Keller Williams Coming to Keystone!

According to the Mayan Calendars, the end of the world is predicted to come down December 21, 2012.  Popular musician, Keller Williams is throwing an ‘End of the World’ celebration right here in Keystone for 2 nights on December 21 & 22.  Williams is  known as a ‘master of acoustic guitar’ and has teamed up with many different artists over the years since his first album back in 1994. 

Join Keller Williams and his Compadres at Warren Station in Keystone, Colorado on December 21st and 22nd for two nights of fun.  The first night will feature Keller, Billy Nershi and Keith Moseley picking bluegrass, as well as a Keller solo set.  On the second night, experience the funky grooves of Keller, Kyle Hollingsworth, Keith Moseley and Dave Watts along with a solo set from Keller.

Tickets for the event are $30 for solo nights or $50 in advance for both nights.  Book a condo in River Run Village, such as Jackpine Lodge, Dakota Lodge, or Silver Mill Condos to be close to the shows, along with restaurants, bars, and the ski slopes at Keystone Resort! 

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!

Ski Vacation Packing List

Packing for a ski trip requires a little more thought than the ordinary trip, as there is alot of gear and clothing involved.  When packing your clothes, remember: Layers are your friends and cotton is not. Cotton holds moisture in and will actually make you colder if it becomes wet.  Blended ‘wicking’ fabrics and layers will keep you dry and warm, making you a happy skier or rider.  Use this list below as your ‘base layer’ when packing for your next Colorado Ski Vacation.

Clothing

– Base ‘thermal’ layer top & bottom. Long underwear, tights, etc. avoid cotton and look for blended ‘wicking’ fabrics that will keep you dry.
– Warm socks, (avoid cotton, look for a wool blend) bring multiple pairs.
– Sweaters/long sleeve shirts for wearing around the Village at Keystone
– Light sweatshirt or flannel shirt for layering or as a substitute for a jacket on a nice day
– 1 to 2 pairs of jeans or pants (one casual and one dressy dark pair)
– Turtleneck (optional)
– One ‘dressy’ outfit for nice dinners… think dark jeans and a warm sweater with boots. Remember its cold and you’re in the mountains!  You won’t see many people wearing dresses, ties, or high heels of any kind.
– ‘Lounge’ clothes for game night at your condo or a movie
– Swimsuit to enjoy the heated pools, hot tubs, and saunas
– ‘Cover up’ clothes to wear TO the pool and hot tub
– PJs/Sweats
– Undergarments

Outerwear

– Hat
– Scarf
– Warm, water-resistant gloves
– Glove liners (depends on your gloves)
– Facemask
– Bandana (Can be used as a facemask or under your helmet)
– Googles. If you don’t have a pair you should really think about investing in some; they will last you a VERY long time,  keep your face warm and eyes tear-free and protected from the winds and sun. An orange lens is a great ‘all-around’ lens. Yellow or clear lenses are great for night skiing and the ‘fire’ or dark lenses are great for very bright, sunny days (but terrible for night skiing).  Look for discounted ski clearance shops online or the ‘one deal at a time’ type of websites that feature snow gear, you can often find a great pair for only $30-$40.
– Sunglasses, it’s VERY sunny in Colorado!
– Warm jacket or shell
– Fleece or sweatshirt to go under shell-style jackets
– Waterproof ski pants- jeans or windbreaker style pants will NOT do the job
– Snow boots or trail shoes to wear around town
– Pea coat or other jacket to wear when not skiing (not necessary)

Miscellaneous Items

– Camera
– Camera battery charger or extra batteries
– Helmet Cam (if you have one)
– Sunblock (or plan on buying some here)
– Playing cards
– Chapstick
– Tylenol or Advil for sore muscles or headaches
– Prescription Medicines
– Reusable water bottle
– Toiletries.. Toothbrush, toothpaste, shaving cream, tweezers, makeup, etc.
– IPod or MP3 Player w/ Headphones
– Flip Flops to wear to the pool
– Slippers
– Laptop or IPad to send photos to your friends and make them totally jealous
– A good book to read by the fireplace
– Ski Passes or tickets if you have them
– Cell phone
– Phone charger
– Travel journal to record your trip memories
– Hand/foot warmers (if you tend to get cold)

A Few Tips:

– Pack & dress in layers. Colorado weather changes quickly so you may need to add or remove a layer in your outfit to achieve that perfect temperature.  You will even notice a drop in the temperature once the sun goes behind the mountain.

– It can be cold on the slopes, but remember you will be moving and working your body-  no need to OVER dress or you will find yourself sweating under your jacket! Many people don’t realize how much sun and warm winter days we have in Colorado. The coldest moments are on the chairlift or during a snowstorm, but you can always hop on the gondola to warm up!

– Drink lots of water before and during your vacation. It helps to prevent altitude sickness and combat our dry winter air.

– If you are bringing your own equipment, stuff and ‘pad’ your ski bag with the bulkier jackets and pants to provide extra padding for your gear and save room in your suitcase! Don’t forget your boots, helmet, and ski poles!

– Get your equipment waxed ahead of time so its ready to go when you get here.

– If you will be renting skis or boards, reserve them ahead of time for the best selection and to ensure the shop doesn’t run out of gear before you get there. Mountain View Sports offers 25% off rentals to SummitCove Guests.

– Look early for discount lift tickets online or consider buying a season pass. They usually pay for themselves after 4-5 days.  See your confirmation e-mail for a link to discount lift tickets.

 

 

A-Basin Offering Double Down Season Pass, Good for TWO Winters of Skiing or Riding in Colorado

Opening Day at Arapahoe Basin in 2011

As the saying goes, 2 is always better than 1! Arapahoe Basin is doubling up the deals this year by offering the ‘Double Down 2-Season Pass’ this year for the first time.  Pass holders can enjoy not 1, but 2 seasons of skiing or riding at the resort that rests on top of the continental divide.  One the biggest reasons this pass is such a great deal is the fact that Arapahoe Basin has one of the longest seasons around, with an average season running at about 233 days. The resort typically opens in early to mid- October and often staying open as late as June or even early July, depending on the winter’s snowfall.  In 2011, the resort celebrating its closing weekend on July 4th!  Arapahoe Basin is just a few miles up the road from Keystone, making this pass a great option for those visiting Keystone and looking for a great deal on discount lift tickets or who want to experience another mountain.  Buying a season pass instead of single-day lift tickets usually pays off after just a few days of skiing.  This particular pass will have you covered for the next two winters!

The pass offers unlimited and completely unrestricted access for both the 12/13 and 13/14 ski seasons.  Included with the deal is one $45 half day class lesson for this season, along with discounted friends and family tickets and 10% off food, beverages, and retail items.  Some restrictions may apply.  This pass is only available until December 31, so be sure to purchase before then!

Keystone Resort offers the closest lodging options for A-Basin, as there is only a lodge and parking lots at the resort itself.  There is a free shuttle that runs hourly from Keystone to A-Basin during the winter, making the short commute  easy and painless.  Lodging in River Run Village or East Keystone are great options for those who plan on skiing at Arapahoe Basin.  Settler’s Creek Townhomes are perfect for families or even multiple families looking to stay within the same area.  Ski Tip Ranch, The Springs, and Red Hawk are also some other lodging options worth considering for your ski vacation, featuring amenities like outdoor hot tubs, gas fireplaces, and spectacular views.

 

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.

Fall for the Arts Weekend in Summit County

Looking for a fun weekend of arts, culture, great deals, and fall color viewing? Come visit Keystone September 7-9  and attend a variety of events at the 2nd annual Fall for the Arts happening in Summit County.  The weekend features over 20 different arts organizations, putting on events and workshops in conjunction with the colorful autumn leaves to bring together a community-wide cultural celebration of the arts across Summit County. Everything from music, visual art, art history, dance, theater, food and kids’ activities will be included in this 3 day celebration of the arts.  Many of the activities and events are free and are located throughout the county, including at Keystone and Arapahoe Basin! Don’t forget, Saturday, September 8th is also the last summer session of River Run Rocks! with Redline Radio headlining the free concert in River Run Village.

Keystone
Warren Station Center for the Arts is hosting ‘Music in Motion’, a concert featuring the Summit Community Orchestra, The Dercum Center, the Coral Society and CoMotion Dancers. Summit Community Orchestra will be playing Pirates of the Caribbean with kids from the Scale the Summit Music Camp, kids ranging from 8 years old to 18 years old.  It’s a night you won’t want to miss!  The Art Gallery at Keystone Lake, in Lakeside Village, will be open over the weekend and hosting an art show with work from local artists to coincide with the concert.

Arapahoe Basin
For the first time ever, Arapahoe Basin will be hosting a celebration featuring a clambake, lobster boil and live music event during Fall for the Arts weekend on Saturday, September 8th.  The Clambake will feature a huge buffet of delicious food, including clam chowder, mussels, chicken, and all the fix-in’s while you listen to live music all afternoon. Reservations are required.

Breckenridge
The town of Breckenridge and the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance are teaming up to offer free admission at tours at the museums.  On Saturday,  Art enthusiasts can take a walking tour of 10 galleries during the 2nd Saturday Gallery Art Walk, featuring live artists and workshops. The National Repertory Orchestra is gearing up for a wine and cheese concert at a private home, and the Backstage Theatre will bring books to life in a new program for kid’s ages 5-12. Other activities include a photography workshop, distillery tours, ceramics studio, gourmet cuisine, glass-blowing demonstrations, wine tastings, cooking classes, music and much more!

Silverthorne
In Silverthorne, renowned author Mary Ellen Gilliland will be giving away copies of her latest local history book, “Breckenridge,” at a presentation about “the fun and folksy history of ranching” along the Lower Blue. Friends of the Summit County Libraries present Hare-Raising Tails, a puppet show for families, and Women of Watercolor will display their original watercolors at the Silverthorne outlets, where the Summit Concert Band will also play.

Dillon
In Dillon, the Alpenglow Chamber Music Festival is hosting two public concerts on Sept. 11 and 14 in addition to a private soirees on the 9th. Summit Public Radio & TV presents a classical concert featuring all-local talent on Sept. 9. The Town of Dillon is bringing live music to the Dillon Amphitheater on the shores of the Dillon Reservoir,  with the John Truscelli Band on Friday night and Something Energetic Saturday night.  Also in Dillon,  “Marry Me a Little,” a musical comedy,  presented by the Lake Dillon Theatre Company, which opens on Friday Aug. 31. The Summit Historical Society invites guests to experience history at the Dillon Schoolhouse Museum or you can sign up for a historic boat tour out on the Dillon Reservoir on Saturday.

Frisco
Frisco’s newest event, FallFest, will carve it’s way on to Frisco’s Main Street on Saturday the 8th. This all day Main Street festival has something for everyone including art shows, lumberjack shows, farmer’s market, wood carving, and live music. The event celebrates our mountain environment and benefits Friends of the Dillon Ranger District.  At the Blue Spruce Inn, Elmer Koneman will give a visual projection tour of 24 opera houses around the world. If you are looking to get creative, The Summit County Arts Exhibit Committee will be painting a mural on the fence next to the Moose Jaw. Be on the lookout for the Mountain Majesty Chorus, a women’s a Capella group, singing along Main Street on Saturday.

This is a great weekend to be in Summit County!  Visitors can enjoy plenty of cultural activities, while taking in the beautiful fall colors and taking advantage of lodging deals and 2-for-1 specials at participating restaurants. The final schedule of events for the weekend will be published Sept. 7 in the Summit Daily and can be seen online at www.fallforthearts.org.  SummitCove Lodging is offering great deals on condos in Keystone for this weekend, so call us and make your reservation today!

Fall Colors in Keystone!

How to Plan the Perfect Romantic Getaway Weekend in Keystone

So you are thinking of taking your special someone on a romantic getaway weekend in the mountains. Keystone offers fine dining, plenty of activities, incredible scenery and some beautiful properties to make your stay perfect.  Here’s a few tips to make it unforgettable!

1. Call for Help!  Our Vacation Planners know our properties inside and out, meaning they can help you find that cozy love nest you know your girlfriend or loved one will love and also give you a great deal.  Yes a private jacuzzi in the condo is do-able and of course you need a place that has incredible views.  Tell us your story and you will find that we are willing to go the extra mile for you, maybe you can even convince us to have a bottle of champagne waiting in your condo when you arrive.

2. Plan, but don’t over plan.  Sure the weekend will require some planning, booking a condo, making dinner reservations, etc. but you don’t want to OVER plan and leave no room for spontaneity. Maybe you decide last minute to stop and hike up that trail you just passed on your bikes or that you want to try horseback riding!  Make a few plans, but leave some free time so you have flexibility.

3. What to do?  Well every girl (and guy) is different and enjoy different things.  Does she love the outdoors?  How about a Ride the Pass bike tour down Vail Pass or a hike on Sapphire Point to take in incredible views? Rent a kayak on Lake Dillon or schedule a tee time at the Ranch or River golf courses.   Shopping Fanatic?  Visit the outlet malls in Silverthorne and she can shop til her hearts content. Other activities unique to the area are gondola rides, renting paddle boats on Keystone Lake, a show at the Lake Dillon Theatre CO, a trip to one of the local breweries or how about a couples massage at Serenity Spa or the Keystone Lodge & Spa.  The Lake Dillon Water Taxi offers  inexpensive rides on the Lake, perfect to enjoy the water and views.  Take a scenic drive up to Loveland Pass or Baldy Mountain in Breckenridge to take in the views.  There are also some more traditional activities such as the movie theater or bowling alley.

4. The secret to her heart is through the stomach!  Yes, a delicious dinner!  Prepare a candlelit dinner in the condo (or even order delivery!) with wine and candles or take her out for a nice, romantic dinner.  If you really want to blow her away, take her UP to the top of the mountain by scenic gondola ride to either the Alpenglow Stube or Der Fondue Chessel, where the views are just as amazing as the food.   Some other great Keystone restaurants include the Snake River Saloon, Wolf Rock Steakhouse and the Ski Tip Lodge.

5. Surprise her!  Sure it might be hard to surprise her with the trip itself, but make a point to add in a surprise or something special over the weekend.  Have flowers delivered to the room or pack supplies to make a quick breakfast in bed with fresh fruit, muffins, and mimosas.  The gesture can be small but the reaction will be big!

The most important thing is to have fun and stay true to yourself.  Don’t stress over making everything perfect… let the beautiful mountain scenery and our amazing staff help you with that and just roll with it.  Pick activities that you know you know she will enjoy, but don’t be afraid to try something new either.  Keystone is the perfect place to host a romantic mountain getaway!  Check out Riverbank Lodge 2903, which features beautiful slate floors, incredible views and a private jacuzzi or Lake Shore 1540 has amazing views of the Lake, both are great choices for a romantic retreat!

A Keystone Sunset

 

Show Off Your Artistic Side at Canvas and Cocktails This Saturday!

Canvas and Cocktails

Saturday, August 25, 2012
Are you looking for a way to explore your artistic side but don’t know where to start? Want a fun night out that is new and exciting? Canvas and Cocktails is an upbeat creative class for both the artistic and not so artistic. This event is perfect for a unique date night, team building with co-workers or just a fun night with your friends! At the end of the night you will go home feeling great with a painting you can call “uniquely yours” and hopefully with a new found talent you’ll want to explore further.

Come learn the basics of acrylic painting while enjoying the company of friends. Not artistic or feeling a little nervous? Don’t worry- no experience is necessary, an instructor will guide you through step by step recreating the featured night’s painting. It’s easy, fun, and totally stress free. By the end of the night you will be amazed at the artwork you have created!   Drinks are not included in ticket price but drink specials will be available! Items included for the night are the instruction, canvas, brushes and paint. Bring your friends and try out something new this Saturday evening in Keystone!

Time:
Doors and cocktails begin at 6 PM, Painting begins at 7 PM
Location: Warren Station, River Run at Keystone, Colorado
Costs: $41.99 in advance, $45.00 at the door
Buy tickets here: www.augustcanvasandcocktails.eventbrite.com

Photo Credit: CanvasandCocktails.com

Bluegrass & Beer Festival Contest Ticket Winner Announced! Condos are Filling Up Fast for This Weekend’s Event in Keystone!

Last week we gave our e-mail subscribers a chance to win (1) free single day pass to this upcoming weekend’s nearly sold out Bluegrass & Beer Festival simply by forwarding our e-mail message to a friend.  Congratulations to Mr. Ken Sagendorf from Colorado Springs, our lucky festival ticket winner! Ken will be awarded with a single day ticket and an official sampling mug to this weekend’s festival in Keystone, which features live bluegrass music across 3 stages and beer tastings from over 30 breweries.  This is one of the most popular and anticipated summer festivals at Keystone! Sign up for our e-mail newsletter to get exclusive deals and chances to win great prizes like this! SummitCove Lodging only has a few River Run Condos still available for this weekend, so if you are looking to be within walking distance of the festival, book soon!  Want views of the festival from your balcony? Check out the balcony at Arapahoe Lodge #8115, it’s got an unobstructed view of the River Run Events Plaza, where the main stage is located and it’s still available for this weekend!  Don’t miss out on the fun this weekend in Keystone, full of twangy tunes,  frothy brews and spectacular views!