Verbier, Switzerland Added to the Epic Pass!

Looking to take your skiing or riding skills abroad this winter?  Your Vail Resorts Epic Pass now offers passholders THREE DAYS at Verbier Resort, Switzerland, including the 4 Vallées! The “4Vallées” ski area connects the resorts of Verbier, Nendaz, Veysonnaz, and Thyon. Comprised of 92 lifts and 412km of ski runs, Verbier is the largest ski area located entirely in Switzerland. Coming together at the top of the Mont-Fort Glacier (10,925 feet), Verbier and the entire Les 4 Vallées ski area is a winter sports enthusiasts dream; offering a wide variety of terrain ranging from beginner to expert. Now, current and new Vail Resorts Epic Pass holders can access all of this terrain for $679, as well as unlimited, unrestricted skiing at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Heavenly, Northstar, Kirkwood and Arapahoe Basin. There are no blackout dates on your days at Verbier- just show them your pass at the ticket window!

For those visiting Keystone Resort this winter vacation, it is a good idea to look into purchasing a season pass.  Discount lift tickets can be hard to come by and getting a season pass will certainly save you money in the long run. The Summit Value Pass is available for just $439 and pays for itself after just 4 days of skiing.  It may even be a reason to come back out to Colorado for a second or third vacation during the ski season! Most passes even include a limited number of ‘Buddy Tickets’ that offer discounted lift tickets for your friends and family. Be careful to check for blackout dates before you buy!

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Kid Friendly in Keystone, Colorado

Keystone Resort, Colorado is known to be one of the most kid-friendly and family oriented resorts in Colorado.  It is also one of the only resorts in the state to offer night skiing, giving you more value in your lift tickets.  You will find that Keystone has families at heart and provides a fun and relaxed atmosphere, allowing you and your family to make some amazing memories that will last a lifetime.

Keystone Kidtopia
A festival designed specifically for kids!  Each year Keystone builds a larger than life snow fort for kids to explore, or even throw snowballs.  Other Kidtopia activities include Ski with a Ranger Day, Arts & Crafts, Disco Tubing, Glow Bug Skating, Nastar Racing,  Face Painting, Parades, and Hot Chocolate and Marshmallows by the firepit.  Your kids won’t want to go home.

2 Outdoor Ice Rinks
Kids will have a blast skating in the fresh air outdoors under the starry sky.  Keystone Lake boasts the claim of being the largest outdoor, Zamboni maintained ice rink in North America!  There is also a new skating rink located in Dercum Square at River Run Village, just outside the door from Expedition Station, Buffalo Lodge and Dakota Lodge! Warm up with hot chocolate afterwards!

Adventure Point Tubing Hill
The whole family will love this activity as you fly down the hill on inner tubes at Adventure Point, during the day or at night, under the lights!  With a unique state-of-the-art conveyor lift, the amount of rides is up to you, but it sure beats having to hike!

Family Friendly Dining Options
Bring the kids to one of the most memorable, on-mountain restaurants in Colorado, Der Fondue Chessel.  Ride the gondola and enjoy authentic Bavarian Cuisine and live entertainment in a cozy mountain lodge atmosphere.  Other kid-friendly Keystone Restaurants include the Kickapoo Tavern, Luigi’s Pastahouse, Snake River Saloon, Dos Locos, Pizza on the Plaza and the Haywood Cafe.

Family Friendly Events and Festivals
Each winter Keystone holds numerous festivals and events, and the majority of them are kid-friendly.  Enjoy free concerts in River Run Plaza at the River Run Rocks concert series or enjoy live music or plays in Warren Station.  During the Holiday Season, kids will love the Chocolate Village at the Keystone Lodge and Spa, a handcrafted holiday tradition that features 2,500 pounds of chocolate crafted into a miniature alpine village, a working chocolate gondola, a cascading chocolate waterfall, 6 foot tall white chocolate Christmas tree with chocolate presents. Other fun holiday events include the Festival of Lights and Santa and his Reindeer visiting the village.

Camp Keystone
More than just ski school! Camp Keystone offers kids with lessons, on-snow activities, kids’ night out, theme days and more!  If you book 3 or more days, your child is guaranteed to have the same camp counselor, making it even easier for them to have fun and learn more. 

Kid Friendly Terrain
Keystone offers plenty of green and beginner runs, and features 3 different learning areas on the mountain with 6 magic carpet lifts.  Kids adventures zones are scattered across the mountain, offering fun features for kids to master!

Sleigh Rides
Bundle up for the ride of a lifetime in an old-fashioned horse drawn sleigh, see the stars and enjoy the beautiful winter wonderland scenery while you sip hot chocolate and enjoy the night.

 

New 4-Bedroom Mill Creek Townhome #72 in River Run Village Added to Our Program! Reserve it today for your next Keystone Vacation!

Looking for a property big enough to sleep your whole family, but refuse to give up incredible views of the slopes, and want to be within walking distance of the gondola, have a great outdoor deck with a private grill and your own private elevator!? Then this 4-bedroom, 4.5 bathroom townhome located in the Mill Creek Building in River Run Village, Keystone will be perfect for you and your family!  This property is the perfect mix of luxury and mountain style with comfort.  A luscious master suite features a 4-poster king bed and jacuzzi tub in its private master bath.  Beautiful log beds can be found in some of the guest bedrooms, along with views from the rooms! The kitchen’s beautiful stone countertops and stainless steel appliances will satisfy any chef’s needs to cook a gourmet meal.  Huge picture windows overlooking a forest and wetlands area are the main focus in the living room, made complete with a gas fireplace to cozy up next to on a cold winter’s night. There is plenty of seating for everyone here.   The views from the property are spectacular- surrounding wetlands and protected beaver ponds, along with the unobstructed views of the ski slopes will take your breath away! You’ll also be able to warm up in the buildings outdoor private hot tub, located in the back of the building, also with a view! This property sits right in River Run Village, making it easy to step out for some shopping at a nearby boutique or enjoy a meal at one of the many restaurants.  See more photos, details, and even a video tour of the new Mill Creek #72 property here!

Last Day to Save on Your 2012-2013 Ski Season Lodging with our Snowy Peaks Sale!

Winter Activities at Keystone Resort

Today is the last day of our 72-hour snowy peaks early booking sale! Book by 5pm MST today in order to receive 15% off winter stays of 3 nights or more! See webpage for all of the details. Keystone Resort is home to countless winter activities such as skiing, snowboarding, snow biking, ice skating, exploring snow forts and ice castles, hot-tubbing, shopping, snowmobiling, fine dining and more!  Throughout the winter guests can enjoy free concerts at events like the River Run Rocks! concert series and Bluegrass on the Snow, visit various festivals like Keystone Kidtopia and the Winter Culinary Festival, along with explore our  world renowned ski slopes and terrain parks.  Don’t miss out on a great winter in Keystone, Colorado, book your winter ski vacation today!

Snowcapped Mountaintops in Summit County This Morning: A Good Prediction for an Amazing Winter to Come at Keystone Resort Colorado? We hope so! 72-Hour Early Booking Sale: 15% Off Winter Stays*!

Although it may be a little to early to get excited about snow- we can’t help it!  Those in Summit County this morning may have noticed some white stuff on some of the surrounding mountain peaks- SNOW! Chilly temperatures and rainy weather turned to snow at the higher elevations in Summit County last night, creating some beautiful snow-capped peaks.  We hope this is a sign of a good winter to come! Check out these photos of Peak 1 over the Dillon Reservoir this morning, captured by Matt Renoux, from 9news.com.

We are so excited for the upcoming season that we are launching a72-hour sale offering 15% Off Reservations of 3 nights or more for the upcoming 2012-2013 Ski Season! Book now to lock in this season’s prices AND take 15% off the total!   Sale ends Friday, July 20th at 5pm, so book now!! Call one of our Vacation Planners today to take advantage of the savings: (866) 530-4614 and mention the promo code ‘Snowcapped15’. * Please see the sale landing page for full details.

 

Snow on the Peaks in Summit County This Morning

Camp Keystone: Ski School Meets Summer Camp

Kids having fun skiing at Keystone Resort

Camp Keystone is a fun way for kids to learn how to ski or snowboard at Keystone Resort, mixing lessons in with a wide variety of other activities that keep kids involved and having fun!  Instead of kicking and screaming their way into ski school, your kids will be begging you take them to Camp Keystone this ski season!  Kids who participate can enjoy things like having the same instructor every day, participating in fun kid-friendly activities, and skiing in progressive learning areas.  Kids will be just as excited to jump in the snowy powder as they would be running full speed towards the lake at summer camp!

The Camp Keystone area is located at the bottom of the Mountain House Base Area with a nice variety of terrain grouped in one big area.  Kids start out on the four magic carpets which each progressively step up in difficulty and once they are ready, they move on to the Discovery Chair Lift.   When you book your child for three or more days at camp they are guaranteed to have the same camp ‘counselor’ each day.  This really helps them get comfortable around their instructor and keep moving forward each day, with the child able to developing more trust in their instructor and confidence in themselves each day.

Other perks of Camp Keystone include skiing with the mountain’s mascot, ‘Riperoo the Dog’, playing around on a grooming machine playground, taking out the mini snowmobiles, skiing through fun adventure zones and participating in the daily ‘Theme Days’ with themes like ‘Safety Day’, ‘Adventure Day’ and ‘Fun Facts Day’.  Your kids won’t want to go home at the end of the day!

SummitCove.com has a great selection of properties in the Mountain House Base area at Keystone Resort, where you will be able to walk your kids right to Camp Keystone from your condo!

Accurate Forecast in Keystone!

Well, as predicted we did get some more snow today, at least a good two inches! And it is supposed to snow on and off for the rest of the week. Making things look great for the weekend…have you booked your reservation yet?

With all this early season snow, it is looking like it is going to be a snowy season! Have you considered a season pass? It is a super cost-effective way to enjoy your time on the slopes. We just got word that Colorado Pass sales have been extended until November 21. For $479 you get unlimited skiing or riding at Keystone, Arapahoe Basin and Breckenridge. As well as 10 restricted days at Vail and Beaver Creek, and 5 restricted days at Heavenly and Northstar-at-Tahoe. It’s a great alternative for folks who plan to spend the majority of their days in Summit County, and a lot cheaper than the Epic Pass. Go to Coloradopass.com for more details and to learn where you can purchase this pass.

Views of a snowy River Run from outside Lone Eagle

Colorado Resort Opening Day 2010 2011 Season

There is a lot of activity on the mountains these days. The past few mornings we have noticed that Keystone has been blowing snow. Unfortunately, it is still getting up into the 60s during the day and that is not the best climate for snow. There are some colder temperatures predicted in the forecast in the coming days. So if mother nature can help us out a little, the resorts should be opening on time! Below are all the opening dates for the mountains in Summit County, as well as the other resorts in Colorado. Think snow!

Summit County

Keystone Ski Resort – Nov. 5 2010

Arapahoe Basin– Oct.  ? (any day now)

Breckenridge- Nov. 12

Copper Mountain- Nov. 5


Surrounding Areas

Aspen Highlands- Dec. 11

Aspen Mountain- Nov. 25

Buttermilk- Dec. 11

Crested Butte- Nov. 24

Echo Mountain- Dec. 1

Loveland- Oct. ? (any day now)

Monarch- Nov. 24

Powderhorn- Dec. 16

Snowmass- Nov. 25

Steamboat- Nov. 24

Sunlight- Dec. 3

Telluride- Nov. 25

Vail- Nov. 19

Winter Park- Nov. 17

Wolf Creek- Nov.5

Arapahoe Basin on 10/21/10


It’s 2 for 1 Season in Summit County!

It’s deal season, and as we said in an earlier post, be sure you are grabbing a Summit Daily and checking it every day! Here are some of the great “2 for 1” deals that were in Wednesday’s paper and expire October 23. Restrictions and coupons may apply so make sure you scope the paper for all the details.

2 for 1 Dinner Entrees

Boat Yard- 204 Main St, Frisco

BriarRose-109 Lincoln Ave, Breckenridge

Salt Creek- 110 E. Lincoln Ave, Breckenridge

2 for 1 Pasta

Bagalis- 320 Main St, Frisco

2 for 1 hour Massages and Facials

Valdora Spa- 500 Village Rd, Breckenridge

And on a side note the Ski Tip Lodge, one’s of Keystone’s most popular fine dining restaurants, usually has “2 for 1’s” this time of year. But they are a little more exclusive about it, the only way to find out is to join their mailing list.

The historic Ski Tip Lodge on Montezuma Rd.

Snow Making at Keystone Resort

Keystone resort has some of the most advanced snow making in the world. When you combine that with a world class crew in preparing the mountain you will realize that Keystone Resort can open its ski trails well before the rest of the country and all while make the ski trails nice and safe and of snow that is actually fun to ski in the early season. We came across this footage of snow making at Keystone and thought you would like to enjoy watching some of this magic happening, I know, its spring and the summer is right around the corner but after a good dumping of snow up on the pass and at A Basin last night I couldn’t help but be excited for the 2010/2011 ski season at Keystone Resort!

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