Keystone Resort Ranks in Ski Magazine’s 2014 Best Ski Resorts in the West

Keystone Resort was recently voted #23 2014 Best Ski Resorts in the West by readers of Ski Magazine! Some of the notable quotes from readers about their reasons for voting Keystone included raves about exploring the vast terrain in the Outback, being able to find fresh tracks as late as 1pm in North Bowl and the long ski days that make it possible for visitors to ski on the same day they fly into DIA.

Well, we would have to agree with the readers!  Keystone Resort offers plenty of terrain to explore, 3,148 ski-able acres to be exact!  It is easy to find in-your-face powder stashes all day long, whether it be in the trees of North Peak,  the bowls in the Outback, or hike-to terrain of the Windows; you won’t have to search long. There are trails to please all levels of visitors, from beginners to powder-slaying experts and all of those in-between.  You will also find here the popular A-51 terrain park which is frequented by pros often.

Keystone Resort is one of the only ski areas in Colorado to offer night skiing, meaning you could potentially ski up to 12 hours in a single day, but we dare you to try to make it that long!  Keystone is also one of the closest resorts to Denver International Airport, just a quick 90 minute drive up the mountain and you are there!  Its central location in Summit County allows you to also visit Arapahoe Basin, Breckenridge, and Copper Mountain in just 20 minutes or less, making it convenient to take a day trip to another mountain.  Vacation lodging options in Keystone are affordable and its one of the few resorts to still offer free walk to the slopes visitor parking! Better yet, stay in a ski-in, ski out condo at Lone Eagle or hop on the free resort shuttle to take you over to the mountain!

There are also tons of other activities to do while visiting Keystone if you need to a break from the slopes and want a day to rest your muscles.  Your family will love downhill snow-tubing hill at Adventure Point or skating around on the 5-acre outdoor ice rink at Lakeside Village.  Take everyone on a winter sleigh ride or spend the day snowmobiling in the high country.  Mom will love a relaxing spa day at the Keystone Lodge & Spa or Serenity Spa & Salon.  After the day is over, visit one of the many fine dining options in Keystone or hit up the Snake River Saloon for live music and drinks. The options are endless at Keystone Resort!

Winter lodging options are already booking up for prime dates, so be sure to get your Keystone ski condo booked early!  We’ll see you on the slopes!

 

Tubbs Romp to Stomp in Frisco, CO 2013

The Tubbs Romp to Stomp out Breast Cancer consists of a 3k or 5k snowshoe walk or a 3k snowshoe race, taking place in Frisco, Colorado.  The event series continues to grow larger every year and its now  the largest snowshoe series in the world, with over 15,000 participating in the past 11 years.  Come and participate or just cheer the racers on, wear pink and enjoy live entertainment, FREE breakfast, and a weekend full of fun events, all going towards a great cause.

Keystone Resort is just 10 minutes from Frisco, making an easy commute on race morning.  SummitCove Lodging is offering 30% off stays of 2 nights or more over the race weekend for Rompers, just mention ‘Romp to Stomp’ when calling.

Friday, March 1st
Town of Frisco Pink Party
The Pink Party will boast light appetizers from local restaurants, a free drink for Romp Participants, and fantastic trunk sales to help deck you out for the Romp.  A good time will be had by all, the event will be held at the Holiday Inn in Frisco.

Saturday, March 2nd
Frisco Nordic Center

7:30am-9:15am

7:30am-9:15am Registration & Check-in Opensat Peninsula Recreation Area building (the PRA), which is next to the Nordic Center. There is NO PARKING OR CHECK IN at the high school; Please allow at least 45 minutes to park, catch bus to the PRA/Nordic Center, and check in. All participants must be ready at the start line 5 mins before start times.

All RACE participants must check in at the Peninsula Recreation Area building by 8:40am
All WALK participants must be checked in by 9:10am

8am Pancake Breakfast Start
Frisco Nordic Center
8:45am 3k Timed Snowshoe Race Start
Frisco Nordic Center
9:20am Lil Romper Dash
Start Line
9:30am 3k or 5k Snowshoe Walk Start
Start Line
10:30am Racer Awards & Sweepstakes
11:00am Awards, Sweepstakes & Closing Ceremony
Main Stage
Snowshoe Demos returned
12pm Event Ends

After the Romp, enjoy the wonderful restaurants and shops in Frisco and the Outlets at Silverthorne or head back to Keystone for a nice soak in your condo’s hot tub!

Sunday, March 3rd
Enjoy a special Romp ski day at Loveland on March 3rd. Day passes will be $50 (usually $61) with $10 going back to Komen. Participants MUST bring their Romp bib with them to qualify for the special rate.

Chocolate Village at Keystone Resort Opens Soon

Keystone’s Famous ‘Chocolate Village’ Goes Up on December 20th!
When you are visiting Keystone, be sure to check out the Chocolate Village at the Keystone Lodge and Spa, a chocolatey holiday tradition that features over 2,500 POUNDS OF CHOCOLATE! The village has some really cool features such as a working chocolate gondola, a flowing chocolate waterfall, and a 6 foot tall white chocolate Christmas tree complete with presents.  Each year is different and brings something new, check out the village from December 20 – January 3. Free parking is available across the street at the Keystone Conference Center Parking Lot, use the underground tunnel to cross. Don’t miss this amazing holiday tradition at Keystone Resort!

 

Avoid I-70 Traffic Jams During Ski Season

Winter weather conditions and numerous travelers on the roads can sometimes clog up traffic on I-70 back and forth between Denver and the Mountains, especially on weekends and Holidays during ski season.  With a little planning and traffic watching, it can be easy to avoid the traffic jam and spend more time on the slopes, instead of the highway.

Winterize Your Vehicle
Your vehicle makes a huge difference in your travel experience to the mountains.  Be sure you have a vehicle with good tires, 4-wheel or all-wheel drive, working windshield wipers and finally a full tank of wiper fluid.  Even if the going is slow, a well-equipped vehicle will allow you to move with the flow of traffic without having to worry about sliding off the road or not being able to see the car in front of you.  You might even think about placing a sandbag or bag of kitty litter in the trunk to add more weight- it’s also nice to have on hand in case you get stuck anywhere to use for traction!

Leave Early… Very Early
Although 5 am may seem early, it’s a sure way to beat the interstate traffic crowds, both going to and from the mountains.  The early bird gets the worm… or in this case the fresh powder and open roads!

Leave Later in the Day… Have Dinner, Hit the Hot Tubs, etc.
Enjoy another day on the slopes and finish up your last day with an early dinner, happy hour, or one last trip to the hot tubs.  Typically the traffic clears up later in the afternoon or early evening, but you just have to time it right.  Have fun hanging out and be sure to keep an eye on CDOT’s website for traffic updates and to view live cameras or you can even sign up for traffic text alerts!

Stay an Extra Night
SummitCove.com can offer amazing last minute deals for adding an extra night if your property is available.  This way you can squeeze in an extra day of skiing, hot-tubbing and relaxing before you hit the road. Leave early Monday morning for a nice quiet drive, sans traffic.  If the weather is bad, wait it out an extra day to see if things will clear up.

Take an Alternate Route
 If you really need to get back to Denver quickly, think about taking an alternate route.   Head West on I-70, getting off on the Copper exit, go through Leadville and Buena Vista, and down 285 back to Denver.

 

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!

Last Chance Pizza Delivers!

After a long day on the ski slopes, nothing beats a hot pizza loaded with fresh toppings delivered right to your vacation condo’s door step!  Last Chance Pizza in Summit Cove offers a huge selection of fresh toppings and specialty pizzas, not to mention other favorites such as calzones, garlic bread, mozzarella sticks, and salads.  Some of our personal pizza favorites include the classic ‘Margherita Pizza’ and the very original ‘My Thai Pizza’ that is dressed with a sweet Thai chili sauce, marinated chicken, roasted red pepper, mushroom, and loaded with fresh cheddar and mozzarella cheeses. Delivery to Keystone is free after 5 pm, or else you can swing by for takeout.  There is even an liquor store next door, The Bottle Shop, that serves up Colorado beers to pair up for a perfect partnership, pizza and beer!

Last Chance Pizza is located just 3 miles west of Keystone Resort, just off of Highway 6 in the Summit Cove neighborhood.  When coming from our office, take an immediate left at the 3rd stoplight at Swan Mountain Road, then take the 2nd left and a quick right into the shopping complex. For more information or to place an order, check out Last Chance Pizza Colorado. Next time you are craving pizza in Keystone, be sure to give Last Chance a call!

Dress to the Nines at Wine in the Pines

29th Annual Wine in the Pines

Step into a world of glitz and glamour and strike a pose on the red carpet at this year’s Hollywood-themed 29th Annual Wine in the Pines at Keystone Resort on October 19 & 20.  This year will feature over 500 international wines, gourmet cuisine, live music, entertainment, dancing and a silent auction.  If you love an excuse to dress up and enjoy a fancy evening, while supporting a great cause, this is the event for you! Proceeds from the event benefit the CP of Colorado’s Employment Works program, which helps thousands of people with disabilities each year.  Tickets are $100 in advance, purchase online or in person at Dillon Ridge Liquors and the Keystone Activity Center or pay $125 at the door.  SummitCove is currently offering Buy 1 Night Get, Get 1 Night Free  in select Keystone Condos during this event, some restrictions may apply. 

Moonlight Dinners Announced at Arapahoe Basin

 Black Mountain Lodge at Arapahoe Basin
MOONLIGHT Dinner Events

Arapahoe Basin has recently announced its Moonlight Dinner Series calendar for the 2012-13 season. Held on Saturdays during the full moon cycle, these dinners allow A-Basin guests to experience the mountain in an intimate yet social evening setting, while also enjoying the natural beauty of the outdoors under the full moon. Executive Chef Christopher Rybak brings years of culinary experience and a passion for innovation to the Moonlight Dinner Series at Black Mountain Lodge. The classically-trained chef gathers inspiration from several regions of the world for these dinners, and puts his own “A-Basin” spin on traditional flavors. “I love holding these Moonlight Dinners because they challenge me to evolve my culinary creativity,” said Rybak, who also serves as the Food and Beverage Director for all on-mountain dining options.

Please note that because Chef Rybak focuses on sourcing local and sustainable ingredients, these menus are subject to change. These events are an extremely unique experience and always sell-out, sometimes months in advance, so if you’d like to participate in any of the dinners, we recommend making your reservations now! For more information or to make reservations, please call 888-ARAPAHOE or visit them online.

Randonnee Dinner – November 24, 2012

Strap on your skins and head up the hill to Black Mountain Lodge for our “Night in Bavaria” Randonee Dinner. This evening starts under the full moon with a warming aperitif then continues with our hors d’oeuvres buffet of European grilled sausages, air-dried meats and cheeses, and hearth-baked breads. Enjoy the sights and scents of the Alps with our Bavarian Buffet featuring whole-roasted hog with sauerkraut and dumplings, as well as a buffet of traditional foods spanning several cultures and nations. Save your appetite for our desserts before you embark on your moonlight ski down the mountain.

This is not a lift-serviced event.  Adult (Ages 13+) $69 plus tax, gratuity included. Cash bar.


Ring in 2013 with Arapahoe Basin’s New Year’s Eve Celebration! – December 31 , 2012

Ride the Black Mountain Express for a night of celebration to send 2012 off in style. Start the evening with a complimentary cordial while you warm. Then, dive into our iced seafood assortment including shrimp, scallops and oysters. Move on to our Grande Buffet featuring Colorado Angus Beef, Colorado Stripe Bass and Lobster Rouladen. The buffet will also provide a variety of soups, salads, and all the extras to make this a memorable night at 11,500’.  Celebrate New Year’s Eve with New York at 10 p.m. with a glass of champagne and party favors along with chocolate-covered strawberries and tasty sweet bites to end the evening.

This is a lift-serviced only event. Adult (Ages 13+) $95 plus tax, gratuity included. Cash bar.

A Night in Spain – January 26, 2013

During this full moon, we will be enjoying another night of Spanish-themed cuisine.  Heavily influenced by the cooking styles and foods of the Mediterranean, this dinner is not to be missed!  A fusion of flavors and textures from tapas, entrees, soups, salads and desserts will be on the menu. Cost is $82 per person, gratuity included. This is a lift-serviced event, but feel free to bring your snowshoes and end the night with a moonlight snowshoe down the mountain.

Adult (Ages 13+) $82 plus tax, gratuity included. Cash bar.

A Night in France – February 23, 2013

If you missed the last one, here’s your chance to experience a “Night in France”! The aromas and flavors will take you on a stroll from the streets of Paris through the gardens of Versailles on this culinary trip.  Start your night with a warming cordial and then help yourself to a variety of French-themed appetizers, entrees and desserts. The cost is $82 per person, gratuity included. This is a lift-serviced event, but feel free to bring your snowshoes and end the night with a moonlight snowshoe down the mountain.

Adult (Ages 13+) $82 plus tax, gratuity included. Cash bar.

A Night in Scandinavia – March 23, 2013

Join us for our first full moon Night in Scandinavia. Savor the smells and tastes of Norway, Sweden, Finland and more.  A night like this would not be complete without a taste of Aquavit to warm you up.  The smorgasbord includes smoked fish, reindeer or elk, sides and a collection of desserts from Scandinavia. The cost is $82 per person, gratuity included. This is a lift-serviced event, but feel free to bring your snowshoes and end the night with a moonlight snowshoe down the mountain.

Adult (Ages 13+) $82 plus tax, gratuity included. Cash bar.

A Night in Italy – April 20, 2013

Back by popular demand – another Italian dinner under the full moon!  This is an evening that channels Italian passions for food, wine and great friends. This year will take you through the Italian countryside, featuring antipasti, salads, traditional pasta dishes and, of course, a collection of desserts. The cost is $82 per person, gratuity included. This is a lift-serviced event, but feel free to bring your snowshoes and end the night with a moonlight snowshoe down the mountain.

Adult (Ages 13+) $82 plus tax, gratuity included. Cash bar.

Ski Vacation Packing List

Packing for a ski trip requires a little more thought than the ordinary trip, as there is alot of gear and clothing involved.  When packing your clothes, remember: Layers are your friends and cotton is not. Cotton holds moisture in and will actually make you colder if it becomes wet.  Blended ‘wicking’ fabrics and layers will keep you dry and warm, making you a happy skier or rider.  Use this list below as your ‘base layer’ when packing for your next Colorado Ski Vacation.

Clothing

– Base ‘thermal’ layer top & bottom. Long underwear, tights, etc. avoid cotton and look for blended ‘wicking’ fabrics that will keep you dry.
– Warm socks, (avoid cotton, look for a wool blend) bring multiple pairs.
– Sweaters/long sleeve shirts for wearing around the Village at Keystone
– Light sweatshirt or flannel shirt for layering or as a substitute for a jacket on a nice day
– 1 to 2 pairs of jeans or pants (one casual and one dressy dark pair)
– Turtleneck (optional)
– One ‘dressy’ outfit for nice dinners… think dark jeans and a warm sweater with boots. Remember its cold and you’re in the mountains!  You won’t see many people wearing dresses, ties, or high heels of any kind.
– ‘Lounge’ clothes for game night at your condo or a movie
– Swimsuit to enjoy the heated pools, hot tubs, and saunas
– ‘Cover up’ clothes to wear TO the pool and hot tub
– PJs/Sweats
– Undergarments

Outerwear

– Hat
– Scarf
– Warm, water-resistant gloves
– Glove liners (depends on your gloves)
– Facemask
– Bandana (Can be used as a facemask or under your helmet)
– Googles. If you don’t have a pair you should really think about investing in some; they will last you a VERY long time,  keep your face warm and eyes tear-free and protected from the winds and sun. An orange lens is a great ‘all-around’ lens. Yellow or clear lenses are great for night skiing and the ‘fire’ or dark lenses are great for very bright, sunny days (but terrible for night skiing).  Look for discounted ski clearance shops online or the ‘one deal at a time’ type of websites that feature snow gear, you can often find a great pair for only $30-$40.
– Sunglasses, it’s VERY sunny in Colorado!
– Warm jacket or shell
– Fleece or sweatshirt to go under shell-style jackets
– Waterproof ski pants- jeans or windbreaker style pants will NOT do the job
– Snow boots or trail shoes to wear around town
– Pea coat or other jacket to wear when not skiing (not necessary)

Miscellaneous Items

– Camera
– Camera battery charger or extra batteries
– Helmet Cam (if you have one)
– Sunblock (or plan on buying some here)
– Playing cards
– Chapstick
– Tylenol or Advil for sore muscles or headaches
– Prescription Medicines
– Reusable water bottle
– Toiletries.. Toothbrush, toothpaste, shaving cream, tweezers, makeup, etc.
– IPod or MP3 Player w/ Headphones
– Flip Flops to wear to the pool
– Slippers
– Laptop or IPad to send photos to your friends and make them totally jealous
– A good book to read by the fireplace
– Ski Passes or tickets if you have them
– Cell phone
– Phone charger
– Travel journal to record your trip memories
– Hand/foot warmers (if you tend to get cold)

A Few Tips:

– Pack & dress in layers. Colorado weather changes quickly so you may need to add or remove a layer in your outfit to achieve that perfect temperature.  You will even notice a drop in the temperature once the sun goes behind the mountain.

– It can be cold on the slopes, but remember you will be moving and working your body-  no need to OVER dress or you will find yourself sweating under your jacket! Many people don’t realize how much sun and warm winter days we have in Colorado. The coldest moments are on the chairlift or during a snowstorm, but you can always hop on the gondola to warm up!

– Drink lots of water before and during your vacation. It helps to prevent altitude sickness and combat our dry winter air.

– If you are bringing your own equipment, stuff and ‘pad’ your ski bag with the bulkier jackets and pants to provide extra padding for your gear and save room in your suitcase! Don’t forget your boots, helmet, and ski poles!

– Get your equipment waxed ahead of time so its ready to go when you get here.

– If you will be renting skis or boards, reserve them ahead of time for the best selection and to ensure the shop doesn’t run out of gear before you get there. Mountain View Sports offers 25% off rentals to SummitCove Guests.

– Look early for discount lift tickets online or consider buying a season pass. They usually pay for themselves after 4-5 days.  See your confirmation e-mail for a link to discount lift tickets.

 

 

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.