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!

FESTIVITIES

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!

FUN & FOOD
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.

THANKSGIVING DINNER
– 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

Colorado Ski Pass Sale – Hurry to buy the Summit Value Pass


The Summit Value Pass is one of our favorite offers this year for folks planning a Colorado ski vacation! This pass is perfect for people who only plan to ski in Summit County.  If you are planning a vacation to Keystone, and will be skiing or riding for 4 or more days, look into this option for savings!  Hurry!  Pricing is only guaranteed through this Sunday, October 16th!

Resort Access
Unlimited skiing or riding at Keystone and Arapahoe Basin with limited restrictions at Breckenridge.
$50 pass holder tickets available for purchase during blackout dates at Breckenridge.

Prices:

Adults $409

Teen $319

Child $209

Additional Tickets
– Six (6) Ski-With-A-Friend ( SWAF) varying discount tickets are automatically loaded onto your pass. Just take your guest to the ticket window and present your pass to receive the discount*
– Half-priced tickets available at Heavenly and Northstar.

Blackout Dates
Breckenridge restricted: 11/25 – 11/26/2011, 12/26-12/31/2011, 1/14/2012 & 2/18-2/19/2012.

Pass Insurance
Purchase Pass Insurance for only $20 ($10 for children ages 5-12) to protect your season pass. If you do not accept pass insurance, you will not be eligible for a refund of any kind.

SummitCove will help you to find the best Keystone Resort lodging for you and your family as you head up to Keystone for your ski and snowboard vacation!

Planning a Vacation to Keystone

The Ins & Outs of Planning a Trip to Keystone

OK, so it looks like you have decided on coming to Keystone. That’s great! Now what? (faint crickets in the background) Keystone can be a confusing place to come to if you don’t really know the area. There are a few different routes you can choose. Do I want to ski in and out? Am I all right with a 200 yard walk? Do I want to take a shuttle? Where do I get my skis? I don’t have waterproof clothes! This is a totally normal feeling of panic you are having, but never fear, that is why Summit Cove has folks like us here!

So first of all, let’s figure out where you want to stay. My first choice is River Run Village. Most people think that just because this village is within walking distance to the lifts, it automatically makes it more expensive. This is not always the case. We have many properties in RRV that rent for about the same rate as many of our shuttling locations. RRV has shops and restaurants and other activities all at your fingertips. It really is a great place for families because everyone can have a little more independence and get around without a car. If a quiet, serene area is what you are looking for, East Keystone is a great place. Trappers Crossing, Settler’s Creek, and Ski Tip Town Homes are the condos that make up this area. The shuttle is quick and runs every 20 minutes. Either way you still have quick access to the lifts!

Mountain House at Keystone Ski Resort
Ski slopes at Mountain House Base at Keystone Ski Resort

Next let’s figure out when you will be coming. If your schedule is wide open, I would highly recommend January. The lift lines are short, the prices are low, and the snow is GREAT! Also, many local businesses run specials on their products for these dates and it is really easy to save some money during this time. By coming during this time, you are basically guaranteed to have the entire mountain open for skiing. This is one of my favorite times to ski in Keystone! You also can avoid the holiday rush!

Now let’s talk about equipment. This is one of the most important parts of your vacation. NEVER EVER EVER RENT IN DENVER!!! I know this can be enticing to do because the prices are lower, but renting equipment in Denver can be a royal pain. What happens if your equipment breaks? Well now you have to drive back to Denver for replacements. You just ruined a full day of skiing. Mountain View Sports has the best skis in Keystone. They give 25% off of their rates when you book a reservation with SummitCove.com. Mountain View’s basic package is as good as most other companies’ intermediate package. These guys are the best and give great customer service. My advice would be to book them online ahead of time on Mountain View Sports.

Well there you have it. This is the Keystone insider’s guide to the perfect ski vacation. Call us anytime with questions or to book.