Keystone ski resort is one of Colorado’s hidden gems. This is a great resort in its own right, but it’s usually overlooked when planning a Colorado ski holiday as it’s located next door to Breckenridge.
Keystone is an intermediates dream with three mountains to explore by day and one at night! One of Keystone’s signature experiences is that it offers night skiing; with 21 well groomed, floodlit trails for you to play on once when the sun goes down.
Keystone is a great resort with a small pedestrianised village, a good array of amenities, plenty of slope-side accommodation and lots of fun activities for the kids to do. Add in quiet slopes and a short transfer time and Keystone can offer a fantastic winter holiday experience.
Keystone has three fantastic mountains to explore; Dercum Mountain, North Peak and the Outback. The resort has over 3,000 acres of skiable terrain, 128 trails and great skiing for every type of skier and rider. The first mountain is Dercum Mountain with sweeping tree lined green and blue trails that flow back to River Run village. This mountain has great trails for both beginners and intermediates. There are also dedicated family slow skiing zones on runs like Schoolmarm which take you from the top of Dercum back to River Run.
Next comes North Peak – the mountain behind the mountain, which offers more challenging runs including long blacks and inviting mogul runs. Then there’s the Outback which takes you deep into the mountains giving a real sense of adventure where you can explore some great blue and black trails.
If you haven’t tired the kids out cruising the corduroy all day, Keystone also offers night skiing. The whole of the front side of Dercum Mountain is floodlight during the main season, with over 20 long blue and green trails lit up to 8pm. All runs lead back to River Run village and you can do laps using the River Run Gondola as the main lift back up at night. Experience night skiing Colorado style with long tree lined runs that are well lit with purple shadows cast over immaculately groomed crisp snow – truly a night to remember!
Don’t be fooled into thinking that Keystone doesn’t cater for advanced skiers. The resort has some challenging areas that are ‘must ski’ experiences. North Peak is a great place to perfect your mogul technique and you can challenge yourself on the steep moguled trails in the Black Forrest area of the Outback. On a powder day head to the top of the Outback.
One of the signature experiences for advanced skiers at Keystone is to sign up for a snowcat ski tour that will take you high above the treeline to the wide open Bergman and Erikson bowls for a perfect powder day carving fresh powder turns.
Keystone has an attractive purpose built village development at the foot of the slopes called River Run. This is a modern, pedestrian friendly compact base area that captures the silver mining history of the area. There are two other base areas; Mountain Haus and Keystone Village which has the largest outdoor ice skating venue in the US. With over 30 restaurants and a dozen apres venues, Keystone caters well for families with a good selection of dining options.
The Village also operates a free shuttle around the resort to whisk you between base stations and neighbourhoods around Keystone.
Keystone is part of the Epic Pass, which allows you to explore some of the most exciting ski resorts in North America. The neighbouring resort of Breckenridge is easy to reach and makes for a great day out whether you go for the skiing or just to explore the historic mountain town.