Keystone Resort

John "Fritzski" Fritz
SnowPak Local Insider
John "Fritzski" Fritz
  • 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
  • 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 Resort Ski Packages

Lodging + Lift Tickets Discount Price
Rocky Mountain Resort Management Keystone
2 x Adult 2-day Lift Ticket
35% off $924
Rocky Mountain Resort Management Silverthorne
2 x Adult 2-day Lift Ticket
27% off $1,705
River Run Village by Gondola Resorts
2 x Adult 2-day Lift Ticket
20% off $3,639

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If your version of après ski is night skiing then Keystone Resort 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, Keystone Resort is 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 Resort 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”.


Denver International Airport


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 Resort
  • Inexpensive lodging compared to the heart of Keystone
  • Limited nightlife

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For beginners

Keystone Resort 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 Resort, 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 Resort 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 Resort 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.


Keystone Resort 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 Resort

Keystone ResortArapahoe 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
back country
value for money
average total snowfall125″ 180″

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Keystone Resort Reviews

Fabulous 4.4 / 5
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Superb!4.7 / 5Nov 17, 2017
ADAdam D.
advanced snowboarder
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... More
Very Good!4 / 5Nov 13, 2017
CSChase S.
advanced skier
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... More
Good!3.7 / 5Nov 13, 2017
EBEric B.
intermediate skier
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.... More
Superb!4.6 / 5Nov 13, 2017
DHDrew H.
expert snowboarder
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. ... More
Superb!4.8 / 5Nov 12, 2017
MMMatt M.
advanced skier
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. ... More
Very Good!4.2 / 5Nov 12, 2017
RLRobert L.
intermediate snowboarder
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.... More
Superb!4.7 / 5Nov 11, 2017
BRBrody R.
intermediate skier
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!... More
Superb!4.9 / 5Nov 11, 2017
RJPRobert J. P.
intermediate snowboarder
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. ... More
Good!3.5 / 5Nov 10, 2017
SKScott K.
advanced snowboarder
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.... More
Superb!4.6 / 5Nov 10, 2017
OROthoniel R.
advanced snowboarder
I had so much fun last season at Keystone resort last year! It was my first year learning how to snowboard and the trails made it beyond easy to learn. School Marm is about 3.5 miles long of continuous trail and it seems like the run never ends. The trail is wide enough to share and dips off into some blues and blacks if you want a little more... More

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