Passholder Appreciation Week Starts Next Week at Keystone!

Sunny bluebird snowboard day at KeystonePassholders we celebrate you! Help us enjoy this amazing end of season snow, sun, and fun and special deals that are only available to season passholders, for one week, March 25 – March 31, 2019! Take advantage of the food and beverage discounts, samplings, and a even a bean bags tournament on March 31. 

 

This weeklong appreciation event includes:

Spiked Seltzer Toast at the Outpost  
Bask on the sunshine soaked patio with a complimentary spiked seltzer, just by flashing your Epic Pass! 

Breckenridge Brewery Hat Give Away at Go Big Burger*
Scoot down to Go Big Burger, purchase a Breckenridge Brewery or Bud Light beer, and you’ll be stylin’ with a complimentary Breckenridge Brewery hat, daily from 1 – 4 pm.  *While supply lasts.

Food and Beverage Discounts around Keystone
– Complimentary dessert at Keystone Ranch Restaurant with an entree purchase, but only one per bill.  

– Alpenglow Stube is offering half off of a small plate or dessert for lunch or half off a bottle of wine at dinner.

– You’ll get 15% off all entrees at 9280′ Taphouse in River Run Village.

– On March 29th, don’t miss the Breckenridge Brewery complimentary flight tasting at Bighorn Bistro in the Keystone Lodge at Lakeside Village from 3 – 6 pm. *While supply lasts. 

 

And to round out this fabulous spring week at Keystone there is a Passholder Bean Bags Cornhole Tournament at LaBonte’s Smokehouse BBQ on the mountain on Sunday, March 31. Bring your bag skills to ski beach outside LaBonte’s, registration available in the morning, with the tournament starting at 11:30 am for a modified times, single elimination style tournament.  There will be 16 teams of 2, playing 15 minute games. Prizes for first, second, and third place, plus a complimentary bud light participation beverage for all players.  *Must be 21+ to enter, but all ages can watch!

 

Springtime brings activities for the whole family.  Come check out one of the many Spring concerts, learn something new and spend some time together on the ski slopes!  Keystone is offering science classes, painting classes, concerts, fireside cocoa and coloring to name a few fun things throughout the rest of March and April with their Kidtopia programming.  G. Love and Special Sauce on March 28th is sure to be an amazing show. You don’t want to miss the Saturday night fireworks on April 6th, followed the final concert of the season at Warren Station, Tim O’Brien band! To cap off this epic snow season on closing day, be sure to come out and watch (or enter) the Keystone Slush Cup. You’ll see the SummitCove Vacation Lodging Yeti as he makes his best attempt at skimming across the icy pond on April 7th, Keystone’s closing day!

 

15 Summer Fun Activities To Try On You Summer Visit To Keystone Resort!

We all love Keystone in the winter and enjoy hitting the slopes! But have you ever checked out the many things to do over the summer? Summer is a great time to try the many different things Keystone has to offer. From hiking to biking to swimming, read on about some of our favorite things to do over the summer months here in Keystone, Colorado!

 

1. Horseback riding is something you should definitely experience in the mountains. Saddle up at Keystone Stables and ride through the White River National Forest. The wrangler will guide you through some great trails, that may get steep but are a ton of fun.

Horseback Riding at Keystone Resort Colorado

 

2. Not ready for the snow to be gone and still want to do snowy activities? Don’t worry, you can still go snow tubing in the summer! The tubing hill is located at the top of the mountain at Adventure Point. Get on the magic carpet and sled down with your friends and family, winter AND summer!

 

3. Kidtopia Headquarters still has fun activities in the summer for kids. The ice skating rink melts and turns into a mini golf course. There is rock climbing, panning for gold (gems), a bungee trampoline and tons of other free and fun activities. You can even head through a maze at the Montezuma Shaft Maze. Your kids will not get bored from all the activities at Keystone’s Kidtopia.

 

4. Fishing never gets old out here in Keystone. Try out fly fishing along the Snake River with one of the best guides in Keystone. Check out http://thecoloradoangler.com/guide-service/ Great for all ages. Not to sure about the fly fishing in the rivers, no worries with Lake Dillon so close. Rent a pontoon boat and tug along the lake fishing and soaking up the sun. Rent at http://www.bigedsfishing.com/

 

5. We love the sleigh ride throughout the winter to have a fun dinner and listen to live music. There is also a summer version that you can do. Jump into a wagon like the olden days to get to dinner and then enjoy a Wild West Show and live entertainment with their Chuck Wagon Dinner! SummitCove guests receive a special discount with Two Below Zero.

 

6. Keystone had some great hiking trails in Keystone or near Keystone with a short drive to. Hiking can be easy to hard depending on what you enjoy or if you have kiddos.

– Tenderfoot Trail: Easy- 2.6 miles
– Oro Grande Trail: Easy- 3.5 miles
– Sapphire Point: Easy- .7 miles one way
– Old Dillon Reservoir Trail: Easy to Moderate- 1.7 miles
– Dercum Hill: Moderate- 7 miles round trip
– Mount Royal trail: Moderate- 4 miles round trip
– Buffalo Mountain: Hard- 5.5 miles

 

7. Take the lifts up the mountain to have a picnic or to grill out. Great for scenic views up the mountainside at 11.640ft. Fun to ride up the lift or Gondola and then hike down. Make it romantic and have a proposal up there. Awesome views and great way to experience the summer days. Don’t forget your camera! Every Friday you can ride the River Run Gondola for FREE from 1 – 7 pm as part of the Friday Afternoon Club!

 

8. White water rafting is a great thrilling adventure if you want to go outside your comfort zone. Raft along the Colorado or Arkansa river, choose from a range of class levels with a guide. Can enjoy a half day or full day. Don’t worry about having your camera and losing it, there is a photographer that goes with and takes action shots of your trip for a lifetime of memories. www.performancetours.com

Biking in Keystone Gulch Soda Creek Ridge

Enjoying the wide open views

9. Mountain biking is a huge hit in the summer months here at Keystone. There are few places here that you can rent bikes and ride them on the mountain. From easy to hard trails, be prepared to get muddy and dirty. Check out Mountain View Sports on trips and rates for your mountain biking fun.

 

11. Want something more thrilling? Check out ATV tours. Rent an ATV and scale the mountain. Choose morning or afternoon tours. Morning tour includes lunch. Have hours of fun with family or friends. With professional guides to take you through the rugged landscapes and see awesome views.

 

12. Want to fly over the mountains? Take a hot air balloon ride. This will be a great adventure flying over The Rockies. Pick pine cones from treetops, splash-n-dash in the lakes or rivers, and spot wildlife from above it all! 

 

13. Keystone has Olympic Size Tennis Courts that have had Olympians come from all over to play on the courts. Feel like an Olympian and have a match with your family at the Tennis Courts off Tennis Club Road. Stay in Tennis Townhomes, Quicksilver Condos or Cabin in the Pines to be within walking distance of the Tennis Center! 

 

14. Want to sail through the trees at 11,500 feet in the air? Zip Lining is for you. Fly side by side over deep canyons and creeks with two Certified guides.  See old gold mining claims, the tallest mountains in North America, and wildlife.  Top of the Rockies Zip Lines will take you on a fun ride and if you are staying with SummitCove Lodging, you’ll receive a special price! 

Overlooking the Pool

 

15. Into swimming? SummitCove has alot of great lodging options with awesome outdoor pools. Check out the Springs with the water slide, Expedition Station, Dakota Lodge with views of the mountain, or Lakeside with access to the Lodge and spa. Pools never close out here in Keystone so enjoy summer swimming while staying in Keystone.

 

Join us this summer for family fun and try out one or all the activities that Keystone has to offer! We hope to see you this Summer!

We Are One Month Away from the Bacon & Bourbon Festival at Keystone!

Summer festival season starts in just one month! The first Keystone summer festival is the Bacon & Bourbon Festival, happening on June 23 & 24 at Keystone Resort in River Run Village.  If you’ve never experienced this festival, this is the year to try it! Not only do you get to taste UNLIMITED strips of bacon, you can wash it down with delicious bourbon samples and listen to some great tunes! Two long-time festival favorite female cover bands, Lez Zepplin and Hell’s Belles will be back on site both days, rockin’ away the weekend with you! Other bands playing over the weekend include Tiffany Christopher and Christof Brownell.

 

Bacon & Bourbon Festival at Keystone Resort Colorado

Start the day with a delicious Bacon Bloody Mary and cruise around tasting many varieties of bacon strips from some of the best bacon purveyors in the country. Did we mention you’ll receive unlimited bacon strip tastings with any ticket package!? Work up an appetite and move on to the bacon cuisine, everything with a bacon theme!  You can seek out bacon tacos, bacon ice cream, bacon pasta, salads with bacon and more… we’re getting hungry just thinking about it! Want to learn more about bacon? Take part in the free Bacon Education Center Events where you’ll learn all about bacon… how to cook with it, the history, how to pair it with bourbon and so on! There will of course be fun for the kids too, with a KidsZone and tons of free activities. You can even buy a kids ticket that includes bacon tastings and lemonade.  Adult ticket packages include the Samplin’ Swine package with unlimited strip samplings, 2 beers or non-alcoholic drinks, a commemorative hat and 4 ‘cuisine’ tasting tickets or you can go all-in with the Hungry Hog package which includes unlimited strip samplings, 2 beers or non-alcoholic drinks, a commemorative hat, 8 ‘cuisine’ tasting tickets and entry to the festival’s Jim Beam Bourbon Tour. You can also purchase food and drink a-la-carte if you decide not to purchase a ticket package.  The festival itself is free to attend.

 

If two days of bacon is too much, spend day two relaxing or going on a hike.  The Keystone Gondola runs all summer long and takes you up to the top of Dercum Mountain where you can soak up the sun and incredible views.  Enjoy a mountain top lunch and hike around or let the kids enjoy the yard games and multiple slack lines.

 

SummitCove Lodging offers some awesome deals when you purchase your festival tickets and lodging together.  Check out our summer festival deals page here and get your Bacon & Bourbon weekend on the summer schedule!

10 Winter Activities to Try While at Keystone Resort

Outdoor Ice Skating
Keystone is home to not just one, but TWO outdoor skating rinks!  My personal favorite is the ice rink at Keystone Lake in Lakeside Village, with mountain views and wide open space to really test your speed on those skates!  Rent skates at Adventure Point and then warm up with a hot drink at the barIce Skating at Keystone Lake Colorado!

 

 

Dinner Sleigh Rides
Two Below Zero or the Keystone Stables both offer dinner sleigh rides, but book with Two Below and you’ll receive an exclusive SummitCove Lodging guest discount.  Enjoy a night bundled up under the stars, heading to the cabin on a horse-pulled sleigh where you’ll be greeted with warm drinks, a delicious and hearty meal and live entertainment!  This is an experience you’ll never forget!

 

Snow Tubing
Make a reservation for an hour of family fun at the Tubing Hill at Adventure Point at Keystone.  This is a great activity for everyone to enjoy together and the smiles will never stop!

 

Snow Mobiling & Zip Lining
There’s no better way to take in the wide scenic views of the Colorado countryside than ripping through wide open powder fields on a snowmobile! We recommend this for the adventure seekers, but there are options for a mellower tour too.  White Mountain Tours offers special rates for SummitCove Guests on all of their tours. If you aren’t into snowmobiling, they also offer a 2-hour winter snowcat & zip line tour – it’s so much fun!

 

Brewery Hopping
Summit County is home to quite a few breweries and if you are a beer-lover, why not spend an afternoon checking them out?  Start in Dillon, check out the Dillon Dam Brewery, Pug Ryan’s and Baker’s Brewery.  Next up is Frisco and on the list is Outer Range Brewery and Backcountry Brewery.  Finally head to Breckenridge and visit Breckenridge Brewery and Broken Compass.  Prefer spirits?  The Breckenridge Distillery offers free ‘samples’ at their tasting room on Main Street in Breck.  Don’t have a driver?  Check out the Last Lift Bar at Mountain House or 9280′ Tap House in River Run for a selection of drafts on tap.

Craft Beer Tasting Brewery Tour Colorado

Skiing and Snowboarding
Of course Keystone Ski Resort is most known for the amazing skiing and riding on the mountain.  If you are new to the sport, take a lesson to learn the ropes and then spend day two improving on what you’ve learned.  Keystone is home to 3 world-class peaks that offer trails for every type of skier or rider.

 

Kidtopia Events & Activities
Keystone Kidtopia events happen daily here at Keystone and almost all of the events are free! Enjoy arts and crafts times, exploration, snow ball fights, parades and more, with something to do every day!

 

Snowshoeing or Nordic Skiing
If you enjoy a slower pace to take in the scenery and listen to the sounds of nature, head out for a day of snow shoeing or nordic skiing.  Both offer a great workout and opportunities for photos! You’ll want to dress in layers so you can strip down as you start to work up a sweat!

Nordic Cross Country Skiing at Keystone Colorado

Ready, Paint, Fire
Attend a specialty class or just open studio and create til your hearts content! Create a custom souvenir or something to remember your trip! Ready, Paint, Fire has a ton of projects for all ages and your family or friends will have a blast letting their creative sides show! Their studio is located next to the Lake in Lakeside Village.

 

Happy Hour Tour
There are so many great restaurants to try here at Keystone, a great way to try out a number of options is to stop in at Happy Hour in Keystone!  Dos Locos has great taco and wings specials, Kickapoo Tavern is known for the awesome and lively outdoor patio, New Moon Cafe has a fun atomosphere and great deals, Zuma Roadhouse has some great food options, such as Edamame and Fondido, or head to the Bighorn Bistro for a nice spread.  Enjoy discounted food and drinks at happy hour!

 

This list is just the beginning of the fun, there are endless activities for you and your family to enjoy during your Keystone Family Ski Vacation.  When you reserve a condo with SummitCove Lodging, you’ll have instant access to exclusive guest discounts on many of these activities, too!

Explore the Ice Castles in Dillon, Colorado, just 10 minutes from Keystone!

During your next Keystone ski vacation at Keystone Colorado, plan on making a visit to the Ice Castles in Dillon, CO, just a 10-minute drive from Keystone Ski Resort. This is a family-friendly activity that all ages are sure to love.  Some of the features include a 50-foot ice slide, an ice throne,  tunnels to crawl through and a maze to explore and get lost in.  The Ice Castles use over 300,000 gallons of water during their creation and anywhere from 10,000 – 30,000 gallons during the maintenance phases.  But don’t worry – this water goes right back into the ground, so it is considered as non-consumptive use.  At nighttime, the Ice Castles light up with colored lights that ‘dance’ along to music. You will be in awe at the beautiful frozen ice crystals and half frozen waterfalls.  You can spend hours playing and exploring this incredible, living piece of explorable art!

 

Remember, you will be exploring ice, so the conditions may be cold! Dress warm, perhaps wear snowpants, gloves, a hat, winter boots and lots of layers!  Sleds are recommended over strollers to pull kids around.  Don’t forget to bring a camera to capture the memories!

 

The Ice Castles are open 6 days a week. Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursday they are open from 4 pm – 9pm. On Fridays, visit from 4 pm – 10 pm, Saturdays 12 pm – 10 pm and Sundays they are open from 12 pm until 8 pm.  Ticket prices start at $10.85 for kids and $15.95 for adults when you purchase them in advance online, saving up to $4 per ticket.  Prices vary depending on day of the week as well and the Ice Castles are not open on Tuesdays.  The Ice Castles are located in Dillon Town park on Buffalo Street and free parking is available.

Ice Castles Dillon, CO near Keystone Resort Colorado

On Friday and Saturday evenings from 7 – 9 pm you can see the unique fire performances that include things like fire breathing, fire hula hooping, spinning and more. This is the only Ice Castle location in Colorado, with other North America locations in Utah, Minnesota, New Hampshire and Canada locations in Winnipeg, Manitoba and Edmonton, Alberta.

 

Don’t miss seeing this fun and interactive exhibit this winter while you are visiting Keystone Ski Resort!

A Whitewater Rafting Adventure with Performance Tours at Brown’s Canyon

Each year, the SummitCove Lodging team is lucky enough to go on a group rafting trip with our rafting partner, Performance Tours.  Typically we go at the beginning of the summer, in early June when the snow-melt is strong and the waters are fast and huge.  This year, our trip was scheduled for July 13, which is later in the season and we weren’t sure what to expect.  We were booked for a half day at Brown’s Canyon on the Arkansas River, near Buena Vista, Colorado which is about an hour and a half from Keystone Resort.

 

 

We had been receiving alot of rain the week before our trip and that made the water levels rise and made for an excellent rafting trip!  Some of our team choose to camp out in Buena Vista the night before the trip and we all arrived at the Performance Tours Outpost, just South of downtown Buena Vista around 9:30 am for the 10 am half-day trip.  We were greeted by friendly faces in the parking lot as we received directions on where to change and given the waiver forms we needed to sign.  We were then outfitted with life jackets, helmets, and paddles and offered the options of wet suits, splash jackets and booties.  The weather was warm since it was later in the season, so I opted for just the splash jacket and I was comfortable the whole trip.  We soon boarded the bus and were on our way! During the short bus ride, we were given a thorough safety briefing and we all felt a tiny bit nervous but mostly excited for the upcoming trip!

 

The bus pulled in and we all hopped off and helped load the rafts down the ramp into the water. After a quick stop at the restrooms, we all split up into our separate boats, met our guides and got ready to paddle! Our guide’s name was Koreen and she was awesome!  She was a very experienced rafter, with years on the river and we felt totally safe in her hands.  She told us stories as we floated along, enjoying the gorgeous scenery and the warm sunshine with a few easy paddles here and there.  Koreen pointed out rock formations that have been named over the years, such as ‘Full Moon Rock’ and ‘Sleeping Lion’ for their uncanny similarities to humans and animals.  After we coasted awhile through the calm waters, pointing out our ‘river dream homes’, she let us know we were approaching the first rapids and that they would come quicker and faster from here on out! She also explained before each rapid where the best place to swim and find safety would be in case we did happen to go overboard.

 

 

Our team worked together to paddle in unison to point our raft in the right direction, carefully working the rapids to our advantage, weaving in and out of rocks and eddies and twists and turns throughout the river. Sitting in the front seat is definately the best – yes, you do get wet, but boy is it fun!  You’ve got front row seats to the biggest splashes, the best action and an adrenaline rush to the max! We paddled hard, laughed and smiled through some of the best rapids in the US!  Brown’s Canyon was the perfect mixture of classic Colorado beauty and fun, fast rapids with some down time to enjoy the views!

 

When we came to the ‘Zume Flume’ rapid we were warned that this could be the one that might sink us! We accepted the challenge and were able to make it through, thanks to our experienced guide. Some of our other team members on different boats weren’t so lucky and went for a dip! Our boat was soon the rescue boat and we quickly paddled to reach one of the swimmers and pulled her in. What a blast! Further down the river we regrouped and then reached another calm section and were offered the chance to swim (by choice!).

 

 

Before we knew it, we were heading through the last rapids group of rapids, called ‘7 stairs’, which are a series of 7 rapids stretching down towards the tail end of this trip.  We were all sad to have to get off the boats!  Fortunately, we are just a little over an hour away from these great whitewater rapids and hopefully will be able to get back on the river again soon. The bus took us back to the outpost and we got to look at our pictures!

 

Performance Tours is one of the best rafting outfitters in the area, with a superb safety record and a wonderful staff that makes you feel like you are part of their family.  All SummitCove Lodging guests receive 10% off their rafting trips with Performance Tours. There is also an option to have them pick you up from your Keystone accommodations so you don’t have to have a rental car or worry about driving! It is a ‘must-do’ for any Colorado Mountain vacation. There are lots of different trip options available in addition to Brown’s Canyon, some with even more rapids and whitewater and others that stick to the ‘float-trip’ style which is great for older folks or groups with young kids. What are you waiting for? Visit Keystone this summer and enjoy a whitewater rafting trip with Performance Tours!