Keystone Resort is Opening Tomorrow, 10/12/19!

Ahhh, the crisp air with a touch of wind brushing across my face as I step outside on a beautiful clear morning. “Nothing compares to a morning like this in the high-country,” I tell myself as I take a second to gaze upon the gleaming snow-covered caps of the distant mountains and the beautiful bright orange aspen leaves, dusted with snow. It feels as if the first snow of the season was just yesterday… Well, the first snow of the season WAS yesterday and I couldn’t be more excited! Memories of mid-season powder days are beginning to flood my thoughts but this is just the beginning!  The first snowstorm of the year brought 8 inches of fresh snow to Keystone, to add to the mountains of man-made snow that has been piling up over the past few weeks. 

Excited Skiers and Riders wait for the gondola
Excited Skiers and Riders wait for the gondola to start turning last season on opening day, 2018


As the seasons shift and the temperatures change, Keystone is gearing up for an EPIC winter! With the first snowfall of the season underway, it’s now time for everyone to start doing their snow dances and hoping for even more plentiful snowfall! Keystone Resort is already ahead of the game with this though, with snow guns ablazin’ and an opening date of TOMORROW, 10/12/19! This will be their earliest opening in 20+ years and they will be one of the first few resorts to open, but not quite the first.  Arapahoe Basin also announced this afternoon that they are opening TODAY! A-Basin’s lifts will start turning this afternoon from 3:30 – 5:30 pm with $15 lift tickets and $5 draft beers! 


Opening Day at Keystone is tons of fun! There are raffles, games, prizes and more! The first 500 guests in line will receive a FREE Keystone neck Buff and the first 100 guests in line will receive a FREE pancake breakfast at the Summit House! There will also be all sorts of great deals at on-mountain and in-village restaurants for early season.

Skiing at the top of Keystone opening day
Skiers and Snowboarders enjoying the views at the top of Dercum Mountain on Opening Day 2018


Other fun upcoming events at Keystone include the Halloween Costume Contest on Saturday, October 26 and the Keystone Kickoff Music Series on Saturday afternoons November 2, November 9 and November 16 in River Run Village. The same Saturdays also feature the Nature Valley Bags Tournament at LaBonte’s Cabin on the mountain.  Register in person with your team of 4 starting at 10 am on tournament day. The fun kicks off from 11:30 – 1pm each Saturday and winners will be awarded with prizes!


We are beyond stoked for the start of ski season! Let’s all get our skis tuned, snowboards waxed, and the stoke-level amped up for an amazing upcoming winter here in Keystone!!! Book your winter lodging today with SummitCove Lodging and start planning your next visit to the mountains! 

When is Opening Day at Keystone?

Now that the snow is falling, the rumor mill is churning.  When is Keystone’s opening day for the 19/ 20 ski season? 

Opening Day at Keystone Snowboarding
A Snowboarder Enjoying Turns on Opening Day at Keystone 2018


Well what do we know to be true? Keystone has recently upgraded and added to its snow making equipment inventory and has already been making snow for the past couple of weeks.  Today’s snowstorm is now bringing in some significant additional natural snow to that mix and it is starting to build a nice base on the upper half of the mountain.  We know Keystone opened last year on November 7th and in previous years on November 10, 2017 and November 18, 2016.  But, now that Keystone is competing with Loveland and Arapahoe Basin for first chair of the season in Colorado (and the country!), the race to open is on! 

New Snow Keystone October 10, 2019
New Snow in Keystone on October 10, 2019


We also know is you can go to the Keystone lift ticket website and purchase lift tickets beginning October 25th, 2019. There are also some kickoff events scheduled starting as early as October 26th, 2019, the Halloween Costume Contest at Summit House!  So, hopefully that points to a sooner rather than later opening day! 


Although nothing has been officially announced, this rumor monger believes we can get our skis tuned up and book a room with SummitCove Vacation Lodging for first chair in the next week or two! We know that early season stays offer the lowest rates of the ski season and it is a great time to visit the high country! See you on the ski slopes! 

Huge Early Season Storm Allows Keystone to OPEN EARLY! Opening Day is This Wednesday

If you haven’t seen the snow reports in Keystone CO lately, it has been DUMPING the last four days. In the last 24 hours, Keystone has reported 11 inches of fresh snow and that is just from one day! With Ullr blessing us with all this great early season snow, Keystone has moved opening day up to this Wednesday, November 7th, 2 days earlier than originally planned! Opening day celebrations include music, giveaways, tasty treats, and more! The first 100 people in the gondola line will receive a free Keystone Hyrdoflask, so make sure to get there early! Find the Summit Cove Yeti hanging around River Run Village and get a picture with him!


If you need ski or snowboard rentals,  stop by Mountain View Sports and mention you are staying with SummitCove Vacation Lodging to receive 25% off your rental packages! It is best to purchase lift tickets or season passes prior to opening day online to get the best prices or if you have a season pass, be sure to bring it! Enjoy some apres food and beverages at Dos Locos and make sure to cash in your Key to Keystone coupon for a free margarita! 

SummitCove Vacation Lodging is currently offering up some great savings to go along with all of this snow.  When you book an early season stay of 2 or more nights, arriving between now and November 19, you can take 20% off your reservation, plus get 2 complimentary ski or snowboard tunes from Mountain View Sports!  Hurry, this deal is only available through November 12, so book soon!  See you on the ski slopes this Wednesday!


Fresh Snow in Keystone – All Week!

Tuesday, October 30, 2018
Keystone woke up to a fresh blanket of white snow this morning, and the snow is still falling.  Our favorite snow report, Open Snow predicts that we should be seeing daily snow throughout this week, into early next week with anywhere from 10 to 26 inches falling by next Monday.


Arapahoe Basin is currently open and Keystone Resort is schedule to open on Friday, November 9, 2018.  Keystone’s opening day celebrations are a blast, with tons of freebies and fun.  Enjoy free coffee or hot chocolate with doughnut holes as you enjoy first tracks of the 2018 / 2019 ski and ride season at one of Colorado’s favorite resorts.


The fresh new snow received this week will only add to the great base that snowmaking efforts produce and the opening day conditions should be great! Coming up for opening weekend?  Take 20% off opening weekend stays with SummitCove Lodging in Keystone when you book by tomorrow, October 31!

First Snow of the Season Appears on the Peaks of Summit County

On Thursday, September 6, 2018 Summit County received its first dusting of snow of the 2018 – 2019 ski season atop the peaks! The light dusting of snow stuck around until mid-day and looked amazing, contrasting against the golden aspen trees seen lower down the mountains.

Snow on the Peaks Near Loveland Pass


Keystone Ski Resort is scheduled to open for the winter ski season on Friday, November 9, 2018.  Nearby Arapahoe Basin typically opens earlier, as soon as mother nature allows, typically in mid-October.


The leaves have already started changing colors and fall is in the air.  The next two weeks will be the prime time for leaf peeping here at Keystone Resort.  Head to the high country to experience one of our favorite seasons – fall!  Take a hike or ride through the trees as you enjoy a gorgeous sunny fall day amongst the golden and orange sparkling hues.  SummitCove Lodging is offering properties at ultra-low mud season rates, so it is the perfect time to enjoy a weekend getaway without breaking the bank!




Fresh Snow in Keystone Today

Keystone Ski Resort has received another early season snow storm.  We woke up to fresh snow on the ground, with everything covered in a blanket of white. More snow is expected through the morning, with a high of only 35 degrees expected for today and then it will clear up this afternoon.  Although this storm didn’t bring as much as the last storm, which dropped a foot of fresh snow in some places, the cool temps and fresh snow certainly help with snowmaking efforts.

Fresh Snow at Keystone 10.21.17

Loveland Ski Resort opened this morning for the 17 / 18 winter ski season and Arapahoe Basin has already been open for 1 week, opening last Friday, October 13.  Keystone Resort is soon to follow, with their scheduled opening day on Friday, November 10.


Check out some photos from the recent snow in Keystone.







Arapahoe Basin is Now Open for the 2017 / 2018 Ski Season in Colorado

Arapahoe Basin is now officially open for the 2017 / 2018 ski season here in Colorado!  Recent big, early season snowfall and cool fall temperatures helped the resort make opening day a reality.  Typically the resort is one of the first to open in Colorado, with this year being no exception and opening about a week earlier than they did on 2016’s opening day, October 21.  Loveland Ski Area has commented that it shouldn’t be far behind and is already making snow, pushing to get open as soon as possible.  Keystone Resort is also now less than a month away from their scheduled opening day on Friday, November 10.  Epic Passes are currently on sale, with a variety of options that include skiing and both Arapahoe Basin and Keystone Ski Resorts.

Excited skiers and snowboards were waiting in line well before today’s 9am start time, with some even camping out nearby the evening before to try and get the coveted ‘first chair’ of the season! Many visitors dress up in fun costumes or bright neon ski clothing or even Halloween costumes for opening day.  The energy level is high and opening day is nothing short of a fun time.



Get excited for Keystone’s opening day and take advantage of SummitCove Vacation Lodging’s opening weekend lodging sale,  offering 50% off lodging at select properties.  Opening Day is tons of fun with first tracks and lots of freebies like free coffee, doughnut holes and prizes!


First Snow of the 2017 / 2018 Ski Season, Saturday, September 16, 2017

Today Keystone and Summit County woke up to chilly temperatures and a wonderful dusting of snow on our surrounding mountain peaks!  The first snow of the season is always exciting and gets everyone thinking about ski season.  We are counting down the days until we will be skiing and riding for the 2017 / 2018 ski season at Keystone Resort.  Opening day at Keystone is scheduled for Friday, November 10, 2017.  It is a lot of fun to attend opening day, there is so much excitement in the air and there are tons of freebies and fun, like free coffee and doughnut holes and prize giveaways! It always feels great to get back out on the snow. Book a ski condo for opening weekend at Keystone and save up to 50% on your ski lodging with SummitCove.

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Arapahoe Basin will surely be open sooner, typically opening sometime in mid-October, depending on the weather.  A-Basin and Loveland Ski Resort are located within just a few miles of Keystone and the two resorts always have a friendly race as to who will be the first to open and are often the first of our Colorado resorts to open for skiing and riding!


Speaking of snow, now is the perfect time to start planning your Keystone winter ski vacation.  Book a winter ski condo for Thanksgiving or over the holidays with SummitCove. Take your family on the perfect vacation and make holiday memories that will last a lifetime.  Enjoy all of the kid-friendly and free activities that Keystone offers with Keystone Kidtopia, a daily festival that’s just for kids.  Book your winter stay today and save 10% when you use the promo code ‘WINTERNOW’ when checking out on  We have over 300 rental properties available at Keystone Resort, ranging from budget-friendly slopeside studios, perfect for a ski couple, all the way up to 6-bedroom private homes for a family mountain getaway. Some of the top buildings for families in Keystone include The Springs Condos at River Run, Red Hawk Lodge, Tennis Townhomes, Expedition Station and Settler’s Creek Townhomes. 

Snow-Making and Opening Days at Summit County Ski Resorts

Summit County woke up to snowy peaks on September 29th  and Copper Mountain began snow-making that very same day. Arapahoe Basin followed close behind, firing up their snow blowing machines Oct 2nd, after getting several inches of snow in the past few days.  Snow blowing crews plan to start at the top of the mountains, building a heavy base layer while temperatures are still in the high 20s at night.  Loveland Ski Resort reported 7+ inches already and started their efforts on the 2nd as well. The race to be the first resort to open has begun! 

In preparation for their October 31st opening day, Keystone Resort plans to start making snow on October 6th. Opening day activities include trick or treat in River Run, a haunted ski trail, a parade of costumes for the kids, and free hot cocoa, doughnuts and prizes!

Copper Mountain plans to open on Halloween as well and will feature a Trick or Treat Jam and costume contest. Breckenridge opening day is November 7th and will start making snow October 17th. Vail plans to open November 21st and Beaver Creek opens Thanksgiving weekend, November 27th.  Now is the time to start planning your ski vacations, book early for the best deals and selection on vacation lodging.

Snow-making has begun at Arapahoe Basin for the 14/15 Ski Season!


2014 / 2015 Opening Day at Keystone Resort

Keystone Resort is slated to open on one of its earliest days yet in recent years, Friday, October 31st, 2014.  The conjunction of opening day with the Halloween holiday is offering up the perfect opportunity for all sorts of fun and spooky activities to kick off the 2014 – 2015 ski season.

Start the ski day off right with complimentary donuts and hot chocolate and plenty of chances to win some ‘spooktacular’ prizes!  Costumes are encouraged and there will be contests for the best family, couple, and individual costumes.  If you are brave enough, ski down the ‘Haunted Ski Trail’ or head to the trick or treating trail with the kids.  Get your groove on to music from a live DJ and don’t miss the children’s parade of costumes happening at 4 pm.  This will be a snowy Halloween that you will never forget!

Snowmaking in Keystone is slated to start in just a little over a week, with the resort aiming to start blowing snow on October 5th.  The rest depends on the snow gods!  We hope to see you all on opening day at Keystone Resort!