Have You Ever Went on a Ski Vacation for Thanksgiving?

If you’ve never strayed from being at home for Thanksgiving, why not think about coming to Keystone Resort this year and experience the Holiday with some new traditions? 

There’s nothing better than arriving to a cozy ski condo or private home with your family, with fresh snow on the ground and Keystone as your playground!  Plan on spending the weekend together as a family with plenty of fun activities to try out as well as enjoying some down time at your vacation rental! Spend an evening in playing board games sipping hot chocolate or have a movie marathon night with popcorn.  Head to the village on another night for some window shopping or ice skating and then warm up with a hot chocolate next to the outdoor firepit.  

Plan a dinner sleigh ride with Two Below Zero, where you’ll enjoy an amazing sleigh ride followed by a hearty family-style meal.  Check out the Kidtopia Grand Opening on Friday, November 27 with a scavenger hunt and family movie night.  Strap on some ice skates or head to the tubing hill.  If your family is new to skiing or snowboarding, sign up for a group lesson and learn together.  There are so many options of fun things to do, you might have trouble deciding on what to try first!

On Thanksgiving Day, wake up early and get to the slopes.  Typically on most holidays, you will find that the runs are wide open and lines are pretty much non-existent as people spend the day cooking, watching sports and doing other things.  Take advantage of that and rack up some serious vertical feet.  As an added bonus, you’ll earn a special ‘Snow Tukey’ Epic Mix pin for skiing on Thanksgiving.  Don’t forget to get a free family Epic Mix Photo while you are out on the mountain.

If you don’t want to spend the day in the kitchen, you can make reservations at one of many Keystone restaurants that will be serving up ‘Thanksgiving Dinners’.  The Bighorn Bistro will be hosting a ‘Thanksgiving Day Buffet’ with all of the classics and some other goodies including seafood chowder, chef-carved prime rib, pork medallions, cheese plates, shrimp, salmon, mussels, veggies and more. The Ski Tip Lodge, Alpenglow Stube, Keystone Ranch, and Der Fondue Chessel are just some of the other restaurants that will be offering a special holiday menu. Don’t forget to make a reservation in advance if you are planning on dining out for your Thanksgiving feast.  

If you do decide you’d like to cook, you should know that we do require our properties to withhold a specific kitchen inventory and we should have most of the items you’ll need to prepare a meal- but please realize a few specialty items may not be available such as a turkey baster or gravy boat. You may also want to check out a grocery or meal delivery service to help, like Peak Provisions.  They can help you avoid the grocery store lines and save you time by delivering groceries and ‘ready to cook’ meals right to your condo, meaning all you have to do is pop it in the oven, no prep required.  They even have a special Thanksgiving menu with Turkey, Prime Rib, and tasty sides like Maple Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Fresh Green Beans with Bacon, and Pecan Pie with Higgles Sweet Cream Cinnamon Ice Cream!  They also offer our guests a special discount!  

After the holiday, there are some other special events planned for the Holiday weekend. Santa will be visiting with his reindeer at River Run from 3:30 – 5:30 pm on Saturday, November 28.  You can also check out the free Welcome Winter Family Carnival at Warren Station, which is fun for both the adults and kids!  Kids can spend the afternoon getting their faces painted, having fun in bounce houses, doing crafts, playing games and sipping hot chocolate.  The parents can get into the winter groove with live music from Chris Thompson and Coral Creek while enjoying some fresh winter cocktails.  After the carnival, head outside for the Lighting of River Run and fireworks over the village.  

This is the year to plan your first ‘Thanksgiving ski vacation!’  You could even invite your extended family and rent a large private home or one of our beautiful townhomes.  You’ll see how a family ski trip over the holidays really brings everyone together!  

 Written By: Alyssa Hubbard

Spending Christmas at Keystone Ski Resort

So you’ve booked your trip to Keystone for the holidays, now it’s time to plan what to do while you’re here! Keystone will be running in full force over the holidays, with plenty of activities to keep you busy. Many restaurants will be offering special Christmas menus and most will be open during normal hours of operations over the holiday season. You’ll be able to participate in all of our winter sports, as well as fun holiday events and shopping.

  • Meet Santa: Children will have the opportunity to meet Santa every weekend in December and throughout the week of Christmas, from about 1 – 5 pm in both River Run and Lakeside Village. To see the daily hours and locations to Meet Santa click here.
  • Chocolate Village: Keystone’s signature ‘Chocolate Alpine Village’ will be up and running for 24 hour viewing December 19 – January 3 in the Keystone Lodge. The village is made up of over 8,000 pounds of chocolate, complete with trains, waterfalls and a running Gondola, among other attractions and is amazing and fun to see in person.
  • Riperoo’s Village Parade: Every Saturday at 4pm Keystone’s mascot, Riperoo, leads a parade around River Run with keystone employees, performers, along with a horse drawn carriage. The parade ends at Dercum Square Ice Rink where attendees are treated to complimentary hot cocoa and cookies.
  • Keystone Kidtopia: Throughout the winter season, Keystone hosts Kidtopia, a series of events designed for kids. Everyday there are new activities such as, fort building, cookie hour, a parade and meet the avalanche dogs.  This also includes the infamous Snowfort at the top of Dercum Mountain which is free to explore during regular mountain hours.
  • Fireworks: Every Saturday Night from December 13 – April 12  at 7pm, Keystone Resort shoots fireworks over River Run. These fireworks can be seen all around Keystone and are a festive end to a day on the slopes.
  • Sleigh Rides: Nothing screams ‘Holidays’ more than cozying up with your loved ones for a snowy sleigh ride on a starlit winter’s night. Prices are $30 for adults and $20 for kids and includes hot apple cider on your ride.  There is also an option to enjoy dinner and a sleigh ride, call 800-354-4386 to make reservations.
  • Snow Tubing: Atop Dercum Mountain Keystone offers downhill snow tubing.  Snow tubing is also available at the Frisco Adventure Park which is just a 15 minute drive from Keystone and they offer SummitCove guests a discount in the Key to Keystone book.  Reservations are recommended at either location.
  • Ice Skating: Keystone is well-known for their huge outdoor rink located at Keystone Lake in Lakeside Village.  This rink is the largest Zamboni-maintained rink in North America and is sure to be fun for the family.  There is also a smaller outdoor rink in River Run, located in between Expedition Station and Buffalo Lodge.  Bring your own skates to skate free!
  • Family Brunch: Take advantage of the Bighorn Bistro & Bar’s family brunch, offered every Sunday in December. Parents can enjoy a mimosa with their meal in the main room, while the kids play games, make crafts and watch movies during their own special kids themed brunch in the Littlehorn room. Cost is $24.95 for adults and $12.95 for children.
  • Ski Tip Ranch and Keystone Ranch will be serving a Christmas Dinner menu for $75 and $65, respectively. The Alpenglow, Der Fondue Chessel, and Bighorn Bistro & Bar will also be serving a special menu on Christmas day. For reservations, call (970) 396 – 4FUN.
  • Snake River Saloon:  Enjoy a great holiday meal and then spend the rest of the night dancing the night away to live music in the saloon!  The Snake River Saloon is located next door to the Gateway Lodge in the Mountain House village.
Getting Festive
  • Eminence Ensemble 5th Annual Holiday Party:Eminence Ensemble will be rocking Warren Station at Keystone with a Holiday party on December 27th at 7pm, purchase tickets here.
  • Christmas Trees: Summit Home Services, 970-485-2150, can provide a completely decorated tree, set up at your condo for the day you arrive. After you depart, they will take it down and clean up for you. These Christmas tree set ups start at $325 can be ordered online.
  • Christmas Trees can also be purchased at Lowes in Silverthorne; 5-6 foot trees start at $29. City Market, Wal-Mart, Whole Foods, and True Value carry trees as well.


  • Outlet Malls in Silverthorne: Shop at brand name stores like Nike, Pacific Sunwear, American Eagle, Banana Republic, Bath and Bodyworks, and more at discounted prices.  Find those last minute or hard to shop gifts here!
  • River Run Merchants:  The shops in River Run Village have a wide assortment of ski gear, clothing, Keystone souvenirs, and more to pick up last minute gifts or to send off to loved ones who couldn’t make the trip with you!

Thanksgiving 2013 Happenings & Festivities in Summit County & Keystone

If you are visiting Keystone over this Holiday weekend, there will be plenty of fun activities and events happening for you to enjoy with your family!


Wednesday, November 27
*Night Skiing & Riding Opens!
Enjoy Keystone’s extra long ski day!  A-51 Terrain Park will also be opening for the season!

Thursday, November 28
*Frisco Adventure Park Opening Day
Enjoy a fun day of downhill tubing and hot chocolate at the Frisco Adventure Park!  Reservations are recommended.

*Frisco Turkey Trot 5K
Work off those extra Turkey Day calories at this fun Thanksgiving 5K!

*4 Hour Moonlight Madness Sales at Silverthorne Outlets
Great deals at the Outlets happening between 9pm and 1am, Thursday, November 28

Friday, Nov. 29
*Yam Jam at Copper
Rail jam at Copper Mountain!

*Black Friday Sales at Silverthorne Outlets
Don’t miss the best deals of the season!

Saturday, November 30th:
*Holiday Tree Lighting in Keystone
Come visit Santa and his reindeer and watch the lighting of the Christmas Tree in River Run Village!  There will be music, treats, hot cocoa and even giveaways for the kiddos!

*Welcome Winter Family Carnival at Warren Station
Have fun with face painting, balloon animals and other kids crafts and games while the adults enjoy live music from Chris Thompson & the Coral Creek String Band.

*Re-Grand Opening at Woodward in Copper
Free Barn Sessions, Meet the Pros, watch the Christmas tree lighting with Santa, fireworks and of course, hot cocoa!

2-for-1 Sleigh Rides at the Keystone Stables, complete with dinner! You can’t beat these prices! This is a 3 course meal and will be going on all Thanksgiving weekend until December 1st! Reservations required, (800) 354-4386.

– Keystone Lodge has a Thanksgiving Buffet $49.95 for adults and $25 for kids
– Ski Tip Lodge has a great 4 course meal! $72 for adults and $40 for kids (3 course meal)
– Black Bear Grill has delicious 3 course meal!! $29 for adults and $12 for kids

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.

Keystone Lodging Deals

SummitCove.com offers some of the best deals on lodging in Keystone, Colorado. With over 200 properties, we’ll have just the right lodging that you’re looking for. Whether it’s two of you, a family, or just a large group of friends, SummitCove.com has all different sizes from condo units, townhomes, to private homes. We’ll find you what you’re looking for.


If you are searching for the best deals in Keystone and you have some flexibility on your dates or location in the resort we are always working with folks looking for the best deals they can get.  If you can help us fill in a gap we can get you a great deal on your stay!


Visit our  Keystone Deal of the Day section here for the best lodging deal and more information on how we can help you plan your next vacation and get you the lodging you’re looking for! Or call us at 970-368-7023. We have over 300 rental properties at Keystone Ski Resort.


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Keystone Ranch – “Zagat” Top Rated Restaurant in Colorado!

If you’re looking to experience a rustic and elegant dinner in Keystone, Keystone Ranch is a wonderful combination of Colorado frontier and fine dining. Keystone Ranch is set in a rustic elegant 1930’s ranch homestead, where guests can ramble through an elegant six-course dinner featuring excellent Colorado, frontier cuisine and wild game specialties. Keystone Ranch is a Four Diamond and “Zagat” top rated restaurant in Colorado and a Wine Spectator DiRoNa winner. This restaurant is one of the best experiences that Keystone has to offer and will not disappoint.

Hours: 1st seating at 5, last seating at 8:30pm

For reservations, call 970-496-4386.

Thanksgiving Dinner in Keystone, CO

The holidays in Keystone are amazing.  We love spending time on the slopes and sharing an extravagant meal with our extended family.  What we don’t love is coming up with a list, carefully including every little thing that we would normally have at home, but not at a condo.  After all, who keeps poultry seasoning at their condo? Then, there’s the hassle of heading off to the grocery store that is packed with all of the other holiday vacationers trying to pull together their meals for the week as well as the Turkey Day menu.   Last year it was such a headache that I almost convinced my husband that the rotisserie chicken and two sides would be sufficient.  Almost.  My sister and I split the grocery list and two hours later arrived back at the condo with everything we needed.  Except a pie crust for the pumpkin pie and string to tie the turkey up.  After another trip to the grocery store and a near run in over the last bag of fresh cranberries, we were in business.

This year is going to be different.  I swore off the grand turkey making ordeal and my family has accepted this resolution.  We are not going to cut a rotisserie chicken into 12 pieces.  We will have an amazing meal planned, prepared, delivered and ready to cook.  Peak Provisions in Summit County is a concierge service I found this summer when I hosted a staff meeting.  They were able to prepare and deliver breakfast as well as snacks for the 3 days of the meeting and present it just as though I had hired a caterer.  I went on their website, picked out the meals and they did the rest.  So, if it was that easy to prepare for a staff meeting, I can only imagine how much easier it will be to pull off Thanksgiving.  I am so looking forward to an extra day of skiing this Thanksgiving!

Keystone Activities around the Holidays!

Looking for something fun to do while in Keystone during the holidays? Here’s a list of entertaining and exciting special activities going on at Keystone Resort and nearby in the area. There’s definitely something here for everyone to enjoy and have a great time! Hope you have a wonderful holiday season!

  • USSA Chevy Grand Prix – Copper Mountain Resort
  • Breakfast with Santa at Tuscato’s Main Street – Frisco 
  • Santa Visits the Frisco Historic Park Main Street – Frisco
  • Keystone Betty Fest

Betty Fest brings together women for two days of skiing and riding in a fun, non-intimidating environment. This program includes extensive on-hill training on Keystone’s Ski and Ride School’s trails, video analysis and discussions about nutrition, women’s specific concerns and equipment.  All women’s programs are taught by PSIA – certified, women instructors, including Annie Black – Colorado’s Ski Instructor of the year – and each group is small and supportive.

  • K2 Pink Chase

Kick off the 2009-10 ski season with a unique global fundraiser uniting the women’s ski and snowboard community, raising money for breast cancer research organizations worldwide. The Pink Chase involves all snow sports disciplines: skiing, snowboarding and telemark. The public and K2 Alliance compile teams of two-three women and attempt to record as much vertical as possible while touring the mountain for the designated check points.

  • Winter Dew Tour – Breckenridge Resort
  • Chocolate Village at the Keystone Lodge & Spa

Created by Keystone’s renowned pastry chef Ned Archibald, this chocolate village has all the details.  With holiday trees, gifts and a train traveling throughout, you will be amazed by the power of chocolate.

  • Keystone Holiday Magic on Ice

Come see the Denver Figure Skating Club holiday show.  Enjoy hot chocolate and snacks at the Keystone Adventure Center while watching figure skating to holiday music.

  • Holiday Carolers in Lakeside Village

Strolling through the Lakeside Village & Keystone Lodge & Spa, these carolers bring the spirit of the holidays to Keystone.  Join in for a tune or two or enjoy the sounds as you skate around the Keystone Lake.

  • Santa & His Reindeer

Dress warm and bring your camera and the kids for a visit with Santa and his reindeer, Cupid.

  • Ice Carving Demonstration

Stop by the Lakeside Village throughout the day and watch the creation of a sleigh and reindeer made from blocks of ice.  It is truly amazing.

  • Keystone KIDTOPIA

Keystone KIDTOPIA—Bring your kids to a festival designed just for them. Explore the ultimate Snow Fort* at the top of Dercum Mountain, dance to live music in the plaza, make arts and crafts, go Disco Tubing and join the continuing education activities that fill this weekend on and off the slopes. Bring the whole family for a fun filled, kid friendly weekend.

  • Holiday Tubing & Cookie Trimming

Holiday Family Style Tubing & Cookie Trimming at the Nordic Center. Call 970-496-4275 for more information.

  • Moonlit Family Tubing & Dinner

Tube under the light of the full moon then warm up with a hearty supper. Call 970-496-4275 for more information.

  • Full Moon Snowshoe Tour 

Experience snowshoeing by moonlight! $40 includes snowshoe rental, 2-mile moonlight tour & soup buffet dinner with dessert. $35 if you have your own snowshoes. Minimum age: 13 years. Reservation required, please call 970-496-4275.   Event Dates: December 30, January 29, February 26, March 27.

  • New Year’s Celebration

Ring in the New Year with Keystone Resort’s torch light parade in River Run.
Enjoy family fun in the Lakeside Village with fireworks at 6 &10:30.

5:30- 6:30pm Lakeside Suite VIP Fireworks viewing area, fireworks begin 6:00pm

$25 per person includes first cocktail at the bar and hor d’oeuvres consisting of assorted cheeses, French bread and crackers, pretzels, chips and dips and assorted mini pastries. Cash bar after first cocktail.

5:30 – 10:00pm Ice Skating Party at Keystone Adventure Center
Bring the whole family to the Keystone Ice Rink and enjoy snacks, sodas, & hot chocolate while skating with Frosty.

6:30 – 8:00pm Family Dinner Buffet at the Edgewater Café, in the Keystone Lodge & Spa.
$24.95 for Adults, $12.95 for Children 5 -12 and under 5 free.
Enjoy a buffet dinner for the whole family at the Keystone Lodge & Spa. Dinner price includes free skate rentals.

8:00-10:00pm Murder Mystery Dinner the ballroom at the Keystone Lodge & Spa $125 per person.

Death for Dinner Mysteries are the funniest ever attended. The mystery unfolds with a crime that must be seen to be believed. The room is now full of suspects, as the clues and jokes fly fast and furious throughout dinner. The plot thickens as the Detective arrives at the scene of the crime to question everyone and try to get to the bottom of this baffling mystery.

Lodging discount available at the Keystone Lodge & Spa for attendees, $199/night (based on double occupancy). 

  • Burton Super Demo Tour

The Burton Super Demo is an interactive and entertaining experience for the guests at Keystone Resort. Guests can sample and experience an array of products from brands such as Volvo, Paul Mitchell, Gore Tex, Nature Valley and Burton’s brands Red and Anon. Test out Burton Snowboard’s 2009/2010 product line at this Free Demo open to the public.