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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.

[ Wed, 2009-10-14 13:42 ]
Improve your skiing and your insider knowledge with a guided mountain tour
Think you're too cool for school? Vail Resorts protects your rep with a new instruction program that feels less like class, more like recess.

Let us be abundantly clear: No one is too good or too old for ski school. A lesson with a professional ski instructor will make you a better skier. But we get it: When you only get a few precious weeks or days on snow, you're loath to spend them in a restrictive class setting, following a guy in a uniform down trails of his choosing, not yours.

[ Wed, 2009-10-07 18:07 ]
Bride on Skis
Tie the knot at Keystone and get a free season pass. Beats another gravy boat.

In an attempt to boost the state of marriage in America—or just get some media attention—Vail Resorts is offering soon-to-be-wedded couples the opportunity to celebrate with a ceremony on Keystone Mountain in exchange for a 2010-2011 season pass. The wedding can go off anytime between Nov. 30 2009 and Nov. 30 2010, and the his-and-her season passes are good at Keystone, as well as at Breckenridge and Arapahoe Basin. You gotta admit: A season pass puts your china settings to shame. 

[ Mon, 2009-10-05 13:33 ]
Vail Resorts to Offer Pass Insurance
Accidents, unemployment among the reasons for refunds

Let's say you bought a season pass, but you lost your job before the season even started. Are you screwed? Not if you opted for Vail Resorts' Pass Insurance program. For an extra $20 for adult, teen or senior passes (or $10 for children's passes), you'd be able to recover at least some, if not all, of your investment. Break a leg before the season even starts? Full refund. Get pregnant after opening day? Partial refund. Called up for duty two weeks after opening day? Partial refund.

[ Thu, 2009-09-03 09:06 ]
Coyotes in Breckenridge?
Recent coyote sightings have raised fears in Frisco, Colo.

Last winter, the disappearance of several pets in Breckenridge, Colo., was blamed on a local pack of coyotes. But this week biologists with the Colorado Division of Wildlife are saying that recent sightings of coyotes down the hill in Frisco -- which sits within short driving distance to Breck, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin -- shouldn't worry locals.

[ Wed, 2009-09-02 16:20 ]
Vail by Rail
Is the solution to I-70 gridlock worth $15 billion?

A recent report pegs the cost of a rail from the Denver International Airport to Vail's Eagle County Airport at a hefty $15 billion. The proposed route would also stop at Keystone and Frisco. Via: USA Today

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