What is There to Do at Keystone if I Don’t Ski or Snowboard?

Summit County or the Colorado Rockies in general, is one of the most active places on the planet whether it is winter or summer. But what happens if you suddenly find yourself unable to participate (perhaps from an injury) or just don’t enjoy or aren’t good at some of its main draws, such as skiing or snowboarding?


The first, easiest, and in my opinion most pleasurable thing to do is explore the dining options in Summit County. Keystone Resort in particular is a leader in this category, whether it is Der Fondue Chessel or The Alpenglow Stube (The highest 4 Diamond Rated Restaurant in North America) on top of the hill, or the Ski Tip Lodge or Keystone Ranch (28 out of 30 by Zagat) you are sure to find some of the best dining options in Summit County. Nearby Frisco, Colorado is no slouch here either with the somewhat unknown Food Hedz, a restaurant started up by a former Keystone Ranch chef, so you know it’s great!


As for local watering holes, in Keystone you will find a great variety of bars including the infamous Kickapoo Tavern.  This place is known for their awesome apres-ski patio!  Some other options to check out in River Run Village is the 9280′ Taphouse, Zuma Roadhouse and Spoon Cafe. In Mountain House look for the Last Lift Bar, the Snake River Saloon and Dos Locos Mexican Cantina. There are also a number of local breweries in Summit County including the well-known Dam Brewery and Broken Compass.


For those of us who live here, we tend to forget what an inescapably beautiful location it is. As is such I got back to an old college pastime and broke out the camera and started snapping away. The constantly changing weather conditions can often change how a photo presents from moment to moment. I would imagine if I could paint, it would be quite incredible too.


There are plenty of options for taking specialty classes at CMC as well, such as an Asian Cuisine Cooking Course or enjoying a night of pottery painting at Ready, Paint, Fire over in Lakeside Village.

Enjoy a fun night at Ready, Paint, Fire and make your own masterpiece while you enjoy a cocktail!


If shopping is your thing, The Outlets in Silverthorne are a formidable opponent for even the most seasoned shopping enthusiast. There are some great deals here and name brands like American Eagle, J Crew, Crocs, Bath and Body Works, The Gap, The Colorado Store and more.  The Outlets are just about a 10 minute drive into Silverthorne from Keystone Resort. You can also head to the spa for an amazing day of relaxation and pampering.


One of the other things that can really captivate is the live music here in Summit County. From the Snake River Saloon in Keystone to the Motherloaded Tavern in Breckenridge to SilverHeels or the Barkley Ballroom in Frisco, live music is a staple of any small town or community and there is no short supply here.  In the summer, Keystone Resort is home to some of the best festivals in the nation that bring in huge music acts, as well as some not as well-known, up and coming acts that you will love and they are all free to attend!  There are also weekly summers at the Dillon Amphitheater and Frisco’s Historical Park with their ‘Concerts in the Park’.  The best part is that you can find FREE LIVE MUSIC almost any day of the week here in Summit County.


Depending upon your injury, condition, or lack of skill that is preventing you from enjoying the more ‘hardcore’ activities here, there are other options that aren’t quite as physical. Ice Fishing is a great unique activity to partake in although it is catch and release. If you are able to sustain some degree of physicality and want something a little more adventurous you can also try Dogsledding or Snowmobiling. There are even places to Zipline in the winter for the adrenaline junkies, at Top of the Rockies Zip Line.  Nordic skiing and snowshoeing are also great ways to get outside during the winter that don’t require as much skill or commitment. Snow tubing and ice skating are also very popular family activities that are right here in Keystone!

Zip Lining in the Winter with Top of the Rockies Zip Line


Lastly, if you arrive in one piece, but happen to be unfortunate enough to injure yourself while on vacation you can rest easy, we have some of the best Orthopaedic Surgeons and Physical Therapists in the world right here. Vail-Summit Orthopaedics and Steadman Hawkins are among the world leaders in sports medicine.


There are so many things to do here in Keystone in addition to skiing and snowboarding.  Plan your winter family vacation in Keystone today and you can rest assured you will have plenty of fun things to do!  You may even end up adding additional nights to your stay when you realize how many things you will want to pack into each day!



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!

Keystone Destination Wedding Activity Ideas for Guests

If you’re hosting your wedding in Keystone, Colorado your guests are most likely from out of town, and it’s probably fair to call your  wedding a “destination wedding.”  That being said, there are endless activities in Keystone for your guests to enjoy during their stay.  The more they get to experience Keystone in their short stay, the more memorable their experience will be.  We recommend picking out a few activities and invite your guests to do them with you!  Create an itinerary ahead of time and e-mail it out to your guests.  Provide them with all the details, including the meeting time, costs, and where they should make a reservation if applicable.

We’ve compiled 2 Top Ten lists of must-do activities for guests at your Keystone destination wedding, based on the seasons:


1. Let the River Run Gondola take you up 11,640 feet and take in beautiful panoramic views of Lake Dillon, Breckenridge Ski Resort, and surrounding mountains, for free during the Friday Afternoon Club.

2. Explore the expansive Lake Dillon and rent a pontoon boat or kayak at the Dillon or Frisco Marinas.

3. Hike the backcountry areas in Montezuma to experience old mines, ghost towns, wildlife sightings and spectacular views.

4. See live music at one of the many summer concerts and festivals, like the River Run Rocks Concert Series, the Blue Ribbon Bacon Tour, or the Bluegrass and Beer Festival.

5. Get wet and go whitewater rafting down the Arkansas River, through Brown’s Canyon.

6. Rent a bicycle from Mountain View Sports and take a trip down Vail Pass, with unparalleled views and scenery.

7. Drink the famous and delicious blended Rum Runner on the shores of Lake Dillon at the Tiki Bar.

8. Have a picnic and take in the views at Keystone Lake.

9. Visit one of four local breweries in Summit County, including the Dillon Dam and Pug Ryan’s.

10. Play a round of golf on one of the two world renowned golf courses in Keystone.


1. Enjoy a fine dining experience at altitude by taking a gondola to dinner at either of the on-mountain gourmet restaurants, Der Fondue Chessel or Alpenglow Stube.

2. Experience snow-tubing with friends at Adventure Point.

3. Go ice-skating at the largest, Zamboni maintained ice rink at Keystone Lake.

4. Strap on some snowshoes and explore some of the beautiful Colorado Wilderness on foot.

5. Visit the Silverthorne Outlets to do some serious shopping at great prices.

6. Marvel in chocolate heaven and check out the Chocolate Village at the Keystone Lodge and Spa.

7. Enjoy a beer or hot chocolate in an Adirondack Chair with views at the Summit House or LaBonte’s Cabin.

8. Bring out the kid in you and have a snowball fight at the larger than life Snow Fort on Dercum Mountain.

9.  See some live music at the Snake River Saloon, The Goat, or Warren Station.

10. Try winter zip-lining, snowmobiling or dogsledding for a fun adventure.

We think these lists are a good start for first timers visiting Keystone. Use this to put together a Keystone activities itinerary for your guests.  SummitCove is always glad to assist you and your guests during both the planning stages and once you arrive in Keystone.  We can even create a custom landing page for your Keystone Wedding that includes photos, activity ideas, and itineraries when you sign up for our Wedding Gifts Program.  The program offers you and your guests with discounted lodging, unlimited customer service and cash back for the bride and groom.


Keystone Celebrates the Holidays With a Chocolate Village and Keystone Aglow!


Keystone Aglow takes place in Keystone Resort’s River Run Village from December 15th 2011- January 5, 2012.  This lighting event will help your family to celebrate the season!  The mountain will be illuminated with image projectors and specialty lighting set to the tune of a holiday soundtrack. Wander through the village nightly from 6-10pm to celebrate the holidays with your family and friends!

Be sure to see the annual tradition of the Keystone chocolate village at the Keystone Lodge and Spa!  This delicious homemade creation from Keystone Resort’s Pastry Chef Ned Archibald can be seen from December 15, 2011-January 3, 2012 from 3-5 pm. This handcrafted holiday tradition features 2,500 pounds of chocolate crafted into a miniature alpine village, a working chocolate gondola, a cascading chocolate waterfall, 6 foot tall white chocolate Christmas tree with chocolate presents. This mouth watering creation gets a special new addition every year.

If you are planning to visit Keystone Resort for these incredible holiday displays, contact a SummitCove Vacation Planner to find your Keystone Resort lodging!


Keystone Resort Events For December 2011!

As you plan your Keystone Resort vacation, you may want to take into consideration some of the fantastic events and activities available to you throughout Keystone this winter.  Take a look at some of the upcoming events as you plan out your vacation!  Contact us at SummitCove to choose the perfect Keystone lodging for your winter vacation!


Wednesday, December 7th-Saturday, December 10th Keystone Festival of Trees

Admire these beautiful trees that have been decorated by local Summit County businesses and kick off the holiday season.  The trees are auctioned off in a fundraiser to support area non-profits!

Friday December 9th-Saturday December 10th The Nutcracker

The Summit Comunity Orchestra and Summit School of Dance present the 6th annual Joint Holiday Concert.  Tickets are $12 for adults, $7 for kids 18 and under with ID, kids 5 and under are free.  Doors open at 6pm; show at 6:30pm

Saturday, December 11-Sunday, December 19 Snowboard Demo Days

Test out this year’s latest snowboard gear.  Must have CC and Driver’s License for Demo

Thursday, December 15 – Tuesday January 3 Chocolate Village at Keystone Lodge & Spa

This handcrafted holiday tradition features 2,500 pounds of chocolate crafted into a miniature alpine village, a working chocolate gondola, a cascading chocolate waterfall, 6 foot tall white chocolate Christmas tree with chocolate presents.

Saturday, December 17th A Christmas Carol with the Dercum Center

This holiday favorite will take place at Warren Station!

Friday, December 23rd Pancake Breakfast with Santa

This benefit for the FIRC, begins at 10am for breakfast with everyone’s favorite…Santa!

Tuesday, December 27th -Tuesday January 3rd, Keystone Kidtopia

This festival designed just for kids includes the Snow Fort, dancing to live music, arts and crafts, Disco Tubing and educational activities to fill the entire weekend.

Saturday, December 31st New Year’s Eve Celebration

Fireworks will light the sky to celebrate the New Year in Lakeside Village!

New River Run Village Ice Rink Edges Closer to Completion

Take a look at the progress on the new ice skating rink being built in River Run Village!  We’ll keep you up to date on the opening date as well as pricing information as soon as we have it!  Ice skating in Keystone Resort will now be at two locations, in River Run Village right next to Expedition Station, Dakota and Buffalo Lodge, the original skating rink will continue to be at Lakeside Village on Keystone Lake.  The new winter feature will make your Keystone Vacation one your whole family will not forget for years.  Call one of our vacation planners to book your Keystone Vacation today!