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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.

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
black bear bistro
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.

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

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