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Keystone Colorado (US)

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Keystone village North Peak Gondola

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Keystone Summary:

Base: 9,280 ft
Summit: 12,408 ft
Vertical: 3,128 ft
Ski area: 3,148 acres
Lifts: 19
Terrain parks: 3
Snowfall: 230 in/yr
Sunny: 3

Runs/trails:

Beginner: 19%
Intermediate: 32%
Advanced: 49%

Trail Map:

Virtual Tours:

thumb image link to Keystone ski resort village virtual tour
Keystone Village

Video Tour of Keystone:

Keystone Weather:

Keystone/Vail Resorts Mascot:
Riperoo, Keystone/Vail Resorts mascot

Keystone Description:

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.


A video tour of the Keystone Colorado ski resort

Keystone Mountain base

Keystone La Bonte Cabin - Lunch lodge
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.

Keystone Terrain:

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.

Bowls:

  • Independence Bowl:
    Hiking or $200/day snowcat
  • Bergman Bowl: Hike
  • Erickson Bowl: Hike
  • North and South Bowl:
    Hike or $5.00/ride snowcat

Note that all bowls close at 1:30 pm.

South Bowl and hike entrance -->

Keystone hike Outback to South bowl
Keystone South bowl

Moguls:

I found "Mineshaft" and the runs off of North Peak to be my favorite mogul runs on the mountain. I had the pleasure of hitting "Mineshaft" after a fresh foot of powder and found it to be heaven on earth.

Mine Shaft mogul run at Keystone

Mogul runs on North Peak at Keystone

Trees:

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 of my favorite areas was off of the "Outback Express" lift between the trails "Elk Run", "Bighorn" and "Porcupine".

Skiing trees

Skiing 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.

Keystone CO: Skiing trees

Keystone CO: Skiing trees

Beginners and Intermediates:

This mountain has plenty of terrain for the beginners and intermediates. Beginners will be happiest on Derum Mountain, the first peak closest to the village. Intermediates can venture through the whole mountain with ease. Schoolmarm beginner green run

Kids:

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 ...

Kids terrain at Keystone

Keystone Terrain Parks: A-51

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.

Area 51 Rail Riding

Keystone Terrain Park Jump

Extreme aerials are commonplace in Area-51:

Rodeo Jump

Keystone Apr├ęs Ski:

Apres Ski
Kickapoo Tavern Apres ski bar and grill.

The Keystone's River Run ski village at the base of the mountain is the epicenter of apres ski activities.

  • Kickapoo Tavern
  • Wolfrock Brewing Co.
  • Parrot Eyes

Where To Eat:

  • Keystone Resorts:
    • Big Horn Steakhouse:
      970-496-4386
    • Alpenglow Stube: ride the gondola to the top of North Peak where you dine in a AAA four star Bavarian style restaurant. They also have a good Sunday brunch.
      800-258-9553
    • Der Fondue Chessel: ride the gondola to the top of North Peak eat fondue in a cozy restaurant.
      800-354-4386
  • River Run Restaurant Group:
    • Inxpot: Breakfast and lunch coffee shop in Keystone's River Run Village
      195 River Run Road #89, Keystone CO
      970-262-3707
    • Kickapoo Tavern: Apres ski bar and American grill in Keystone's River Run Village
      129 River Run Road, Keystone CO
      970-468-0922
    • Luigi's Pasta House: Italian Dining in Keystone's River Run Village
      140 Ida Belle Drive, Keystone CO
      970-468-0300
    • Wolf Rock Steakhouse:
      91 River Run Road Suite C6, Keystone CO
      970-262-2202
  • Sleigh Ride Dinner: Lakeside Village
    800-354-4386
  • Keystone restaurant list

Village & Shopping:

The River Run village at the base of Keystone cam support all of your dining and shopping needs. You will find an abundance of clothing shops.

The large Silverthorne outlet mall is very close and can occupy a shopper for hours.

Keystone Village

Keystone Village


Panoramic Virtual Tour of Keystone Village.
(Series of 6 panoramic images of Keystone Village best viewed in full screen mode)

Keystone Nightlife:

Its mellow and the kind of place where you may have to bring your own crowd:
  • The Goat Soup and Whiskey (Hwy 6): Live Bands
  • Snake River Saloon (Hwy 6) - also a fine restaurant.
  • Haywood Cafe (sports bar on Hwy 6)
  • Dos Locos: locals crowd

The nearby town of Frisco is also an option if you don't mind the short drive.

Directions to Keystone:

  • From Denver:
    • Interstate 70 West
    • Take the exit for Hwy 9 South near Silverthorne
    • Continue on Hwy 9 South to Hwy 6 to Keystone

Other transportation options:

Map of Keystone CO:

Google Map

Keystone (mountain base):
Colorado United States
Latitude: 39.603829
Longitude: -105.954913

Resorts Nearby:

Keystone CO Lodging and Accommodations:

One can stay at one of the Keystone resort's three villages, mountain houses or at the Arapahoe Inn. The local towns of Silverthorne and Dillon are also options. Frisco is just a few minutes even further West on Hwy 70.

Links:
  • Keystone Resort Home Page
  • High Country Snowmobile Tours 1-970-668-9945 or 1-800-668-6036
  • White Mountain Snowmobile Tours 1-800-247-7238 or 1-970-668-5323
    Five dollar off coupons available in many of the local area magazines.
    • Snowmobile tours: Trail or backcountry tours over the Continental divide above 12,000 feet. "Kiddie mobiles" available for young family members. Helmets, snowmobile suites and boots provided.
    • Twelve passenger enclosed cat tracked vehicle: This tour will start from a former gold mine past abandoned log cabins through forested trails. Optional lunch, snowboard and ski tours available.
  • Bricks4Kids: Kids hands-on lego center
    135 Dercum Square, Expedition Station Unit U4, Keystone CO
    1-970-633-0031


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