The first snowfall of the season! Snow has been falling on and off throughout the day today. Remember to drive in winter ‘mode’! Keystone’s opening day is just 27 days away and we couldn’t be more excited! Bundle up, winter is here! This year’s opening day celebration will be named “Dercum Day,” as a tribute to the late Max Dercum; one of the original founders of Keystone Resort who passed away earlier this fall, just short of his 99th birthday. This statue of Max and his Wife, Edna, (seen below) greets skiers and riders as they head over the bridge towards the gondola in Keystone. In addition to the first chance to hit the slopes, Dercum Day will feature free doughnuts, hot chocolate, coffee, giveaways and more! Look for the SummitCove Yeti on the prowl with free handouts too!
Bring your kids to a festival designed just for them. Explore the ultimate Snow Fort at the top of Dercum Mountain, dance to live music in the plaza, make arts and crafts, go Disco Tubing and join the continuing education activities that fill this weekend on and off the slopes. They have special events like Glow Bug Skating Night, Dog Sledding, Fireworks displays, Teen Adventure Nights, Scenic Sleigh Rides, Cookie decorating, Meet the Avalanche Dog & more. Bring the whole family for a fun filled, kid friendly weekend. Call 970-496-4FUN for more details!
The Kidtopia event consists of several holiday weeks throughout the season and a signature event.
Well, as predicted we did get some more snow today, at least a good two inches! And it is supposed to snow on and off for the rest of the week. Making things look great for the weekend…have you booked your reservation yet?
With all this early season snow, it is looking like it is going to be a snowy season! Have you considered a season pass? It is a super cost-effective way to enjoy your time on the slopes. We just got word that Colorado Pass sales have been extended until November 21. For $479 you get unlimited skiing or riding at Keystone, Arapahoe Basin and Breckenridge. As well as 10 restricted days at Vail and Beaver Creek, and 5 restricted days at Heavenly and Northstar-at-Tahoe. It’s a great alternative for folks who plan to spend the majority of their days in Summit County, and a lot cheaper than the Epic Pass. Go to Coloradopass.com for more details and to learn where you can purchase this pass.
Much to everyone’s delight it continued to snow well into the afternoon today. For once it seems like eth forecast was accurate and this winter storm really did drop a lot of snow on Summit County.
Keystone’s neighbor, Arapahoe Basin, which opened up yesterday; received 8 inches in the past 24 hours and 11 inches in the past three days. Accumulation amounts for Keystone are a little less accurate, seeing as the mountain is not open yet, but they have claimed 20 inches in the past seven days. This is all very exciting for a promising season!
It is predicted to be a “La Nina” winter, meaning more consistent snowfall due to colder and wetter conditions stemming from the Pacific Northwest. A recent article in the Vail Daily describes this phenomena.
“The La Nina weather pattern this coming winter means one thing for sure — there will be unusually cold ocean temperatures in the eastern Pacific Ocean near the Equator. The conditions tend to bring wetter than normal conditions across the Pacific Northwest and dryer and warmer than normal conditions across much of the southern tier of the United States.”
So what does that all mean? Well, the potential for substantial snowfall this season. Remember the Colorado winter of 2007-08? That was also a “La Nina” year, and snowfall records were broken at Aspen, Beaver Creek, Crested Butte, Monarch Mountain, Powderhorn, Silverton, Steamboat and Telluride. Of course, nothing is set in stone, but here’s hoping the predictions come through for the 2010-11 season!
According to NOAA.gov a winter storm warning is in effect through Monday afternoon, and we are happy to report that the snow has already arrived…finally!
If you haven’t figure it our already we get rather excited about snow over here at SummitCove. This is the first time that snow has actually accumulated and it is starting to looking like the 2010/2011 season will be a good one.
We thought today would be a perfect time to introduce the newest member of the SummitCove family, our new mascot, The Yeti! We are very excited to have him, and will be using him for promotions and apperances all through out the winter.
Contest and promotion details are still in the works, but definitely stayed tuned for all the great things we have in store. In the meantime, enjoy this little video we put together to introduce our new mascot.
There is a lot of activity on the mountains these days. The past few mornings we have noticed that Keystone has been blowing snow. Unfortunately, it is still getting up into the 60s during the day and that is not the best climate for snow. There are some colder temperatures predicted in the forecast in the coming days. So if mother nature can help us out a little, the resorts should be opening on time! Below are all the opening dates for the mountains in Summit County, as well as the other resorts in Colorado. Think snow!
Keystone Ski Resort – Nov. 5 2010
Arapahoe Basin– Oct. ? (any day now)
Breckenridge- Nov. 12
Copper Mountain- Nov. 5
Aspen Highlands- Dec. 11
Aspen Mountain- Nov. 25
Buttermilk- Dec. 11
Crested Butte- Nov. 24
Echo Mountain- Dec. 1
Loveland- Oct. ? (any day now)
Monarch- Nov. 24
Powderhorn- Dec. 16
Snowmass- Nov. 25
Steamboat- Nov. 24
Sunlight- Dec. 3
Telluride- Nov. 25
Vail- Nov. 19
Winter Park- Nov. 17
Wolf Creek- Nov.5
Settlers Creek is one of Keystone’s newest townhome neighborhoods. It has the feel a mini neighborhood, with the luxurious pool and clubhouse at its center. Like a modern day Pleasantville you can easily picture children riding their bicycles down the street and neighbors greeting one another with broad smiles. Located in a quite, secluded section of east Keystone; lodging in Settlers Creek is truly a unique vacation experience. Surrounded by forests and mountains, Settlers Creek boasts some of Keystone’s most impressive lodging accommodations. With the majority of properties offering stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, flat screen TVs, etc. Below you will find some recent images of the average day in Settlers Creek. If you think it’s beautiful now, just picture it with snow!
A great way to enjoy the rustic side of Keystone and take in the wonderful scenery throughout and around Keystone. Snuggle under the blankets and gaze up into the beautiful Colorado skies, and take in the winter wonderland that is all around. There are many places to enjoy Sleigh Rides in and around Keystone. A true Colorado winter experience that you will never forget!
Keystone Ski Resort Sleigh Rides – Call # 970-354-4386 for information on times and costs.
Two Below Zero Sleigh Rides – Voted # 1 Sleigh Ride in America serving the entire Summit County area.
Nordic Sleigh Rides – Breckenridge, Colorado, offers sleigh rides near Keystone. Call # 970-453-2005 for rates and information.
Breckenridge Stables – Breckenridge, Colorado, offer everything from dinner sleigh rides to hot chocolate sleigh rides. Call # 970-453-4438 or 970-389-1777 for more information.
Breckenridge Sleigh Rides – Call # 970-453-4405 for rates and information.
Looking for something fun to do while in Keystone during the holidays? Here’s a list of entertaining and exciting special activities going on at Keystone Resort and nearby in the area. There’s definitely something here for everyone to enjoy and have a great time! Hope you have a wonderful holiday season!
- USSA Chevy Grand Prix – Copper Mountain Resort
- Breakfast with Santa at Tuscato’s Main Street – Frisco
- Santa Visits the Frisco Historic Park Main Street – Frisco
- Keystone Betty Fest
Betty Fest brings together women for two days of skiing and riding in a fun, non-intimidating environment. This program includes extensive on-hill training on Keystone’s Ski and Ride School’s trails, video analysis and discussions about nutrition, women’s specific concerns and equipment. All women’s programs are taught by PSIA – certified, women instructors, including Annie Black – Colorado’s Ski Instructor of the year – and each group is small and supportive.
- K2 Pink Chase
Kick off the 2009-10 ski season with a unique global fundraiser uniting the women’s ski and snowboard community, raising money for breast cancer research organizations worldwide. The Pink Chase involves all snow sports disciplines: skiing, snowboarding and telemark. The public and K2 Alliance compile teams of two-three women and attempt to record as much vertical as possible while touring the mountain for the designated check points.
- Winter Dew Tour – Breckenridge Resort
- Chocolate Village at the Keystone Lodge & Spa
Created by Keystone’s renowned pastry chef Ned Archibald, this chocolate village has all the details. With holiday trees, gifts and a train traveling throughout, you will be amazed by the power of chocolate.
- Keystone Holiday Magic on Ice
Come see the Denver Figure Skating Club holiday show. Enjoy hot chocolate and snacks at the Keystone Adventure Center while watching figure skating to holiday music.
- Holiday Carolers in Lakeside Village
Strolling through the Lakeside Village & Keystone Lodge & Spa, these carolers bring the spirit of the holidays to Keystone. Join in for a tune or two or enjoy the sounds as you skate around the Keystone Lake.
- Santa & His Reindeer
Dress warm and bring your camera and the kids for a visit with Santa and his reindeer, Cupid.
- Ice Carving Demonstration
Stop by the Lakeside Village throughout the day and watch the creation of a sleigh and reindeer made from blocks of ice. It is truly amazing.
- Keystone KIDTOPIA
Keystone KIDTOPIA—Bring your kids to a festival designed just for them. Explore the ultimate Snow Fort* at the top of Dercum Mountain, dance to live music in the plaza, make arts and crafts, go Disco Tubing and join the continuing education activities that fill this weekend on and off the slopes. Bring the whole family for a fun filled, kid friendly weekend.
- Holiday Tubing & Cookie Trimming
Holiday Family Style Tubing & Cookie Trimming at the Nordic Center. Call 970-496-4275 for more information.
- Moonlit Family Tubing & Dinner
Tube under the light of the full moon then warm up with a hearty supper. Call 970-496-4275 for more information.
- Full Moon Snowshoe Tour
Experience snowshoeing by moonlight! $40 includes snowshoe rental, 2-mile moonlight tour & soup buffet dinner with dessert. $35 if you have your own snowshoes. Minimum age: 13 years. Reservation required, please call 970-496-4275. Event Dates: December 30, January 29, February 26, March 27.
- New Year’s Celebration
Ring in the New Year with Keystone Resort’s torch light parade in River Run.
Enjoy family fun in the Lakeside Village with fireworks at 6 &10:30.
5:30- 6:30pm Lakeside Suite VIP Fireworks viewing area, fireworks begin 6:00pm
$25 per person includes first cocktail at the bar and hor d’oeuvres consisting of assorted cheeses, French bread and crackers, pretzels, chips and dips and assorted mini pastries. Cash bar after first cocktail.
5:30 – 10:00pm Ice Skating Party at Keystone Adventure Center
Bring the whole family to the Keystone Ice Rink and enjoy snacks, sodas, & hot chocolate while skating with Frosty.
6:30 – 8:00pm Family Dinner Buffet at the Edgewater Café, in the Keystone Lodge & Spa.
$24.95 for Adults, $12.95 for Children 5 -12 and under 5 free.
Enjoy a buffet dinner for the whole family at the Keystone Lodge & Spa. Dinner price includes free skate rentals.
8:00-10:00pm Murder Mystery Dinner the ballroom at the Keystone Lodge & Spa $125 per person.
Death for Dinner Mysteries are the funniest ever attended. The mystery unfolds with a crime that must be seen to be believed. The room is now full of suspects, as the clues and jokes fly fast and furious throughout dinner. The plot thickens as the Detective arrives at the scene of the crime to question everyone and try to get to the bottom of this baffling mystery.
Lodging discount available at the Keystone Lodge & Spa for attendees, $199/night (based on double occupancy).
- Burton Super Demo Tour
The Burton Super Demo is an interactive and entertaining experience for the guests at Keystone Resort. Guests can sample and experience an array of products from brands such as Volvo, Paul Mitchell, Gore Tex, Nature Valley and Burton’s brands Red and Anon. Test out Burton Snowboard’s 2009/2010 product line at this Free Demo open to the public.