Keystone

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Pros
  • Massive ski terrain covering over 3,000 ac and some of best long groomers in Colorado
  • Award-winning terrain parks, with its own lift
  • Night skiing available
  • Affordable and family-friendly
Cons
  • Crowds can be a problem, especially on weekends
  • Not much extreme terrain to challenge advanced skiers and snowboarders
  • Lack of snowfall compared to other Summit County resorts

Keystone Ski Packages

Lodging + Lift Tickets Discount Price
River Run by Wyndham Vacation Rentals
2 x Adult 2-day Lift Ticket
17% off $1,093
River Run Village by Gondola Resorts
2 x Adult 2-day Lift Ticket
12% off $1,790
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Overall
4.8

If your version of après ski is night skiing then Keystone might just earn a spot in your heart. This family-friendly resort boasts one of the longest ski days in Colorado which continues long into the night. One of the most popular mountains in the region, the resort has the largest ski area in the Summit County covering over 3,000 ac of stunning terrain on its three peaks and five bowls. The mountain has a vertical drop of 3,129 ft and known for its amazing blue runs, making it a haven for intermediate skiers. It has the best long groomers in Colorado as well as some of the most incredible glade runs and long bump runs in the region. If that’s not enough, it’s also home to one of the country’s top terrain parks with over 100 features, kickers, rails and jumps as well as a dedicated chairlift to keep park rats real busy. Impressed?

17/18 Historical Snowfall

Best month to go

January to March

The ski season lasts from late November through mid-April, with the peak period occurring between January and March. Bear in mind that prices and rates increase during this time, and the slopes can get very crowded. Weekends and holidays tend to run high as well, so check your calendar to make sure your visit doesn’t coincide with any U.S. celebrations. Christmas and New Year’s will always be more expensive, while three-day weekends (i.e. Martin Luther King Day and Presidents’ Day) see crowds flocking in. For the best deals, visit Keystone during the first two weeks of January. These weeks are usually slower, and their prices won’t tear through your wallet. All that snow to yourself… It’s a true “winter’s tale”.

FLY TO

Denver International Airport

DRIVE/SHUTTLE TO

Keystone (2-2.5 hours)

River Run (Walk)

  • Heart of Keystone
  • Centered around the base of River Run Gondola
  • Wide range of accommodation

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Mountain House (Walk)

  • Walking distance to slopes
  • Quieter compared to River Run
  • Better value accommodation and larger condos than River Run

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North, East, West Keystone (1-2 mi)

  • North and West Keystone are great for larger groups
  • East Keystone is the most quiet
  • Short shuttle ride away from slopes

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Dillon/Silverthorne (5-10 mi)

  • 10-15 minute drive from Keystone
  • Inexpensive lodging compared to Keystone
  • Limited nightlife

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For beginners

Keystone has beginners covered with plenty of first-time training spots and beginner trails on Dercum Mountain. Beginner's with a bit more skill should check out the Spring Dipper, our top pick for those looking to take it to up a notch!

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For intermediates

There are fantastic blues to cruise across all three mountains at Keystone, but if you love groomers you'll find the best stuff on Dercum Mountain. Check out Flying Dutchman to Jackwhacker to Beger to Dercum's Dash, you won't be disappointed.

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For experts

Keystone doesn't have the gnarliest of slopes but there's still fun to be had! Wolverine, Wildfire, Pika and Porcupine in The Outback are all some of our favorites, they're very loosely defined in gladed terrain, so feel free to get wild here!

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Find freshies

The Outback offers gladed terrain featuring untouched pow otherwise hike to the bowls above the Santiago Express and Outback Express for the best fresh stuff.

Ditch the crowds

Take the Summit Express Lift instead of the River Run Gondola. Both take you from the base to the top of Dercum Mountain but the River Run Gondola gets quite crowded, particularly before 10:00am.

Non skiers

Keystone has a range of activities available for non-skiers including tubing and activities at the nearby Frisco Adventure Park where you can go nordic skiing. Or shop til you drop at the Outlets at Silverthorne.

Families

Keystone is known for its laid-back family-friendly atmosphere offering more affordable prices than other Vail-owned resorts. From daily Kidtopia activities to complimentary wagons to cart kids and their equipment around, Keystone is a family winner!

Keystone vs
KeystoneArapahoe Basin
beginner14 %10 %
intermediate29 %30 %
advanced57 %37 %
expert-23 %
total runs131 109
ski area3,148ac 960ac
summit elevation12,408ft 13,050ft
total lifts20 8
child lift ticket$86 Free
adult lift ticket$149 $100
uncrowded
snow
back country
value for money
average total snowfall125″ 180″
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Keystone Reviews

Fabulous 4.4 / 5
based on 149 reviews

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Superb!5 / 5Nov 24, 2017
THTobias H.
advanced snowboarder
Last season I worked at Keystone and I've ridden at a lot of other mountains before and I have to say nothing was better than going to Keystone. It's one of the largest mountains around with some of the greatest views once you get to the top. If you're looking to keep out of the wind for the ride up, Keystone has Gondolas that would keep the harsh... More
Good!3.7 / 5Nov 24, 2017
ATJAustin T J.
advanced snowboarder
This is one of my favorite resorts I spend almost every season here and it is affordable. The only thing I don't like when going here is that they are constantly trying to slow down more advanced snowboarders. They always think that just because you are going fast on the runs that you are not in control and that is not the case. This mountain has... More
Very Good!4 / 5Nov 24, 2017
MMark
advanced skier
First, I like to say there are lots of great help here at Keystone. Lots of volunteers (nice old people)! Parking is great and it allows for family cars to get closer to the slopes (cars of 4 and more). Parking is close and also free is wonderful (we wish Breckenridge would do this - why charge for parking when you already pay so much to ski).... More
Very Good!4 / 5Nov 24, 2017
DJDaniel J.
expert snowboarder
Keystone can get crowded but deservingly. It is also easy to avoid most of those people in the back bowl areas. Keystone is HUGE and there is a lot of places some people just don't know about. Also, it seems that not a whole ton of people are in the trees, so if you're looking to have a day to you and your buds, that's where I would suggest. IF YOU... More
Very Good!3.9 / 5Nov 23, 2017
LRLeonardo R.
beginner skier
The keystone resort is a great place to create great memories while enjoying the cool things you can do in the winter. Keystone is now my home away from home.... More
Fabulous!4.4 / 5Nov 21, 2017
ARAlain R.
advanced skier
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.... More
Superb!4.9 / 5Nov 21, 2017
JDJames D.
advanced snowboarder
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! ... More
Fabulous!4.5 / 5Nov 21, 2017
DPDan P.
expert skier
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. ... More
Good!3.7 / 5Nov 20, 2017
JJoe
intermediate snowboarder
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!!... More
Good!3.6 / 5Nov 20, 2017
RWRichard W.
advanced skier
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.... More

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