Why I Love Staying at Quicksilver Condos for My Family Ski Vacation

As many plan their Keystone vacations, many tend to flock to River Run Village or even Mountain House to be close to the slopes and for the convenience.  While it is cool to be able to walk out the door and to the slopes, there’s something to be said about staying away from the hustle and bustle AND saving money.

 

Last winter, after many hours of researching, weeding through a plethora of information, pouring over property photos and descriptions, trying to weigh out the options as to what would be the best place for me and my family for our upcoming ski trip, I finally decided to pick up the phone to get help.  I connected with one of SummitCove’s amazing vacation planners.  After asking me a few questions and hearing out our priorities, she helped me narrow down my search and ultimately ended up recommending Quicksilver Condos in North Keystone. It was a two bedroom, two bath condo that featured 2 twin beds in the spare bedroom, perfect for my kids.

 

One of the biggest benefits is the obvious factor of price.  Since you are about a mile away from the slopes, the rates are generally lower here than any properties that are within walking distance to the slopes. My kids are in middle school and high school, so they are at the point where they can carry their own gear. Saving money on lodging would leave us with plenty of wiggle room to splurge on a nice meal out or an additional activity that we may not have been able to do had we spent more on the accommodations.  The Quicksilver property is tucked away in the lodgepole pines on the opposite side of the highway as the resort.  It is in a very quiet area and had great views of the mountains and I absolutely loved watching the snow fall from our living room in this pretty, wooded area.  It really had the feel of a cabin in the woods.

 

The complex has a wonderful and large indoor pool and hot tub.  Nothing beats hitting the hot tub after a day on the slopes!  There is a shuttle stop located at the entrance of the condos, so getting to the slopes was a breeze.  About a 5 minute ride, we were there!  No worrying about parking and instead of having to walk across the village, we were dropped off at Mountain House, just yards from the lift! This was seriously easier than walking from a condo.  The shuttle picked up about every 20 minutes all day long.  We packed our lunches, stored them in a locker and headed up the Peru lift.

The awesome pool at Quicksilver Condos

This Quicksilver #1608 condo was very spacious and we had plenty of room to enjoy each other’s company.  We spent the evenings with family dinners followed by board games or movies by the fireplace. One night we took the shuttle into River Run and had dinner at the Kickapoo Tavern and then walked around the village.  We window shopped and had a cup of hot chocolate as we warmed up by the firepit.  On our day off from skiing, we decided to take a try at ice skating and headed to the HUGE outdoor skating rink at Lakeside Village.  It had certainly been awhile since any of us had been on skates, but quickly we were skating laps, spinning and grinning from ear to ear.

 

I absolutely loved our family vacation in Keystone last year and Summit Cove made the booking process so easy.  I highly recommend calling them as you do your research – they know all of the properties so well! They also give you a coupon book that offers all sorts of discounts on your ski rentals, rental car, dining and activities.  They also said I will get a returning guest loyalty discount every time we come back to Keystone… needless to say, I am already planning next year’s trip! I think we have found a family tradition that we all love! Thanks SummitCove for your help.  Quicksilver is an awesome place to stay!

A Ski Season Stay at The Springs at Keystone

Keystone Resort is home to many great lodging options that are within walking distance to the slopes.  The Springs is one of those buildings and it is one of the closest buildings to the River Run Gondola.  Its close location is perfect for families, to make carrying all that ski gear a breeze, just about 100 yards from the gondola.  You can walk right out of the ski locker room to head there or grab a wagon to make it even easier.

 

The Springs is known for its amazing common spaces, with its most recognizable feature, a water slide in the pool!  The pool area is gorgeous and instead of boring flat cement, it is perfected landscaped with beautiful rocks and cascading water. There are two hot tubs, industrial gas grills, a gazebo, ‘kiddie pool’ area and of course that heated pool with waterslide. Nothing beats hitting the hot tubs as the snow falls.

The beautiful pool with waterslide at The Springs at Keystone Resort

 

Head inside and check out the lovely sitting area with waterfalls and the sounds of soothing running water from the inside / outside stream. Curl up here with a good book and cup of hot tea.  There is a steam room here to relax as well as a small workout area.  Enjoy a game of billiards at the pool table or gather the family in the movie theatre room with its plush oversized leather sizes and huge flat screen tv.  If you have young kids, they will love hanging out and playing at the kids playroom with a castle and toys!

Kids will love coming to the playroom to have fun!

 

The Springs Movie Theatre Room

 

SummitCove Lodging has a nice option of properties available at The Springs, starting from a studio condo, perfect for a couple up all the way up with 1, 2 and 3 bedroom condos for larger families or multiple families or groups of friends. You’ll love being able to walk into River Run Village and not have to worry about driving anywhere.  Leave your car parked in the heated parking garage for your whole stay and it will be snow free when you have to pack up to head home. An elevator is available to take you right up to your room.  River Run Village has everything you could possibly need, from a small grocery store market, coffee shops, souvenir shops, clothing stores, ski rentals, great bars and restaurants and more.  There is even an ice rink at Dercum Square!

 

Choose The Springs for your next Keystone Ski Vacation and enjoy the luxurious amenities and great location.  You and your family will thank you and will have some incredible memories for years to come!

 

12 Days of Keystone Sale Starts Friday!


Set your alarm clocks for 7am Friday morning, 12/7/2012 for the start of our 12 Days of Keystone Sale! Each day of the 12 Days of Keystone features a daily deal on Keystone Lodging and Deals!  Be ready to book, as each sale lasts just 24 hours and offers unbelievable savings on Keystone Vacation Lodging, along with a chance to win prizes during Reservation Races!  Sign up for the SummitCove Newsletter and receive 12 Days of Deals right to your inbox!

Keystone Kidtopia is Now All Season Long!

This winter Keystone Kidtopia is ALL-SEASON long! Kidtopia started this past Wednesday and runs until March 24, instead of just five weekends like last season.  Every day features different activities, such as street performers in the resort’s River Run and Mountain House Village centers, kids’ après ski gatherings, a weekly Kidtopia Riperoo parade, fireworks every Saturday, arts & crafts, ice skating dance parties at the both of the resort’s two outdoor ice skating rinks and more!

The World’s Largest Snowfort on Dercum Mountain is expected to open in mid-December and is arguably the best feature of Kidtopia that kids and adults will love. Kids will have a blast exploring the fort, havin g snowball fights, sliding down ice-slides, and being king of the castle!

Keystone Resort is now more kid-friendly than ever, with kids activities scheduled every day.  Gather up your family and visit Keystone this winter for some family fun!

 

 

Try Snowmobiling in Colorado This Winter!

Snowmobiling in Keystone Resort
Snowmobiling in powder at Keystone Ski Resort

If you are looking for a unique way to experience the gorgeous Colorado mountain scenery this winter, you might want to consider snowmobiling in Colorado.  White Mountain Tours is Colorado’s highest snowmobile tour company and has been providing a safe and unique experience for guests for more than 20 years. Whether you choose their standard two-hour tour over groomed high mountain terrain or a high performance ride through powder-filled back country bowls, their guides will show you the grandeur of the Rocky Mountains at elevations from 11,000 to 12,000 feet at the ‘top of the world’.   Trips can be catered to your liking, whether you are seeking an adrenaline filled powder ride or a slower paced family ride to take in the views and fresh air.

White Mountain Tours has a fleet of top-of-the-line snowmobiles with built-in hand and feet warmers. They supply everything you need, including the snowmobile suits, boots and helmets as part of the tour price. Transportation from Keystone to their privately owned base camp near Leadville is complimentary and just a short, scenic 40 minute ride. Their veteran guides always go the extra mile to accommodate the riding abilities of their guests. They are experts with decades of combined experience in the mountains and impressive wilderness safety credentials.  Riding high with White Mountain Tours will be the highlight of your Colorado vacation. All SummitCove.com Guests receive a discount for White Mountain Tours in the Winter Key to Keystone Coupon Book!  Call or book your tour online today!

New Private Home Available for Your Next Keystone Ski Vacation

SummitCove Keystone Rentals is proud to announce the addition of a new private home in the West Keystone area at Keystone Resort to our rental program.

Keystone Gulch Estate #1688 is a four bedroom, three and a half bath home,  just minutes away from the Mountain House Ski Lifts and Base Area at Keystone. This property features some incredibly unique amenities, including a private indoor hot tub, foosball table and a massive flat screen television that emerges from its own cabinet via remote control!  Recent upgrades include new carpets, updated decor and furnishings. This property is tucked away in a serene mountain setting, close to hiking and snowshoeing trails, Keystone golf courses, the Keystone stables, and the free Keystone Resort Shuttle stop.

This immaculate home has it all! The open floor plan and vaulted ceilings throughout the house really enhance the space and the mountain decor will make you feel right at home. Huge windows boast sensational forest views  in both the winter and summer months. A private heated two-car garage keeps your car warm and snow free during the snowy winter months.  Downstairs in the living area and great room you will find a wet bar, huge flat screen TV with surround sound, along with a stereo system that has the ability to broadcast throughout the house!  There is also a plethora of board games and a chess board to host a family game night by the fire on a chilly winter evening!

Did we mention the state of the art kitchen? Whether you are making a snack or a gourmet meal, this kitchen has everything you could ever want. Top of the line appliances including double ovens, granite counter tops, and directly open to the dining area, you will fall in love with this fully stocked luxurious kitchen! Outside is a private gas grill and patio area to extend your space in the summer months and allow you to take in the serenity of the forest.

The master bedroom suite is straight out of the magazines, with mountain views, a private gas fireplace, sitting area, king bed and master bath with jetted tubs and separate luxurious shower.   A secret ‘hidden’ rotating TV feature will really impress and allow you to watch from bed or the sitting area!  Talk about a private retreat!  Two of the other bedrooms offer queen and full beds, with the fourth bedroom featuring bunks and a trundle bed for kids or a large group.

If you have been searching for the perfect mountain escape to host your next family ski vacation, wedding group or Colorado family reunion, be sure to check out this amazing mountain home, now managed by SummitCove Lodging!  Hurry, prime dates will book quickly at this spectacular home!

Keystone Private Home, North Fork Lodge Gets a Facelift, Construction Under Way

Keystone Resort River Run Homes, North Fork Lodge

One of our private homes has been undergoing construction all summer long.  North Fork Lodge #577 is a 5 bedroom, 4.5 bath private home in the River Run Village area.  The home features some awesome amenities, perfect for your family ski vacation, including a state of the art gourmet kitchen, private hot tub, multiple patios, a heated garage and incredible views.  It is even within walking distance to the ski slopes and shops and restaurants within River Run Village. The property was recently sold to a new owner who has decided to put some work into it and make it one of the most exquisite private homes available for rental in the Keystone Area.

Construction has been happening all summer long and we recently got a sneak peek inside the house, which is set to be complete hopefully in early November or sooner! The home is getting new flooring throughout, including beautiful wood floors upstairs and brand new tile downstairs.  New bedding will be featured in all of the five bedrooms.  The entire property will be getting fresh paint, new decor and brand new furnishings.  The hot tub on the back patio is being replaced.  In the kitchen, the granite counter top will be extended, to provide extra seating at a breakfast bar.  The huge exposed wooden beams are being refinished and are looking great!  Stay tuned for final photos once the remodel is complete.  Although the property is under construction, we are still taking reservations for the upcoming winter ski season, when it will be a whole new place. . . and don’t worry, we will clean up the dust before then!  Book your winter ski vacation at this spectacular Keystone home and enjoy a true mountain getaway!

Granite Countertops in Kitchen
New flooring on the stairs and prepping for the new tile!

Zip Lining is the Best Way to See the Fall Colors!

Zip lining over the train!

If you’ve never been zip lining, its something you must try, whether you are a local or visitor in the Summit County Area. It’s exciting, adventurous, and one of the best ways to enjoy the spectacular Colorado scenery! You will fly with the birds, taking in the spectacular views of Mt. Arkansas, plus three of the famous ‘Fourteeners’, the highest peaks in Colorado, Mt. Massive, Mt. Elbert and Mt. Democrat. Top of the Rockies Zip Lining is owned and operated by our winter snowmobiling tour partners, White Mountain Snowmobile Tours. Their private 2,000 acre property includes more than fifty old patented gold mines including the Golden Treasure, the Colorado Belle Placer, the General Grant and the Emerald mine.  These mines are not operating gold mines, but several of the mine shafts will be visible as guests tour this unspoiled historic area.   You also have a great chance to see wildlife, as the area supports abundant wildlife including herds of elk and deer!  Enjoy the spectacular views from the deck before take-off.  Fall is one of the best times for zip lining, as the leaves are changing colors and the best vantage point is up high in the sky!  Guests will soar over Big English Creek, vast canyons, waterfalls, alpine meadows dressed in wild flowers, groves of elegant aspens and pine forests. One of the lines even goes over the historic Leadville Railroad!

The first take-off platform is at 11,000 feet of altitude and the entire course is all above 10,000 feet.  Guests will travel to “The Top of the World” surrounded by true Rocky Mountain back country splendor and views.  Take a deep breath of the crisp clean mountain air and just go for it! Step off the platform and glide effortlessly into the adventure of a lifetime. The attraction features the latest and safest technology including double cables for safety, faster zips with the latest hands free “zip stop” technology and several long runs traveling anywhere from 400 to 850 feet. Friendly certified guides are there to make sure your tour is safe, enjoyable and informative.

Top of the Rockies Zip Line  is located Halfway between Copper Mountain Resort and Historic Leadville, Colorado.  It is the closest zip line operation to Summit County and only about 35 minutes from Keystone Resort! To get there from Keystone, head west on Hwy-6 to Silverthorne where you will hop on I-70 west. Drive about 8 miles to Exit 195 (Copper Mountain/Leadville). From the Exit, go south on Highway 91. Pass the Climax Mine at the top of Freemont Pass at about 10 miles, then continue downhill for about 5 miles. Slow down when you see the green MILE MARKER 7 sign on the left. The entrance to our Base Camp is just south of that sign. Watch for oncoming traffic, then turn left into our driveway.

Visit the Top of The Rockies website today to make your zip line reservation!  There’s even a coupon to download to save $5 on your adventure! 

Photo credit: Top of the Rockies Zip Line

Backyard BBQ Rail Session- 10 Tons of Snow, New Rails, & Great Prizes at Keystone Resort

We’re getting ready here at Keystone Ski Resort for a great 2012 2013 Ski Season.  The chilly nights in Keystone have us excited for winter! Wax up those boards and skis and get stoked because Keystone Park Crew is dumping 10 tons of snow in September in the park! Register for the upcoming Backyard BBQ Rail session on Saturday, September 15th to compete for your chance to win some HUGE prizes and just get back on those skis and get ready for the season!! Entrance in the competition is just $15.

Keystone is getting everyone hyped up for ski season with this event, both spectators and participants alike.  They will be offering some AWESOME prizes and a super fun atmosphere with live music from DJ DC, a huge backyard BBQ (perfect to close out the summer!), drinks and vendor tents showcasing the latest and greatest for next season’s equipment! Winners for both men’s and women’s skiing and snowboarding categories will win a Summit Epic Pass plus the incredible opportunity for free entry into the Transworld TransAm competition (for snowboarders) February 9, 2013 at Keystone or free entry into Breckenridge’s Freestyle competition (for skiers) in the beginning of January 2013. For the spectators, Keystone will be giving out tons of free stuff, along with a chance to win a free Summit Epic Pass and GoPro Helmet Cams. If you haven’t already purchased your ski pass for the season, you can purchase one anytime during the event at last spring’s prices; after that the prices will rise! What an awesome deal!

The closest lodging to the event will be in River Run Village, where contestants or viewers can walk over to the Rail Session and BBQ and then walk to a bar or restaurant nearby for drinks afterwards!  Check out some of our River Run Properties Here, Black Bear 8033, Buffalo Lodge 8421, or Jack Pine 8022 are a few of our favorites! 

RIVER RUN LODGING

 

Tomorrow is Your Last Day to Save Big on Ski Season!

Take Advantage of the Free, Professional Epic Mix Photos When You Visit Keystone!

Tomorrow is the FINAL DAY of our Snowcapped Early Booking Sale! 15% Off Ski Season Stays of 3 Nights or More*

This winter has been predicted to be an above average snowfall year and we are prepping for an outrageously awesome season here in Keystone!  Keystone Resort is set to open on November 2nd, leaving roughly just 2 months until ski season starts.  Prime dates and properties are filling up fast, so it’s a good idea to book now, not only for the best selection but for the best prices!  Book your 2012/2013 winter season stay of 3+ nights and lock in last season’s rates, plus take an additional 15% off!*

Why Choose Keystone?

Keystone features world class terrain with something for every skiing or riding level, whether you are just learning or are a black diamond, powder-seeking  pro!  Just 90 minutes from the Denver International Airport and smack dab in the center of a cluster of other ski resorts, such as Breckenridge, Arapahoe Basin, Copper and Vail; Keystone offers a central location with convenience that can’t be beat.  Keystone is also one of the few resorts in Colorado that hosts night skiing, meaning you get more bang for your buck.  There are also plenty of lodging options in Keystone, whether you want to ski-in, ski-out at Lone Eagle, enjoy private bubbly hot tubs and slope views like those at Chateaux DuMont or just have the convenience of walking to shops, restaurants, and the slopes like you’ll have when you stay in River Run Village.  Keystone is also known to be one of the most family friendly resorts, offering activities designed just for kids, such as Kidtopia Kidsfest, the Snow Fort at the top of Dercum Mountain, and every day fun with activities like ice skating, tubing, sledding, sleigh rides and more!  You’ll also have access to Keystone’s Epic Mix, which allows users to track their days, vertical feet, earn pins and even have free professional photos taken on the mountain to record EPIC experiences! Keystone really has something for everyone! Call one of our Vacation Planners today and have them help you find the perfect property for your next Keystone Colorado vacation!

*Please refer to the Snowcapped Booking page for all of the details.