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Keystone Resort. Photo Credit: SnowSnow - OutThere Colorado.
Keystone Resort. Photo Credit: SnowSnow

Keystone Resort

Things to do

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Keystone does not offer the dramatic terrain or lift-served bowl skiing of other major Colorado resorts. That being said, Keystone does offer long, winding green and blue runs, an excellent terrain park, and the most extensive night skiing in Colorado. Throw in free parking and views of Lake Dillon, and Keystone is a worthy destination. Keystone has a decidedly more laid-back atmosphere compared to the glitz of Breckenridge or Vail. The gentle terrain of Dercum Mountain is perfect for beginners and families. Children will love the numerous adventure parks, the tubing hill, and the snow fort. For the more adventurous types, Keystone features the cheapest Cat skiing around. For just $10, no reservations required, you can take a Cat ride to the top of one of Keystone’s many bowls – a great introduction to the experience. 

Pro Tips

  • Due to its proximity to Denver, weekends at Keystone can mean big crowds. Head to the Outback Express and Wayback lifts to pack in the most runs for the day.
  • The connector trails between Dercum Mountain and North Peak are quickly scraped to ice between snowstorms, so make sure your edges are sharp and be careful.
  • Featuring abundant Adirondack chairs and live music on the weekends, LaBonte’s Cabin at the base of North Peak is an excellent place to kick back on a warm day.
  • The south-facing South Bowl off of the Outback Peak, reached via a short hike, retains soft snow long after the most recent snowfall.

Recommended season(s): Keystone does not open first in Colorado – that title typically goes to Arapahoe Basin – but often Keystone is the one of the first resorts to open top-to-bottom with River Run, making it a good early season destination. For the best snow, visit beginning in February through early March.

Sam Toulmin 

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