Keystone

Keystone, Colorado

Written by Greg and Heather Burke

Keystone is a great choice for families among the Vail resort collection, with a pedestrian ski village by the slopes, and a swift gondola from the base, gorgeous on mountain views and over 3,000 acres of mostly well-groomed pleasant, ego- pleasing terrain. Keystone offers trails for every ski level plus significant snowmaking, and fine on mountain dining at Der Fondue Chessel and the Alpenglow Stube - the finest alpine high elevation dining in the US (which can be reached by gondola for non-skiers).

Keystone really does have terrain for everyone, beginners can explore the entire mountain, there’s top to bottom easy routes on each peak which is unusual at high elevation. Dercum Mountain, the main mountain emanates from River Run Village via Gondola. Trails like Frenchman, Wild Irishman, and Flying Dutchman are big fun runs on the front that brings you back to the base village. The Outpost and Outback – the highest at 11,980’, offer more challenge but still a blue square intermediate run off each of these northern peaks.

While there isn't anything particularly challenging at Keystone, there are over 3,000 acres of long well-groomed runs, plus 500 acres reserved for cat-skiing for experts above tree line for a high alpine experience (just $10 a ride) to North and South Bowl and Independence Bowl. You can also hike for free to this in bounds patrolled snowy natural terrain which brings you back through glades to the resort groomed terrain and lifts.

For après ski, you can keep skiing, Keystone has Colorado's largest night skiing operation, or head to the villages - River Run, Mountain House and Keystone Village. Keystone has a plethora of family activities – including free activities each afternoon – Kidtopia for kids so parents can enjoy Keystone’s après ski bars and dining, or the spa and hot tub at your condo. There is also family-oriented tubing, bungee jumping, Adventure Point, and a Snow Fort. At Keystone, kids 12 and under ski and stay free on 2 or more night packages.

A village condo at Keystone is an ideal setting for your Colorado ski vacation, you can walk to shops, après ski and dinner, and you can take a shuttle to sister resorts, Vail, Breckenridge, Arapahoe Basin, or Beaver Creek on the same ski ticket. These resorts are all on the Epic Pass - a great value season pass along with benefits at other ski resorts around the globe including Park City Utah, Arapahoe Basin in Colorado, Heavenly, Kirkwood, and Northstar in California, even Verbier, Switzerland

Elevation

Base
9279 feet
Base
Summit
12408 feet
Summit
Vertical Drop
3129 feet
Vertical Drop

Lifts

Gondola & Trams
2
Gondola & Trams
High Speed Six
1
High Speed Six
High Speed Quads
5
High Speed Quads
Quad Chair
1
Quad Chair
Triple Chair
1
Triple Chair
Double Chairs
3
Double Chairs
Surface Lifts
7
Surface Lifts

Terrain

Beginner Runs
14 %
Beginner Runs
Intermediate Runs
29 %
Intermediate Runs
Advanced Runs
57 %
Advanced Runs
Expert Runs
0 %
Expert Runs
Total Runs
131
Total Runs
Terrain Parks
1
Terrain Parks
Longest Run
3 miles
Longest Run
Skiable Terrain
3148 acres
Skiable Terrain
Snowmaking Area
662 acres
Snowmaking Area

Opening and closing dates

Season Open Date Close Date
2017/2018 11/10/2017 04/13/2018 (estimated)
2016/2017 11/18/2016 04/16/2017
2015/2016 11/06/2015 04/10/2016
2014/2015 11/07/2014 04/12/2015

Lift ticket and season pass prices

Category Age restrictions Price (USD unless otherwise stated)
Adult 13 - 64 $124
Child 5 - 12 $72
Senior 65 & over $114
Season Pass
(Summit Value Pass)
$559

Overall Rating

4.4 / 5 based on 95 reviews
Lam Dinh

Family friendly ski resort. Enjoying skiing there with family. The lifting is sometimes slow but manageable. Foods and dining are not great but understandable for ski resort. Overall, the kids are having a great times there. Hope to go to other resorts to see the difference. Never been to beaver creek before

Posted on Nov 17, 2017
chase squires

Think Keystone is just for kids? Not even close. The family brand works great for the mountain, but the place does a tremendous job of keeping everyone happy and skiing in their own area. Head to the outback for some great trees and varied terrain. And a tip, when you get off the lift and see the hike-only area, don't be intimidated by the steep pitch, it's a very short climb and levels out quickly, and from there you can drop into two bowls, one wide open, one loaded with trees. Carve your own route

Posted on Nov 13, 2017
DREW HAMMER

Keystone is an amazing family resort that can make your first biginner ski or snowboard experience an amazing one that will leave you wanting more. For expert riders you can ride back bowls and they offer a Snowcat to the top of North and South bowl.

Posted on Nov 13, 2017
Robert Landers

More a family resort. But the runs are well maintained and the park is fairly big.

The employees are always very friendly and go out of their way to help you if you need it. If you're an expert looking for a challenge, you can find it but don't expect it to be the best.

Posted on Nov 12, 2017
Robert J. Pike

I didn't stay there but I snowboarded and got to experience the the area with the people who were actually training the residents to snowboard/ski. It was great and real friendly. I'm actually planning on going back this coming spring break.

Posted on Nov 11, 2017
Adam dunnaway

I love keystone. Their park caters to everyone from beginners to professional level terrain. The back bowls are a peaceful escape from what can be a crowded main part of the resort. Although the snow can get icy during night skiing, the lighting, lifts and views are fantastic both before and after dark. The village, lodging and resorts are always clean, modern, and staffed with very friendly employees. Hands down my favorite resort.

Posted on Nov 17, 2017
Eric Brauch

I love keystone and the run school marm ive skied there for many years. I feel the ski lift tix are alittle pricey but the village and nite skiing is great.

Posted on Nov 13, 2017
Matt McCoy

Keystone has the best lives anywhere. Their train is great with many opportunities for any skill level. Their ski school is second to none in the country. I love to ski all day and with night skiing I am able to do that. And to be able to use the same ticket for Arapahoe basin is that Sherry.

Posted on Nov 12, 2017
Brody Revels

I love keystone because it is one of the first ski towns coming from the airport. Keystone is very close to Dillion, where we grocery shop. The snow is always great at keystone!

Posted on Nov 11, 2017
Scott Knight

I unfortunately have not enjoyed Keystone the times that I have been there. I have found each time that it is a very icy mountain, regardless of weather conditions. I’m not sure if it’s the way the mountain faces or what but there are icy patches EVERYWHERE there. Maybe I’ve just gotten unlucky everytime I’ve been.

Posted on Nov 10, 2017