12 Days of Keystone Sale Starts Friday!


Set your alarm clocks for 7am Friday morning, 12/7/2012 for the start of our 12 Days of Keystone Sale! Each day of the 12 Days of Keystone features a daily deal on Keystone Lodging and Deals!  Be ready to book, as each sale lasts just 24 hours and offers unbelievable savings on Keystone Vacation Lodging, along with a chance to win prizes during Reservation Races!  Sign up for the SummitCove Newsletter and receive 12 Days of Deals right to your inbox!

Keller Williams Coming to Keystone!

According to the Mayan Calendars, the end of the world is predicted to come down December 21, 2012.  Popular musician, Keller Williams is throwing an ‘End of the World’ celebration right here in Keystone for 2 nights on December 21 & 22.  Williams is  known as a ‘master of acoustic guitar’ and has teamed up with many different artists over the years since his first album back in 1994. 

Join Keller Williams and his Compadres at Warren Station in Keystone, Colorado on December 21st and 22nd for two nights of fun.  The first night will feature Keller, Billy Nershi and Keith Moseley picking bluegrass, as well as a Keller solo set.  On the second night, experience the funky grooves of Keller, Kyle Hollingsworth, Keith Moseley and Dave Watts along with a solo set from Keller.

Tickets for the event are $30 for solo nights or $50 in advance for both nights.  Book a condo in River Run Village, such as Jackpine Lodge, Dakota Lodge, or Silver Mill Condos to be close to the shows, along with restaurants, bars, and the ski slopes at Keystone Resort! 

New Private Home Available for Your Next Keystone Ski Vacation

SummitCove Keystone Rentals is proud to announce the addition of a new private home in the West Keystone area at Keystone Resort to our rental program.

Keystone Gulch Estate #1688 is a four bedroom, three and a half bath home,  just minutes away from the Mountain House Ski Lifts and Base Area at Keystone. This property features some incredibly unique amenities, including a private indoor hot tub, foosball table and a massive flat screen television that emerges from its own cabinet via remote control!  Recent upgrades include new carpets, updated decor and furnishings. This property is tucked away in a serene mountain setting, close to hiking and snowshoeing trails, Keystone golf courses, the Keystone stables, and the free Keystone Resort Shuttle stop.

This immaculate home has it all! The open floor plan and vaulted ceilings throughout the house really enhance the space and the mountain decor will make you feel right at home. Huge windows boast sensational forest views  in both the winter and summer months. A private heated two-car garage keeps your car warm and snow free during the snowy winter months.  Downstairs in the living area and great room you will find a wet bar, huge flat screen TV with surround sound, along with a stereo system that has the ability to broadcast throughout the house!  There is also a plethora of board games and a chess board to host a family game night by the fire on a chilly winter evening!

Did we mention the state of the art kitchen? Whether you are making a snack or a gourmet meal, this kitchen has everything you could ever want. Top of the line appliances including double ovens, granite counter tops, and directly open to the dining area, you will fall in love with this fully stocked luxurious kitchen! Outside is a private gas grill and patio area to extend your space in the summer months and allow you to take in the serenity of the forest.

The master bedroom suite is straight out of the magazines, with mountain views, a private gas fireplace, sitting area, king bed and master bath with jetted tubs and separate luxurious shower.   A secret ‘hidden’ rotating TV feature will really impress and allow you to watch from bed or the sitting area!  Talk about a private retreat!  Two of the other bedrooms offer queen and full beds, with the fourth bedroom featuring bunks and a trundle bed for kids or a large group.

If you have been searching for the perfect mountain escape to host your next family ski vacation, wedding group or Colorado family reunion, be sure to check out this amazing mountain home, now managed by SummitCove Lodging!  Hurry, prime dates will book quickly at this spectacular home!

A-Basin Becoming More Kid-Friendly with Magic Carpet Lift

Magic Carpet Being Installed at A-Basin Kids Area

A-Basin is working on their beginner learning area and will be adding another conveyor magic carpet lift to their mix, called the Pika Place.  The lift is being installed Southeast of the bottom of the Black Mountain Express, within the teaching area that is designed for small children.  The lift will be fairly short with a very gentle slope.  This new lift is aimed at helping the smaller kids catch on easier, speeding up the teaching progression and making it more fun.  Installation is set for early October.

Although Arapahoe Basin is known for its steeper slopes, it is still a great mountain for beginners to learn.  Arapahoe Basin offers both half-day and full-day lessons, as well as multi-day programs for kids of all ages. . (and adults!) Their Snowsports School creates a fun learning environment for kids of all abilities to develop their skills.  Choose from private lessons, group classes, or one of their many multi-week clubs where kids can learn skills and make friends, being in the same group each week.  They even have a mini-park designed just for kids! The layout of A-Basin is also family friendly, with all the runs on the front side funneling down to a central base area. The Molly Hogan lift is a gentle and easy place to learn, and its easy to avoid crowds. There are plenty of easy greens and blue groomer runs to practice on.

For those looking to visit Arapahoe Basin this winter, it is important to note that there are no lodging options at the Resort, the closest accommodations are 6 miles down the road in Keystone.  SummitCove Lodging offers Keystone condos and private home rentals at affordable rates.  Check out some of our most popular properties, River Run Condos here.

Photo Credit: www.ArapahoeBasin.com

 

Keystone Destination Wedding Activity Ideas for Guests

If you’re hosting your wedding in Keystone, Colorado your guests are most likely from out of town, and it’s probably fair to call your  wedding a “destination wedding.”  That being said, there are endless activities in Keystone for your guests to enjoy during their stay.  The more they get to experience Keystone in their short stay, the more memorable their experience will be.  We recommend picking out a few activities and invite your guests to do them with you!  Create an itinerary ahead of time and e-mail it out to your guests.  Provide them with all the details, including the meeting time, costs, and where they should make a reservation if applicable.

We’ve compiled 2 Top Ten lists of must-do activities for guests at your Keystone destination wedding, based on the seasons:

Summer

1. Let the River Run Gondola take you up 11,640 feet and take in beautiful panoramic views of Lake Dillon, Breckenridge Ski Resort, and surrounding mountains, for free during the Friday Afternoon Club.

2. Explore the expansive Lake Dillon and rent a pontoon boat or kayak at the Dillon or Frisco Marinas.

3. Hike the backcountry areas in Montezuma to experience old mines, ghost towns, wildlife sightings and spectacular views.

4. See live music at one of the many summer concerts and festivals, like the River Run Rocks Concert Series, the Blue Ribbon Bacon Tour, or the Bluegrass and Beer Festival.

5. Get wet and go whitewater rafting down the Arkansas River, through Brown’s Canyon.

6. Rent a bicycle from Mountain View Sports and take a trip down Vail Pass, with unparalleled views and scenery.

7. Drink the famous and delicious blended Rum Runner on the shores of Lake Dillon at the Tiki Bar.

8. Have a picnic and take in the views at Keystone Lake.

9. Visit one of four local breweries in Summit County, including the Dillon Dam and Pug Ryan’s.

10. Play a round of golf on one of the two world renowned golf courses in Keystone.

Winter

1. Enjoy a fine dining experience at altitude by taking a gondola to dinner at either of the on-mountain gourmet restaurants, Der Fondue Chessel or Alpenglow Stube.

2. Experience snow-tubing with friends at Adventure Point.

3. Go ice-skating at the largest, Zamboni maintained ice rink at Keystone Lake.

4. Strap on some snowshoes and explore some of the beautiful Colorado Wilderness on foot.

5. Visit the Silverthorne Outlets to do some serious shopping at great prices.

6. Marvel in chocolate heaven and check out the Chocolate Village at the Keystone Lodge and Spa.

7. Enjoy a beer or hot chocolate in an Adirondack Chair with views at the Summit House or LaBonte’s Cabin.

8. Bring out the kid in you and have a snowball fight at the larger than life Snow Fort on Dercum Mountain.

9.  See some live music at the Snake River Saloon, The Goat, or Warren Station.

10. Try winter zip-lining, snowmobiling or dogsledding for a fun adventure.

We think these lists are a good start for first timers visiting Keystone. Use this to put together a Keystone activities itinerary for your guests.  SummitCove is always glad to assist you and your guests during both the planning stages and once you arrive in Keystone.  We can even create a custom landing page for your Keystone Wedding that includes photos, activity ideas, and itineraries when you sign up for our Wedding Gifts Program.  The program offers you and your guests with discounted lodging, unlimited customer service and cash back for the bride and groom.

 

Keystone Private Home, North Fork Lodge Gets a Facelift, Construction Under Way

Keystone Resort River Run Homes, North Fork Lodge

One of our private homes has been undergoing construction all summer long.  North Fork Lodge #577 is a 5 bedroom, 4.5 bath private home in the River Run Village area.  The home features some awesome amenities, perfect for your family ski vacation, including a state of the art gourmet kitchen, private hot tub, multiple patios, a heated garage and incredible views.  It is even within walking distance to the ski slopes and shops and restaurants within River Run Village. The property was recently sold to a new owner who has decided to put some work into it and make it one of the most exquisite private homes available for rental in the Keystone Area.

Construction has been happening all summer long and we recently got a sneak peek inside the house, which is set to be complete hopefully in early November or sooner! The home is getting new flooring throughout, including beautiful wood floors upstairs and brand new tile downstairs.  New bedding will be featured in all of the five bedrooms.  The entire property will be getting fresh paint, new decor and brand new furnishings.  The hot tub on the back patio is being replaced.  In the kitchen, the granite counter top will be extended, to provide extra seating at a breakfast bar.  The huge exposed wooden beams are being refinished and are looking great!  Stay tuned for final photos once the remodel is complete.  Although the property is under construction, we are still taking reservations for the upcoming winter ski season, when it will be a whole new place. . . and don’t worry, we will clean up the dust before then!  Book your winter ski vacation at this spectacular Keystone home and enjoy a true mountain getaway!

Granite Countertops in Kitchen
New flooring on the stairs and prepping for the new tile!

A-Basin Offering Double Down Season Pass, Good for TWO Winters of Skiing or Riding in Colorado

Opening Day at Arapahoe Basin in 2011

As the saying goes, 2 is always better than 1! Arapahoe Basin is doubling up the deals this year by offering the ‘Double Down 2-Season Pass’ this year for the first time.  Pass holders can enjoy not 1, but 2 seasons of skiing or riding at the resort that rests on top of the continental divide.  One the biggest reasons this pass is such a great deal is the fact that Arapahoe Basin has one of the longest seasons around, with an average season running at about 233 days. The resort typically opens in early to mid- October and often staying open as late as June or even early July, depending on the winter’s snowfall.  In 2011, the resort celebrating its closing weekend on July 4th!  Arapahoe Basin is just a few miles up the road from Keystone, making this pass a great option for those visiting Keystone and looking for a great deal on discount lift tickets or who want to experience another mountain.  Buying a season pass instead of single-day lift tickets usually pays off after just a few days of skiing.  This particular pass will have you covered for the next two winters!

The pass offers unlimited and completely unrestricted access for both the 12/13 and 13/14 ski seasons.  Included with the deal is one $45 half day class lesson for this season, along with discounted friends and family tickets and 10% off food, beverages, and retail items.  Some restrictions may apply.  This pass is only available until December 31, so be sure to purchase before then!

Keystone Resort offers the closest lodging options for A-Basin, as there is only a lodge and parking lots at the resort itself.  There is a free shuttle that runs hourly from Keystone to A-Basin during the winter, making the short commute  easy and painless.  Lodging in River Run Village or East Keystone are great options for those who plan on skiing at Arapahoe Basin.  Settler’s Creek Townhomes are perfect for families or even multiple families looking to stay within the same area.  Ski Tip Ranch, The Springs, and Red Hawk are also some other lodging options worth considering for your ski vacation, featuring amenities like outdoor hot tubs, gas fireplaces, and spectacular views.

 

Tomorrow is Your Last Day to Save Big on Ski Season!

Take Advantage of the Free, Professional Epic Mix Photos When You Visit Keystone!

Tomorrow is the FINAL DAY of our Snowcapped Early Booking Sale! 15% Off Ski Season Stays of 3 Nights or More*

This winter has been predicted to be an above average snowfall year and we are prepping for an outrageously awesome season here in Keystone!  Keystone Resort is set to open on November 2nd, leaving roughly just 2 months until ski season starts.  Prime dates and properties are filling up fast, so it’s a good idea to book now, not only for the best selection but for the best prices!  Book your 2012/2013 winter season stay of 3+ nights and lock in last season’s rates, plus take an additional 15% off!*

Why Choose Keystone?

Keystone features world class terrain with something for every skiing or riding level, whether you are just learning or are a black diamond, powder-seeking  pro!  Just 90 minutes from the Denver International Airport and smack dab in the center of a cluster of other ski resorts, such as Breckenridge, Arapahoe Basin, Copper and Vail; Keystone offers a central location with convenience that can’t be beat.  Keystone is also one of the few resorts in Colorado that hosts night skiing, meaning you get more bang for your buck.  There are also plenty of lodging options in Keystone, whether you want to ski-in, ski-out at Lone Eagle, enjoy private bubbly hot tubs and slope views like those at Chateaux DuMont or just have the convenience of walking to shops, restaurants, and the slopes like you’ll have when you stay in River Run Village.  Keystone is also known to be one of the most family friendly resorts, offering activities designed just for kids, such as Kidtopia Kidsfest, the Snow Fort at the top of Dercum Mountain, and every day fun with activities like ice skating, tubing, sledding, sleigh rides and more!  You’ll also have access to Keystone’s Epic Mix, which allows users to track their days, vertical feet, earn pins and even have free professional photos taken on the mountain to record EPIC experiences! Keystone really has something for everyone! Call one of our Vacation Planners today and have them help you find the perfect property for your next Keystone Colorado vacation!

*Please refer to the Snowcapped Booking page for all of the details.

Fall is on the Way- A Great Time to Be in Keystone

Keystone is an amazing place to view Colorado’s Fall Colors!

A few of the leaves in Summit County have already started changing colors, meaning Fall is on it’s way.. and even better, that Winter will be here before we know it!  Fall is an incredible time to visit Keystone; the summer crowds have dwindled and it feels as if you have the whole resort to yourself.  Many of the restaurants in Summit County offer 2-for-1 deals, making it easy to enjoy a gourmet meal at just a fraction of the price you would normally pay.  The temperatures are cool, making it the ideal weather for hiking and biking.  Equipment shops start running fall sales to get rid of last year’s equipment, meaning you can receive savings up to 70% off on a new pair of skis, boots, googles, and other gear.  The quiet and relaxed atmosphere during the off season is a nice change from the normal hustle and bustle at the resort.  You can also visit some of the Fall themed events in Summit County, including Wine in the Pines, Oktoberfest, Fall for the Arts, Fall Fest and more.

Probably the biggest reason to come though is for the Colorado Fall Colors.  Keystone is home to Aspens which change to brilliant gold and orange hues, creating hills of gorgeous colors.  Although the exact dates cannot be predicted, typically September is the best month to view the colors.  There are numerous trails in the Keystone and Montezuma areas that offer superb color viewing opportunities, including the Peru Creek trail and Keystone Gulch area.  If you have never tried cross country mountain biking, it is a great way to cover alot of terrain and really submerse yourself in the beautiful scenery. There are many trails that are considered beginner level to get started on.  You can also ride your bike up one of the scenic passes such as Loveland or Hoosier.  Another way to view the colors is to take a scenic drive on one of the many beautiful roads in Summit County such as Montezuma Road, The Top of the Rockies Scenic Byway over Independence Pass, or the Copper Minturn Loop.

SummitCove is sticking with the 2-for-1 theme and offering A FREE Night, when you buy one night from September 10 until October 31st, at participating properties.  Experience the colors from the balcony view shown above at Expedition Station or be tucked away in the woods at Trapper’s Crossing Townhomes.  You can’t pass up these amazing prices during your Fall Color Viewing Tour!  Take a break from the city life and experience the brilliance and beauty of the Colorado wilderness during one of its most beautiful seasons!

Labor Day Festvities in Keystone

What do you have planned for your long weekend over Labor Day? How about one last getaway with the kids before the back to school grind?  Or an inexpensive, yet romantic getaway weekend with your special someone?  Keystone is just a short 70 minute drive from Denver and is the perfect place to go for a quick mountain escape.  There is plenty to do here whether you are an outdoor enthusiast, love shopping or are just looking to relax and take in the beautiful scenery.  We have properties to fit any size group and Vacation Planners that can help you find that perfect property, whether you want a romantic love nest or a spacious home for your entire family.  Spend 2 nights in Keystone over Labor Day Weekend & get your 3rd night free!

Over Labor Day Weekend, culinary lovers can satisfy their taste-buds at the Taste of Keystone Culinary Outdoor Food Festival.  The Taste of Keystone is a perfect way to experience Keystone’s finest cuisine, from restaurants like the Alpenglow Stube, Ski Tip Lodge, Keystone Ranch, and The Bighorn Steakhouse without having to break the bank.   Sample the finest foods and enjoy specialty wines along the shores of Keystone Lake.  Stay at a property in Lakeside Village and walk to the event!

For the shopping lovers and deal hounds, the Merchant Tent Sale will be going on all weekend.  This is a great time to get your holiday shopping done early or get some new ski equipment at up to 70% off! Don’t miss out on great bargains and prices from Gorsuch, Kidz Cabin, Christy Sports, Keystone Sports, Rock’n R Ranch and Shirt Off my Back.  It’s the perfect time to buy your gifts for the entire family.

This will also be the last weekend for FREE gondola rides during the Friday Afternoon Club, with live music, food, and yard games at the top of Dercum Mountain.  If you’ve never seen the views from the top during the summer, you won’t want to pass it up.  With amazing panoramic views of Lake Dillon, Breckenridge and the surrounding mountains, it is a great spot to hike around or just enjoy a beer with a view in one of the comfy Adirondack chairs in the sunshine.  Friday, August 31st features live music from the The Luv Brothers, at the top of Dercum Mountain.  Saturday the 1st is your last chance for twilight riding in the Keystone Bike Park.  The final closing day of downhill mountain biking is September 16th. Other activities at Keystone include hiking, biking, golf, and horseback riding.  Enjoy one last summer vacation before the snow falls!

Lakeside Village in Keystone