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KEYSTONE , CO

Ski & Snowboard Resort Review

Keystone Colorado, USA is a large and diverse resort renowned for challenging terrain and deep dry powder snow.

Keystone Skiing and Snowboarding Terrain

Consisting of three mountain peaks Dercum Mountain, North Peak and The Outback the terrain at Keystone varies greatly from powder bowls, steep fast moguls, heavily treed terrain to wide corduroy groomed trails.

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Advanced Skiing and Snowboarding

The black diamond chutes serviced by The Outback Express Chairlift are narrow and fast with tight trees offering some of the best lines in Colorado. Mogul lovers head to the Santiago Express Chairlift at North Peak for huge bump runs on the Powder Cap, Cat Dancer and Ambush trails.

Keystone Cat Skiing and Snowboarding

Cat skiing and snowboarding guided tours through 278 acres of steep, north facing inbounds back country style terrain are available in Independence Bowl. The tours depart from the Outpost Gondola Station and expert guides ensure a unique backcountry experience for powder lovers-; wide, open, deep and steep!
Unguided snowcats also depart from the top of the Outback Express Chairlift transporting snow riders to the South and North Bowls. They are smaller than Independence Bowl but just as steep leading down into heavily treed terrain.

Intermediate Skiing and Snowboarding

Intermediates can cruise the entire resort on groomed wide trails. Dercum Mountain has long trails like Spring Dipper and Santa Fe great for morning warm up runs. When the crowds come catch the River Run Gondola up and take North Peak’s wide Mozart Trail to the Santiago Express Chairlift. At the top chose either the Last Alamo or Star Fire trails for some fast runs.

The Outback Express Chairlift services the steepest intermediate trails at Keystone; Porcupine, Wildwood and Elk Run.

Beginner Skiing and Snowboarding

Dercum Mountain has long linking gentle groomed trails winding across it. One of these is the 3.5 mile long Schoolmarm Trail leading down from the River Run Gondola where confident beginners can cruise from top to bottom.

In 2008 the old River Run Gondola was replaced with a new high speed eight passenger gondola doubling the passenger capacity per hour. The bottom terminal was lowered making passenger access easier for day visitors as well as those staying in the village. A mid station was added giving beginner skiers and snowboarders easy access to the lower gentle slopes.

Keystone’s Ski and Ride School is located at Dercum Mountain offering lessons for first timers at the mountain base on drag lifts.

Keystone is owned by Vail Resorts Inc. which allows the lift pass to be used at other Vail Resorts.

Night Skiing and Snowboarding at Keystone

The River Run Gondola and the Peru Express Chairlift stay open until 9pm for night skiing and snowboarding on 15 illuminated trails. The entire terrain park and superpipe also remain open until 9pm. Daytime lift tickets are valid for night skiing and snowboarding.

Keystone Terrain Park and Halfpipe

Keystone has two terrain parks one advanced and one beginner. The advanced A51 Terrain Park is the largest terrain park in Colorado with huge jumps, rails, boxes and even a mini 13 foot halfpipe. Additional features and jumps were installed in the park for the 2006/2007 winter season.

The recently expanded A51 Incubator beginner park has low set rails and small jumps. Both parks are meticulously maintained hosting international events throughout the season.

The giant superpipe is located to the right of the Terrain Park and is the training ground to some of America’s best freeriders.

Other Activities at Keystone

Other activities available at Keystone include ice skating, snowmobiling tours, snow tubing, horse drawn sleigh rides, snow shoeing, yoga and cross country skiing.

Shopping at Keystone

The Keystone Villages have ski and snowboard shops, fashion boutiques, gift shops, souvenir stores, food and liquor markets and a jeweller. Christy Sports specialises in the latest demo skis and snowboards while River Run Rentals cater for all rental requirements and have and in-house repair shop.

Keystone Restaurants

The three Villages at Keystone boast fine dining restaurants, casual restaurants and delis with cuisine ranging from French to Italian, European, American and Mexican.

In Lakeside Village the lovely Restaurant Champeaux serves a la cart French inspired cuisine accompanied by an excellent wine list. Ski Tip Lodge, once an eighteen hundred stage coach stop has delicious four course gourmet dinners and top service.

In River Run Village the Wolf Rock Brewery is a family dining favourite serving huge grilled steaks and seafood. The Snake River Saloon about a ¼ of a mile out of River Run Village has been serving great tasty meals for 30+ years with dancing and live music on the weekends.

Alpenglow Stube located at the top of the Outpost Gondola on North Peak was rated one of America’s best gourmet on mountain dining restaurants open for three course gourmet lunches every day. Also at the top of the Outpost Gondola on North Peak is the Bavarian Restaurant Der Findue Chessel. It is open for dinner and serves raclette and fondue. Raclette and fondue are traditional Swiss cheese dishes; to make raclette cheese is melted and poured over meat, bread and vegetables while to make fondue cheese is melted into a pot then meat, bread and vegetables are dunked into it.

Keystone Nightlife

Greenlight Keystone’s only nightclub is open late every night for dancing with live bands and DJ performances.

The Goat is the local’s hangout serving good bar food and a healthy music scene.

The Kickapoo Tavern has large screen TVs showing the latest sporting events in the country and a large range of local and imported beers.

In the River Run Village ski straight off the slopes and into Parrot Eyes for nachos, tacos and icy cold margaritas on the sundeck.

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Brad Fraser, USA. What other resort in Colorado can better the night skiing and a terrain park like Area 51 - you tell me if you can top that - it has really diverse terrain spread over 3 mountains, with glades, bumps, groomed trails and bowls and chutes to die for. Take the Outback Express chair to get the Outback Cat up to the Puma Bowl then 'go for it flat chat' through the glades and powder of Wombat Chutes. After fresh falls go to Cat South Glades (the left hand side of Wayback chair) for fresh tracks and fun. Keystone - top snow, top trails, top cat skiing, top service, top nightlife basically TOP FUN.

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Statistics

Elevation
 
ft
m
summit
12,408
3,782
Base
9,280
2,829
Average Snowfall
230 inches
Lifts
20
Trails - view map
135
3,148 acres
Terrain %
advanced
49
intermediate
32
beginner
19
Halfpipe
2
Terrain Park
2
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