.  Call for detailed information and registration at 970.496.1493***

If you are looking for more information about biking on your Keystone vacation, The Summit County Bike Guide for 2012 has been released.  You can find details inside about rec path rides and various trails that you may want to try.  There are also some good articles about trail etiquette, and the upcoming Pro Cycle Challenge.  We highly recommend this guide as you plan your bike trip to Summit County!  For rentals and Vail Pass bike trips, check out our partners at Mountain View Sports!

Keystone Resort’s Friday Afternoon Club is Back for Summer 2012 Beginning June 15th!

Keystone Resort is kicking off the summer season of 2012 with exciting events, and returning favorites.  The popular Friday Afternoon Club will be back from Friday, June 15th through August 31st.  Running from 4:30 to 6:30, you can head to Summit House to enjoy and  evening of live music, along with drink and food specials.  Activities will also be available including horseshoes, corn hole, ladder ball, bocce ball and much more!  Best of all, all of the activities are free, and can be checked out through the Overlook Grill.

Join the Friday Afternoon Club by taking a scenic gondola ride from River Run Village.  A foot passenger ticket or lift ticket is required to access the gondola.  These tickets are available for free on Fridays from 2pm to close at the River Run Ticket Office.

The following is a list of  live music scheduled through the summer season:

June 15: Luv Brothers
June 22: Chancer’s Hooley
June 29: Luv Brothers
July 20: Luv Brothers
July 27: Luv Brothers
August 10: Luv Brothers
August 17: Chancer’s Hooley
August 31: Luv Brothers

Keystone’s Friday Afternoon Club is the perfect start to any weekend!  With a great selection of lodging specials in River Run Village, SummitCove can help you to arrange a fantastic weekend getaway to the mountains this summer!

Keystone Bike Park Opening Day Set for June 15, 2012, Lodging Deals & Season Passes Available

Mountain biking season at Keystone Resort is just around the corner!  Keystone’s Park is nationally acclaimed as one of the best in the nation, including features like the Drop Zone, rock gardens, high-speed areas, daily terrain updates, not to mention some easier blue and green runs for those looking for a more laid-back downhill ride.

If you’ve never tried mountain biking, Keystone is a great place to learn.  One major advantage of riding at the resort versus other trails around the county is the bike haul system.  The lift will take you and your bike up to the top of Dercum Mountain, where you will be 11,640 feet in altitude and immediately hit by the amazing, panoramic views of surrounding mountains and Lake Dillon.  The green hillsides make for a beautiful summer afternoon.  Choose from miles and miles of varying trails that range from kid-friendly, beginner runs all the way up to extreme 22 foot drops and double black diamond trails that require full padding.  Downhill mountain bike rentals are available throughout the River Run Village area.

Head to the park on the weekends and enjoy a beer, some food and live music at the Summit House, staying open until 7pm most Fridays and Saturdays. Here you can participate in FREE activities like horseshoes, bocce ball and ladder ball.  The Friday Afternoon Club happens every Friday starting June 15 through August 31 and after 4pm, gondola rides to the top are free.  (Does not include bike haul).

The Keystone Bike Park is set to open for the summer on June 15, 2012.  Season Passes for the park are available, along with multi and single day options, with pricing as follows:

1 Run: $23 Adults, $11 for Children (Ages 5-12)
1-Day Pass: $37 Adults, $21 for Children
2-Day Pass: $70 Adults, $38 for Children
3-Day Pass: $96 Adults, $48 for Children

Season Passes:
Keystone Only Unlimited: $299
Keystone Only Unlimited with Winter Season Pass: $249
Keystone Only 5-Pack (Must purchase by 6/30): $139

Typical hours for the the bike park will be from 10am to 7 pm on weekends, and 10am-5pm Monday through Friday.

SummitCove is promoting opening weekend with some great deals on lodging. This is the perfect time to plan your summer vacation at Keystone Resort!