Keystone, Colorado has long awaited the concept of ski-in, ski-out properties. Currently there are only two lodges in Keystone that fit the bill as ‘slopeside’ and they are Lone Eagle and the Timbers. While these properties are very exclusive and literally right on the side of mountain, they aren’t exactly ski in/ski out because they are condos lacking private entrances. For a truly ski in and out experience you need a private home.
The first major challenge for the resort regarding construction of ski-in, ski-out properties was the basic geography and lay of the land. Since the resort is located just south of some marshland areas associated with the Snake River, there was an inherent issue with ground stability and not many options for suitable places to create buildings. As a result Keystone’s smaller base area ‘Mountain House‘ was the first area to be built, as there is more room on the south side of the river than in the River Run vicinity and an easier ground to build upon.
Another challenge that had to be considered are the delicate wildlife habitats surrounding the Keystone area. Since there are so many different species that call Keystone home, it takes a long time and alot of research and planning in order to make sure that wildlife habitats won’t be adversely affected and to get construction approved by the US Forest Service.
Just four weeks ago, the first slope-side housing development of true ski-in, ski-out properties at Keystone Resort were approved. Groundbreaking for the new ‘Dercum’s Dash’ housing subdivision is scheduled to begin in less than a month in early October! These private homes are certain to be the most exclusive in the resort. They will be built at a rate of four to five homes per year over the next five years and expected to go for around $2 million dollars each.
The 25 currently vacant lots are located just to the east of River Run Village and will be connected to ‘Independence Road’ in the East Keystone Area. They will be located on the hill just south of The Alders subdivision. These lots will be connected to the resort via new ski trails that will allow homeowners and guests to ski in and out of the River Run Base Area. They will also be building a 6,000 square foot private clubhouse for Dercum’s Dash Owners to enjoy. If you or someone you know has ever considered building and owning a property like this, we highly encourage looking further into Dercum’s Dash as it will surely be one of the most exclusive developments in Keystone and a once in a lifetime opportunity to own a slope-side home at your favorite ski resort!
The enchantment and magic of the words “ski in ski out” evoke the greatest of emotions in any resort enthusiast. A property that is truly ski in ski out means snapping into your gear and skiing down to the lift, watching people make turns from your bedroom or porch, lunch on the balcony and skiing directly up to the door of your building with no walking involved! In Keystone, many properties that are advertised are a ski in ski out are more of a ‘short hike’ away from the slopes. Websites, like SummitCove.com in Keystone will tell you exactly how many yards you are away from the lifts and show you on a google map exactly where the property is located and how to get to the nearest lift.
The only 2 buildings in Keystone that truly are ski in ski out properties are Lone Eagle and The Timbers. These properties are situated on River Run directly below Ina’s way above the River Run Gondola and Summit Express. Staying here means no walking to the lifts and no walking back to the buildings – you ski directly up to your door!
There are many other “basically ski in ski out” properties in Keystone that are extremely close and a very easy flat, and non-treacherous walk to the lifts. The “basically ski in ski out” properties to the lifts on the Mountain House side are at Slopeside and Chateau DuMont – you can be out your front door and at the lift in under two minutes walking time to the Peru lift. Just beyond these buildings are going to be Key Condo and Ironwood Townhomes which are about a 5 minute walk over to the Peru lift and directly behind the free skier parking at the Pika Lot.
On the River Run Village side, there are also a few properties that are “basically ski in ski out” allowing a few minutes walk . Any property in the River Run Village is also a less than 5 minute walk through the village which folks typically find relatively painless. The Springs and Red Hawk are going to be the closest to the gondola followed by Arapahoe Lodge, Jackpine and Black Bear. Situated right behind these buildings are Silvermill, Expedition Station, Dakota and Buffalo. In River Run Village, you have the convenience of walking to a good number of shops, restaurants and bars.
If you are willing to endure a 10 – 15 minute walk on the footpath through the wetlands you might consider staying at one of our properties in Mountain House such as Snow Dance Manor, Cinnamon Ridge, or Gateway Lodge.
Depending on your budget what amenities you are looking for, Keystone Resort has a wide variety of properties from the “truly ski in ski out” to “short hike” away from the lifts. Keystone also runs a complimentary resort shuttle, meaning any property in Keystone is just a short walk or lift from the slopes. SummitCove can help find the perfect property for you and your group no matter what you are looking for!