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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.

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.

Alpenglow Stube

Alpenglow Stube
Alpenglow Stube
A dining experience at almost 11,500 feet, the Alpenglow Stube is at the top of North Peak at Keystone after a ride in the gondola.

A dining experience at almost 11,500 feet, the Alpenglow Stube is at the top of North Peak after a ride in the gondola. Award-winning chefs prepare contemporary cuisine with a Bavarian accent, all within a completely secluded setting in the building or on the outdoor patio. Open for lunch, dinner, and breakfast, make a reservation, and be sure to take advantage of their specials. Two people can dine on four courses for $99 Thursday to Sunday.

 

River Run Condominiums

River Run Condominiums
river run condos
For someone who wants to be in the middle of the action, these condominiums have Starbucks, dining, nightlife, and galleries right outside the front door.

For someone who wants to be in the middle of the action, these condominiums have Starbucks, dining, nightlife, and galleries right outside the front door. Plus, the units are close to all skier services and the two main lifts on the mountain—River Run Gondola and Summit Express High Speed Quad. Rooms have up to four bedrooms, and may accommodate eight people comfortably, or 10 maximum. River Run Condominiums can also boast that it is the closest to all of the resort’s signature events in both summer and winter.

Hidden River Lodge

Hidden River Lodge
Hidden River Lodge
Within walking distance to the Mountain House Base Area, the units at Hidden River are and convenient for both summer and winter.

Within walking distance to the Mountain House Base Area, the units at Hidden River are and convenient for both summer and winter. A grill on the deck of the lobby, as well as the location right next to a bike path, makes stays during the warmer months ideal. Relax in you your mountain-inspired room, or make new friends at the billiard tables in the lobby. For winter, childcare is easy: all skier services, including ski school, ski rental, and daily child care, are available a short walk away at the base of the mountain.
70 River Run Road, Keystone, CO | keystoneresort.com

The Timbers

Right on the slopes of River Run Village, the Timbers are exclusive condominiums with private ski in/ski out access.

Right on the slopes of River Run Village, the Timbers are exclusive condominiums with private ski in/ski out access. Enjoy the quiet environment in a condo with up-to-four rooms. Spend your off-hill time at the sauna, outdoor heated pool with a fire pit, or fitness center. Walk to dining and shopping areas near the hotel.
23110 U.S. Highway 6, Keystone, CO

Keystone Lodge and Spa

Keystone Lodge and Spa
Keystone Lodge and Spa
You’ll get more for your buck at the Keystone Lodge and Spa.

You’ll get more for your buck here: exercise facilities, massage therapy services, spa, equestrian center, golf course, and laundry are all on-site. The spa features a sauna and other relaxing amenities. Don’t want to walk to grab a drink or a bite to eat? Try one of five on-site restaurants, or take advantage of the hotel’s location on the shuttle route.
22101 U.S. Highway 6, Keystone, CO | 888.222.9285| keystoneresort.com

The Inn at Keystone

The Inn at Keystone
The Inn at Keystone2
The Inn at Keystone has the hot tubs with the best views in town. They’re on top of the building.

The Inn at Keystone has the hot tubs with the best views in town, they’re on top of the building. Located between River Run Village and Lakeside Village, it is the only lodging in Keystone that is pet friendly.  They have spa suites, one-bedroom suites, and rooms with two queen beds. It is also an economical choice, with the some of the cheapest rooms near the slopes. Walk to the lifts from the building, or read a good book by the fireplace in the lobby.
Keystone, CO | 970.496.4825 | keystoneresort.com

[ Wed, 2010-03-03 16:53 ]
Keystone in chocolate
Keystone resort transforms into a foodie's paradise this weekend.

There’s ski and then there’s après ski. After a day on the slopes, you feel entitled to a nice meal and a stiff drink…or two.

Keystone Resort in Colorado is hosting its second annual Winter Culinary Festival this weekend, March 5-7. There will be wine, martini and tequila tastings, cooking demonstrations, and numerous opportunities to sample goodies all weekend at Keystone lodges and hotels. Event prices range from $5-$20 per person. Click here for a schedule.

[ Wed, 2009-12-16 15:37 ]
Vail Village Affleck
Law enforcement in Vail is handing out more misdemeanors to ski-pass swappers -- nearly five times as many as its sister resorts in Summit County

If you're a ski-pass swapper, you'd better choose your next target carefully. Turns out Vail is more likely to turn pass fraudsters over to police than a number of its Colorado sister resorts. According to the Vail Daily, Vail law enforcement has handed out nearly five times the number of misdemeanors as Summit County police for ticket fraud. That doesn't mean fraud happening more often at the bigger resort.

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