Keystone, Colorado

Keystone, Colorado

Travel Guide to Keystone, CO

keystone coloradoLocated 12 miles east of Interstate 70, Keystone Resort is made up of three distinct villages which are nestled against Keystone Mountain and along the Snake River. The Keystone Village with its lake, the Adventure Center, the Keystone Lodge hotel, restaurants and shops, is a perfect location for families. The Mountain House Village is one of two access points to the mountain, and the rooms of the Mountain House are also available for events. The Keystone Inn hotel is just a short walk away over the river. River Run Village is the main access point to the mountain. The newly renovated gondola, brought back across the river into the village, means just a short walk from the free parking lots to the slopes, lit up until 8:00pm for night skiing. River Run is the hub for après ski with restaurants and bars, and also the brand new Warren Station, a performing arts and events center. In the summer River Run hosts many festivals and the mountain becomes a downhill mountain bike park.

About Keystone Colorado

restaurants keystone coHistory:
Edna and Max Dercum moved to Summit County in 1942 and opened Arapahoe Ski Basin in 1946. They operated the Ski Tip Lodge as the ski lodge for A-Basin. All the time Max dreamed of making Keystone Mountain into a ski area and he was finally able to gain a Forest Service permit to do so in 1967. His good friends Jane and Bill Bergman were able to help Max with financing by forming a corporation with the Ralston Purina Company, and the mountain opened in 1970. Bill was the first President of Keystone and Max was the director of the ski school. Max personally walked the mountain and laid out all of the trails, many of which are named after famous mines from the area, Jackwacker, Wild Irishman, Frenchman and Schoolmarm to name just a few. More terrain was added with the additions of North Peak and the Outback. In 1997 Keystone was purchase by Vail Resorts, and in 2003 the part of Keystone Mountain within the ski area was renamed Dercum Mountain. In 2004 the Erickson and Bergman bowls were added to the ski area.
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The Mountain: Keystone CO

keystone coloradoKeystone Ski Resort
Keystone consists of three mountains: Dercum, North Peak and the Outback. Keystone is a half hour bus ride from Dillon and Silverthorne and can also be accessed by ski shuttle from Frisco and Breckenridge. Wednesdays through Sundays and every day during peak season the slopes are lit up on Dercum mountain about 4:00pm and you are able to ski until 8:00pm. If you are skiing at Breckenridge or Arapahoe Basin during the day, your lift ticket is valid for night skiing at Keystone. Dercum Mountain is the area for lessons and beginner skiers with the Schoolmarm beginner slope running for over a mile. Both North Peak and the Outback feature intermediate and advanced runs, with tree and mogul runs off their north and south sides. The Outback Shuttle, a skier cat runs on a first come first serve basis, and drops skiers and riders into North and South bowl. Keystone also offers Cat Skiing and Riding.There are two main access points to the mountain, by lift or gondola in the River Run village and by lift from the Mountain House Base area. Keystone lift tickets are also valid at Breckenridge, and Arapahoe Basin, as well as Vail and Beaver Creek if they are at least a three day ticket.

Ski Terrain Access & Lodging:
River Run: gondola & Summit chair lift
Mountain House: Argentine and Peru chair lifts

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Things to Do in Keystone

keystone trail ridesWinter Activities:
Bungee Trampoline
Cat Skiing & Riding
Climbing Wall
Ice Skating
Scenic Cat Ride
Nordic Ski Tours & Lessons
Sleigh Rides
Ski & Snowboard Rentals
Ski & Snowboard Lessons
Snowbike Rentals & Lessons

Summer Activities – On Mountain:
Chairlift & gondola rides
Guided Hikes
Mountain Biking

Summer Activities – Off the Mountain:
Boat Rentals – canoe, kayak, paddleboats
Beaver Prowl
Bungee trampoline
Climbing wall
Country Dancing
Fly-Fishing clinic
GPS Geo-Cache
Gold Panning for kids
Guided Fly-Fishing
Horseback Riding
Martini tasting
Wagon rides
Wine tasting

Keystone A51 Terrain Park: Award winning terrain park located on Dercum Mountain.

Keystone Adventure Center: Located on the lake in the Keystone Village, check-in for wagon & sleigh rides, ice skating, boat rentals, bike rentals for paved and single track trails.

Keystone Conference Center: Business center, meeting space, ballrooms and board rooms with amenities also available at the Keystone Lodge and the Keystone Inn, tent pad for summer events.

Keystone Nordic Center: Located at the River Course, snowshoeing & nordic skiing.

Keystone Spa: Exercise equipment, indoor hot tub, outdoor hot tub, outdoor pool, sauna, steam room together with a full service spa.

Keystone Sports: Ski & snowboard rental, mountain bike rental.

Keystone Tennis Center: Outdoor courts in summer.

Mountain Service Center: Check-in for on mountain activities, guest services, season passes.

Ranch Golf Course: Links course designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr.

River Golf Course: Situated along the Snake River and designed by Hurdzan-Fry.

Quaking Aspen Amphitheater: Outdoor events and theater location.

Warren Center: Year round performing arts and events center.

Convenience Store, Liquor Store & Video Rental.

Retail: Clothing, fly-fishing, jewelery, photography, ski & snowboard equipment, souvenirs.

Real Estate: River Run and Keystone Village.

Restaurants: All types of dining from Fondue, Italian & Pizza, Mexican, Seafood, Steaks, to Bakery, Breakfast Cafe, Brewpub, Coffee Shop, Deli, Grill, as well as Four Diamond Fine Dining, top of the mountain lunch and dinner restaurants and Starbucks.

Spa, Massage Therapy & Beautician.

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