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Keystone

Keystone is a resort without a strong identity, but it’s not a resort without a huge fan base. Go figure. In recent seasons, Keystone has regularly tallied more than one million visits, so a whole lot of skiers do find their way to this “family favorite” resort that chronically gets eclipsed in name recognition by its sexier sisters: Vail, Beaver Creek and neighboring Breckenridge. A reader concedes, but doesn’t complain, that Keystone is “often overlooked,” noting, as do others, that “it’s larger than I expected.” That’s to be expected, as this is a hill that sneaks up on you the first time you ski its fully legit, if not fully radical 3,148 acres. Many readers commend Keystone as “a great place to learn to ski,” which leads to other complaints of “too many beginner skiers.” Here’s a solution: Head to the far reaches of the mountain, as “The Outback provides great treeskiing without crowds.” Keystone’s reputation as “a family resort” is fueled by being “small enough to have a home-town feel, but large enough not to get bored.” There’s no boredom to be found at its famed terrain park (ranked No. 4), which includes beginner to pro-level features. “A-51 is sick!!!” is a theme often repeated, as is the use of multiple exclamation points by park-praisers. Keystone continues to effectively, if also quietly, build upon its friendly vibe and affordable comforts, while also offering two of the finest restaurants within sight of a ski slope: The Alpenglow Stube and the Ski Tip Lodge. Go figure, again. —G.D.

What’s New: Upgrades to Ripperoo’s Forest, the kid’s learning area; Keystone Lodge room renovations.

Mandatory Run: Ride, don’t hike, into the Outback Bowls in a snowcat for $5.

Don’t Miss: Families should check out the snow fort atop Dercum Mountain.

Tubing at Adventure Point

Tubing at Adventure Point
Keystone Tubing
Tubing at Keystone is fun for all ages, and you can tube during the day or at night.

Adventure Point is open all season and has its own tubing lift, so the amount of rides down the slope is unlimited, depending on how much you can take. Tubing is fun for all ages, and you can tube during the day or at night under the lights during the winter months. Reservations are high encouraged during holidays and weekends.

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Serenity Spa and Salon

Serenity Spa and Salon
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Serenity Spa and Salon is an Aveda salon that promotes a relaxing and stress-free environment.

Serenity Spa and Salon is an Aveda salon that promotes a relaxing and stress-free environment.  It is a full service spa offering hair care services, massages, sunless tanning, skin care, and body, hand, and foot treatments. Try a full-body wrap, peel, or facial. A scalp massage is just $25.

Keystone Lodge and Spa: The Spa

Keystone Lodge and Spa: The Spa
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The spa only uses organic and sustainable products.
Start your spa experience with a warm robe in the relaxation room. Then, enjoy a steam room and indoor hot tub for your sore muscles. Finish up your experience with a professional massage by one of the certified masseuses. The spa only uses organic and sustainable products.

Kickapoo Tavern

Kickapoo Tavern
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One of the closest places to the Gondola to grab a beer and a meal.

One of the closest places to the gondola to grab a beer, Kickapoo Tavern is the place to go after a fun day of activities, whether you just want a cold one from the huge beer selection or a whole meal. Open for lunch and dinner, the menu features hot sandwiches, salads, burgers, pasta, steak, fish, burritos and more.  Be sure not to miss hot apple pie for dessert.

 

Bighorn Steakhouse

Bighorn Steakhouse
Keystone Bighorn Steakhouse
Diners get a complimentary appetizer or bottle of wine at this mountain-styled restaurant

Diners get a complimentary appetizer or bottle of wine at this mountain-styled restaurant with great views of Keystone Lake and the Continental Divide. The menu contains a diverse mix of items, like trout, rack of lamb, steaks, prime rib and venison, elk, and buffalo sliders. Relax in front of one of the fireplaces with a cocktail after your last bite of cheesecake.

Wolf Rock Steakhouse

Wolf Rock Steakhouse
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Offering microbrews and a wide selection of rotisserie menu items

There’s no better way to end the day than by kicking back with a microbrew and gazing at the mountains. Why not do these at a restaurant that also offers a wide selection of rotisserie menu items? Start out with the wild game sausage sampler, then move on to the thick, yet tender prime rib and garlic mashed potatoes. Save enough room for one of the best desserts in River Run Village.

Dos Locos

Dos Locos
Dos Locos
Happy hour, dinner, and dessert served at Dos Locos in Keystone.

Make sure you have no plans for later in the night because you ‘ll probably want to stay for dinner and dessert after happy hour ends. Hailed as the local’s Mexican restaurant and cantina, Dos Locos has authentic Mexican food and some of the best margaritas in the valley. Don’t miss the stellar spinach enchiladas, fried ice cream, or the weekly karaoke nights.

 

Black Diamond Pizzeria

Handcrafted and slope side pastas and pizzas in Keystone.

This slope side restaurant offers handcrafted pizzas, lasagna, pasta dishes and more, all for an inexpensive price. All of their pizza is topped with organic cheese. Be sure to take advantage of the free Wi-Fi. Don’t have a lot of time in between runs? Stop in for a quick bite with friends.

Black Bear Bistro

Black Bear Bistro
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Located in the Inn at Keystone Hotel, Black Bear Bistro offers unparalleled views of Keystone and the Snake River valley right from the table.

Located in the Inn at Keystone Hotel, Black Bear Bistro, formerly the Summit Seafood Company, offers unparalleled views of Keystone and the Snake River valley right from the table. The restaurant is only open during the busy winter seasons, allowing the restaurant to order in fresh seafood­­, be sure to stop in and try the Rocky Mountain Trout almandine.

Der Fondue Chessel

Der Fondue Chessel
Keystone Fondue
It’s a fondue lover’s dream in Keystone.

It’s a fondue lover’s dream. After a gondola ride to the top of North Peak, settle in for a Bavarian-style dinner with cozy fireplaces in a secluded setting, all accompanied by live music by the Austrian Guys. The food is served both fondue and raclette style so every diner can enjoy each bite exactly how they want it. Der Fondue Chessel can be fun as a dining experience for two, or as a group gathering. Be sure to try the cheese fondue served with fresh apples, vegetables, and more.

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