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Keystone Weather:Dillon CO
Keystone is comprised of three peaks (Durcum Mtn., North Peak and "The Outback") which naturally divides the terrain between the beginner / intermediate runs and the advanced runs. The back bowls of Keystone are accessible from these peaks.
The first peak closest to the main village is Durcum Mountain and has the bulk of the beginner and intermediate runs as well as the massive terrain park, Area-51 and kids ski areas. Also, it is here on this first peak that night skiing is available till 9:00pm.
The next peak as one travels deeper into the Keystone resort was my favorite, North Peak. This mountain has "Mine Shaft", the signature bump run and awesome tree skiing if you know where to go.
The "Outback" is the furthest peak from Keystone village and it has a $5.00 snowcat ride (check for schedule of operation) to the top of North and South Bowl. It also has "Elk Run", a half groomed, half mogul run to keep your significant other from abandoning you while you seek some good times on the moguls.
La Bonte's Lunch cabin (base of North Peak)
This review would not be complete if we didn't mention Keystone Lake and the largest Zamboni maintained outdoor skating rink. On Monday nights Keystone resort hosts "Kids Glow Bug Skate Night" where kids skate with glow sticks and glow necklaces. Located in Lakeside Village next to the Keystone Lodge
Keystone also has night skiing on the blue and green runs fed by the River Run Gondola to the peak of Dercum Mountain.
This ski resort is massive and has something for everyone. If you enjoy skiing the trees, bowls, bumps, groomers or terrain park, you will be happy here. The only terrain missing is the steep chute.
Note that all bowls close at 1:30 pm.
South Bowl and hike entrance -->
Hike to the back bowls
Keystone South Bowl
The run "Mineshaft" runs off of North Peak and to many, is the favorite mogul run on the mountain. Shown in the photo below is "Mineshaft" after a fresh foot of powder: heaven on earth.
Mogul run: Mine Shaft
Mogul run on North Peak
If you are an advanced skier and enjoy the trees and powder stashes they hold, you are in for a treat at Keystone. There are vast acres of tree skiing here, most of which is overlooked. One favorite is off of the "Outback Express" lift between the trails "Elk Run", "Bighorn" and "Porcupine".
North Peak Trees
Here is a tip in finding the areas where the trees are more openly spaced. From the chair lift it is obvious to see that some areas are densely packed with trees and other areas are more openly spaced. This is not so obvious when on a regular marked run and trying to find a good tree trail. Once located, go for it especially on powder days.
Note the tree spacing to find the ski-able areas
This mountain has plenty of terrain for the beginners and intermediates. Beginners will be happiest on Dercum Mountain, the first peak closest to the village. Intermediates can venture through the whole mountain with ease.
Beginner run: Schoolmarm
There are two kids areas with colorful distractions and graphics. It gives them other things to focus on such as huts, cartoon characters, colorful ribbons, etc ...
Area 51 is probably the largest terrain park I have ever seen with an abundance of jumps and features I have only seen at Keystone. You may also enjoy watching as talented jumpers and riders take to the jumps and features. The other terrain parks are training grounds for A-51 with smaller jumps, low rails, features and 1/4 pipes to develop one's skill level.
Extreme aerials are commonplace in Area-51
Night skiing is available on the gondola served runs as well as from the Peru Express lift.
Night skiing and tubing at the "Adventure Point" tubing hill at the top of the gondola, is available until 8:00 pm (Thursday to Saturday) or until 6:00 pm (Sunday). Check the Keystone schedule (printed on the trail map) as long weekends alter the duration. All runs open for night skiing are rated as intermediate of beginner.
The Keystone ski resort has three base areas, two of which are accessible from the highway.
The River Run village at the base of Keystone can support all of your dining and shopping needs. You will find an abundance of clothing shops. Check out our virtual tour.
The large Silverthorne outlet mall is very close and can occupy a shopper for hours.
The entrance to "River Run" village at Keystone as viewed from the parking lot
Check out our spherical panoramic "Virtual Tour" of Keystone Village
(Series of 6 panoramic images of Keystone Village best viewed in full screen mode)