Keystone’s Newest Development: The New Seasons

Meet Keystone’s newest development – The New Seasons at Keystone

 

Have you been dreaming of that perfect mountain retreat or second home in Colorado? Think of snow capped mountains, miles of trails, and the bubbling sounds of the Snake River from the backyard patio. The New Seasons is Keystone’s newest upcoming development. Nestled in Lodgepole pines, near the Mountain House Base Area, this location is the perfect base camp for all of your mountain adventures!  You can walk over to Lakeside Village for ice skating or paddle boarding or hop on the paved bike path.  Head to one of Keystone’s two golf courses or to the hiking and biking trails in West Keystone.  The options are endless and this new property will have everything you need for a perfect visit to Keystone Resort.

 

The developers of the New Seasons broke ground this past June and the first phase of the development is expected to be completed in mid to late 2019.  In the meantime, you can preview the location and amenities by staying in the current Seasons Townhomes.   The complex will feature 4 buildings that hold a total of 32 new condos. Potential buyers can choose from one-, two- and three-bedroom floor plans, that range in price starting at $419,000 going up to $829,000.

 

Features of The New Seasons that we love:

  • Located on the Keystone Resort shuttle route, which means quick access to the slopes and Keystone Conference Center
  • On-site steam room, hot tub, and an outdoor grilling area
  • Stainless steel appliances
  • Granite and Marble countertops
  • Full stacked washers and dryers
  • Step out your back door and hit the trail the leads to the Snake River and Keystone Lake
  • Located on the bike path

 

We are so excited to see this new development at Keystone Resort.  If you have any questions or are interested in buying a vacation rental at The New Seasons, please get in touch with one of SummitCove Lodging’s Homeowner Services Representatives by calling (970) 368-5888.  We can provide you with realtor contact information and vacation rental projections for the new properties. Look for vacation rental options coming soon!

Low Inventory Alert: Keystone Condos Are Filling Up Fast for the Christmas, New Year’s and Holiday Breaks

Believe it or not, we are just a few weeks from opening day at Keystone Resort. In the blink of an eye it will be Thanksgiving and then shortly after that, we will be in the heart of the holiday season.  Kids will be on school breaks and parents will likely have some well-deserved time off for the holidays.  Have you considered a family ski vacation this winter at Keystone Resort?

 

The holiday season at Keystone is nothing short of magical. Snowy evergreen trees, ice skating outside on a frozen lake, exploring the world’s largest snow fort, meeting Santa, seeing the chocolate village… it is surely an experience you and your family will cherish for years to come and the quality time with your family is priceless.  It is also one of the busiest times of year. Our prime properties, particularly those private homes and larger townhomes tend to book out first and the rest are slowly filling up. We have less than 45% vacancy for the time period just after Christmas through New Year’s.  Now is the time to get your lodging reservations on the books!

 

Scenes from the infamous ‘Chocolate Village’ at the Keystone Lodge

 

Give us a call today and we can make some lodging recommendations for your family holiday getaway at Keystone.  Don’t worry – there are still some great options available, but they won’t be open for long! Ski Tip #8701 is a great 3 bedroom condo in Keystone that sleeps 8. This unique townhome has a private hot tub, gas fireplace and a great kitchen! Keystone Gulch Cabin #1668 is a rustic 3-bedroom private home that would be perfect for a family holiday basecamp. Huge windows bring the outside in, I can picture a family spending a quiet evening here, sipping hot cocoa and watching the snow fall as they put on their favorite family holiday movie. A stone hearth, wood-burning fireplace is at the center of this great family room. For a smaller family, Silver Mill #8241 is a great option located in the heart of River Run Village. You’ll enjoy the easy access to the shops, restaurants, Dercum Ice rink and the River Run gondola from this one bedroom condo! For those looking for the best of the best, try Timbers 3067, a ski-in two bedroom condo that is located just off the slopes at River Run.  This building has an indoor/outdoor pool, amazing fitness center, a beautiful lobby with a grand piano and other wonderful amenities.  This condo even features a custom Keystone ski-themed mural behind the jetted tub in the bathroom!

A custom Keystone ski resort themed mural in this luxurious Timbers bathroom!

 

Don’t put it off any longer – book your holiday vacation at Keystone Resort today!

 

Epic Mix Latest Feature: Lift Line Wait Times

Again this year, the popular Vail Resorts app, Epic Mix, is adding a new feature to make on mountain activities even easier! Starting this winter, you will be able to track estimated lift line times at Keystone, Breckenridge, Vail and Beaver Creek. With this new feature, skiers will be able to plan the best route on the mountain and utilize all of their time on the mountain wisely based on where the shortest lines are!

This innovative technology is currently being tested at Perisher Resort in Australia and is set to debut at Colorado’s Vail Resorts Mountains this winter during the 2015-2016 ski season. They plan to expand the program to more locations in the upcoming winter seasons. EpicMix uses crowd-surfing wifi and bluetooth technologies to gather and deliver estimated lift wait times. If all goes well, the company plans to expand this technology to some of their other on-mountain facilities, such as restaurant and rental shop wait times in years to come. We are excited to test it out this winter at Keystone!

Written By: Lauren Smith

4 Tips for Winter Driving in the Mountains

Driving up to the mountains can be scary!  I think everyone has a story of a white-knuckle, hold your breath kind of driving experience- here’s what you can do to drive safely and confidently on the roads this winter.  If you are renting a vehicle when heading up to Colorado Ski Resorts, be sure to ask for one with 4-wheel drive if it’s available!

1. Be Prepared and Winterize Your Vehicle
Invest in snow tires, regardless of the type of vehicle- car, truck or SUV. Make sure your brakes are in proper working order and that your windshield wipers are in good shape.  Also be sure to top off the wiper fluid before you hit the road, because there is nothing worse than a thick dirt curtain over your windshield and not being able to see!

2. Pay Attention
The number one thing you can do is pay attention while you are driving; hand your phone to someone else to answer texts or look at the map and have the passenger side be in control of the music.  Always keep a good distance in between you and the car in front of you.  Use turn signals when switching lanes and slow down when you see brake lights. 

3.  Stay Calm
If you hit an icy patch of road or someone suddenly slams on the brakes, stay calm.  Don’t jerk the wheel or slam on the brakes yourself.  Gently turn the wheel in the opposite direction of the car’s skid and be sure not to over-correct! You can always downshift to a lower gear to help you slow down, softly pump the brakes versus slamming on them.

4.  Invest in Roadside Assistance
For just a few dollars a month, you can have peace of mind with roadside assistance.  Many insurance programs have an add-on roadside assistance option, making the service seamless.  If you ever do need a tow or jump, this will be a life-saver!

Night Skiing in Keystone, Colorado

The sun setting at Keystone Resort

One of our favorite things about Keystone Resort is Night Skiing! Keystone offers visitors with one of Colorado’s longest ski days- you can ski or ride long after nearly all the other mountains close.  Your lift ticket is good all day and into the night!   Watch the sun set over the beautiful Rocky Mountains while enjoying a few more runs. The serenity of the mountain at night is a completely different unique experience than what you get during the day.  Check out the schedule below for night skiing hours and dates and be sure to try it at least once during your visit to Keystone!

2012/2013 Keystone Night Skiing Schedule
Wednesday, November 21 – 25, 2012
November 30 – December 1, 2012
December 7 – 8, 2012
December 14 – 15, 2012
December 21 – January 6, 2013
January 9 – April 7, 2013 (Wednesday – Sunday and select Holiday Mondays)
Open 7 days a week during March

Hours: (On Days With Night Skiing)
Open until 8p Wednesday – Saturday
Open until 6p Sunday and select Holiday Mondays
A51 Terrain Park closes at 6p all night ski nights

How to Save Money On Your Family Ski Trip in Keystone

1. Book As Early As Possible.  Lots of places offer incentives for booking early, including SummmitCove.com Lodging.  Before the season starts, look for early booking sales to save as much as 40% on lodging.  Many sales require you to act fast, so start planning your dates as early as you can so you will be ready to book once you see a great sale. It also ensures you will have the best selection of properties to choose from!

Currently SummitCove is holding a 72-Hour Thanksgiving and Early Season sale that offers 30% off stays of 3 nights or more and as an added bonus, we’ll buy your first day of your adult ski rental from Mountain View Sports!  Sale ends tonight, 11/10/12. See page for all of the details.  We also have a daily ‘Deal of the Day‘ in which we offer an amazing discount for a specific property or time period, good for 1 day only!

2. Visit During Off-Peak Times and Weekdays. Keystone Resort is already open at the beginning of November and closing day isn’t until April 7th, meaning you have a huge window of dates to pick from. In general, prices at ski resorts are the highest during the snowier months and also during school breaks and holidays, such as Christmas and President’s Day Weekend.  Weekdays are another good bet, as lift tickets are usually less expensive and middle of the week skiing typically means fewer crowds, shorter lift lines, and smaller group sizes during lessons.  Keystone is also a great bet for early season skiing, as we have unbelievable snow-making capabilities in case Mother Nature doesn’t deliver; you won’t have to worry about the snow.

3. Join Mailing Lists.  Sign up for all the newsletters and mailing lists you can.  Typically companies will send their subscribers ‘exclusive’ deals that aren’t available to just anyone!

4. Get Your Grade-schooler a Passport. If you live in Colorado, your 5th and 6th graders are eligible for a ‘passport’ which offers free or discounted skiing to students. You can apply online or through the mail and must provide proof of their current school grade. Colorado has both 5th and 6th grade passports.

5. Keep an Eye Out for Deal Sites. Check Liftopia, Discount Lift Tickets, GetSkiTickets.com and SkiCoupons.com for ways to save on lift tickets at resorts all over Colorado. If you don’t see the resort you want, it’s still a good idea to buy your tickets in advance online instead of at the ticket window.  Keystone sells multi-day tickets online, ski 2 of 3 days, 4 of 6, etc. which will save you money when purchased in advance.

6. Save on Your Equipment Rentals. All SummitCove.com guests receive discounts on equipment rentals from both Mountain View Sports and Door 2 Door Delivery with Christy Sports.  Be sure to look for your discount codes in your confirmation e-mails and Key to Keystone Coupon Books!  Don’t forget to make a reservation for your rentals, sometimes rental shops can run out of equipment during the busy season.

7. Check the Grocery Store & Ski Shops for Tickets. Some supermarkets and local ski shops in Summit County and Denver area sell lift tickets for up to $10 per day less than what you’d pay at the ticket window. That’s a savings of $40 per day for a family of four!

8. Download the Key to Keystone Coupon Book
In mid to late November, all future SummitCove guests will have access to an electronic version of our Key to Keystone coupon book which offers deals from all sorts of restaurants, activities, and shops around Keystone and Summit County.  Look for deals on ski rentals, snowmobiling, ziplining, dining, drinks, massages, and more! You also receive a hard copy book of the savings when you arrive in Keystone.

 

Easy Cooking in Your Ski Condo

Feeding your family during a vacation can be tough.  Long days, busy schedules, and high altitudes may make you want to order in pizza every night, but we’ve got a few recipes that will be easy to prepare and save you money by not eating out every night. The nice thing is that most of our vacation rental properties in Keystone feature a full size kitchen and all of the cooking supplies you need to make a great meal.  Cooking while you’re on vacation does present its challenges- you’re usually working with fewer tools, unfamiliar appliances and without your normal spice cabinet.  You will also be busy with activities and tired at the end of the day! What you should look for when you are planning your meals are some simple, easy-to-make recipes that will please even the pickiest eaters, feed a crowd, have few ingredients and make plenty of leftovers.  Here are four of our favorite easy dinner recipes for your next family ski vacation:

Easy Mexican Fajitas

Ingredients:
– Medium size flour tortillas
– 1 Lb. skirt or flank steak
– 1 Package taco of fajita seasoning
– 1 White or yellow onion
– 1 Red bell pepper
– 1 Green bell pepper
– 2 Tbsp olive oil
– Prepared guacamole
– Prepared pico de gallo salsa
– Shredded cheddar cheese
– Sour cream

Directions:
Preheat oven to 375.  Rub the steak with half of the fajita seasoning and salt and pepper and bake for 35-40 minutes.  Slice onions and peppers and then sauté in olive oil over Medium heat.  Take the meat out of the oven and then slice it against the grain in thin strips. Warm tortillas in the microwave for 30 – 40 seconds.  Serve ingredients in bowls or plates and let your family create their own as they please!

Beef and Bean Chili

Ingredients:
– 2 Lbs ground beef or buffalo
– 1 Large onion, chopped
– 2 Stalks of celery, chopped
– 8 Cups (4-15oz cans or 2-28oz cans) tomato sauce
– 8 Cups (4-15oz cans) beans (2 kidney, 1 pinto and 1 black or garbanzo)
– 1/4 Cup chili seasoning (your favorite brand)
– Salt & pepper, to taste
– Cayenne pepper, to taste
– Chopped fresh or canned jalapeno peppers, to taste
– 1/2 Lb. elbow macaroni

Directions:
In a large stockpot, brown the beef. Break it apart into large chunks, season with salt, pepper, and about half of the chili seasoning and cook until it is just slightly  pink.  Once the meat is browned, stir in the rest of the ingredients.  Bring everything to a boil and then cover and simmer for at least 30 minutes.  The flavors only get better the longer you simmer;  if you have a crockpot, you can throw everything in before you head out to the mountain, and the feast will be ready when you get back at the end of the day! In the meantime, cook up the pasta and set aside.  Once you are ready to eat, add the macaroni pasta to the chili and serve hot with shredded cheese, sour cream and corn chips or crackers for the perfect warm and easy to prepare meal!  You can leave the jalapenos out if your family doesn’t like spicy foods.

Italian Chicken, Roasted Potatoes and Broccoli

Ingredients:
-2 Lbs. mix of boneless, skinless chicken thighs and breasts
-8 Tsp melted butter
-1 Cup Italian-seasoned breadcrumbs
-2 Tsp olive oil
-1 Lb. baby new potatoes, halved
-1 Half white onion, chopped
-1 Clove garlic, chopped
-1 Large head of broccoli
-1 Half of lemon

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 350.  Dress the chicken with 6 tsp melted butter, then  roll in seasoned breadcrumbs and place in a casserole dish or roasting pan. In another pan, drizzle the potatoes with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Chop the garlic and onions and add to the potato mix.  Cover both dishes with tinfoil or pan covers and cook both the chicken and potatoes for 40 minutes.  About 5 minutes before the timer beeps, steam the broccoli and top with juice of lemon, a pinch of salt and remaining butter.  Serve and enjoy!

B for D (Breakfast for Dinner)

Ingredients:
-1 Box of pancake mix
-Eggs (2 per person)
-Bacon
-Milk
-Fresh blueberries
-Butter
-Maple syrup
-Shredded cheddar cheese (optional)

Directions:
Start with the bacon, either fry or bake according to package directions.  Make the pancakes according to recipe on box, adding the blueberries into the batter. Crack all of the eggs in a bowl, add a splash of milk, whisk and scramble, adding the cheddar cheese if you’d like.  Serve this for breakfast or dinner, a family favorite!

Keystone has a few small markets where you can purchase groceries, but we recommend planning your meals and grocery list on the plane or in the car ahead of time and then stopping at the City Market in Dillon before you head into Keystone.  You will be exiting off of I-70 at the ‘Dillon/Silverthorne’ exit, take an immediate left and the City Market will be two stoplights ahead on the left, and then Keystone is about 7 miles further down the road. Remember to look for recipes with a simple and short ingredient list that are easy to prepare. Also think about things that are easy and quick for breakfast and snacks to take with you on the mountain, such as granola bars.  Bottled water is not really necessary, as the water in Keystone tastes great! Many of our ski condos come stocked with crock-pots, which is a great tool for ski vacation meals- just throw it all in in the morning and dinner is ready when you get home!  Check out the SummitCove.com’s ‘Ski Vacation Meal Ideas’ Board on Pinterest for more easy recipes!

The Bottle Shop Offers Craft Beers, Wines and Colorado Brands Close to Keystone

The Bottle Shop opened early this Spring in the Summit Cove neighborhood, just 3 miles west of Keystone Resort Colorado.  The shop has nearly 200 wines to choose from and all of the usual suspects in terms of beer and spirits. There’s a “make your own six pack” if you choose to express some individuality when it comes to beer, especially awesome for visitors looking to try out numerous Colorado tastes and flavors or if you can’t decide between your two favorites! When you walk into the shop you are greeted by fresh and bright turquoise walls and brightly colored bottles lining the windows- not your usual liquor store atmosphere, this is a place you will actually enjoy visiting! The Bottle Shop prioritizes local and Colorado brands and even offers delivery on local orders of $100 or more!  The fee for delivery is $15 and delivery hours are by appointment between 5-9pm.  A drivers’ license number must be presented upon delivery.

The Bottle Shop proudly hosts “3rd Thursdays” each month.
Meet new and old friends and share wines, beers, and spirits from 4-7pm on every third Thursday of the month.  The Bottle Shop partners with other community businesses to bring you the properly paired garnish with you wine (think cheese, bread, and chocolate!). Third Thursdays will feature a local “somel-yeahs!” – community members sharing their “expert” views on the featured wine – either a new favorite or old friend.  It is a terrific time to gather as a community for some sublime wine and good company and have some fun.  The next Third Thursday will take place on October 18th.

The Bottle Shop Hours:
Monday – Thursday 12:00 -9:00 pm.
Saturday – 12:00 -10:00 p.m.
Sunday – 12:00- 8:00 p.m.

Look for a valuable coupon from The Bottle Shop in the Key to Keystone Coupon Book, exclusive to all SummitCove guests!

Enter to Win a Free Stay in Keystone This Winter

Light dustings of snow have been seen on the peaks throughout Summit County over the past few weeks and everyone is gearing up for ski season.  A-Basin is planning on starting their snow-making this week, and Keystone will be soon to follow. Keystone Resort’s opening day, scheduled for Friday, November 2nd, is just 29 days away!  We are getting excited and will be giving away a FREE, 2-night stay in Keystone to whomever can guess the date of the first significant snowfall in Keystone of 4 inches of more!

SummitCove Vacation Lodging is hosting its second annual, When Will It Snow?’ contest, offering contestants a chance to guess the date of the first significant snowfall of 4 inches or more in Keystone. The winner of the contest will be handsomely rewarded with a 2-night stay in a one bedroom condo in the beautiful Keystone, Colorado over the resort’s opening weekend, November 2nd through the 4th, 2012. Entrants are required to complete a quick signup form in exchange for their entry. In the event of multiple contestants guessing the correct date, a final drawing will be held to pick one ultimate winner. The winner will be notified by e-mail within 48 hours of the first snowfall. See all the rules here.

Verbier, Switzerland Added to the Epic Pass!

Looking to take your skiing or riding skills abroad this winter?  Your Vail Resorts Epic Pass now offers passholders THREE DAYS at Verbier Resort, Switzerland, including the 4 Vallées! The “4Vallées” ski area connects the resorts of Verbier, Nendaz, Veysonnaz, and Thyon. Comprised of 92 lifts and 412km of ski runs, Verbier is the largest ski area located entirely in Switzerland. Coming together at the top of the Mont-Fort Glacier (10,925 feet), Verbier and the entire Les 4 Vallées ski area is a winter sports enthusiasts dream; offering a wide variety of terrain ranging from beginner to expert. Now, current and new Vail Resorts Epic Pass holders can access all of this terrain for $679, as well as unlimited, unrestricted skiing at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Heavenly, Northstar, Kirkwood and Arapahoe Basin. There are no blackout dates on your days at Verbier- just show them your pass at the ticket window!

For those visiting Keystone Resort this winter vacation, it is a good idea to look into purchasing a season pass.  Discount lift tickets can be hard to come by and getting a season pass will certainly save you money in the long run. The Summit Value Pass is available for just $439 and pays for itself after just 4 days of skiing.  It may even be a reason to come back out to Colorado for a second or third vacation during the ski season! Most passes even include a limited number of ‘Buddy Tickets’ that offer discounted lift tickets for your friends and family. Be careful to check for blackout dates before you buy!

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