Keystone Resort is Opening Tomorrow, 10/12/19!

Ahhh, the crisp air with a touch of wind brushing across my face as I step outside on a beautiful clear morning. “Nothing compares to a morning like this in the high-country,” I tell myself as I take a second to gaze upon the gleaming snow-covered caps of the distant mountains and the beautiful bright orange aspen leaves, dusted with snow. It feels as if the first snow of the season was just yesterday… Well, the first snow of the season WAS yesterday and I couldn’t be more excited! Memories of mid-season powder days are beginning to flood my thoughts but this is just the beginning!  The first snowstorm of the year brought 8 inches of fresh snow to Keystone, to add to the mountains of man-made snow that has been piling up over the past few weeks. 

Excited Skiers and Riders wait for the gondola
Excited Skiers and Riders wait for the gondola to start turning last season on opening day, 2018


As the seasons shift and the temperatures change, Keystone is gearing up for an EPIC winter! With the first snowfall of the season underway, it’s now time for everyone to start doing their snow dances and hoping for even more plentiful snowfall! Keystone Resort is already ahead of the game with this though, with snow guns ablazin’ and an opening date of TOMORROW, 10/12/19! This will be their earliest opening in 20+ years and they will be one of the first few resorts to open, but not quite the first.  Arapahoe Basin also announced this afternoon that they are opening TODAY! A-Basin’s lifts will start turning this afternoon from 3:30 – 5:30 pm with $15 lift tickets and $5 draft beers! 


Opening Day at Keystone is tons of fun! There are raffles, games, prizes and more! The first 500 guests in line will receive a FREE Keystone neck Buff and the first 100 guests in line will receive a FREE pancake breakfast at the Summit House! There will also be all sorts of great deals at on-mountain and in-village restaurants for early season.

Skiing at the top of Keystone opening day
Skiers and Snowboarders enjoying the views at the top of Dercum Mountain on Opening Day 2018


Other fun upcoming events at Keystone include the Halloween Costume Contest on Saturday, October 26 and the Keystone Kickoff Music Series on Saturday afternoons November 2, November 9 and November 16 in River Run Village. The same Saturdays also feature the Nature Valley Bags Tournament at LaBonte’s Cabin on the mountain.  Register in person with your team of 4 starting at 10 am on tournament day. The fun kicks off from 11:30 – 1pm each Saturday and winners will be awarded with prizes!


We are beyond stoked for the start of ski season! Let’s all get our skis tuned, snowboards waxed, and the stoke-level amped up for an amazing upcoming winter here in Keystone!!! Book your winter lodging today with SummitCove Lodging and start planning your next visit to the mountains! 

Our Favorite Mexican Spot in Keystone: Dos Locos

There’s nothing like fabulous mexican food, great margaritas and cold beers after a long day of skiing!  Dos Locos Mexican Restaurant and Cantina has become our favorite Mexican restaurant in Keystone. The fajitas I had were delicious and my husband loved his tacos!  I was also very happy that they offer a gluten free menu. They also have all sorts of traditional Mexican fare, as well as wings, burgers, sandwiches and salads, as well as a kids menu. There is something for everyone! When you stay with SummitCove Lodging, you’ll receive a coupon for a free margarita with entree purchase in their Key to Keystone coupon book, you really can’t pass it up!  

Mexican Food at Dos Locos Keystone


They also offer catering, so if you are planning a family reunion or wedding at Keystone Resort, look them up to feed your event! Enjoy a worry free and delicious rehearsal dinner or a casual taco buffet with family.


Also you can not beat the happy hour menu, which runs from 2:30 until 6 on weekdays and 2:30 – 5:30 on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.  Happy hour features cheap and yummy tacos, wings and of course the unlimited chips and salsa! You can get Colorado craft beer or your favorite Mexican Lager.  They also have $5 house margs during happy hour! This is definitely a locals hang out and we felt right at home!  Dos Locos has friendly staff, pool tables and TV’s showing sports. It is a very fun atmosphere for happy hour at the downstairs bar or to enjoy a nice family dinner upstairs in the restaurant.  They typically open at 2:30 pm and stay open with food until at least 9m. We will be back on our next visit to Keystone!

MINI Cooper Takes the States 2018 Landing in Keystone Resort

MINI Cooper Takes the States 2018 is back this summer for its 7th biennial consumer loyalty event with a final destination, the ‘Rally to the Rockies’ at Keystone, Colorado. MINI drivers will head from both the East and West kickoff points, starting in Portland, Oregon and Orlando, Florida.  The event starts simultaneously on both ends of the country on July 14, 2018, each side featuring 7 stops before joining the route in the middle for the final weekend at Keystone Resort, July 20 – 22. Drivers will be able to experience the fun and excitement of a unique road trip experience  as they wind their way to Colorado. Once MINI drivers reach Keystone, there will be a fun weekend planned consisting of activities, awesome drives, fun events, parties and more.  The only stipulation to be a part of this fun event?  You have to drive a MINI to get there! Owners, future owners, fans, and more of MINI’s are all invited to join MTTS 2018! Registration options start at $75, so get registered today and join the fun!


MINI Cooper Takes the States 2018 July 20 - 22 at Keystone Resort Colorado
MINI Takes the States 2018 July 20 – 22 at Keystone Resort Colorado


Book discounted lodging for the event with SummitCove Lodging here:

MINI Takes the States 2018


SummitCove Lodging has over 300 vacation lodging properties at Keystone Resort.  Guests will enjoy additional discounts on local activities, equipment rentals and dining in the area.  SummitCove has a convenient local check-in desk at Keystone Resort that is open 24 hours a day for guests.  Book your lodging today because this event weekend will sell out!


Chocolate Village Grand Opening on December 6, 2018

The Chocolate Village at Keystone Resort is a long-time holiday tradition in the mountains!  The mini village is a must-see for any holiday visit at Keystone.


What’s so great about it? Well, this village is made completely out of 100% chocolate!  Over 7,000 pounds of various types of chocolate are used to create this impressive scene.  The village changes some from year to year and always features a new element!  You’ll see a working gondola, a running train, a chocolate waterfall, a forest of chocolate trees, chocolate mountains and more! This display is one of the coolest things you’ll see this holiday season.


The chocolate village is open 24 hours a day, though after midnight, all of the features may not be running.  If you are heading to Lakeside Village to do some ice skating or even for a nice dinner at the Bighorn Bistro, be sure to stop into the Lodge to see the infamous chocolate village! But be warned – you aren’t allowed to eat this display, as tempting as it may be!


For an extra-special experience, visit the Chocolate Village and say hi to Santa at the same time!  Santa will be at the Keystone Lodge and Spa for a number of different dates and times!


Don’t miss seeing the Chocolate Village while you are visiting Keystone over the holidays! SummitCove Lodging in Keystone has some great holiday lodging sales happening, so call today!

Why I Love Staying at Quicksilver Condos for My Family Ski Vacation

As many plan their Keystone vacations, many tend to flock to River Run Village or even Mountain House to be close to the slopes and for the convenience.  While it is cool to be able to walk out the door and to the slopes, there’s something to be said about staying away from the hustle and bustle AND saving money.


Last winter, after many hours of researching, weeding through a plethora of information, pouring over property photos and descriptions, trying to weigh out the options as to what would be the best place for me and my family for our upcoming ski trip, I finally decided to pick up the phone to get help.  I connected with one of SummitCove’s amazing vacation planners.  After asking me a few questions and hearing out our priorities, she helped me narrow down my search and ultimately ended up recommending Quicksilver Condos in North Keystone. It was a two bedroom, two bath condo that featured 2 twin beds in the spare bedroom, perfect for my kids.


One of the biggest benefits is the obvious factor of price.  Since you are about a mile away from the slopes, the rates are generally lower here than any properties that are within walking distance to the slopes. My kids are in middle school and high school, so they are at the point where they can carry their own gear. Saving money on lodging would leave us with plenty of wiggle room to splurge on a nice meal out or an additional activity that we may not have been able to do had we spent more on the accommodations.  The Quicksilver property is tucked away in the lodgepole pines on the opposite side of the highway as the resort.  It is in a very quiet area and had great views of the mountains and I absolutely loved watching the snow fall from our living room in this pretty, wooded area.  It really had the feel of a cabin in the woods.


The complex has a wonderful and large indoor pool and hot tub.  Nothing beats hitting the hot tub after a day on the slopes!  There is a shuttle stop located at the entrance of the condos, so getting to the slopes was a breeze.  About a 5 minute ride, we were there!  No worrying about parking and instead of having to walk across the village, we were dropped off at Mountain House, just yards from the lift! This was seriously easier than walking from a condo.  The shuttle picked up about every 20 minutes all day long.  We packed our lunches, stored them in a locker and headed up the Peru lift.

The awesome pool at Quicksilver Condos

This Quicksilver #1608 condo was very spacious and we had plenty of room to enjoy each other’s company.  We spent the evenings with family dinners followed by board games or movies by the fireplace. One night we took the shuttle into River Run and had dinner at the Kickapoo Tavern and then walked around the village.  We window shopped and had a cup of hot chocolate as we warmed up by the firepit.  On our day off from skiing, we decided to take a try at ice skating and headed to the HUGE outdoor skating rink at Lakeside Village.  It had certainly been awhile since any of us had been on skates, but quickly we were skating laps, spinning and grinning from ear to ear.


I absolutely loved our family vacation in Keystone last year and Summit Cove made the booking process so easy.  I highly recommend calling them as you do your research – they know all of the properties so well! They also give you a coupon book that offers all sorts of discounts on your ski rentals, rental car, dining and activities.  They also said I will get a returning guest loyalty discount every time we come back to Keystone… needless to say, I am already planning next year’s trip! I think we have found a family tradition that we all love! Thanks SummitCove for your help.  Quicksilver is an awesome place to stay!

Night Skiing at Keystone Resort

Anyone that takes advantage of night skiing knows that it is a ton of fun!  There are typically less people on the mountain and it’s a whole new experience from skiing in the day time. Keystone is one of the few mountains in Colorado that allows you to ski under the lights, making for one of the longest ski days in the area  (and the most bang for buck with lift tickets!).  So why sit in your room when the crisp fresh air awaits as you cut trails in fresh night powder.  Yes, we will have snow in the evenings, too!

Having fun night skiing in the snow at Keystone Resort!

Living in Keystone has allowed me the opportunity to enjoy all facets of activities within the resort area.  Take a moment to consider going out for a few runs and returning to your hot tub with your own cocktails in plastic containers.  Relaxing at the end of a run is an idyllic scenario.

My favorite time to be out skiing is from 4 – 7 p.m. Dress in layers to keep warm because as soon as the sun drops behind Peak One, the temperatures drop quickly here.  Be safe and stay warm by wearing multiple cotton layers plus a wool layer with insulation for the upper and lower body limbs. Clear or yellow google lenses work best for night skiing. A fleece facemask or bandana is a must to keep your face warm.  Be sure to stop for a warming drink at Summit House or at the end of your run you have several locations to choose from instead of just returning to your room.  Some places I have chosen for Apres Ski Happy Hour Specials are:

New Moon Cafe – 2 – 5 Daily
Bighorn Bistro & Bar – 3 to 6 Daily

9280 Tap House – 3 to 6 Daily
Snake River Saloon – 4 – 5:30 Daily
Dos Locos –  3 to 6 Daily

Additionally, at the end of a night run it is fun to swing into Kickapoo Tavern for a late meal either at the bar or with friends at one of the tables.  Another great meeting spot is Zuma Roadhouse in River Run, and if you want to venture outside of River Run along Highway 6 you will find Snake River Saloon (on the South side of Hwy 6) & Dos Locos (on the North side of Hwy 6).

Summit House does serve hot chocolate for children that decide to venture out for some night skiing with family and friends or spiked Irish Coffee for the adults. Peru chair lift at the Mountain House Base Area is open until 8:00 PM which you will connect with the Montezuma chairlift to reach Summit House area.  The River Run Gondola is also open until 8:00 PM to the Summit House, too. The gondola is great for warming up a little in-between runs.  The mountain is open for night skiing on most Wednesdays – Sundays throughout the rest of the season.  Night skiing is a must do next time you are visiting Keystone! 

Written By: Rusty Simmons

New SummitCove Lodging Property Rental Arapahoe Lodge 8132

Vaulted ceilings. A lofted bunk bedroom. A balcony with views of River Run Village. What more could you want in a Keystone vacation property?

Arapahoe 8132 is a spacious two bedroom property where you can enjoy everything from winter skiing to summer festivals! This two bedroom vacation property will sleep six people total and has private laundry so you can toss those long johns in the washer and dryer overnight before you hit the champagne powder the next morning. With an open galley kitchen, you can watch football while you prepare that secret family recipe for dinner. Not feeling up to skiing for the day? Grab a hot cup of cocoa and watch the crowds glide down River Run while you relax on the upstairs balcony or head down into the village for some ice skating at Dercum Square!


Because Arapahoe 8132 has plenty of natural light with upgrades and furnishings that create a cabin-like atmosphere, you will feel like you are in rustic Colorado without saying goodbye to those fantastic resort amenities. On the top floor of Arapahoe Lodge, you are sure to have a peaceful vacation! Each room is equipped with a flat screen tv so you can sit back and relax no matter where you put your feet up. The master bedroom has a wonderful sleigh bed and attached en-suite bathroom.  And don’t forget to soak in the hot tub next door at Dakota Lodge Pool after your day on the slopes while your kids swim in the heated outdoor pool! Your vacation property is a short walk to the Keystone Gondola for your instant access to acres of fun!

Arapahoe Lodge is located conveniently in the center of River Run Village near many restaurants and shops. Grab coffee at Inxpot before you head to the slopes for the day or treat yourself to a homemade crepe at The Crepe Stand! You won’t miss out on any activity in River Run! Your vacation entertainment varies from live music at Kickapoo Tavern to music festivals in River Run Village to New Year’s Eve music at 9280! Wander over to the skating rink next to Dakota Lodge and enjoy an evening skating around with your kiddos or take the shuttle to Lakeside Village to challenge your kids to a game of ice hockey on the big rink!

From booking your property to heading home refreshed from vacation, SummitCove will take care of you! Our many partners in Keystone and the surrounding Summit County provide services from Sleigh Rides to babysitting to shipping to tubing to snowmobiling and many more! And with our Key to Keystone, you can book many of these services at a discount! Looking forward to a vacation where you don’t have to cook? Order pre-made gourmet meals through Peak Provisions! We provide discounts through Alamo Car Rental as well as SummitExpress and FreshTracks just to get you here from Denver International Airport. We just can’t wait to welcome you home to the mountains!

If you are looking for the perfect vacation experience, don’t look any further than this lovely vacation property! We look forward to booking your next vacation here in Keystone! Elevate your experience this year in Keystone!


New Colorado Brewery to Open in Silverthorne: The Bakers’ Brewery

This Thanksgiving, another brewery will join the ranks of the Colorado Craft Breweries, making The Bakers’ Brewery the sixth brewery in Summit County! Co-founder Cory Forster, former head brewery for Dillon Dam Brewery, is setting up shop in what used to be Village Inn in Silverthorne. Located just off of I-70, the new brewpub is at a great location for grabbing a healthy breakfast before hitting the slopes or a hearty après brew to the finish off the day. The Bakers’ Brewery will use fresh and local ingredients to deliver excellent food to their customers along with, what is sure to be, exceptional craft beers.  The plan is to serve breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as offer on-the-go options from the deli counter- perfect to take along in a backpack on your next hike or day on the slopes.  They are excited to focus the food around their fresh homemade breads, soups, and sausages. 

In addition to their commitment to providing quality food and beer, The Bakers’ Brewery is dedicated to expand the knowledge of beer and brewing in the county. A small tap will serve a rotating selection of local home brewer’s beers. With a staff dedicated to the craft beer industry, their goal is to encourage interest in home brewing to a larger community. Forster hopes to offer classes in the future, to aid those interested in learning more about craft beer.

With brilliant views of Buffalo Mountain and a cozy cabin vibe, The Bakers’ Brewery will definitely be worth the visit this ski season. To check out their progress and stay updated on the exact date of their Grand Opening, visit their website at

Upcoming Spring Events at Keystone Resort

The sun is shining, temperatures are warm and there are 7 inches of fresh powder to take on from the recent spring storm. There’s nothing better than spring skiing at Keystone Resort!  This season Keystone is open until April 20, meaning there is still plenty of time to come and enjoy the Spring conditions and attend some of the fun upcoming events!

Red Bull Schlittentag- April 5th
Schlittentag is the German word for ‘sledding day’ and Red Bull takes it to extremes with this fun sledding event.  Participants work together in teams of three to build their sleds from scratch.  On race day they send down the course in their creations; competing for fastest time, most creative, and furthest distance flow off the kicker.  This event is fun for everyone! 

River Run Rocks: Arrested Development and DJ Logic – April 12
20 years ago, a legendary hip hop group formed and they have been making great music ever since.  Catch Arrested Development with DJ Logic right here in Keystone’s River Run Village on Saturday, April 12.  The show is family-friendly and free to attend! 

Cupcakes and Canvases – April 17
It’s time to get creative with your little ones! This 2 hour class includes all the supplies and guidance needed to create a masterpiece!  Cupcakes will be provided for the kids and cocktails are available at the bar for adults.  This is a great chance to get your artistic juices flowing and encourage your kids to express themselves!

Keystone Easter Egg Hunt- April 20 (Closing Day)
The Easter Bunny himself will be laying Easter eggs for the finding!   There will be two age groups; 1 – 4 and 5 – 10. 

Keystone Slush Cup- April 20 (Closing Day)
All characters are welcome at Keystone’s Closing Day celebrations with the Keystone Slush Cup!  Skiers and riders put their best effort in to skim across a cold pool of water, hoping to advance to the next round! Winners will receive Summit Passes for the 2014/2015 ski season, in 3 categories: best costume, best crash and best overall.



11 Reasons You Need to Stop What You Are Doing And Visit Keystone Right Now

1.  To stay at Lone Eagle, one of Keystone’s most luxurious slopeside properties.


2. To live out your Olympic figure skating dreams at either of
Keystone’s two Zamboni-Maintained Outdoor Ice Rinks.

3. To go skiing under the stars at one of Colorado’s only night skiing resorts.

4. To put reality on the back burner while you take in some of the
world’s most beautiful mountain views.


5. To eat at one of the highest Bavarian fondue joints around – Der Fondue Chessel.


6. For a chance to see a real live YETI in his natural habitat.

7. To take advantage of the $5 cat rides to the amazing back bowls at Keystone.

8. For the Après drinks with a view!


9. To enjoy a bubbly hot tub while the snow falls


10. For a chance to be a kid again and explore the life size snow fort at Keystone’s Kidtopia!

11. Because where else can you enjoy world class skiing, dining, spas, lodging, shopping, snow-tubing, sleigh rides and more in one of the most beautiful settings on earth?