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 111 reviews
Alain Rodolosi

Keystone is an excellent mountain for beginners, intermediate and advanced skiers. My family and I always have a great time there. It is pricey but most large ski resorts are. Love the terrain, facilities and the people.

Posted on Nov 21, 2017
Dan Perreira

The resort is very well accommodating to family outings. It has a good balance of beginner and advanced terrain to ski, but nothing amazingly difficult. The snow quality was pretty good and well maintained on groomers, very few patches of ice. The village itself has plenty of shopping and dining options for all your on-mountain needs.

Posted on Nov 21, 2017
Richard Ware

Great family resort, kids love it here. Lots of Greens and Blues, some more challenging terrain out back. The night skiing is a real plus, allows a nice break before getting in a few more runs.

Posted on Nov 20, 2017
Adam

Keystone is big enough for anyone to have a good time. There's enough terrain for a good skier to have fun exploring for a full week easily. On a powder day, Keystone will have fresh tracks in the steep trees for a full day after.. something you don't get at Breck or A Basin

Posted on Nov 20, 2017
Zach Gossner

A large number of reckless snowboarders and drunks can make the resort dangerous at times. Keystone needs to do a better job enforcing safety rules, especially on the green runs.

Posted on Nov 19, 2017
James Deases

Keystone is my favorite place to go for the terrain parks. It has the best beginners terrain park to polish your skills and get caught up from lazy season before moving on to the bigger jumps and trails. Great place to learn!

Posted on Nov 21, 2017
Joe

Fun resort. Great backcountry. Good restaurants and great family resort. Plenty of terrain for all levels. Great terrain park also. Great for both skiers and for snowboarders. Very few catwalks which is a plus for boarders!!

Posted on Nov 20, 2017
Jarrod Wafer

Keystone is the best all around Resort in the United States. While it is smaller than most of the Resorts located around it, Keystone boosts the widest range of terrain of them. A phenomenal Restort for beginners to learn how to both ski and snowboard, while catering most of its piste (groomed terrain) to the intermediate to advance skier and snoboarder, Keystone has an amazing side country that skiers and snowboarders can access that will keep a smile on the faces of both the advance and expert skier and snowboarder all day long. And for those skiers and snowboarders that want lap the park all day, Keystone has an amazing park catering to beginner on one side and building up to experts on the other. Keystone is by far the most family oriented Resort in the area not only with a great selection of terrain but with tubing park and village area also. If you are looking do a great place to spend sometime away by yourself or with your family, Keystone is an amazing Resort to enjoy.

Posted on Nov 20, 2017
Derek Holland

Keystone was definitely one of the best resorts I have ever been to the mountain was great the lift lines were short and the whole experience was all around amazing. Just wish I had more time to explore the mountain.

Posted on Nov 20, 2017
Brian shuss

Amazing place to ride. Nothing I love more in the winter than going up there and enjoying some pow with great friends in a great environment. I wait all summer to ride here. I love you keystone!!

Posted on Nov 18, 2017