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.


Foodies Find the Best Eats at Keystone Culinary Festival Tomorrow

Piggybacking off of the popular ‘Taste of Colorado’ Festival in Denver, The Taste of Keystone has become a well-known and long standing tradition in Keystone and is sure to impress any ‘foodie’.  This year the event is in it’s 24th year and is taking place tomorrow, September 2nd in Keystone’s Lakeside Village. The Labor Day Weekend event features live music and amazing food tastings from some of the best restaurants in the country, all based right here in Keystone Resort Colorado. Participating food vendors include Bighorn Steakhouse, Alpenglow Stube, Black Bear Grill, Ski Tip Lodge, Keystone Ranch, Keystone Summit House, pastry chef Ned Archibald, Edgewater Café, Pizza on the Plaza, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, Keystone Adventure Center, and Dos Locos.  You can expect a nice variety of scrumptious tastings all afternoon at the event.  Tickets are just a dollar each and the dishes typically range from just two to five tickets.  Examples of the cuisine include the Ski Tip’s char-grilled tiger shrimp with avocado, Olathe corn salsa, cherry tomato and crème fraiche. There’s no better way to grab a taste of the good life!

There will also be a silent auction going on throughout the day, concluding at 2:30 p.m. with the winners announced at 3pm. Proceeds from the auction go to help support Summit County’s Mountain Mentors Program (www.summitcares.org).  Tastings and live music, featuring the ever-popular WhiteWater Ramble, begin at 11 a.m on Sunday and run until 3pm. The event is billed as zero waste, meaning all plates, cups and utensils are biodegradable and recycling containers will be available throughout the venue.

Other activities happening in Keystone this weekend include the River Run Merchant’s Tent Sale, featuring huge discounts on both summer and winter items from retailers such as Gorsuch, Christy Sports, Keystone Sports, Kidz Cabin and more.  Other resort activities include hiking, mountain biking, paddle boating, stand-up paddleboarding, and golf.

Be sure to check out some of our vacation rental properties in Lakeside Village for your next Keystone Vacation.  The views can’t be beat and the location is central to shops and restaurants, activities on the Lake, the paved rec path and the Keystone Conference Center.

Spectacular Views at Lake Shore Condos!

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.

Garden-to-Table Fundraiser at Keystone Ranch This Saturday

The Keystone Ranch in Keystone will be hosting a Garden-to-Table Dinner this Saturday Evening, August 18th, beginning at 6pm.  The evening will feature live music and a silent auction, benefiting both the High Country Conservation Center and the new Summit County Community Garden Network which supports five community gardens across the county.  Only local and sustainable food will be featured at the dinner, paired with local wine and beers from Colorado.  Cost for the dinner is just $80 and we guarantee it will be fresh and delicious… of course, since it’s all Colorado Grown!  Call (970) 496-4386 for more information or to make your reservation.

Friday Afternoon Club Today at Keystone Resort’s Summit House, Featuring Live Music from The Luv Brothers and FREE Gondola Rides!

Taking in the views just after a rain shower in July during Keystone's Friday Afternoon Club


Start the weekend off right with Keystone Resort’s Friday Afternoon Club! Head up to the Summit House, via the River Run Gondola to enjoy an evening of live music, drink and food specials and activities including horseshoes, corn hole, ladder ball, bocce ball and more!  Enjoy the spectacular views from an Adirondack chair or take a scenic nature hike. Free live music will feature a variety of bands throughout the summer.  All activities are free and can be checked out through the Overlook Grill.  Foot passenger rides on the gondola are FREE on Fridays from 3pm- close.  This afternoon features music from The Luv Brothers, a Summit-County based band, playing not only high energy bluegrass country originals, but also a mix of cover songs which they put their own unique spin on.

Free parking is available at the River Run Lot, located off of Highway 6 East on Gondola Road.

July 27- Luv Brothers
August 3- Funky Johnson
August 10- Levi
August 17- Chancer’s Hooley
August 24- Luv Brothers
August 31- Luv Brothers

Also tonight and tomorrow night in Keystone, catch UMconcious playing live at the Snake River Saloon.  The band brings a fusion of live hip-hop, jazz and funk, based from Denver, and won the Westword Magazine’s ‘Best Hip-Hop Band in Colorado’ award in 2008. Small cover charge at the door.

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!

Enjoy the beauty of Colorado Wildflowers and Taste Colorado Inspired Cuisines at the Alpenglow Dinner and Wildflower Hike at Arapahoe Basin on June 20,2012

Alpenglow Dinner and Wildflower Hike at Arapahoe Basin on June 20,2012

Enjoy an enchanting evening of great food, beautiful mountain views, colorful views, and a true Colorado sunset at the AlpenGlow Dinner and Wildflower Hike at Arapahoe Basin on June 20, 2012.  The evening will benefit and support Colorado Ranchers and Farmers, featuring foods that are inspired by Colorado. Chef Christopher Rybak and his staff invite you to the Black Mountain Lodge for This “All Colorado Meal” It will include an incredible selection of Colorado inspired dishes and treats. After dinner, take in the sunset and wildflowers as you hike along the Continental Divide back to the base area.

Price: $78 (includes 20% gratuity); kids under 12 – $45. Cash Bar.  Register for the event HERE.

Details:5:30pm – 6:00pm – Ride the Black Mountain Express to Black Mountain Lodge
5:30pm – 6:00pm – Enjoy cocktails and light hors d’eouvres with live entertainment
6:00pm – 8:00pm – Savor the elegant Colorado themed cuisine prepared by Chef Christopher Rybak
8:00pm – View the wildflowers and take in the alpenglow sunset as you hike down to the base area.

*This is a lift serviced event.

Arapahoe Basin is committed to sustainability and strives to make our events as green as possible.  Please help us by recycling and composting while you are here.

Local Eats:Dos Locos

Just down the street from our office on the other side Highway 6, is the only Mexican restaurant in Keystone, Dos Locos. It doesn’t matter if it’s summer or winter you will always see the parking lot packed during happy hour. Locals and tourists alike flock to Dos Locos, for their dollar tacos, and margarita and beer specials. There dinners aren’t too bad either, click here to check other their menu. They have an awesome upstairs dining room for a nice evening with the family. Or you can eat down in the bar for a more casual experience.

Dos Locos is also a locals favorite, and the majority of Keystone employees have walked through their doors at one time or another. They also have a pretty good nightlife scene, especially on Thursdays and Fridays.

Thursday is Karaoke and Ladies Night. They have karaoke all night with DJ Dave and drinks specials for ladies.

Friday is “Free Money Friday,” promptly at 7:30 p.m. they have a $50 raffle. So be sure to stop by and put your name in the pot. Even better if the person whose name is called is not present, the $50 rolls over to next week. Be sure to look in your Key to Keystone Coupon Book for a margarita coupon!



Dos Locos in Mountain View Plaza


Best Breakfast in River Run Village

Early Morning Euphoria

River Run Village is the happening place in Keystone! While the area is best known for its shopping and fine dining, many people don’t realize that Keystone is an active village at most hours of the day, especially in the morning. Next time you are in Keystone try getting yourself a hearty breakfast at the Inxpot Cafe, instead of grabbing a granola bar and trying to hold out until lunch .

The Inxpot is located right next to Keystone Sports in Black Bear Lodge which is one of the River Run Condos (on your right as you head towards the lift). With plenty of seating and comfortable couches, as well as dining tables, the Ixpot is a great place to relax and enjoy a morning meal. While you’re there, try the Family Breakfast, which feeds four and, at only 20 bucks, it’s an incredible deal and it sure beats what you would get for a comparable price at McDonalds. The Inxpot is also less than 100 yards away from the lift, which makes it a perfect place to make a pit stop at before heading up for a long day of skiing or boarding.


Enjoy Inxpot’s enormous selection of Coffee from around the world with your breakfast as well. There are also a number of games available for you to play during your short wait for food to be ready and it definitely adds to the experience! The Inxpot also has a Wi-Fi and where you can send that last minute e-mail to work letting them know you are “sick” and may or may not be enjoying a powder day!! Whatever your reason for coming to Keystone, Inxpot has you covered for breakfast!

Great American Beer Festival Winners!

Dillon Dam Brewery and Pug Ryan’s Both Take Home a Medal!

Both Pug Ryan’s and Dillon Dam Brewry took home medals from the Great American Beer Festival last weekend.

The Dillon Dam Brewery won a silver medal for its McLuhr’s Irish Stout in the Classic Irish-Style Stout category. And Pug Ryan’s took home a gold medal for Hellats Good Beer, which won in the Bock category. Next time your in Summit County or Keystone, check out these places and grab a pint, they have awesome food too!

Tickets for the Great American Beer Festival sold out a record five weeks prior to the three-day festival. More than 460 breweries brought over 2,000 beers for tasting, and 237 medals were awarded. Of that, 40 medals were awarded to 22 Colorado breweries.