The town of Keystone, Colorado, and its snow sports and summer recreation area, Keystone Resort, are intertwined infinitely with the Continental Divide and Gore Range as its majestic backdrop. Keystone Resort proudly owns all the characteristics one anticipates upon arriving in a natural high Rockies environment by season: winters graced with tons of white fluffy snow; springs where snow continues but finally yields to sunshine that drives mountain melt run-off, filling local rivers and streams; summers with enormous blue skies or dramatic lightning storms coupled with visible striations of greenery based on elevation; and, finally, autumns, unveiling their green-yellow-orange rainbow of changing aspen leaves as the days become chillier and shorter. For those who land at Keystone Resort having traveled over Loveland Pass, the visual wonders of Colorado are already part of your memorable experience. At the summit’s parking pull-off you are likely to befriend strangers basking in the glory of the expansive views. Take lots of pictures!
Welcome to Keystone Resort
With its vast terrain and family-friendly approach, Keystone Resort welcomes guests from Denver’s Front Range and from around the world. The ski area is 90 minutes from the airport and within 30 minutes of Summit County’s other resorts: Breckenridge, Copper Mountain and Arapahoe Basin. In fact, if you drove over Loveland Pass, you saw A-Basin as you descended. Keystone Resort is Summit County’s largest, encompassing 3,148 acres of terrain at a base elevation of 9,280 feet (2892 meters) and a lofty summit at 12,408 feet (3,782 meters) with a vertical drop of 3,087 feet (941 meters). Like every resort, its 131 runs (31 of which are hike-to destinations) are rated by difficulty: easiest (14 percent),more difficult (29 percent) and most difficult (57 percent). The resort includes three mountains: Dercum, North Peak and the Outback, connected by a series of 20 lifts, two gondolas, six carpets and an additional five Bowls (Independence, Erickson, Bergman, North and South). Keystone Resort is also home to one of North America’s best loved terrain parks, A51. Its 60 acres include 100 features and a park-specific lift. A51 is dedicated to skills improvement with a progressive transition from Easy Street (beginners), Park Lane, I-70 and The Alley (intermediate athletes) and Main Street (advanced and professionals). Keystone Resort also offers night skiing (as late as 8 p.m.), and it’s the only Summit County area to do so. CAT skiing is also popular at Keystone with access to all five of the resort’s bowls. Keystone’s lifts and trails are named after mines and towns that occupied the region during the 1800s.
Kids at Keystone Ski Resort
The family-friendly atmosphere at Keystone Ski Resort is heightened by its comprehensive year round Kidoptia program. From the world’s largest snow fort, snow slides, mazes, tubing, weekly parades and daily free cookie times to regular fireworks displays and meetings with avalanche dogs and ski patrol members, Kidtopia will keep your young ones happy and occupied.
Loving Keystone, Colorado
Locals and guests note that Keystone, Colorado, leaves an indelible impression due to its size, scope, warm hospitality and specific features such as night skiing and a comprehensive program for kids. Spending time in Keystone will stimulate thoughts about how quickly you can return, whether in winter, spring, summer or fall.