At 19-percent of 3,148 acres, the Keystone beginner skiing accounts for a nice chunk of the pie. Beginners will find they can get high up on the mountain and enjoy epic views of Keystone’s Independence Mountain, Keystone Peak and Wapiti Peak. Not every resort can offer beginner skiers this kind of high alpine experience.
Beginners at Keystone will appreciate the “learning area” at the top of 11,640-foot Dercum Mountain. There’s also another area at the base area, featuring the Discovery chairlift and several magic carpets. But, from Decrum Mountain beginners can soak in the views and see more of what Keystone terrain has to offer. This learning zone is a designated “slow skiing” area, ensuring beginners feel safe and comfortable when learning new skills. This area features a magic carpet for “never evers” and a small chair lift, Ranger, for beginners with a little more experience under their belt. Ranger is a great chairlift to learn on. Once beginners feel ready to ski longer novice trails, they can simply hop right on the Schoolmarm trail, which abuts the magic carpet and take that to the either the River Run or Mountain Home base area. From there they can get on either River Run’s gondola back to the top or Argentine to Montezuma Express, both routes take beginners back to the summit of Decrum Mountain. The Schoolmarm trail and the other green circle trails, like Schoolmaster and Silver Spoon, that surround it are all in a “slow skiing” area, so this section is great for learning, and it’s a great zone for kids, since there are fun and easy tree trails and mini camps along the way.
Both kids and adults will love learning to ski with the help of Keystone Ski School. Never evers will appreciate Keystone Ski School’s approach, since they ease you into skiing. Keystone Ski School recommends that the first day on skis should be a half-day, since it takes a bit of time to simply get used to the equipment. But, in a matter of days, beginner skiers will be able to ski most of the Keystone beginner terrain thanks to knowledgeable ski instructors and their proven method.
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The Keystone restaurant scene offers a dining option for just about every mealtime desire. Pub food? Gourmet local game? Pizza? Mexican? Fondue? Yep, Keystone restaurants can serve up all of it. While there isn’t a huge amount of restaurants what does exist offers cuisine and price points that reflex the many types Keystone visitors. Most Keystone restaurants are located on Highway 6, the road that connects Keystone to both Arapahoe Basin.
Those in search of a menu that caters to larger groups or families with varying tastes, should give Black Bear Grill a go. This restaurant, located off of Highway 6, serves everything from wings to salad, soup and sandwiches, to burgers and fries, to flat bread pizza and even heartier entrees like steak and fish. Haywood Café is a great spot to grab breakfast and lunch. Haywood’s benedicts and omelets are not to be missed, nor are their burgers, cheese steaks and fries.
If you’re on the hunt for some après eats, then Dos Locos Mexican Restaurant and Cantina, also on Highway 6, will quench your slate. Dos Locos serves up a mean margarita and offers daily happy hour specials on food and drinks.
If your dining discriminations trend a little more upscale, Keystone restaurants have several renowned options for fine dining. Alpenglow Stube will please even the most judicious appetite. Diners access the famed restaurant via two gondolas. But it’s well worth the ride. Alpenglow Stube sits at 11,444 feet on North Peak. The menu offers everything from Colorado lamp chops to pan-seared salmon and vegetarian options, too. If the Rockies get you in the mood for high alpine fare, then be sure to make a reservation at Der Fondue Chessel. This traditional Alpine restaurant serves up just what you’d expect: cheese fondue, raclette and chocolate fondue for desert. And it’s also located atop North Peak, so you’ll be able to enjoy the mountain view, while you enjoy mountain fare.
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Although Keystone is touted as a “family-friendly” resort, which it certainly is, especially off of the River Run Gondola, nearly 50-percent of the terrain is titled as expert. In the lift-accessed areas of the resort, experts have endless glades and moguls, plus hike-to and snowcat-accessed terrain on Independence Mountain, Keystone Peak and Wapiti Peak. The cat skiing alone is enough reason to book your Keystone ski vacation [link] today. Whether you opt for a full day of cat skiing in Keystone’s iconic bowls, or just one ride up, the experience is sure to please anyone who likes steep, spacious terrain.
From the summit of Decrum Mountain, expert skiers can either opt to hike or arrange a ride with Keystone Cat Skiing Tours to access The Windows, a renowned tree skiing zone. Experts have 11 renowned gladed runs to choose from in this area. You can also hop on the Outpost Gondola to North Peak, if you’d like to get to the goods faster. North Peak offers experts some steep, sustained mogul runs, and also accesses the hike-to terrain between Independence Mountain and Keystone Peak. The 1.5-mile hike and the terrain it accesses will test the best. Experts also have some incredible options off of Outback Express, from the Black Forest and its steep glades, to Wolverine, Wildfire and Pika. Skiers can also get their hike on in this area. To get to Wapiti Peak, and adjacent North and South Bowl, skiers trek up the 1-mile book-pack. On the way down be prepared for everything from small chutes to moguls and variable conditions, to open bowl skiing. This area−especially its glades−offer some of the best Keystone powder skiing. So when the snow starts flying you know where to go.
Expert jibbers should book a Keystone ski vacation purely based on the A51 Terrain Park. The large line will challenge even the most seasoned park skier or rider. The Main Street section is where experts will spend their day, but a warm up lap or two on one of the medium lines, I-70 or Park Lane, is suggested. Keystone utilizes Burton’s and the National Ski Area Association’s Smart Style safety initiatives to reduce injuries and accidents in the park. The initiatives include a marked designation of difficulty level per line, and a safety code.
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Keystone is year-in and year-out one of the most popular family ski vacation destinations. The stars align at Keystone. Several different factors combine to make a Keystone family ski vacation one the best in class. Firstly, Keystone is conveniently located just an hour and one half drive from Denver, making schlepping the kids gear much easier on parents. Secondly, the terrain; Keystone family skiing offers a variety of terrain options so all levels of skiers will find what they’re looking for. Kids will have a blast skiing at the largest night skiing operation in the world. And eating out as a family is easy in Keystone, with numerous family dining options. And last but not least: activities. Adventure Point offers tubing that the whole family can enjoy together.
Families have their pick of the Keystone lodging. Almost all of Keystone’s lodging options are close to lifts and provide valuable amenities like kitchenettes, for making family meals, ski storage and washer/dryers, to name a few. Below you’ll find Ski.com’s top picks in the family lodging category, our Mountain Vacation Specialists are here to make your Keystone ski vacation as easy—and enjoyable—as possible. So pick up the phone, or chat with them, today!
• Ideally situated for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing, Trappers Crossing is bordered by the Arapahoe National Forest and next to the Keystone Nordic Center. The whole family will love be nestled in the Colorado wilderness. Trapper’s Crossing features spacious units with a private entrance, a patio/deck, mountain inspired furnishings, a fully equipped kitchen, gas fireplace, an outdoor shared hot tub, washer/dryer, free parking and ski store. Oh, and parents will love relaxing in the master bath’s jetted tub.
• Conveniently located in the middle of Keystone’s happenings and literally just a minute walk to all the chairlifts, River Run is among the resort’s most popular lodging units. Families particularly love the properties close locale to everything, which makes it easier to get the whole gang out onto the slopes in the morning. Built in the past eight years, the River Run units include mountain-inspired furnishings. Amenities include a free shuttle to Keystone Village, access to pool and hot tub, elevator, laundry facilities, free garage parking and ski storage.
• Every family appreciates a bit of convenience, and Springs at Keystone is among the properties that deliver just that. Centrally located, the Springs is a short walk to the River Run Gondola and River Run Village’s shopping and dining. Families looking to cook some meals together will appreciate the unit’s full kitchens. An outdoor hot tub and pool—with a waterslide—will please both kids and parents alike.
For a reasonably priced menu that offers options that kids and parents, alike, will appreciate Black Bear Grill is a great route. Black Bear’s delicious sandwiches, soups and flat breat pizza will appeal to everyone, and the affordable rates won’t break the bank for larger families. For a quick, easy meal that will please everyone in your family, pick up a pie from Pizza 101, or have it delivered to your condo or hotel.
Keystone’s A51 Terrain Park is ranked among the best in North America. Professional and semi-professional park skiers and snowboarders can be seen throwing huge, technical tricks, sure to thrill the whole family. Your little park groms will love testing out their skills on Keystone’s small park, and more experienced kids and teens will love riding on the topnotch medium and large parks. Keystone, like many other ski resorts, follows the National Ski Area Association’s “Smart Style” initiative. The program promotes terrain park safety through progression and personal awareness with safety code signage and appropriate designation of features and ability level.
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The Keystone intermediate skiing, which encompasses 32-percent of the resort’s 135 trails, allows full access to the resorts three lift-accessed mountains: Decrum, North Peak and The Outback. Keystone’s state-of-the-art grooming capabilities make for perfect cruisers intermediate skiers won’t soon forget. Intermediates at Keystone will find they are very well-served. Plus, Keystone is a great ski area for more advanced intermediates to challenge themselves and perhaps try a black diamond run, since there are no double-black or extreme terrain.
The intermediate runs off the River Run Gondola are fun, wide, and long. Don’t miss Sante Fe along the looker’s left edge of the resort, and of course the Flying Dutchman, Frenchman, Irishman and Paymaster, are topnotch intermediate cruisers. Intermediates will feel like superheroes cruising down these wide, pristine runs. Plus, they are among the trails that are open until 8:30 p.m. as part of Keystone’s popular night skiing. The River Run Gondola area can get slightly congested, so be sure to wear a helmet. To avoid the crowds you’ll want to make your way to The Outback, the area on looker’s right side of the resort. On your way there, from the top of Decrum Mountain, be sure to enjoy the long, meandering Mozart trail. If you opt to take a run or two on North Peak, be sure to give Last Alamo or Prospector a try. Prospector runs into Mozart and will drop you back off at Santiago Express chairlift. From the top head skier’s right down Fox Trot or Spillway to The Outback. Once you’ve arrived at The Outback, you can spend the whole afternoon carving up the trails off the Outback Express chairlift. Enjoy cruising on The Outback’s intermediate trails: Porcupine, Bighorn, Elk Run and Oh, Bob.
The Outback is also a great area for advanced intermediates to test their skills out in a comfortable way. Off of the Outback Express, head right to Pika, a black run. If you find it’s too challenging, you always have the option to bail out on Lodgepole. Pika ends into a blue run, The Willows, which brings you back to Outback Express.
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Keystone’s convenient location, just an hour and one half from Denver, makes it one of Colorado’s, if not North America’s most popular resorts. Although the majority of lodging options are family-friendly or geared towards budget-conscious, Keystone sees a variety of guests, so you can bet that there’s a Keystone lodging option to fit your predilection. Below you’ll find Ski.com’s top picks in the budget, family and luxury categories. To learn more about these properties call, or chat with, one of Ski.com’s knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialists.
• An economical choice that provides a top-notch, convenient location, The Inn at Keystone is centrally located between River Run and Keystone Villages. When sitting in one of the Inn’s rooftop hot tubs, you’ll feel like you just won the lottery. Onsite amenities include a cozy lobby with fireplace, jazz bar, restaurant, room service, ski storage, free parking, laundry facilities and a free shuttle ride to the slopes.
• Springs at Keystone is among the properties that deliver what families love: convenience. Centrally located, the Springs is a short walk to the River Run Gondola and River Run Village. Families looking to cook some meals together will appreciate the unit’s full kitchens. Kids can enjoy the outdoor pool, complete with a waterslide, while parents relax nearby in the outdoor hot tub.
• The Keystone Lodge and Spa, AAA Four Diamond-rated property provides guests with an abundance of amenities, including a centrally convenient locale. The Lodge’s spa recently experienced a multi-million-dollar facelift, including state-of-the-art treatment rooms, a Infinity-edge therapy tub and Vichy shower. Keystone Lodge & Spa guests also receive a complimentary Adventure Passport which provides free access to many resort activities like Nordic ski and snowshoe rentals, NASTAR, ice-skating, sleigh rides, wine tasting, yoga classes and more.
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While Keystone isn’t renowned as a luxurious ski destination, like Deer Valley or Aspen, it offers several top-notch options for vacationers in pursuit of high end lodging and fine dining.
Keystone isn’t renowned as a jet set destination, but there are a couple choice options for those seeking high-end experiences. Below you’ll find Ski.com’s top picks for the luxury category. To learn more about these properties, or book them for your next ski vacation, call, or chat with, one of Ski.com’s knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialists.
• Lone Eagle, slopeside, luxury condominiums, is just steps from River Run Gondola and Summit Express chairlift. Your condominium features mountain-inspired décor, upscale furnishings and stainless steel appliances. Enjoy the fitness center, sauna/steam room, outdoor pool and hot tub, as well as other amenities like concierge services, full kitchens and washer/dryers.
• This AAA Four Diamond-rated property provides guests with an abundance of amenities, including a centrally convenient locale. The Keystone Lodge and Spa is a rustic, yet elegant lodge. The Lodge’s spa experienced a recent multi-million-dollar facelift, including state-of-the-art treatment rooms, a relaxation lounge, Infinity-edge therapy tub, Vichy shower and a nail salon. Keystone Lodge & Spa guests also receive a complimentary Adventure Passport which provides free access to many resort activities like Nordic ski and snowshoe rentals, NASTAR, ice-skating, sleigh rides, wine tasting, yoga classes and more.
While affordable and family restaurants are the dominant sort of dining options, the Keystone fine dining scene will catch you by surprise, with the highest Four-Diamond AAA restaurant in North America: Alpenglow Stube. Guests take two gondolas to the top of North Peak−11,444 feet−where they’ll enjoy contemporary Bavarian atmosphere and cuisine. For more top-of-the-world experiences be sure to dine at Der Fondue Chessel, a popular fondue restaurant also located atop North Peak.
For more award-winning fare, and wine, make a reservation at Keystone Ranch Restaurant. This Four-Diamond AAA establishment is located about 5 miles West from the resort and main base area. It well worth the trip though, Keystone Ranch boasts not only an incredible “frontier fine dining” menu, but a Wine Spectator endorsed wine list, and offers a cozy, rustic atmosphere in the 1930s homestead ranch house.
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With nearly a dozen bars to choose from, the Keystone night life scene has much to offer in the way of sports bars and pubs, but it also has some options for those looking for a quiet fireside cocktail. That being said, you won’t really find late night hangouts or night clubs. The Keystone night life tends to wind down an hour or two after dinner.
To catch a game, you’ll want to head to 9280 Tap House in the base village. During football season, especially, this is the place to be. The 9280 Tap House features an incredible beer list and both healthy and traditional pub fare. You can nab one of their tasty sandwiches and a beer for under $12. If it’s a gorgeous afternoon, as it often is, 9280 also offers one of the better Keystone après scenes. Their deck is prime locale for a sunny cocktail.
Spice things up across Highway 6 at Dos Locos Mexican Restaurant and Cantina. They offer an incredible happy hour from 2:30 to 6 p.m. on drinks and eats. Their margaritas are well-loved, as is their bottomless chips and salsa. If you’re looking to mingle with the local crowd at least one $1 PBR is in order at The Goat, on Highway 6. This fun dive bar is “dog friendly” and has foosball, pool and buck hunt.
If you’re looking for a romantic fireplace to curl up on—drink in hand—and relax after a long day of skiing, then you’ll want to head to the Tenderfoot Lounge off of Highway 6. This cozy spot is reminiscent of a Western living room, and you’ll feel right at home with a draft in hand and several flat screen TVs to watch the game on. This is also a great place to catch live music.
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Keystone is a mecca for skiers and boarders in search of a budget ski vacation. Affordable lodging rules the Keystone accommodation options, and there’s no shortage of reasonably priced eateries. Plus, with Keystone’s night skiing, guests can ski or ride for 12 hours a day. Your dollars go much further on a Keystone ski vacation than other resorts.
As a popular resort for skiers on a shoestring, there’s a surplus of inexpensive establishments. For a quick breakfast or lunch, don’t miss Haywood Café off of Highway 6. Their burgers and cheese steaks are well-loved, and you won’t pay more than $15 for a meal. For tasty pizza that’s perfect for bringing back to the condo or hotel, don’t miss Pizza 101. A meal at Dos Locos is in order during your Keystone ski vacation, the margaritas are cheap, the free chips and salsa are bottomless, and the margaritas are cheap. The entree portions are large and under $15. If you do venture out in search of a more upmarket dining experience, head to Black Bear Grill, on Highway 6. Here you’ll find tasty sandwiches, burgers flat bread pizzas, soups, steaks and fish, and you won’t spend more than $30 on an entree.
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River Run base area provides the perfect place to find and experience the many things to do in Keystone. Dining and shopping are easily accessed in the River Run base area, but if you’re looking for more you can enjoy a full docket of winter outdoor experiences on your next Keystone ski vacation.
You name it, Keystone’s got it when it comes to outdoor activities. Below you’ll find Ski.com’s favorite Keystone outdoor activities.
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