Keystone

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Keystone
John “Fritzski” Fritz
SnowPak Local Insider
John “Fritzski” Fritz

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

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”.
Airplane

FLY TO

Denver International Airport

Car

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″ 179″

Keystone Reviews

Fabulous

4.4 / 5

based on 131 reviews

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Have your say on Keystone
Superb!

5 / 5

Oct 16, 2017
JJeff
Keystone Resort has been our go to for the 4 years. It almost gets better and better every time. Every time I show pictures of our trip to friends and family they can never believe how beautiful it is there. Everything you need is there. From the ice skating rink, to all the shops, and of course the slopes! The staff are always very... More
Very Good!

4 / 5

Oct 14, 2017
RNRyan N.
My favorite run in Colorado is on the way back of keystone. Wish there were less long lines but what can ya do? Can't wait for key to be open though!
Superb!

5 / 5

Oct 11, 2017
BEBrian E.
Who wants to waste time standing in line ir riding the chair? Keystone has great long runs compared to the others in the area not to mention you can extend your day into night when they glip the lights on to get some extra runs in.
Superb!

5 / 5

Oct 10, 2017
YLYicheng L.
Nice resort to visit. The Dercum mountain is loaded with a variety of trails and the spring dipper is my favorite since it is less crowded and very wide. North peak and outback are full of fun, including a lot of tree terrains and some fun powders.
Superb!

5 / 5

Oct 10, 2017
PPPhat P.
My go to resort. Affordable season pass. Night time skiing. Great and helpful staff, and very nice village area. Also can't say enough about their ski school who made a better skier than I ever though I could be
Very Good!

4 / 5

Oct 10, 2017
SHSimon H.
Great family-friendly ski resort, featuring three separate peaks, several alpine bowls, night skiing and in-bounds cat skiing options. Over 3,000 acres of skiable terrain. Very conveniently located a short drive from Denver. Highly recommend!
Superb!

5 / 5

Oct 09, 2017
JPJosh P.
Keystone is, by far, one of my favorite ski destinations. The resort really takes the ski experience to a whole new level. The town is beautiful and the slopes are unbelievable. I would highly recommend to anyone seeking the ultimate ski getaway.
Superb!

5 / 5

Oct 09, 2017
RNRyan N.
From the friendly welcoming staff to the trails a plenty Keystone is my favorite place in Colorado. Not too far from the city but far enough to truly enjoy what Colorado has to offer.
Superb!

5 / 5

Oct 08, 2017
RRickey
Keystone resort is my favorite place to snowboard. If you buy the pass early enough it's the most affordable place to ski/board for the season. We get a large group from Georgia to go every year. Great terrain park, back country, and groomers. 3000 acres makes it hard to see it all in one trip
Superb!

5 / 5

Oct 08, 2017
BMBen M.
The spring season mogul skiing on North Peak is to die for. almost1500' vertical, high speed lift, no crowds, free parking close to base and Sun facing slopes! A dream come true
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