Keystone Resort Colorado
To put it simply, Keystone is a massively under-rated ski resort. Whilst Keystone Colorado is celebrated for its family friendly culture, the ski terrain has a distinctly dark side that is very appealing to the powderhound. Keystone has a huge ski area with modern lifts, a vibrant village, plenty of activities, outdoor concerts and the famous night skiing. As their motto states – "It’s all here."
Where is Keystone Mountain?
Keystone is part of Summit County in Colorado. Conveniently, Keystone Resort is located only 90 minutes west of Denver International Airport, and a short distance from the ski resorts of Copper Mountain
, Arapahoe Basin
Keystone Ski and Snowboard Terrain
What you see on the front side from the base area is only a minute portion of the Keystone ski
terrain available. Keystone Resort has a hefty 1,274 hectares (3,150 acres) of skiable terrain, and the 953 metres (3,127 feet) of vertical is spread across a number of different mountain peaks, all linked by modern gondolas and chair lifts.
The official terrain spread is easiest 19% (green), more difficult 32% (blue), and most difficult 49%, but the statistics aren’t truly indicative of the terrain. Keystone Resort is just OK for beginners whilst intermediates will absolutely love Keystone because there are oodles of smooth cruisers as well as nice steep groomers. Some of the latter are black runs where the rating has been a little over embellished.
Whilst Keystone has no truly extreme terrain, steeps abound which include trees, bumps and some hefty cornices. And if you want something a bit special, there is also cat skiing in several alpine bowls including the huge Independence Bowl.
Terrain park dudes are extraordinarily well catered for at Keystone. The park culture is very established and Keystone attracts some amazingly high calibre park riders.
In keeping with their family-friendly status, Keystone has a huge area for night skiing which includes the parks and pipe. The lights and lift operation is fully wind powered - it’s good to know that wind has a useful purpose in a ski resort rather than just making it chilly!
Keystone sits in the “middle of the donut” with regards to snowfall when compared to the various nearby ski resorts, although 5.8 metres per season on average is still a respectable amount of cold Colorado powder. Unfortunately the freshies don’t usually last particularly long because Keystone is a very very popular ski resort. The world class facilities, the proximity to Denver, and a cheap season pass all contribute to the crowds that flock to Keystone, particularly on the weekends.
Keystone is purpose-built rather than being an old mining-town, so it’s got plenty of well designed amenities but is lacking a little when it comes to quaintness. The largest base area is River Run which has a pedestrian village that includes shops, restaurants and accommodations. The other main villages are Mountain House and Lakeside.
is mostly in condos and there are also Keystone hotels
and vacation rentals.
Keystone Accommodation Listings
There is a family focus at Keystone Colorado, and whilst the nightlife is not absent it certainly isn’t a super party town. In addition to bars and restaurants, Keystone has an abundance of activities on offer including ice skating, sleigh rides, tubing and special events.
Why Snowboard or Ski Keystone?
Keystone is owned by Vail Resorts and hence is synonymous with a quality ski and stay experience. Some of the best night skiing in the US, an awesome terrain park, perfect groomers, diverse advanced terrain, easy access to some superb high alpine cat-skiing, and a wide range of quality family activities add up to a great ski holiday destination.
Keystone Resort scores full marks from us for the backcountry, the intermediate terrain and the terrain park. See the Keystone ski resort reviews
for more information on the strengths of Keystone.