7 Reasons Why Keystone is The Best Spring Break Destination

There are so many choices for your Spring Break destination, so what makes Keystone, CO the best place to go for your Spring ski trip?

 

1) The Skiing & Riding
Keystone is home to 3 mountain peaks with 3,148 skiable acres, 128 trails and 235 average inches of snow a season!  There are beginner trails, tree runs, open powder bowls, moguls, groomers, steeps and just about any other type of terrain you could dream up! You’ll love the diversity of this mountain, especially when you are traveling with a group who may be skiing or riding at various levels.

 

2) Numerous Places to Enjoy a Cold One in the Sun
When you think of Spring Break, of course you picture sunshine!  Keystone is no stranger to offering up great places to enjoy some afternoon sun, whether it’s on an Adirondack chair at Labonte’s Cabin, on the upper level deck at the Last Lift Bar, or at Kickapoo Tavern’s unbeatable patio at the base of the mountain in River Run Village.

Beer in the sun at Keystone Resort

 

3) Heated Pools & Outdoor Hot Tubs
The Springs, Expedition Stations, The Timbers, Wild Irishman, Soda Springs, Tennis Townhomes… we could go on! These are just a few of the awesome heated outdoor pools at Keystone Resort.  Enjoy some sun and splash around with a warm up in the hot tub.  Better yet, sit in the hot tub as the spring snow falls under the Colorado stars for an unforgettable experience!

 

4) Incredible Dining
Keystone Resort has a wide range of dining options and some of the best 5-star restaurants in the mountains.  The Alpenglow Stube, Keystone Ranch and Ski Tip Lodge are some of Keystone’s finest.  Zuma Roadhouse, New Moon Cafe, Dos Locos, and the Snake River Saloon & Steakhouse are additionally some of our favorites to check out during your visit.

 

5) Lodging Options for Any Size Group and Budget
SummitCove Lodging has about 300 vacation rental properties all located right here at Keystone Resort. We have budget-friendly studios, luxury ski condos, multi-family townhomes up to 5 bedroom private homes available for your Spring ski trip.  You can browse all of our properties online and see photos of every property, read the reviews, check out the amenities and more.  Book online or call us to have a vacation planner help you find that perfect rental property!

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6) Awesome Events & Concerts
Keystone is home to ‘Kidtopia’ which is designed for kids, with free events happening daily.  In addition, there are all sorts of other events and activities for all ages, including incredible concerts, Canvas and Cocktail parties, wine tastings, fireworks, the Slush Cup, educational speakers and more.  This March, check out Head for the Hills and G. Love and the Special Sauce, both headlining at Keystone’s Warren Station in River Run. View the Keystone events calendar here. 

 

7) Closest to the Airport
Keystone is of one the closest ski resorts to the Denver Airport, meaning you can hop off a plane and be on the slopes in under 2 hours.  As a SummitCove guest, you’ll have access to exclusive guest discounts on both airport shuttles and rental cars.  Many of the properties in Keystone have access to the free resort shuttle making it easy to travel without a car.  For the ultimate in convenience, book a River Run Condo and you’ll be able to walk everywhere, including the ski slopes!

 

There are hundreds of more reasons why you should book your Keystone Spring Break Vacation now!  The best one?  For a limited time, spend 7 or more nights with SummitCove Lodging and you’ll automatically get a 15% savings on your stay.  Book Spring Break today!

We’re Still Skiing in Colorado!

Although Keystone Resort officially closed a month ago, Arapahoe Basin remains open as long as they can.  Their current projected closing date is June 5, 2016, but they could extend the closing date if the snow keeps up.  The resort has received 11 inches of fresh snow in the last 3 days and 5 feet of snow since the closing of Keystone Resort in early April.  Spring skiing in Colorado can range from fresh powder turns on a chilly day to slushy runs in the sunshine. It’s not unusual to see skiers and riders wearing swimsuits, shorts, t-shirts, and other fun attire on a warm Spring day, stopping at ‘The Beach’ every few runs to enjoy some barbecue or a cold beverage.  Get there early to secure a free spot, or you also have the option to reserve one in advance for a small fee. Some people hang out at The Beach all day and never actually even hit the slopes!  A-Basin’s Spring calendar definately doesn’t disappoint, offering live music every Saturday with their Shakin’ at the Basin Spring Concert Series and other fun events like the Festival of Brewpubs and their newest event, the Swimwear Parade on Skis.  This fun event is completely free! Registration takes place in the Base Area from 9 am – 12 pm on Saturday, May 21. At 1 pm, watch Colorado’s Largest Swimwear Parade as skiers and riders strut their stuff down Sundance in nothing but their swimsuits! 
Colorado skiers enjoying A-Basin in their swimsuits on a warm ski day

Spend your Memorial Day Weekend in the mountains this year!  Saturday will feature live music from 80’s Rock New Sensation and on Sunday, attend the 15th Annual Festival of the Brewpubs while you check out the Spring Rail Jam.  The beer festival will feature music from Jakarta and beer from 13 different breweries. Purchase a mug for just $30 to get unlimited beer tasting from 12 pm – 4 pm. Stay the weekend in Keystone with SummitCove Vacation Lodging and take advantage of the free Summit Stage bus that will take you up to the Basin. Sunday will be the last day of the season that the Summit Stage bus will be running from Keystone to A-Basin. The free bus will leave River Run in Keystone at :55 after the hour until 4:55pm. The last bus will leave A-Basin at 5:10pm to go back down the hill to Keystone. After the festivities, take advantage of a nice soak in the hot tub at your River Run vacation condo! Nothing beats Spring skiing at Arapahoe Basin!  

Written By: Alyssa Hubbard

14th Annual Festival of the Brewpubs at Arapahoe Basin

If you are looking for a fun event over this Memorial Day weekend, head up to Arapahoe Basin on Sunday, May 24th for their Annual ‘Festival of the Brewpubs.’  Whether you choose to ski or not, the day is full of fun with live music, tasty beer, great food and a fun crowd!

Festival of the Brewpubs 2013 at Arapahoe Basin
photo credit: theskichannel.com

11 Colorado breweries will be on hand for the event, including 4 hailing right here from Summit County- Broken Compass, Pug Ryan’s, Dillon Dam and Breckenridge Brewery. Other attending breweries include AC Golden, Avery Brewing Co., Ska Brewing, Twisted Pine, Left Hand Brewery, Great Divide Brewing Co. and Wynkoop Brewing Co.

$30 gets you a commemorative mug that includes unlimited beer sampling from 12 – 4 pm. A portion of the proceeds from the event goes to benefit C-RAD, Colorado Rapid Avalanche Deployment and the Avalanche Rescue Dogs of Colorado.  Food tasting tickets are $1 each and food items ranges from 4 – 9 tickets.  Enjoy festival turkey legs, brats, pretzels, Rocky Mountain Oysters and more goodies!

The music at the event is free and features tunes from local band, Funky Johnson.  To check out some of their music, visit their website: www.funkyjohnson.com.

Don’t drink and drive, ride the free Summit Stage bus or designate a sober driver! Tomorrow is the last day The Summit Stage bus will be running from Keystone to A-Basin for the 14 – 15 ski season. The free bus leaves River Run in Keystone at :55 after the hour, until 4:55pm. The last bus will leave A-Basin at 5:10pm to go back to Keystone. For more information the Summit Stage bus to Arapahoe Basin, please visit SummitStage.com.

Stay the night in nearby Keystone and receive discounted accommodations from SummitCove Lodging. Stay 2 nights over the holiday weekend and your 3rd night is free.

Written By: Alyssa Hubbard

Arapahoe Basin Spring Events

Keystone’s ski season may be over, but the snow is falling and Arapahoe Basin is having a fantastic spring with over 2 feet of new snow in the past few weeks! With a closing date pushed back to June 6, A-Basin has a lot of skiing left and plenty of events to accompany.

Throughout May, A-Basin hosts a myriad of bands for their Shakin’ at the Basin May Concert Series. Every Saturday, a new band will be playing at the base from 1 to 4 pm. These concerts are always free and are a great way to spend a Saturday, skiing or riding and enjoying live music in the Colorado sunshine!

May 2 – Whitewater Ramble
May 9 – Euforquestra
May 16 – Funkiphino
May 23 – Wash Park
May 30 – High Five

Among these concerts, Arapahoe Basin is hosting its 14th Annual Festival of the Brewpubs on Sunday, May 24th. This festival will feature music from Funky Johnson and brews from 12 different Summit County and Colorado brewers. For just $25 you can sample 12 different brewers from 12 to 4 pm and you will be able to take home a commemorative mug.  This is also the last day the Summit Stage free bus will run from Keystone, giving you the chance to sample as much beer as you would like and take the shuttle back down to your property here in Keystone! May 24th will also feature a free Rail Jam in the Treeline Terrain Park.

May is shaping up to be a great month at Arapahoe Basin! Check out our rates at SummitCove.com for lodging close by in Keystone!

Written By: Amy Drees

Breckenridge Spring Fever Hosts The Infamous Stringdusters on Closing Day 2015

The Infamous Stringdusters are, hands down, one of my favorite bands to see live. I personally enjoy just about any kind of live music, so you never have to pull my leg to get me to go see a concert, especially when it’s during a beautiful spring day in the sunshine! The ‘Dusters are playing a free concert in Breckenridge on Sunday 4/19, which is the ski resort’s closing day. Check them out at the base of Peak 8 starting at 2pm, wrapping up Breckenridge’s Spring Fever Concert Series. The band consistently visits ski towns each year to do a winter tour in which they get the opportunity to go ski and enjoy the mountains, as a couple of the band’s members have roots in Colorado.

This Emmy-nominated Bluegrass band is incredibly high energy and their talent is through the roof. When you attend one of their shows, you will never find anyone sitting down or standing still, everyone is up, moving around and enjoying the music. They play primarily original bluegrass tunes, but will also throw a couple of covers into the mix, putting their own spin on songs each time. They have in the past covered The Grateful Dead, The Police, and Phish just to name a few. This is a band that you will never get sick of and I highly recommend getting out there and enjoying what they have to offer. You can visit The Infamous Stringduster’s Website and listen to complete shows they have played in the past by clicking the “Live Archive” button on their website. You can also visit Breckenridge’s Spring Fever page for more information on the show itself.

Breckenridge is just a short drive from Keystone, so it is great to visit for a fun day trip. Take the Summit Stage’s ‘Swan Mountain Flyer’ bus and you will be there in no time and won’t have to worry about driving or parking!  

 Written By: Elizabeth Constatine

Keystone Resort Snow Conditions Update

One of the most common questions we’ve been receiving at our check-in desk lately is, “How’s the snow?” or “Is there enough snow to ski?” Believe it or not, conditions are still great! Spring skiing can be quite interesting. As the weather changes drastically throughout the day, so do the conditions. If you’re looking to ski earlier in the day, it will likely still be relatively cool and the snow on the runs will still be fairly hard. It will be similar to those winter conditions you’re likely used to and cruising groomers is a superb choice during this time of the day. As the sun comes out and the temperatures rise, the conditions will change quite considerably and you may experience varying conditions during one run, as you go from the top of the mountain to the bottom. The snow will start to soften up, which can be really nice to ski on. This tends to be my favorite time of day to ski (between 10am and 2pm), as the conditions are very forgiving, but the snow hasn’t gotten too slow and sticky yet. Beyond lunch time, the runs do start to get a bit slushy and the snow will ski a bit slower, especially if you do not have warm weather wax on your skis. None of these times are bad times to ski, just know they do differ as the day goes on, so keep this in mind when you’re out on the slopes.  Spring is also a great time to be learning to ski or ride, because when the snow is softer, you don’t fall as hard!

While most of the resorts are cutting down a bit on the amount of terrain open, there is still plenty of terrain to be skied at Keystone. Later in the Spring, skier visits drop and the crowds will be dwindling as the season winds down which means shorter lift lines! Keystone Resort still has just about 74% of their terrain open and 19 of 20 lifts running. Keystone will also continue to have night skiing through Sunday, April 5th, which is a ton of fun, especially since the sun doesn’t set until 7 pm.

Copper Mountain still has a majority of their terrain open as well. Looking for a fun day trip?  Copper has dropped their daily lift ticket prices since 100% of their terrain isn’t open, making the mountain even more affordable! Their tickets can be purchased at the ticket window for $100/day and you can get them for even less by purchasing them online ahead of time. You can save up to 25% on Keystone Lift tickets as well when you buy them online 7 or more days in advance of your first day of skiing. Arapahoe Basin also still has the majority of their terrain open and they are still selling their Elevation 3-pass, which gets you 3 days of skiing for only $139! After using all 3 days, you can also load additional days onto the pass for $59/day.  Arapahoe Basin stays open as late in the season as the snow allows, sometimes staying open until late June or 4th of July!

So get out there, enjoy the warm weather, and don’t forget to wear sunscreen! Keystone Resort closes on Sunday, April 12 and there are some great events planned over the next two weeks including the Red Bull Schlittentag on April 4 and the Keystone Slush Cup on April 12.  To make the deal even sweeter, check out our April Extravaganza Lodging Sale, which offers up to 39% off our normal lodging rates for April stays of 2 or more nights.

 Written By: Elizabeth Constantine

5 Reasons to Visit Keystone This Spring

There are many reasons why people love to visit the beautiful Colorado Rockies during the Spring time. Although you may not think to plan your ski vacation during the month of April, after you read this post you may want to think about planning a Spring Ski Trip to Keystone!

1.  Spring Skiing
Need I say more?? A lot of folks don’t realize how amazing it feels to cruise down a 13,000 foot mountain in short sleeves! Aside from the novelty of skiing in your summer clothes, the snow itself is fantastic! Although temperatures have recently been reaching the 50’s, Spring time usually brings in some great last minute storms and the snow is holding up pretty darn good as it is. With the whole mountain still covered and our amazing Cat drivers grooming the beautiful Keystone trails every night, you are surely going to have a fun day making turns with your friends. Like I said before, it is hard not to have an amazing time on the slopes when the sun is shining.

2. Night Skiing
I don’t think there is any time of the year that night skiing could be more fun than it is right now, with the long days and warm temperatures. Right around 3 pm, the snowpack really softens up, making the skiing absolutely excellent. Another great part of night skiing this Spring is that the sun doesn’t set until about 7 pm so the cold temperatures are very limited. Here at Keystone Resort, we pride ourselves on having the longest ski day in Colorado with the mountain opening at 8:30 am and closing at 8 pm on select days. We are also proud to have the most lighted ski trails in the state. Watching the Sunset as you ski down the mountain is an unforgettable experience that I think every skier should have to knock off their bucket list. Keystone is open for night skiing through Sunday, April 5th, 2015.

3. Great Events

Spring in Keystone isn’t just about the skiing when there are so many awesome events happening around the mountain. There are daily activities hosted in the Kidtopia zone for the young ones that range from snow fort building to a “Kids Night Out.” For the adults, grab a drink at the Last Lift Bar and listen to the Swing Crew play a variety of fun music for all or just sit back in an Adirondack chair with a cold one in the sunshine. Don’t forget about the historic Keystone Slush Cup or the Red Bull Schlittentag if you want to have a truly epic experience. No matter when you visit Keystone this Spring, there is surely an activity happening that will interest you. For more information about the many events this Spring, check out our Keystone Events Calendar or contact Keystone Activities and Dining at (970) 496-4386.

4. Dwindling Crowds
One of the biggest downfalls when it comes to hitting the slopes is waiting in long lift lines. Luckily for all of us spring skiers, that doesn’t seem to be an issue. Once the 2-week  ‘Spring Break’ time period is over, it seems like the lift lines completely disappear. It is truly amazing when you have the opportunity to get twice as many pow-turns in one day, especially when that Colorado sun is shining.

5. Out of This World Lodging Deals
The end of the ski season is near and we want you to come enjoy some Keystone fun for more than just one quick day trip. That is why we are offering some seriously awesome lodging discounts this Spring. Check out our April Extravaganza Lodging Sale where we are offering 39% off April stays of 2 or more nights at select properties.  With over 350 different condominiums all around Keystone, from ski-in and out properties to private homes, we can surely accommodate your whole group this Spring. Feel free to browse through some of our properties by clicking here or give us a call at (970) 368-7023 if you have any questions at all!

Written By: Patrick Foley

Spring Skiing and Events in Summit County

“Fun in the sun” doesn’t just refer to sandy beaches and surfing the pipeline, but also to snowy beaches and riding the half-pipe. With beautiful weather and fun events like the Slush Cup and Red Bull Schlittentag, why would you want to miss Keystone in April? Not sure what those events are? Perhaps it is time you enjoy them!

Red Bull Schlittentag

Every year the bravest of souls risk their lives, their pride and their home-made sleds to race down the hilly course in style! Each team consists of three sledders and their craft sled and is judged according to creativity, fastest time and the distance the sled flies through the air off the small kicker built for the competition.

Do you have what it takes to claim first place? Grab your team and start building your sled! This Red Bull competition is not to be taken lightly; the glory of victory only glows on the bravest of sledders. This event is happening on Saturday, April 4! Check out Red Bull to register today!

Keystone Slush Cup

This is not an event you are going to want to miss! Competing for Best Costume, Best Crash and Best Overall, skiers and snowboarders alike don their coolest costumes and speed down the slope to skim across a pond of water. Only some make it across the pond while the rest must swim out of the agony of a slushy crash-landing.

This event takes place on Keystone’s closing day, Sunday, April 12. Registration is in the morning from 8:30am – 10am. The competition begins at 10:30am and lasts until 1pm. Spectating is also highly encouraged. Hang around for live music at the Last Lift Bar at 3pm! This will be a day to remember and the winner heads on to the championships in Vail! Sign up for the Keystone Slush Cup here!

Spring Fever Breck
Keystone’s proximity to Breckenridge gives us the benefit of enjoying Spring Fever in Breck! Interested in hearing some great live music from bands like American Authors, The Infamous Stringdusters or Third Eye Blind? The second and third weekends in Breck are sure to impress!

Or if you prefer to test your skills in the park, check out Spring Fever Park Jam! Breck will be hosting contests along with some free music and hot dogs on Fridays from April 3 through April 17.

Spring Back to Vail
Vail hosts a closing weekend party as well with free concerts all weekend!  Friday, April 17 – Sunday, April 19 enjoy free shows by Portugal the Man, Trampled by Turtles, and the Greyboy Allstars.  This is also the site of the World Pond Skimming Championships on Sunday the 19th,  from 1:30 – 5pm at Golden Peak.  The top male and female winners take home an Epic season pass for the 2015 – 2016 ski season and a pair of Liberty skis!

26th Annual Enduro & Après Party at Arapahoe Basin
This community event is fun and supports a good cause!  On April 15, participants in teams of 2 spend the day lapping the Pali chair from 7am – 5pm, hoping to get the most runs of the 30 teams. The event benefits a local Arapahoe Basin employee who has been battling breast cancer. Join the for-all after party with a specialty Enduro beer brewed by Breckenridge’s Broken Compass Brewery and enjoy the live music, silent auction and pasta dinner!  Can’t make it on the 15th?  A-Basin is known for their ‘beach’, which is open every day the mountain is!  Bring a cooler and grill and spend the day basking in the sun in between laps!

We look forward to seeing you this April for these exciting events!

 Written By: Amy Drees

Spring Events at Arapahoe Basin

Although Keystone Resort has already wrapped up their 2013 – 2014 ski season, Arapahoe Basin remains open indefinitely, as long as there is still snow to ski on! The resort has previously stayed open as late as July 4th, depending on the snow pack.  With a current base of base of 74 inches and snow in the forecast, we expect the conditions to remain good for awhile to come.  Arapahoe Basin is known for their steep skiing and loyal local crowds, but is probably most well-known for the its famous ‘Beach’ area- the strip of the parking lot that backs up to the base of the mountain.  Skiers and snowboarders camp out here with barbecue grills, lawn chairs, coolers and good spirits, enjoying the snow and sunshine in between runs.  Spring is the perfect time to enjoy the Beach!

Spring Events at Arapahoe Basin

May 3rd kicks off the first session of the ‘Shakin’ at the Basin’ Concert Series at Arapahoe Basin.  Every Saturday in May features a different band, playing live music in the base area from 1 – 4pm.  The concerts are free of charge, family friendly, and a great way to spend a Spring Saturday in the mountains! The Summit Stage offers free transportation directly from Keystone and other areas in Summit County, great for anyone looking for a safe ride home after enjoying a cold beer in the Colorado sunshine! 

Upcoming 2014 Spring Events

  • Saturday, May 3: Shakin’ at the Basin May Concert Series – Euforquestra
  • Saturday, May 10: Shakin’ at the Basin May Concert Series – The Congress
  • Saturday, May 17: Shakin’ at the Basin May Concert Series – Funky Johnson
  • Saturday, May 24: Shakin’ at the Basin May Concert Series – High Five
  • Saturday, May 25: 13th Annual Festival of the Brewpubs with headliner Whitewater Ramble
  • Saturday, May 31: Shakin’ at the Basin May Concert Series – The Champions

If you are a beer-lover, be sure to head up for the 13th Annual Festival of the Brewpubs on Saturday, May 25th.  Whether you choose to ski or not, this fun event is a blast and features beer samplings from over 12 breweries and live music from the upbeat ‘Dancegrass’ band Whitewater Ramble. Stay the night or the whole weekend in a Keystone condo and score a great deal with our off-season rates!

If you have never experienced spring at the Basin, now is the time to come and check it out for yourself!  Don’t miss the fun upcoming spring events and the great conditions at Arapahoe Basin. 

Upcoming Spring Events at Keystone Resort

The sun is shining, temperatures are warm and there are 7 inches of fresh powder to take on from the recent spring storm. There’s nothing better than spring skiing at Keystone Resort!  This season Keystone is open until April 20, meaning there is still plenty of time to come and enjoy the Spring conditions and attend some of the fun upcoming events!

Red Bull Schlittentag- April 5th
Schlittentag is the German word for ‘sledding day’ and Red Bull takes it to extremes with this fun sledding event.  Participants work together in teams of three to build their sleds from scratch.  On race day they send down the course in their creations; competing for fastest time, most creative, and furthest distance flow off the kicker.  This event is fun for everyone! 

River Run Rocks: Arrested Development and DJ Logic – April 12
20 years ago, a legendary hip hop group formed and they have been making great music ever since.  Catch Arrested Development with DJ Logic right here in Keystone’s River Run Village on Saturday, April 12.  The show is family-friendly and free to attend! 

Cupcakes and Canvases – April 17
It’s time to get creative with your little ones! This 2 hour class includes all the supplies and guidance needed to create a masterpiece!  Cupcakes will be provided for the kids and cocktails are available at the bar for adults.  This is a great chance to get your artistic juices flowing and encourage your kids to express themselves!

Keystone Easter Egg Hunt- April 20 (Closing Day)
The Easter Bunny himself will be laying Easter eggs for the finding!   There will be two age groups; 1 – 4 and 5 – 10. 

Keystone Slush Cup- April 20 (Closing Day)
All characters are welcome at Keystone’s Closing Day celebrations with the Keystone Slush Cup!  Skiers and riders put their best effort in to skim across a cold pool of water, hoping to advance to the next round! Winners will receive Summit Passes for the 2014/2015 ski season, in 3 categories: best costume, best crash and best overall.