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!

First Dusting of Snow in Keystone CO Today!

Cooler temperatures and rainy weather turned to snow overnight and Summit County residents awoke this morning to a snowy white blanket covering the still mostly green trees.  Has winter beat out fall this year? Fall colors only have begun to peek through and they will likely be in their full, colorful glory within the next week or two in Summit County and at higher elevations all around Colorado.  Fall is a wonderful time to visit Keystone. Come up and enjoy the beautiful colors and special ‘mud season’ deals at local restaurants. You will even find unbelievable sales on last season’s winter ski and snowboard equipment as retailers are hoping to make room for new gear.

Arapahoe Basin and Loveland ski areas are typically the first resorts in Colorado to begin snow-making and both have reported that they have their snow guns ready to blow as soon as the conditions are right. Once snow-making begins, the two resorts are at a race to be the first ski resort to open their doors for the season.  For the past two years, A-Basin has claimed the title as the first to open in Colorado, last year opening on October 17th.

Keystone Ski Resort is slated to open in just 38 days on Friday, November 1st!  It’s time to get out your winter jackets and start thinking about ski season!  Have you reserved your condo in Keystone for your winter ski getaway?

River Run Village in Keystone lightly dusted with snow

Snowmaking at Arapahoe Basin Has Begun!

This is a snapshot pulled from A-Basin’s webcams this morning, look at the snow!

Colder temperatures and humidity levels finally reached peak levels for snow-making, allowing Arapahoe Basin to turn on their snowguns and starting blowing snow! In addition to the man-made snow, Arapahoe Basin reported an inch or two of natural snow last night as well. Arapahoe Basin hopes to open up a few runs starting sometime in mid-October. Season Ski Passes are still being sold for a limited time at Arapahoe Basin for just $299 or you can one-up to a Summit Value Pass, which includes unlimited skiing or riding at Arapahoe Basin, Keystone and Breckenridge all season long for $439 (with a few blackout dates).

In just over a week, Keystone Resort hopes to get their snow guns fired up in lieu of their upcoming November 2 opening date.  Snow was sighted on the top of Keystone’s three peaks this morning as well.  SummitCove.com is currently hosting a ‘When Will It Snow Contest’ offering a free 2-night stay in a 1-bedroom condo over Keystone’s opening weekend for the person who can guess the date of the first significant snowfall of 4 inches or more in Keystone this season.  This is a sure sign from the snow gods of a great, snowy winter to come!

 

Keystone Resort Founder Bill Bergman to be inducted into the Colorado Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame

Corduroy at Keystone Resort CO
 
The Colorado Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame recently announced one of Keystone Resort‘s original founders, Bill Bergman has been selected for this year’s Pioneer category in the Hall of Fame, and will be inducted in October. 
 
During the 1960s, Max Dercum and his partner Bill Bergman worked hard to make their shared vision of someday establishing an international ski area become a reality. It is said that Dercum had the vision but Bergman possessed the business savvy skills to turn it into reality. He is credited as the individual who transformed skiing into a corporate enterprise, something that originally began with small investors. In 1967, their dreams were realized when Keystone acquired approximately 513 acres of land and a couple years later in 1971, the first two chair lifts were put in, at what is now the Mountain House Base Area. Over 75,000 skiers soon visited the new ski area, with lift tickets costing a mere $5 per person and the lifts have been turning ever since.
 
Bergman as served as Keystone’s first president, for six years with an annual salary of only $100, and as he continued to be a consultant and the head of ski school for many years.  Bergman was able to expand the resort and he came up with two huge ideas that are still standard practices  used today at major ski resorts: the revolutionary concept of environmentally friendly trail design  and the installation of snowmaking capabilities..

Married for 66 years, Bergman has had his wife by his side to keep his life exciting — and challenging as he puts it.  “Jane and I are always teasing each other, it’s what we do every day,” Bergman said. “But without her love for Colorado and her family connection here, I might not have ever gotten to know what Summit County was all about.”  During the time Bergman was building Keystone Resort, he wasn’t actual even a local.  He and his wife lived in Cedar Falls, Iowa, where he ran a law firm and played golf.  He quickly fell in love with the mountains more and more and permanently moved to Keystone in 1999 and continues to play golf at least 3 days a week and has started his own golf club, ‘The Bergman Boys’ which consists of about 30 members.  They typically play fast in the mornings and try not to hold anyone up.

The 2012 Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place October 26, 2012 at the Omni Resort in Broomfield, Colorado and four other members will also be inducted at this time.