Keystone Ski Resort

The resort of Keystone is a great base from which to explore fantastic local terrain as well as other ski areas in Colorado’s Summit County.

Keystone is home to some of Colorado’s best family friendly slopes, as well as perhaps its best night skiing operation. In addition, the upper bowls, accessed via short hikes or a snowcat, are home to endless steep lines, which regularly remain untracked longer than at some of its neighbours. Easy access to the nearby resorts of Breckenridge and Arapahoe Basin is possible, both of which are only a free bus ride away and are covered by the same lift pass.

The resort itself is quiet and is generally only busy at weekends when the crowds arrive from Denver. This usually means queues are not an issue, but it does mean that the après ski and evening scene is quiet – although this is no doubt partly due to the resort’s family-friendly reputation.

Our Keystone Resort Ratings

  • Beginner ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
  • Intermediate ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
  • Advanced ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
  • Snow Reliability ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
  • Fast Lifts ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
  • Resort Activities ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
  • Après ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
  • Value ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
Pros

Family-friendly and good learning areas

Fantastic upper bowls for experts and great terrain parks

Easy access to nearby resorts for a varied trip

Cons

Resort is generally quiet

Weekend queues can form at the major lifts

Altitude may prove to be a problem for some visitors

Keystone Skiing and Snowboarding

The 3148 acres of ski runs, glades and open bowls extend over three mountains. Dercum Mountain is the main ski hill and is home to the most variety of terrain. The long Schoolmarm green is popular amongst beginners, Spring Dipper is a winding and often immaculately groomed blue, the Peru Express accesses Keystone’s world-class terrain park for freestylers and the Go Devil black is an excellent tree-lined black for experts.

North Peak is accessed by the Outpost Gondola or via sweeping blues and blacks and the Santiago Express chairlift. From here, the third and highest sector can be accessed at the Outback Express. Some great tree skiing is on offer, or if you’re willing to hike or can catch the snowcats running to the top, there is access to some of Colorado’s best bowl skiing – which tops out at a lofty 3782m in Independence Bowl.

  • Total Pistes: 3148 acres
  • Beginner: 12%
  • Intermediate: 39%
  • Advanced: 49%
  • Lifts: 20
  • Altitude: 2829m – 3872m

Keystone Piste Map

The local area map can be downloaded here.

Keystone Resort

There are two base areas to choose from, both of which offer a good deal of self-catered condominium accommodation and several hotels. The latter often offer great lift pass and ski hire deals with their packages, so key an eye out to save money on what unfortunately is one of Colorado’s most expensive lift pass prices.

River Run Village is at the foot of the gondola and the purpose-built central plaza has an attractive feel, although it is nowhere near as vibrant as the centre of nearby Breckenridge. Mountain Village is even quieter and a little further along the valley Summit Cove provides another option, but you will need to drive or catch a bus to the lifts.

How to get to Keystone

Access from Denver is easy – the drive takes around an hour and a half and there are numerous companies offering shared or private transfers.

  • Denver airport: 1.5 hours

Keystone Contact Details

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