A cold front and more snow are in the forecast for this weekend at Keystone Ski Resort. Temperatures will start to drop late in the day on Sunday and 1 – 3 inches are predicted to fall on Sunday evening, with another possible 4 inches falling by Monday evening. The cooler temperatures continue to allow snowmaking at Keystone Resort as they continue to open more terrain. Monday and Tuesday should offer great skiing and riding conditions with fresh snow!
Keystone Resort currently has 9 lifts running and 10 trails open. Night skiing has already begun and the mountain is open until 8pm this evening. Take advantage of SummitCove Lodging’s current lodging promotion that offers 15% off early December stays in Keystone of 2 or more nights through December 19, 2017. Call a SummitCove Vacation planner at (970) 368-7023 to book your stay and take advantage of this great offer.
This photo was taken on North Peak this morning at Keystone Resort. The snow has been falling all day and even more snow is in the forecast for the next few days. Over 15 inches of snow has fallen in the past 7 days, and over 20 inches in the past 2 weeks! More runs are opening up each day, meaning this Holiday Season will be a great time to visit Keystone!
Check out our Events Schedule for the most up to date info on what’s happening in Keystone over the next few weeks. View fireworks every Saturday Night for Kidtopia, go check out the amazing Chocolate Village or see Keystone Aglow, which lights up both River Run Village and Mountain House each evening with a blaze of Holiday lights and color. Try a fun family sleigh ride or outdoor ice skating adventure and finish off the day with a warm cup of hot cocoa and a dip in the hot tub. Head for the Hills is putting on a New Year’s Eve celebration party at Warren Station, the perfect way to ring in the New Year! Don’t miss spending the Holidays in the Mountains this year!
Keystone received 6 inches of fresh snow last night, meaning today is a POWDER DAY at Keystone Resort! If you are looking to come up and enjoy the snow, check out our 12 Days of Keystone Sale, with each day highlighting a new deal on lodging in Keystone. Today’s deal offers 15-25% off stays during the Holidays, but act fast because this deal ends at 7am tomorrow!
Don’t forget Keystone is one of the few resorts in Colorado to offer night skiing, meaning a 12 hour long ski day and the best lift ticket value around. Keystone is also home to Kidtopia and the Snow Fort, located atop Dercum Mountain, which should be opening soon!
Be sure to get out there today and enjoy the new snow! Stay tuned for more powder in the forecast!
Winter is coming and there is snow in Summit County! These two photos were taken from Hoosier pass this morning! The leaves are golden and there’s plenty of leaf peeping to do in Summit County over the next few weeks. Keystone is one of the most beautiful places to be this time of year with the cool crisp air, snow-capped mountains and beautiful leaves! Call SummitCove.com to get a fantastic deal on lodging for the fall season or reserve your property for your ski trip this winter!
1. Think like a kid. Kids love adventures! When you are choosing a trail, think like a kid. Pick out one that has multiple features along the way- not just the grand finale at the end. Trails that follow a stream or pond, come across a meadow or have spectacular view are good choices. Many hiking trails in Keystone and Summit County feature old cabins or mining town remains- perfect to pair with a fun story about ‘history’ and the wild west!
2. Wander-ing is Fun! Kids are bound to take the path ‘less traveled’ by exploring as they go. Remember they might not always be pushing for ‘the end’ the same way adults do. Plan for distractions and diversions along the way and don’t be disappointed if you don’t always reach the end of the trail! The fun is in the journey, not always just the destination!
3. Assign a Guide.Your kids will love being the hike leader! Make a quick copy of the map of the trail and let them hang on to it and draw on if they want. Have them point out places they want to go and lead the way! Be on the lookout for animals and artifacts such as interesting stones, fossils, and wildflowers! Bring an inexpensive pair of binoculars and other fun toys like bug nets, whistles and a compass to enhance their fun. Follow their lead and have fun along the way!
4. Capture the Moment! Kids love being the center of attention- photograph them along the way with things they’ve found or next to that awesome lake- you’ll love the memories and they’ll love posing for the camera!
5. Always Be Prepared. You never know what will happen in the woods! Always make sure everyone has appropriate shoes, clothing, rain jackets, sunscreen, hats, food and water. Bring lots of snacks like nuts, string cheese, dried fruits, gummy candies, and M&M’s and let kids eat them as they please. It’s always a good idea to carry a basic first aid kit with neosporin, band-aids, etc. in case of emergencies. Don’t forget to bring a map or a GPS unit so you don’t get lost and a cell phone if you have one.
You will find that your family will love the beautiful scenery and the abundance of hiking trails here at Keystone Resort. Come prepared and everyone will have a great time enjoying the great outdoors! There are still 3 weeks left before school starts- meaning there is still time for a quick family getaway!!
Wine Seminars at River Run at Keystone: Tasty and Educational! The Wine and Jazz Festival at Keystone Resort this weekend features a multitude of seminars on a variety of topics. Check out the descriptions below to see if there are any you might be interested in attending, they all sound great! All seminars are $20 to attend and take place at Warren Station in River Run in Keystone.
Topic: 75 BELOW IN JULY Saturday, July 14 // 12pm Frank C. Seidl, Advanced Sommelier, CMS General Sales Manager, Trinity Fine Wines
An enjoyable and informative foray into the wide world of “Meritage” wines. What is a Meritage wine? How did they get this strange name? Where do they come from? Why are they expensive? What do they taste like? How are they related to the great wines of Bordeaux? All will be revealed – and tasted – during this entertaining session.
Topic: COME OUT OF THE DARK AND SEE YOUR WAY TO OUR BLIND TASTING SEMINAR Saturday, July 14 // 3pm Scott Thomas, Wine Specialist Republic National Dist Company
Join us in learning more about the fine art of blind tasting wine. This interactive seminar will explore key components of common varietals and learn how to deduce the difference between old world and new world wines taking in account the varietal characteristics. Hosts will guide you through the steps and philosophy behind blind tasting and allow the opportunity to practice for yourself. This is a great seminar to increase your wine knowledge and improve your sensory skills.
Topic: BUBBLES EVERYDAY ON ANY BUDGET Sunday, July 15 // 11am Diane Kressley, General Sales Manager – Grand Vin
Bubbles shall no longer be limited to just those special celebrations, holidays, or weekend brunches…You can find the perfect bottle of “bubbly” to suit every occasion and every budget, big and small! Once considered to be reserved solely for the rich and royal, we will uncover the mystery of Champagne and Sparkling Wines to tempt and tantalize even the most amateur of taste buds. Discover how wine making techniques, grape varietals, and the region where the grapes are grown affects the price of every special bottle. Whether your bubbles preference is sweet or dry, foreign or domestic, you will learn how to find some of the best values on the market, as well as learn what to look for when splurging for that special occasion.
Topic: JELLY BELLY WINE BAR EXPERIENCE Sunday, July 15 // 2pm Ashley Rowe, Luxury Wine Specialist, Constellation Wines, U.S.
Belly up to the wine bar with Jelly Belly jelly beans. Demystify your palette with the tasty sensations of six different wines paired with dozens of jelly beans. Looking for what flavors you find in Zinfandel? How about a couple of raspberry jellybeans, a black cherry, and mocha? Perhaps you’re looking for the flavors that best compliment a Chardonnay? Maybe add a pear, a pineapple, some green apple.
Fall Season is quickly approaching and soon the hillsides in Keystone will be covered in brilliant gold and orange hues. If you haven’t experienced being in the mountains for this beautiful time of year, you might want to think about making the trip- it’s well worth it! Crisp autumn air mixed with the warm Colorado sunshine make it a great time for outdoor activities such as hiking and biking. The two marinas on Lake Dillon usually stay open until the end of September, so why not rent a Pontoon Boat and see the colors from a different perspective- out on Lake Dillon! Mountain View Sports also runs a great Vail Ride the Pass Bike Ride tour which is amazing at this time of year.
A great, easy and short hike that the whole family can enjoy is Sapphire Point at the top of Swan Mountain Road half way between Keystone and Breckenridge. After a short walk, you will be engulfed in amazing views of the surrounding Summit County hillsides and majestic Lake Dillon. Looking to the South you take in beautiful views of Breckenridge and straight ahead the rocky points of Mount Royale and prestine Buffalo Mountain. A few of the leaves have already started to turn colors and anywhere from 1-3 weeks from now all of the Aspens will start turning the blazing, brilliant gold. To get to Sapphire Point from Keystone, turn left on Swan Mountain Road and follow about 4.5 miles to the summit and the trailhead will be on your right.
Since the bulk of the summer visitors have came and gone, many of the restaurants offer great deals during the off-season to stir up business. You will find that many restaurants offer 2-for-1 dinners and other great specials, be sure to look for coupons in the free Summit Daily newspaper. SummitCove.com is also offering 2 for 1 deals on select properties! Buy 1 night, Get 1 Night free until October 20th! Don’t miss out on this beautiful time in the mountains! The Aspens are brilliant!
Breckenridge will join the ranks of Keystone, Arapahoe Basin and Copper by turning its lifts on Friday, November 12. The lifts open at 9am on Friday. They will be offering free parking all weekend, which is a steal, because normally you have to pay to park anywhere remotely close to the gondola.
The first 1,000 people who get to Breckenridge by 8:30am will receive a free BreckBerry French Toast breakfast! The great thing is you can sneak over to Breck for a free breakfast, take a few runs and then head back to Keystone for the afternoon. It’s nice to have choices!
Today staff at the Keystone office traveled to work under cloudy skies and depressing rain. But shortly after starting their day, they looked out the window to see something amazing….snow! Big, beautiful, wet flakes falling from the sky. It’s the first accumulating snow to fall at this altitude and it was a beautiful sight. Everyday the surrounding mountains are looking whiter and whiter. Unfortunately, shortly after it started, the snow stopped and the sun came out. But up in Montezuma they accumulated several inches and mountain top web cam images, from Keystone, are looking pretty promising as well. So keep doing your snow dances and hopefully we will be reporting significant snowfall in the near future!
Energy is high these days, as snow starts to appear on the surrounding mountains and the temperatures drop. Ski season is almost here and it is time to start thinking about getting in skiing shape. What better way to get those legs burning, then hike around on the mountain.
If you go over to Mountain House base area, you will see a service road behind the medical center. This is actually the bottom of Schoolmarm ski trail. It is a gradual incline and really gets the lungs and legs burning. At the top you will come to a fork in the road, here you can continue climbing up the mountain, or start going down via Ina’s Way ski trail. If you follow Ina’s Way it will drop you out on River Run trail and take you down to River Run Village. Overall, it’s a great little workout that offers great views and gets you up on the mountain. There is something pretty cool about trekking around on a ski mountain when it’s not covered in snow. It gives you a whole different perspective of things!