18,000 Famous Skiers and Snowboarders from Summit County

Summit County is home to some of the best skiing in the country.  One could make the argument that it’s home to some of the best skiing in the world.  Then it should come as no surprise that Summit County is home to some of the most talented skiers and snowboarders in the country. The whole state is can stake claim to that since, well, Colorado is the best!

In the most recent Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, 19 of the Olympians were from Colorado.

Keri Herman Keri Herman of the United States waits for her score in the Freestyle Skiing Women's Ski Slopestyle Finals on day four of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on February 11, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.
Keri Herman of the United States waits for her score in the Freestyle Skiing Women’s Ski Slopestyle Finals on day four of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on February 11, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.
photo credit: zimbio.com

While only one was from Summit County, Keri Herman (ski slopestyle), it’s awesome there was even one.  But that’s just the start of the famous skiers and snowboarders in and from Summit County.

There are professional snowboarders from Keystone, Jack and Zachary Black. When there are snowboarding events around the country, you will more than likely see both of them.

As this story points out, the U.S. Freestyle Moguls team has long had a connection with Breckenridge.  The story adds that the head coach of the team, Scott Rawles, is a long-time resident, as are his parents.

Rawles knows a thing or two about moguls, having coached through three Olympics, including the most wins in U.S. Freestyle Moguls Team in history at the Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver in 2010. Under his guidance, U.S. team members won three medals. Hannah Kearney captured the gold, while team mates Bryon Wilson and Shannon Bahrke both won bronze medals.

Keamey also spends time in Breckenridge. When she’s not skiing, she volunteers her time by signing autographs.  As word spreads on the great slopes for skiing and snowboarding, that number will only get higher.  This list doesn’t include the people who train in Summit County to get ready for the Olympics or World Championships.

From Lindsay Vonn to Shaun White, when you walk around Breckenridge during the winter and the slopes are open you could see just about anyone who has either competed at the Olympics or will some day.

Keystone Resort has one of the country’s best terrain parks, featuring its own lift, over 100 features and 60 acres.  The A-51 Terrain Park is known for its unique and ever-changing features and has been named with several awards, including #2 Terrain Park by TransWorld Magazine and #3 Terrain Park by Freeskier Magazine.  It is not unusual to see the pros practicing here on a regular basis!

That’s the beauty of Summit County.  It’s no big deal for the people who are there.

There’s no doubt that it’s exciting, but the people who visit or live there know not to make a big deal out of it because it’s such a common occurrence. It’s nothing new for them.  Still, it is pretty cool to see Summit County produce such great athletes. Though it’s not really a surprise given the how great the slopes are!

‘Marry Me a Little’ Now Showing at Lake Dillon Theatre Company

Marry Me a Little Playing at the Lake Dillon Theatre CO

For anyone who has never been to the Lake Dillon Theatre CO in Dillon, CO, it is certainly worth the visit at least once while you are visiting Keystone, Colorado.  The theare is a very small, intimate venue that completely involves its audiences and offers a wide variety of fun and interesting shows throughout the year.  Every night is unique and offers cultural experiences that you won’t find anywhere else in the high country! Currently playing at the LDTC is ‘Marry Me a Little’, showing now until September 23rd.  “This romantic musical romp tells the serendipitous tale of two lonesome lovers through the music of famed composer Stephen Sondheim. The two express their feelings, both bright and bitter, on relationships and the never-ending dream of finding true love, without ever knowing they are one floor apart in the same apartment building!”

Marry Me a Little is a treasure trove of musical gems, each unique enough to stand on their own, but together they weave and overlap to make an evening of unforgettable musical theatre.  The show is recommended for all ages, so don’t hesitate to bring the entire family to this fun event.  Why see a movie when you can see the real thing?!

Purchase Tickets Here

Weekday Performances (Tues, Wed, Thur) @ 6:30 PM – $29.00

Friday and Saturday @ 7:30 PM and Sunday @6:30 PM – $32.00

Student Price (with valid student ID)- $27.00

 

Cabin in the Pines Tree Spraying

On August 24th trees surrounding the Cabin in the Pines Townhomes in Keystone were sprayed and residents were warned to stay inside during the spraying, not to park under the trees, let children play in the treated area for 24 hours and to close all doors and windows.  As the pine beetle infestation continues to dominate Summit County and surrounding areas, preventative spraying is becoming more and more common.  Once a tree has pine beetles, there is no way to effectively stop them.  Pheromones and fertilization are used to combat the beetle infestations on trees but have been less effective.  USDA scientists have projected that by 2012, any community in the front range of Colorado with pine trees will be affected and should consider spraying trees prior to beetle flight in July.

 

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

 

Liftopia Presents: The Mountain Collective Multi-Resort Pass

A foggy day at Keystone Resort

Four legendary ski areas are coming together under one extraordinary pass. Brought to you exclusively by Liftopia, the Mountain Collective is a ground-breaking collaboration between Alta, Aspen/Snowmass, Jackson Hole, and Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows. Experience the ultimate winter with two free days at each mountain listed, plus each pass holder receives unlimited 50% off lift tickets. With the Mountain Collective, it’s now possible for passionate skiers and riders to claim thousands of vertical feet and chase ideal winter conditions across Colorado, Utah, Wyoming and California. Passes are on sale now for just $349 and $229 for children.

Want to ski or ride multiple resorts without having to travel far and wide, state to state or across the country?!  Keystone Resort is located in scenic Summit County, Colorado, which is home to SEVEN ski resorts within a 40 mile radius.  Purchase an EPIC Season Pass and receive unlimited access to Keystone, Arapahoe Basin, Breckenridge, Vail, and Beaver Creek- let’s not forget their west coast resorts Heavenly, Northstar, and Kirkwood. For $659, pass holders get unlimited access to all of these resorts- no blackout dates and in addition they receive 6 Ski with a Friend Passes.  Keystone Resort is centrally located in the middle of it all; just a short drive from Arapahoe Basin and Breckenridge, and with Vail and Beaver Creek just another 30 miles down the highway, it’s the perfect place to host your Colorado ski vacation!

USA Pro-Cycling Challenge Teams Finalized

Fans cheer on Timothy Roe as he heads to the finish at the 2011 USA Pro Cycling Challenge in Summit County
Now that the Olympics are over, are you wondering how to spend the remainder of your summer? Perhaps your next step is to watch the USA Pro Challenge on one of its many days in Colorado. We’re now less than a week away from the start and the teams and riders have been finalized. Once again in Summit County, we will be treated to watching some of the best in the world compete as some of the top riders from this year’s Tour de France have opted to participate in the Pro Cycling Challenge over the Vuelta D’Espana. Some of the favorite days of this year’s race will be a reprisal of last year’s “Queen Stage” on the 22nd of August as the cyclists ride from Gunnison over the monstrous Cottonwood and Independence passes to Aspen and the following day as the cyclists go back over Independence pass and through Leadville on their way to the finish in Beaver Creek. Not to be left out of that mix is the Friday stage as the cyclists begin the day in Breckenridge and ride over the deceivingly difficult Hoosier Pass before heading 118 miles to Colorado Springs for a likely downhill bunch sprint. With Keystone ideally situated in the middle for short drives to and from these 3 stages as well as about and hour from Denver and Golden you can catch 5 of the 7 stages all from the same place!

Come on out to cheer on 2012 3rd Place Tour de France rider Vincenzo Nibali, 2011 Tour Winner Cadel Evans, 2011 Pro-cycling Challenge winner Levi Leipheimer and American youth sensations Tejay Van Garderen and Taylor Phinney.   This is sure to be a fun event in the high country!

The Bottle Shop in SummitCove Hosts ‘Third Thursdays’ with Free Wine Tastings

The Bottle Shop is a new boutique wine, beer and spirits store that opened earlier this year in the SummitCove neighborhood near Keystone Resort. The owners, Ben and Janesse Brown, have a chalkboard set up in the store so customers can make recommendations for wine or beer brands they’d like to see and they also offer a ‘make your own six-pack,’ so folks can take home a mix of their favorite brews. There is a big emphasis on local and Colorado brands across the whole spectrum of inventory. Brown says the prices are good: because the shop is located in unincorporated Summit County, it isn’t affected by additional town or resort taxes. The shop is mostly a wine and beer store; only 20 percent of the floor space is dedicated to liquor. It has nearly 200 wines to choose from — which the Browns picked out after consulting with a sommelier — and room for another 100 after community input starts rolling in.

The Bottle Shop proudly hosts ‘3rd Thursdays’ each month, in which visitors can sample wines, beers, and spirits from 4-7pm on the third Thursday of each month. The Bottle Shop partners with other community businesses to bring the properly paired garnish with your wine (think cheese, bread, and chocolate!). Third Thursdays will feature a local “somel-yeahs!” – community members sharing their “expert” views on the featured wine – either a new favorite or old friend.  It is a terrific time to gather as a community for some sublime wine and good company! The next Third Thursday will take place on August 16, 2012. If you are looking for a property nearby, check out the West Keystone area, which is just a little over a mile from The Bottle Shop.  Soda Springs 1917 or Pines 2136 are both available for rental in August- rent a bike and ride to the wine tasting!

Heading to the Bottle Shop?  Don’t forget your Key to Keystone Coupon BookSummitCove guests receive a 10% discount on any 1 item in the store when you present your coupon!

The Bottle Shop Hours:
Sunday – 1 -6 p.m.
Monday – Thursday 12 -9 p.m.
Friday – Saturday 12 -10 p.m.

The Bottle Shop Location:
In the Summit Cove Neighborhood Center
40 Cove Boulevard, C-1
Dillon, CO 80435

New Lowe’s Summit County Store in Silverthorne Slated to Open on August 10th, Grand Opening Celebration is Scheduled for August 16

After a long community debate, regarding impact on the community and local businesses, Lowe’s finally began construction earlier this year and is scheduled to soon be open in its new Silverthorne, Colorado location. Lowe’s began stocking their store during the week of July 9th, and the store is scheduled to open to the public on August 10.  A grand opening celebration is being planned for August 16.  It sounds like there will be some community involvement events, kids projects and giveaways happening during the grand opening, but details have not yet been announced. Those interested can check http://www.lowes.com/newstores later this week for a complete list of scheduled events.

Lowe’s Home Improvement is excited to announce the grand opening of their new Silverthorne location set for August 16th. The store will bring roughly one hundred additional jobs to the Silverthorne community and is expected to cater its product line to meet the unique climate of Colorado.  This will be one of the smallest Lowe’s in the country, but it is expected to be state of the art and offer many conveniences to local residents and homeowners, including easy access to the highway, supplies catered to the mountain climate, and ease of ordering.

For our Keystone Resort Property Owners, the opening of a big hardware store in Summit County is exciting.  Up until now major appliances, hardware, and many other items had to be ordered out of Denver and shipped or delivered to Keystone.  The opening of Lowe’s this Friday will mean that homeowners will have local access to everything they need for major repairs, upgrades and remodels.  The opening of Lowe’s also means that the Summit Cove maintenance team will have access to whatever they need every day of the week – we will have to do less online ordering and we will be able to streamline our maintenance turnaround times even more!  For our homeowners, now everything is right there for them in Summit County!

Cool Off By Getting Wet in the Water in the High Country This Summer!

One of the first things that probably comes to mind when you think of the perfect summer mountain vacation is whitewater rafting. Although it’s a total blast, it’s certainly  not the only way to get wet in the high country. From stand up paddle boarding to sailing to kayaking and fishing, there are plenty of ways to get wet!

Kayaking

Whitewater kayaking is a ton of fun, along with being a great upper body workout. Try it out yourself at the Breckenridge kayak park, located on the Blue River in downtown Breckenridge. At 1,800 feet, it’s the longest in the state and includes 15 water features that challenge all levels of boaters. Access is free, and equipment rentals and instruction are available at local outfitters.

Looking for something more mellow with less rapids? Why not rent a sea kayak and head to Lake Dillon (officially named Dillon Reservoir), conveniently located in the center of Summit County. Kayak Lake Dillon is Summit County’s only kayaking outfitter and can arrange family and other sea kayak trips on the scenic lake.

Lake Dillon Boating

Lake Dillon is more than just Denver’s Water Source! In addition to kayaking (see above), you can  sail, stand up paddleboard, rent a pontoon boat and more.  Both the Dillon and Frisco Marinas rent out boats.  Check out the Lake Dillon Water Taxi for a short ride along with a history lesson- its a great way to get out on the water inexpensively and see the spectacular views.  SummitCove guests receive a coupon for a discount on the Taxi’s round trip ride in our Key to Keystone Coupon Book.

Fly Fishing

A person could devote a lifetime to mastering the minute details of fly fishing: which flies to choose, how to cast, where to look for fish, when to lure them in. Or that person could hire a guide and head to one of the many trout-full rivers in the high country.  Summit Fly Fishing on Keystone Lake offers equipments rentals, guided trips and lessons. The Snake River is a great place to learn! Looking for a property that is close to the river?  Red Hawk Townhomes #2352 backs up right to the river- just step out the back door and grab your fishin’ pole- you can start as the sun comes up!

Whitewater Rafting

KODI Rafting is based out of Frisco, Colorado and offers all kinds of rafting trips.   Rafting is fun for everyone and even Dad is sure to grab a thrill from getting soaked with cold mountain runoff as you paddle through the river’s rapids.  KODI offers a variety of trips spanning across 4 rivers, running everything from an easy float trip for kids to an extreme whitewater adventure!  They also do duckie trips for  those looking to steer their own boat and they are perfect for later season trips when the water is tamer.  Remember- all SummitCove guests receive a 10% discount on all KODI trips!

Stand Up Paddle Boarding

This sport seems to be all the new rage this summer  and it’s becoming more and more popular up here in the high country.  KODI has also started Stand Up Paddle Board trips this summer, that include a full day with training, the morning session just practice on a local pond, followed by taking it to the river in the afternoon.  Keystone visitors also have the opportunity to rent a board right on Keystone Lake!  The Keystone Adventure Center on Keystone Lake also offers kayak and paddle boat rentals.

Swimming/ Pool Party

Keystone has some spectacular outdoor pools at various condo buildings, perfect for the kids to play or to lay out and indulge yourself in a great book and the warm sunshine.  Book a condo at The Springs in River Run and enjoy beautiful landscaping, a waterslide, 2 hot tubs, waterfalls and 2 huge common grills… can we say pool party!? Soda Springs, Dakota Lodge, and Tennis Townhomes are some of our other summer time pool favorites.


Want to Cool Off in the High Country?

SummitCove has just extended our Escape the Heat Sale, offering 35% Off Summer Stays of 3 Nights or More.  It’s the perfect reason to get out of Denver and into the high country to try out some of our fun water sports and beat the heat!

 

 

Upcoming August Events in Keystone Colorado

Summer isn’t over in Keystone yet!  There are lots of great events still coming up in the last few months of the summer including some fun, FREE kids activities, free gondola rides, comedy shows, concerts, sales, painting classes and more! Don’t forget about all of the other fun things to do while you’re here, like Stand Up PaddleBoarding at Keystone Lake, Downhill Mountain Biking, Hiking, Dirt Biking, Golf, and horseback riding.  Thinking of staying the night while you are visiting Keystone?  You are sure to find a great deal with our summer lodging sales and be able to find that perfect property that suits you and your group best, whether you’re looking for a spectacular view, an outdoor pool for the kids, or even a gourmet kitchen! We have properties throughout Keystone, including Buffalo Lodge, Settler’s Creek, Lakeside Village and Ski Tip Townhomes.  Check out one of our favorite summertime properties, Lakeshore 1561 for amazing views of the lake and mountains!

Tuesdays, 8/7 & 8/14 2012
Kids Discovery Days

A great place for kids to run around, do some exploring, interact with other kids and have a ton of fun at this FREE event in Keystone! Discovery Days include a bounce house and either 2 face painters or 2 balloon artists, kids crafts, and other activities, along with the main act.  August 7 features Music For Kids- an interactive show with children’s singalong songs.  On August 14th catch a show from the animals and keepers from the Denver Zoo!  Stage performances will be from 11am – 11:45am.

Fridays, 8/10, 8/17, 8/24, 8/31 2012
Friday Afternoon Club

There’s no better way to spend your Friday Afternoon!  Free gondola rides take you to the top of Dercum Mountain for an afternoon of live music, hiking, yard games, and spectacular views!

Here is the entertainment line-up for the rest of August:
August 10- Levi
August 17- Chancer’s Hooley
August 24- Luv Brothers
August 31- Luv Brothers

Friday, 8/10/2012
Kidtopia Kids Theater Presents- The Prince

On Friday mornings at the Quaking Aspen Amphitheater, Keystone’s River Run Village hosts the Prince, put on by The Lake Dillon Theatre Company.  The Kingdom’s royal princes have all mysteriously gone missing. That is, all except Prince Herbert, often dubbed the most ineligible bachelor in the land. But when the awkward Herbert is given the humorously impossible task of serving as royal king-to-be to all the Kingdom’s princesses, he discovers his true self. Join us for this original family musical full of humor and heart as Prince Herbert and the entire kingdom discover that true nobility comes from deep within.
Named “Best Colorado Theatre West of Denver” by the Colorado Theatre Guild and “One of Colorado’s Top Ten Theatres Outside Denver” by the Denver Post, the Lake Dillon Theatre brings you a high-quality, high-energy, high-altitude musical performance you won’t want to miss. Tickets are $5 general admission for parents, children, and all guests and there are two performances at 10:30 & 12pm.

Saturday, 8/11/2012
Kidtopia Kidsfest

Bring your family and enjoy some FREE family fun!  Come experience a petting zoo, train rides, caricatures, face painters, balloon artists, crafts, mascots Olivia and Oliver, spin art, a kid’s show, bounce houses, DJ and a street entertainer for a day you won’t want to miss! On Saturday, don’t miss Paul Borrillo, performing his trivia game show that is fun and informative, showing at 12 pm, 1;30pm, and 2:30 pm on the main stage in the River Run Events Plaza.

Saturday, 8/11/2012
Comedy Night with Steve ‘Mudflap’ McGrew and Opener Matt Baca

Warren Station at Keystone hosts a comedy night that will leave you laughing out loud!  Join us in August as Warren Station at Keystone presents award-winning comedian Steve Mudflap McGrew. Enjoy drink specials and more. Stand up may not be suitable for kids.  Tickets can be purchased online or at the door- just $12 in advance!  Doors and drinks start at 7pm, with Matt Baca starting the laughs at 8pm.

About the Acts:
Steve Mudflap McGrew:
comedian Steve McGrew’s takes on the lighter side of life. Born in Tulsa, OK, but raised near the Houston area, McGrew began his career at the beginning of the 80’s, working as an editorial cartoonist for the Houston Chronicle during the day and performing standup at night, early on, he shared stages with comedians like Bill Hicks and Sam Kinison at Houston’s Comedy Workshop Club. After about five years, McGrew decided to concentrate on comedy full – time and quickly became a popular attraction around the South. From there he went on to appear on virtually every cable show devoted to standup comedy, including An Evening at the Improv, Caroline’s Comedy Hour, Showtime’s Full Frontal Comedy, and Comedy on the Road, among others. He also showed up on MTV, VH1, and TNN, as a finalist on Star Search, and on the Bob and Tom morning radio show.
Additionally, McGrew opened concerts for several rock and country artists, including Dolly Parton, Tanya Tucker, Wynonna Judd, Jerry Lee Lewis, the Doobie Brothers, and The Beach Boys. As he grew more ambitious, McGrew put together a series of one-man shows – including a stage piece based on his experiences as a divorced father – that allowed him to explore different comic territory. McGrew made a string of recordings available on the Laughing Hyena label, and then switched to Uproar for his most widely distributed album to date, 1999’s Too Much Man for Just One Woman and Other Lies. http://www.myspace.com/stevemcgrew.

Matt Baca:
Matt Baca has established himself as a premiere stand-up comedian in the Denver comedy scene, performing in comedy clubs, corporations, and universities all over the United States. Matt draws from his experiences in education, the business world and travel to provide high-energy and character-driven observations. His comedy ranges from the intellectual to the slapstick, guaranteeing that there will be a topic for everyone to enjoy. www.mattbaca.com.
Matt draws from his experiences in education, the business world and travel to provide high-energy and character-driven observations.

Saturday, 8/11/2012
House of Walker Scotch Dinner at Alpenglow Stube

Hosted by Robert Sickler, Master of Whiskey for Johnnie Walker and the Classic Malts.  This special event had to be canceled this winter due to bad weather, so the Alpenglow Stube team are bringing it back on August 11, 2012. This is a fantastic deal, considering the very rare Johnnie Walker King George V whiskey samplings and the superb menu. Dinner starts at 7pm and costs just $125 per person. The dinner includes multiple whiskey tastings with every course, 6 in all, with a wood-fired Filet of Beef for the main course, and starters like oysters and an arugula goat cheese salad. Some of the dishes even incorporate the whiskeys into the sauces!

Thursday, 8/16/2012
Keystone Enduro Race Series #3
WHAT IS ENDURO? Enduro is a relatively new format which appears to have taken some inspiration from both car rally and motorbike enduro racing. Mountain bike enduro is essentially the competitive side of the mountain biking format often referred to today as “All-Mountain”. Due to this eclectic combination of attributes, enduro racing is increasingly recognized as the truest test of the all-round mountain biker. The Mass Start will take place on at the top of the Peru Chair (pleaser reference a Keystone Trail Map for directions). From there, participants will be required to climb (via bike) up the P-3 Trail. Once they have achieved the climb, a judge will mark the climb completed as the participant moves on to descend the mountain on a course of their choosing. All participants must stay to a maintained Keystone Resort Trail as they descend. The Race finish line is indicated with signage and a chalk line at the base of River Run Face, adjacent to the Summit Express Lift and at the South end of the Pedestrian Bridge. Races start at 6pm and are categorized between Men & Women, with the top 3 from each group be awarded with cash prizes.

Friday, 8/17/2012
Keystone Ascent Race Series #3
The Mass Start will take place on River Run Road, directly North of the Keystone Sports Sprung Tent. From there, a Neutral Start will ride to East Keystone Road continuing on to Jack Straw Road to the Summit of Dercum mountain, continuing to the North East side of the Summit House and wrapping around the North West side of the Summit house. The Race finish line is indicated with signage and a chalk line. WHAT IS ASCENT? An Ascent Race is an uphill race against the clock (also referred to as “the race of truth”). Winning depends only on each rider’s strength and endurance, and not on help provided by team-mates and others riding ahead and creating a slipstream. Starting times are at equal intervals, usually one or two minutes apart. The rider with the fastest time is declared the winner. Race starts at 6pm.

Saturday, 8/18/2012
River Run Rocks! Free Concert

River Run Rocks Concert Series featuring Shannon McNally & Hot Sauce. These fun events will get your feet moving while you soak up the gorgeous views of Keystone and enjoy perfect mountain weather. Set right in the River Run Village Plaza, the series features food and drink specials, plus prime seating on the decks of Wolf Rock, 9280’ TapHouse and Luigi’s.

About the band: McNally has toured and done shows with Willie Nelson, Stevie Nicks, John Mellencamp, Charlie Sexton, Son Volt, Ryan Adams, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, Derek Trucks, Rail Road Earth, Rufus Wainwright, Levon Helm and Lou Reed. She has appeared on NPR, The Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Mountain Stage and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Her voice has appeared on recordings by Jim Dickinson, Mac Rebennack, John Hiatt, Rufus Wainwright, Hal Wilner, Wardell Quezergue and Son Volt among others.

Saturday, 8/18/2012
Extasis Tango Quartet

A riveting journey into the vast and powerful music of Argentine Tango, featuring a classic “orquesta tipica” in the intimate setting at Warren Station in River Run Village.  This Argentine tango ensemble Extasis was founded in Colorado by bandoneonist Evan Orman and violinist Erin Furbee. In 1999, the ensemble received a grant from Tango Colorado, which allowed them to study tango music in Buenos Aires. Their shared interests in popular Argentine music, and especially that of the innovative compositions of Astor Piazzolla, hold considerable influence on their highly energetic, fiery poetic style. The event will have a cash bar and tickets can be purchased at the door; $15 adults, kids under 5 are free. Doors open at 7:30pm.

Saturday, 8/25/2012
Canvas and Cocktails
Looking for a way to explore your artistic side but don’t know where to start? Want a fun night out that is new and exciting? Canvas and Cocktails is an upbeat creative class for both the artistic and not so artistic. Come learn the basics of acrylic painting while enjoying the company of friends. Not artistic? A little nervous? Don’t worry- an instructor will guide you through step by step recreating the featured nights painting. It’s easy, fun, and totally stress free. By the
end of the night you will be amazed at the artwork you have created- there’s no experience required! Drinks are not included in ticket price but drink specials will be available! Items included with the ticket purchase for the night are the instruction, canvas, brushes and paint.  Tickets are $41.99 in advance and $45 at the door, doors open at 6pm.

Friday, 8/31 – 9/2 2012
Merchant Tent Sale
It’s time to go shopping!  The River Run Tent Sale is here.  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…. get your Christmas shopping done early!