Keystone Science School Now Offers Winter Break Camps

Whether you live here in Summit County or are visiting for the holidays, you can now send your kids to Keystone Science School over winter break!  The camps are indeed scheduled with Summit County’s School District Calendar, but coincidentally, the dates also align with many of our guests holiday vacations.  There will be both day and overnight camps available for kids ranging in ages from 5 – 17.  The camps focus on science and technology, mixed with adventure through interactive education. The are aimed at helping kids work on developing their scientific and critical thinking skills, plus having fun with their peers.

 

Kids Sledding on Hill in Keystone

Keystone Science School came up with the winter camp idea after surveying and listening to local parents as they spoke of hardships over break in finding child care as well as keeping kids stimulated and engaged over school breaks.  This is a chance for parents to drop them off at camp for a fun time instead of trying to find child care. KSS will offer potential campers with the same model from their summer camp, but instead with winter-based activities, such as snow-science and winter hiking.  They will dig snow pits, learn about snow and snow stability.  Other activities may include cross-country skiing, sledding, campfires, snow forts, arts and crafts, archery and more.

Keystone Science School’s winter camp is happening on December 27–28, 2018 and again from January 2–4, 2019. The cost is $65 per day for day camp and $85 per day for overnight camp. For more details, visit KeystoneScienceSchool.org.

A Colorado Spring Break at Keystone Resort

Now that the holidays are over, you should have some time to start planning your family Spring Break ski trip to Keystone, CO!

Spring Break at Keystone Ski Resort with Summit Cove

 

Why choose Keystone? 

Keystone is the top-rated family friendly resort in Colorado and truly caters to families and kids.  Keystone Kidtopia is a season-long festival that features daily kids activities and events, with a special March event, the Kidtopia Music Experience. Some of the fun daily events include family game night, arts and crafts, Ice Cream Parties, Village Parades, Kids Yoga and Super Snowy Science and the best part is, almost all of the activities are free. There are also fireworks almost every Saturday night during ski season!  Make sure you also plan some time to explore the world’s largest snow fort at the top of Dercum Mountain during your stay.

 

Keystone is home to some of the best lodging options in the state.  Whether you are looking for a spacious luxury ski-in townhome or a smaller, budget-friendly family ski condo, SummitCove Lodging has a rental property that will work for you.  We have over 300 vacation rental condos at Keystone Resort, ranging in size and price.  Plan a trip with another family and enjoy staying at one of our private homes with all of the amenities you need, like a private hot tub and game table.  Or, just bring your immediate family and stay at a River Run Condo to be in the heart of the action and not have to drive anywhere during your stay!

 

What’s there to do besides skiing and snowboarding? 

– Plan a family night at Ready, Paint, Fire and encourage the creative juices to flow. Everyone can paint their own Keystone souvenir to take home and remember the trip.

 

– Book a winter snowmobiling tour with White Mountain Tours and add in some adventure to your itinerary!  There are a variety of tour options available and you’ll love to see the amazing Colorado scenery as you zip through wide open powder fields!

 

– Spend the afternoon or evening ice skating under the stars.  Keystone is home to 2-outdoor ice rinks, so take your pick! You’ll love skating around with the mountains as your backdrop. If you’re new to skating, you’ll love to know they have handy skating assists available so you don’t break your bum!

 

– Stay inside and enjoy each other’s company.  Bring your playing cards and have a rummy tournament or spark up a board game or charades! Many of our vacation properties come equipped with a variety of fun games to play with your family.  Make some popcorn and curl up with a good family movie night. Or, teach the kids how to cook as you prepare a gourmet meal.

 

– Check out a concert.  There are tons of great events scheduled during March and most events are for all ages. Head for the Hills and G. Love and the Special Sauce are both scheduled at Keystone’s Warren Station in March.

 

– Go swimming!  Many of the Summit Cove rental properties have pool and hot tub access, so take advantage and take a dip in the pool!  Bring some scuba masks and dive for treasures or take turns doing cannonballs.  Everyone is sure to have fun at the pool.

 

– Warm up by the firepit.  Stroll the shops and check out the ice sculptures in River Run Village and then warm up at one of the multiple outdoor firepits located throughout the village.  While you’re there, have your hand at the life size chess or checkers games!

 

– Experience a dinner sleigh ride.  The Keystone Stables and Two Below Zero are two options for sleigh ride dinners here at Keystone Resort.  Book your reservation in advance and enjoy a peaceful sleigh ride under the stars as you head to dinner in a cozy lodge, complete with family-friendly live entertainment!

 

Be sure you leave some time for skiing or snowboarding during your trip, because March is known to be one of the snowiest months of the year in Colorado. Mix in warm sunny days and big snow storms, you can’t beat the ski conditions during a March stay.  SummitCove Lodging is currently offering discounts on Spring stays of 7 or more nights, so take advantage of the savings and book your spring break ski vacation today.

 

We are 1 Month from Opening Day at Keystone!

The excitement is almost too much to handle.  As much as we love Fall… we can’t wait for winter ski season!  Keystone Ski Resort is scheduled to open on Friday, November 10, 2017.  If you haven’t been out for opening day, why not make this season your first?  Opening day is a ton of fun and a must-try experience at least once in your skiing or snowboarding career.  Everyone is extremely excited and so happy to be out on the slopes, no matter how much snow there is.  You’ll get all sorts of free stuff, giveaways and even free doughnuts with coffee.  You won’t be able to wipe the smile off your face.  Keystone is great (dare we say the best?) at snowmaking and you might be surprised at how impressive their early season conditions typically tend to be.

 

So, want to make first chair on opening day?  Take advantage of our opening weekend kickoff sale offering 50% off stays of 2 or more nights at select properties for the weekend.  That’s right – 50% off at select properties and rates as low as $80 a night.  We’ll help you get first tracks and find your season stoke.  Book your opening day weekend stay in Keystone with SummitCove Lodging today! Check our our opening weekend kickoff sale here. Hurry- this sale ends on October 17!

My Top 3 Dream Properties for a Christmas Holiday Family Vacation in Keystone

Christmas time in Keystone is nothing short of magical.  The white snowy backdrop, holiday lights and music with the cheery feel make for a family holiday that you won’t forget.  Keystone will always deliver that perfect holiday feeling, but what about the condo you rent?  Here are my top 3 favorite properties to rent for a family vacation over the holidays that really bring out that dreamy holiday, cozy feeling and bring your family together.

 

Goldenrod Home #7

The location of this property alone puts it in class of its own.  Located out in the Keystone Ranch area, it is a bit away from the ski slopes, but allows you to enjoy the scenic 10 minute drive and take in the beautiful of the open fields and meadows with surrounding mountain views in the Keystone Ranch area.  This log-home style property is big and grand, welcoming you with a huge second story porch and stone pillars.  As you walk into this property, the vaulted ceilings hit you with a super-spacious feel and everything screams GRAND, like the large exposed wood beams that are seen throughout the home and beautiful wood beam staircase.  The furnishings are nice, but not ‘too nice’ – you’ll feel very comfortable relaxing here.  A large elk with a big rack is mounted on the wall and really adds to the mountain feel of this private home in Keystone.  A large, open kitchen with chef grade appliances will make it easy to prepare that family meal. A large stone hearth fireplace in the grand room will warm you up on that snowy night. Stare out at the mountains through the large picture window. There are also multiple fireplaces in other rooms of this house. Spacious cozy bedrooms and a private hot tub top off this property as a place that any family would love to spend some together at during the holidays on a mountain ski trip.

This private home has a ‘grand’ feel with lots of space and homey furnishings

 

 

Springs #8893

This 3 bedroom, 3 bath condo is located in River Run Village and has an amazing ski slope view.  Hardwood floors are a nice upgrade with a cozy sectional sofa, large flatscreen TV and plenty of seating in the living room.  The best part of this room? The coffee table – it’s a working mini foosball table that will keep kids (or those ‘kids at heart’) occupied for hours.  I can just see our family curling up here on the sofa for a game night or movie by the warm fireplace.  The location is perfect, we can walk around the village, to dinner, to go shopping, ice skating or just to hang out by the gas firepit in the village.  Then we can head to the heated pool which features a WATER SLIDE and two hot tubs to warm up in as the snow falls.  This great building also has a steam room, kids playhouse with a kids castle and movie theatre room with comfy reclining leather seats and huge flat screen TV! The gondola is just yards away to make carrying our ski gear to the slopes a breeze. I can picture it now… a quiet Christmas morning on the slopes, followed by a warm meal, opening a few presents and then a soak in the hot tub, enjoying our family time together.

You can wake up with a view of the ski slopes at this Springs Condo!

 

 

 

Quicksilver #1659

This 3 bedroom, 3 bath condo is located in North Keystone and everything about it screams MOUNTAINS!  This property is a multi-level condo that has some great features like vaulted ceilings and lots of windows.  The main level has unbeatable views outside of the lodgepole pines and snowy meadows and would be great to sit and watch the snow fall on a winter evening.  Wood floors grace most of the main level and the living room has a fireplace. Tons of little details add to the mountain charm of this condo, like the forest themed iron fireplace cover, moose on the couch pillows and the gorgeous staircase which has a tree and leaf theme. The bedrooms all feature cozy quilts and really will make you feel at home.   The master bedroom has a built in wall gas fireplace, perfect to curl up by on a winter night or to warm you up in the morning before crawling out of bed to head to the slopes.  There is a great upper level balcony at this property if you happen to get a warm afternoon, get out and take in the fresh air.  The kitchen is spacious and features stainless steel appliances and beautiful granite countertops.  I would love to take my family here for a wonderful holiday break at Keystone!

This Quicksilver Keystone condo has that ‘mountain’ feel from the big windows to mountain themed decor!

 

Enter the Mountain Getaway Giveaway and Raft | Ride | Relax in Keystone this summer!

SummitCove Vacation Lodging has teamed up with two of our favorite adventure partners to offer a chance to win the ultimate mountain adventure weekend this summer.  First up, we’ll get your adrenaline pumping on a Full Day Browns Canyon whitewater rafting adventure with Performance Tours Rafting. Then, enjoy a scenic downhill ‘Ride the Pass‘ bike tour with Mountain View Sports. Relax in a warm and inviting 1-bedroom River Run Keystone condo provided by SummitCove Lodging for 2 nights.

From June 1 – 29, participants may enter the Mountain Getaway Giveaway via the contest app, and by liking all 3 companies’ Facebook pages. There is one entry per email address, with opportunities to earn additional bonus entries with social media shares and likes. The winner will be selected and contacted on June 30, 2017.  The prize weekend takes place on July 21 – 23.

Grand Prize Mountain Getaway Weekend in Keystone, July 21 – 23:

– Full Day Browns Canyon rafting trip for 2 with lunch

– 2 ‘Ride the Pass’ bike tours with Mountain View Sports

– 2 nights lodging in a 1-bedroom condo in River Run Village at Keystone Resort with SummitCove Lodging

Rules

– Must ‘like’ all three company Facebook pages: Performance Tours Rafting, SummitCove, & Mountain View Sports

– One entry per email address, with opportunities to add bonus entries with shares

– Prize has no cash value, non-transferable, and must be redeemed weekend 7/21 – 7/23, 2017.

– Must be 25+ to enter and win.

Enter the Mountain Getaway Giveaway today!

What To Expect When You Stay With SummitCove Lodging In Keystone

 

 

 

 

You may have questions or be worried about the experience you will have staying with SummitCove Lodging in Keystone. Here you can find a testimonial on what you can expect when you stay with SummitCove. Summit County has some of the best hiking I have ever experienced with the beautiful Rocky Mountain landscape. Keystone has a lot of different activities for the outdoor enthusiast to enjoy. After a fulfilling day of hiking the Peru Creek Trail in Keystone, I wanted to find a lodging option that had a hot tub to soak my muscles! SummitCove helped me find a great deal last minute. 

 

For my stay, I booked a 1 bedroom condo in Lakeside Village. A little information about the lodging Montezuma #1750 is a quiet, spacious condo with a wood-burning fireplace, lots of natural light from the ample windows, and spectacular views from slopeside to lakeside. The kitchen is well equipped with stainless steel appliances, granite countertops and everything you need to make preparing meals a breeze for you on your vacation. The dining table that seats four comfortably is perfect for meals or playing games at the end of the day. Enjoy relaxing in the spacious living room with lots of ambiance. The rock fireplace creates such a cozy setting, you might just fall asleep while watching the flat screen TV. The sofa pulls out into a queen bed for extra sleeping capacity. Sleep like a king in this luxurious king size bed. Enjoy your morning coffee on the balcony with direct views of the mountains.

 

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The check-in process at SummitCove: As soon as I chose my lodging option and booked my room in Lakeside Village I received an email confirmation with detailed instructions on where the check-in office was located, directions to my condo, my vacation dates, and other pertinent information. I was made aware of when my room was ready for me conveniently through a text message. Having a friendly face to welcome me to SummitCove started my night off pleasantly. The front desk staff was very knowledgable of the area to help direct me to my condo.

 

 

SummitCove has a staff member on duty 24/7 for your needs and assistance. Locked your keys inside your room? No problem! A staff member will be on route to let you back in ASAP. Upon my arrival to my room, I found a squeaky clean condo that was supplied with the basic necessities one needs on vacation including kitchen and bath supplies.

 

While staying in the Montezuma condo, I indulged in all the amenities the property had to offer including a cozy fireplace, plush king bed, humidifier, common area pool and hot tub. SummitCove supplies fire starter packs which made it convenient for me to start my own fire. I cuddled up to the toasty fire and dozed on and off to an audio book. I made my way to the bedroom and peacefully fell asleep in the roomy bed. The blinds in the bedroom made it very relaxing to sleep in the next morning.

After my amazing night in the condo, SummitCove made my check-out process as easy as check-in. All I had to do was bring my keys to the front desk and drop them off. Needless to say, I can’t wait to stay with SummitCove in Keystone again soon!

Wine In The Pines October 21 & 22

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do you enjoy wine, food, music and supporting a great course? If yes, you should be attending the Wine in the Pines event this weekend. There will be almost 500 different wines to choose from! Wine in the Pines is a yearly event that has taken place for the last 25 years. The owners of Dillon Ridge Liquors in Summit County put on the event every year. This event is to create recognition for October being National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM).

 

A pair of wine glasses in seen with red wine in the foreground with Mt Hood at sunset with an alpine glow in the background near Hood River, OR.

 

The weekend is broken up into two different event days. Friday, October 21st, 2016 you can attend a dinner that includes a five course meal professional executed by the Keystone Ranch’s chef, Steve Vlass. He will be creating a food menu that pairs beautifully with the wine selections offered. The theme for Friday night is a denim and diamond theme with a denim dress code.

 

Saturday night you will enjoy a fun and eccentric 70’s disco theme. The dress code for Saturday nights festivities will be a very formal attire, black tie. There will be tons of great music and yummy wine tasting. Live and silent auctions will also be taking place Saturday night, followed by scrumptious desserts.

 

The location of Wine in the Pines will be at the Keystone Conference Center starting at 6:00 p.m. Tickets can be purchased in advance online here. Tickets cannot be purchased for Friday only.

 

Need lodging for after the events? Do not worry SummitCove Lodging in Keystone has plenty of lodging options for you. Last minute plans? No problem, we can help you select and book a room, hassle free. So you put your boogie shoes on and support a great cause as you sip some great wine!

Featured Property: The Pines #2058 at Keystone

The Pines #2058
Imagine this: you’ve been skiing amazing Colorado snow all day, you return to your condo and put your feet up by the wood burning fireplace while the snow falls outside. Your dinner is baking in the oven and the aroma drifts through the condo, reminding you that you can probably have a second helping since you’ve burned most of it off that day carving through the moguls and trees or over pleasant groomers.   

Game table with a view at the Pines #2058

After dinner, you sit down to play a round of cards, but the majestic views outside are just too mesmerizing. You’re reminded of exactly why you booked your Keystone vacation: you needed a break from the hustle and bustle of life to enjoy your family and friends in an incredible location. 

If this is where you want to see yourself, Pines 2058 is the condo for your family. This comfortable Pines condo has a downstairs master bedroom with a queen sized bed, an ensuite bathroom and a large desk. Attached to the downstairs master is a small kids bunk room with views of east towards Loveland Pass. The upstairs loft is spacious and equipped with a king sized bed and attached bathroom and lighted by a skylight above the desk. The plush oversized sofa is like relaxing on a cloud while you watch the flat screen tv and cuddle up with your family.  The wood-burning fireplace is the star of this room and will warm you up on even the chilliest winter evening.

Gorgeous and comfortable living area in this condo

Don’t forget about the updated and well-appointed kitchen! With beautiful cabinetry and updated appliances, you will enjoy cooking all of your favorites here. As you dine in the cozy dining area, you will feel the heat of the large, central fireplace. This third floor vacation property will give you uninhibited views and the comfort of knowing that no one will be stomping on floor above.

Wonderful pool that the kids will love

Staying at the Pines gives you access to the Pines clubhouse! This clubhouse is equipped with a number of convenient amenities. A large heated pool and two hot tubs serve as the main attraction while the clubhouse also houses a laundry facility and vending services. A common grill is located just outside for all your cookout needs. Parking is plentiful and luggage wagons make unloading your car easy. Further, Pines is located just off of the bike path that runs along the Snake River. Keep your eyes out for wildlife in the area as moose have been known to enjoy the open areas near the river!

As you stare out the window at the falling snow, think about the many inches of powder that await you in the morning on the top of Dercum Mountain! Imagine the grandeur of the mountains towards Loveland pass because if the snow cleared just enough, you would be staring them down from your third floor views. It’s easy to get to the mountain from The Pines too, just hop on the free shuttle that picks up right at The Pines complex.  It runs about every 20 minutes and drops you off at the slopes! Picture your family laughing and enjoying the cozy fireplace while they tell tales of their epic snow adventures. This is the kind of vacation you can expect when you book your SummitCove lodging here in Keystone! We look forward to booking your lodging at Pines 2058 in West Keystone!

Written By: Homeowner Services Representative, Amy Drees

Remember to Enter the “When Will it Snow” Contest!

There’s a chill in the air, and Keystone is scheduled to open for the season on November 4th (weather permitting).  That means it’s just about time to think winter! Guess the date of when you think the first substantial snowfall of 1 inch or more in Keystone will be for your chance to win a $50 gift certificate from SummitCove Lodging to use anytime before December 15th, 2011!

The “When Will it Snow” Contest Winner will be announced within 5 days of the first snow.  Click to enter!

SummitCove is starting the season off the season right: BUY 2 NIGHTS, GET ONE FREE!  That’s right- book 2 nights with us anytime over the opening day weekend, get your 3rd night free!

Note: Some properties not participating.  Please contact a SummitCove vacation planner for details about qualifying properties!