Easy to Make Condo Meals for Your Next Keystone Ski Vacation

One of the great things about a ski vacation at Keystone is the option to stay at a vacation condo or rental home instead of just a standard hotel room.  You’ll typically have much more space, multiple rooms and the best part.. a kitchen! Having a kitchen allows you to save money by not having to eat out at every meal.  You can also save time, which you’ll be thankful for in the morning on a powder day, when every minute counts in the race to fresh tracks! You’ll also be happy to have the option to stay in on those nights when you are just too exhausted from a long day on the slopes to go anywhere!  Here are a few meal ideas that can be super simple and quick that don’t require having a ton of ingredients on hand. When grocery shopping, purchase items that can be used in multiple recipes, such as tortillas, shredded cheese, hamburger meat, pre-made guacamole, salsa and more.

The best part of staying in a ski condo is having a kitchen!


Simple Spaghetti with Meat (Or Veggie) Sauce
Pasta dishes can be one of the simplest meals to prepare and one of the most satisfying after a long day on the ski slopes.  Pickup your favorite noodles, spaghetti sauce, a pound of hamburger meat and/or veggies such as mushrooms, onions or zucchini for veggie lovers.  Toss in a baguette, butter, garlic salt to make some quick and delicious garlic bread.  You’ll have a hearty dinner on the table in 15 minutes.


Tacos are fun and can be super simple or you can decide to do them a little different, with tons of options.  The classic beef taco with lettuce, tomatoes and shredded cheese is the perfect go-to. Jazz things up with some pre-made guacamole, black olives, salsa, hot sauce, onions or sour cream.  Make them vegetarian by leaving out the ground beef and instead roasting cauliflower dusted with taco seasoning or just go with avocados, cabbage and other veggies.  Kids will love being able to customize their meal and everyone will be happy with this easy and tasty dinner!


Breakfast Burritos
Make a big batch of these on your arrival night and you’ll have breakfast ready for the whole week. Use your leftover taco tortillas and then throw in some scrambled eggs, bacon, green peppers or onions, garlic salt, pepper, shredded cheddar cheese and some pre-cut hash browns.  Microwave or pan fry them in the morning, top with salsa and go!


Chicken Stir Fry
Purchase a stir fry veggie kit in the produce section, with pre-cut veggies such as asparagus, peppers and onions.  Then get a pack of chicken, a bottle of teriyaki sauce, and a box of quick-cook brown rice.  Throw everything in a skillet and microwave the rice and before you know it, supper is served!


Another simple meal, with various types of canned beans, diced tomatoes, a diced onion, ground beef and a packet of chili seasoning. Make it unique by adding canned corn, black olives, or a diced red or green pepper or jalapeno.  Don’t forget the toppings! Top with fritos corn chips, fried onions, and use your leftover shredded cheddar, sour cream, and guacamole!


With some quick planning and prep, you can spend your vacation on the slopes and enjoying time with your family and it doesn’t have to break the bank!  Book your winter ski vacation at a condo in Keystone today. 

Planning Your Ski Tip on a Budget: Part 3 – Food and Dining

One advantage of staying in a vacation condo versus a standard hotel room is that they most often come equipped with a kitchen. If you have skied at any resort before, you know that eating out or even just having lunch on the mountain can be expensive, so having access to a kitchen and the ability to enjoy a nice dinner around the fire in your condo can save you a pretty penny.

Ski resorts are often in remote locations and the price of food can be higher than in a normal city setting.  When you are heading to Keystone, we recommend doing your grocery shopping before you get to Keystone at the City Market in Dillon (about 7 miles from Keystone). They have a good variety of options and better prices than the smaller markets in Keystone.  Many of our vacation condos have a crockpot and there’s nothing better than getting back from a long day of skiing and having dinner already made and ready to eat! A personal favorite crockpot recipe of mine is this recipe for Korean Tacos.  Stock up your fridge and buy things like sandwich meat, cheese and hearty rolls to bring your own lunch on the mountain and pocket snacks like granola bars, string cheese, beef jerky and trail mix.  Pickup some quick to make breakfast items like bagels with cream cheese or easy breakfast burritos with eggs, cheese, sausage and whatever veggies you have on hand wrapped in a grilled tortilla. Chili and spaghetti are hearty meals that can feed a group on a budget. To save money and not have to throw away food when you leave, plan out your meals in advance and think about buying versatile ingredients that can be used in a number of meals.

Of course, it’s great to be able to treat yourself when you’re on vacation too and go out and enjoy some of the local fare.  Personally, experiencing new food and going to new restaurants is one of my favorite parts of going on vacation. For those of you who are looking for some inexpensive spots to eat, don’t forget about happy hour. There is a plethora of great places that have specials and/or happy hours for you to take advantage of. One of my personal favorites is at the Arapahoe Cafe in Dillon.  Visit their ‘Pub Down Under’ for $6.50 specials each night, ranging from Burger Night to Taco Night. I can personally say, they have yet to disappoint me. Another personal favorite is Kemosabe Sushi in Frisco. They have a $4-$6-$8 menu with several different options for sushi rolls, drinks, sashimi, etc. from 4pm until 6pm.

Here in Keystone, the Snake River Saloon is a great option. They have happy hour drink specials as well as 50 cent wings. The Snake River Saloon is on the bus route in Keystone, so you won’t even need to get in your car!  Dos Locos Mexican Cantina is another great spot for happy hour with deals on tacos, wings and margaritas!  Luigis Italian restaurant also has a progressive happy hour with deals on beer, appetizers, and even personal pizzas.  Enjoy an early dinner and early bedtime!  

Don’t forget to check out your exclusive Key to Keystone coupon book which has some great restaurant deals like a free margarita with purchase from Dos Locos, 10% off a pie from Pizza 101 and $12 off dinner at the Snake River Saloon.  It even has a coupon for Room Service Direct which will deliver a meal right to your condo on those nights where you just want to stay in.

Written By: Elizabeth Constantine