Overview of 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.
The Rails and Boxes are so fun. Also the crew at the park are great workers they are out there all day making the hits and transitions nice for us eastern boarders. Word thanks Keystone crew
we spent a week at Holiday Valley this year. IT was not on your list but a fun ski filled time. It was challenging for the whole family, including a telemarker and snow boarder. we went to Keystone a few years back (before kids) and that was great also. Lots of variety in terrain and lifts.