VIP Visitors at the Springs Condos Last Week in Keystone

Guests of The Springs in River Run Village had some ‘VIP’ visitors to the grounds last week! These moose were seen grazing in the front of the building and around the aspen trees.  Although they are fun to see, we’d like to remind everyone that these are wild and unpredictable animals- keep a safe distance and never try to feed wildlife! Moose can be seen in Keystone throughout the year and have been seen numerous times this winter.  Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife on your next visit to Colorado!

Wildlife sightings moose in Keystone's River Run Village at The Springs

Upcoming Not to Miss Spring Concerts in Keystone

We are nearing the end of ski season, but there is no shortage of great concerts and events coming up to finish out the season!

 

Tomorrow, March 23
The Lil Smokies at Warren Station
Don’t be fooled by their ‘acoustic’ title, The Lil Smokies bring an electric energy to the stage that is sure to get you moving with their bluegrass rock beats.  The Lil Smokies have won various awards including 2015 Telluride Bluegrass Band Competition and the 2016 IBMA Momentum Band of the Year award.  Catch them this Saturday night, March 23 at Warren Station in River Run Village at Keystone Ski Resort. Doors open at 7:30 pm. The opener, The Lonesome Days will be playing from 8 – 8:45 and then The Lil Smokies hit the stage from 9:30 – 11:15 pm. Tickets are $25 in advance online. 

 

Thursday, March 28
G. Love and Special Sauce at Warren Station
Back for year 2 at Warren Station, G. Love and Special Sauce will be bringing their 25 years of experience to the stage on March 28. This iconic band has an eclectic style that will please all audiences! Unique for this show is the special ‘Pre-Show Pop Off’ which the ticket includes early entry to a special pre-show performance, group photo on the stage, an autographed poster and a Q & A session with G. Love! Tickets for the general show are $30 in advance or $35 at the door if available. Tickets for the main show plus the ‘Pre-Show Pop Off’ are $99.  General doors at 7 pm, at 8pm the opener Ben Sparaco and The New Effect come on, with G.Love and Special Sauce beginning at 9:15 pm.

 

Friday, March 29
JL Universe at The Snake River Saloon
Head to The Snake River Saloon in Mountain House for a night of fun with JL Universe, a blend of electronics, poetry and universal sounds. Cover charge may apply.

 

Saturday, March 30
Alive on Arrival at The Snake River Saloon
Denver soul funk band with New Orleans rock roots will be bringing down the house at The Snake River Saloon on March 30, a cover charge may apply.

 

Saturday, April 6
Tim O’Brien Band at Warren Station
Sending off ski season with a bang, Tim O’Brien Band will be taking over Warren Station over closing weekend at Keystone.  Grammy winning singer, songwriter and multi instrumentalist, Tim O’Brien brings a lot to the stage, with a focus on old time and bluegrass tunes.  Tickets are just $20 in advance online. Doors open at 8 pm and the show starts at 9 pm on Saturday, April 6. Stay the weekend and ski on Sunday, April 7 which is closing day! Then catch the Keystone Slush Cup Pond Skim from 12 – 3 pm.

 

If you love live music, be sure to make it to one or all of these great shows taking place in Keystone! There are just a few short weeks left to enjoy the 7 feet of new snow and all of your favorite runs at Keystone Ski Resort! Take advantage of our Spring Lodging deals and book your stay today!

Passholder Appreciation Week Starts Next Week at Keystone!

Sunny bluebird snowboard day at KeystonePassholders we celebrate you! Help us enjoy this amazing end of season snow, sun, and fun and special deals that are only available to season passholders, for one week, March 25 – March 31, 2019! Take advantage of the food and beverage discounts, samplings, and a even a bean bags tournament on March 31. 

 

This weeklong appreciation event includes:

Spiked Seltzer Toast at the Outpost  
Bask on the sunshine soaked patio with a complimentary spiked seltzer, just by flashing your Epic Pass! 

Breckenridge Brewery Hat Give Away at Go Big Burger*
Scoot down to Go Big Burger, purchase a Breckenridge Brewery or Bud Light beer, and you’ll be stylin’ with a complimentary Breckenridge Brewery hat, daily from 1 – 4 pm.  *While supply lasts.

Food and Beverage Discounts around Keystone
– Complimentary dessert at Keystone Ranch Restaurant with an entree purchase, but only one per bill.  

– Alpenglow Stube is offering half off of a small plate or dessert for lunch or half off a bottle of wine at dinner.

– You’ll get 15% off all entrees at 9280′ Taphouse in River Run Village.

– On March 29th, don’t miss the Breckenridge Brewery complimentary flight tasting at Bighorn Bistro in the Keystone Lodge at Lakeside Village from 3 – 6 pm. *While supply lasts. 

 

And to round out this fabulous spring week at Keystone there is a Passholder Bean Bags Cornhole Tournament at LaBonte’s Smokehouse BBQ on the mountain on Sunday, March 31. Bring your bag skills to ski beach outside LaBonte’s, registration available in the morning, with the tournament starting at 11:30 am for a modified times, single elimination style tournament.  There will be 16 teams of 2, playing 15 minute games. Prizes for first, second, and third place, plus a complimentary bud light participation beverage for all players.  *Must be 21+ to enter, but all ages can watch!

 

Springtime brings activities for the whole family.  Come check out one of the many Spring concerts, learn something new and spend some time together on the ski slopes!  Keystone is offering science classes, painting classes, concerts, fireside cocoa and coloring to name a few fun things throughout the rest of March and April with their Kidtopia programming.  G. Love and Special Sauce on March 28th is sure to be an amazing show. You don’t want to miss the Saturday night fireworks on April 6th, followed the final concert of the season at Warren Station, Tim O’Brien band! To cap off this epic snow season on closing day, be sure to come out and watch (or enter) the Keystone Slush Cup. You’ll see the SummitCove Vacation Lodging Yeti as he makes his best attempt at skimming across the icy pond on April 7th, Keystone’s closing day!

 

Colorado Sleigh Ride Dinners with Two Below Zero

This experience is a must when vacationing in Keystone!  Two Below Zero is located in Frisco, so that is only about a 20 minute drive from Keystone.  It is a short drive and worth it! We also had a coupon from our lodging company SummitCove, so that helped with the cost.

Dinner sleigh rides in Summit County CO at Two Below Zero

We met in a little cabin at the Frisco Nordic Center and then we loaded on to our sleigh pulled by big beautiful horses.  The sleigh driver was a funny guy and provided some fun entertainment and stories. The sleigh ride was a beautiful trail through the woods and we saw several shooting stars up in the night sky!  I have never seen that many shooting stars in one place in my life! We were dressed warm but they also gave us big blankets to put over our laps, so we were plenty warm! 

 

Once we arrived to the cookhouse it was warm and cozy inside.  We started with some wine and then the entertainment began. Nashville born country western singer David Peel delighted us with John Denver, Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson songs!  He is interactive with the guests and gets the kids on stage with him. He was a hoot and made the night memorable! The food is chuck wagon style; meat, potatoes and veggies, simple but delicious! For dessert they have yummy pie and even peppermint schnapps in hot cocoa (or without the schnapps for the kids!). They also offer vegetarian and gluten-free meals upon request.

 

After our bellies were full, our heads had a little buzz of wine and we had big smiles on our faces from the country western singer, we loaded back onto our sleigh and off the horses went pulling us through the forest.  Again, we saw shooting stars and there was music in the air because we sang songs with everyone in the sleigh on the way back. It was an amazing family experience and we made some new friends on this adventure too.  We will definitely be doing this again! Thanks Two Below!

 

 

First 9 Days of March Bring 70 Inches of Snow to Keystone! More to Come!

March has started off strong at Keystone, with 70 inches of snow falling in the first 9 days of the month.  That is almost 6 FEET of snow!  Talk about March madness! It doesn’t stop there – the snow is expected to pick back up again this afternoon and by Thursday we will have an additional 6 – 17 inches on the ground. Checkout the video below to see what the skiing conditions looked like last Thursday, March 7, after 17 inches of fresh snow had been reported at Keystone Ski Resort that morning!

 

Ski conditions are at an all time high and are the best we’ve seen in years.  The snowpack is at 133% of the average and spring skiing has never looked better.  Keystone is open for another 3 and a half weeks, with closing day set for April 7, 2019.  Closing weekend at Keystone is always a great weekend to visit, with fun events and historically, fresh snow. The Tim O’Brien Band is hitting Warren Station on Saturday night, April 6, for the last concert of the ski season at the River Run venue. And then on closing day, our favorite event of the season, the Keystone Slush Cup! Event registration is now open, with both a kids and an adults skim, happening from 1 – 3 pm. Kids ages 6 – 12 compete in a smaller pool adjacent to the larger pool and participation is free.  Adult entry is just $35, with the chance for everyone to win some incredible prizes! There are even prizes for the best costumes! So start dreaming up your costume, book your lodging and work up your courage, because that water is cold!  Looking back to last year’s closing weekend 2018, Keystone Resort received 25 inches of snow over the last 3 days of the season and went out with a bang!

 

There is still time to plan a spring break getaway to Keystone, Colorado! Chances look good for experiencing fresh snow while you’re here! Book one of our ski-in ski-out condos at Lone Eagle or a Slopeside studio to have easy access to the fresh powder in the morning and hop right on the lifts. We’ll be waiting for you!

Looking for a Colorado Craft Beer? Head to Pug Ryan’s

For some of the best food and beer in Summit County go to Pug Ryan’s Brewery! Pug’s has been a staple restaurant in Dillon for years and it never disappoints. We have been eating at Pug’s for over 20 years and are faithful customers. The atmosphere is fun and relaxing and the staff has great customer service.  They have the best burgers and fresh microbrews! If you are a non meat eater they have fish, veggie lasagna, soups and salads. My favorite is the pan fried trout with a Moscow Mule.  My husband loves the meatloaf, with the Pack Iron Pale Ale, and my kids would eat the french fries and mac and cheese every day, if I let them.

Craft Beer Flight from Pug Ryan's Brewery
Craft Beer Flight from Pug Ryan’s Brewery

 

We stay in Keystone and it is fun to come to Dillon for a night and have dinner at Pug’s and see the ice castles or go bowling. They have a wonderful open an fireplace inside that is perfect to warm up next to on a chilly winter evening! Our lodging company, SummitCove also has a coupon for Pug Ryan’s for a free pint of beer in their Key to Keystone Coupon Book!  Pug’s also has a great happy hour, which is Monday – Friday from 2-6pm. Appetizers are half off, wine and well drinks are only $4.00 and pints are only $2.00! You will not find these prices in Keystone. So there is always a reason to go eat and drink at Pug’s.  I just wish they were also open for lunch. They open at 2pm every day. If you are looking to try some Colorado craft beer during your visit to Keystone, grab one of their flights so you can try a variety of their great beer! 

Chili Cheese Fries Pug Ryan's Brewery
Chili Cheese Fries, One of the Many Delicious Appetizers at Pug Ryan’s

 

 

Pug’s also has a great deck, with amazing views, to sit on in the summer.Also in the summer Pug Ryan’s runs the Tiki Bar on Lake Dillon.  If you have never experienced the Tiki Bar you have to go! Again, great happy hour deals and yummy mixed drinks and food.  Nothing beats having a cocktail and food right on the lake in a fun, lively atmosphere! Whether it be winter or summer Pug’s is a great place to eat and drink!

 

35 Inches of Snow at Keystone Ski Resort in the Past 5 Days

A huge winter storm rolled into Keystone Ski Resort on Thursday evening of last week, the beginning of a wonderful March at the Colorado Ski Resort.  The storm started small, with 5 inches reported on Friday morning, March 1st.  On Saturday the snow continued, with another 6 inches reported that morning and on Saturday evening, the fun really started.  12 inches of snow fell overnight, giving visitors an amazing powder Sunday. Even more amazing were the ‘free refills’ that visitors experienced all day long, as the snow didn’t stop.  Another 12 inches of snow was reported this morning at Keystone, bringing the 5 day total to 35 inches!

 

Even better, more snow is on the way and daily snow is expected through the 10 day forecast.  Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras celebrations in Keystone tomorrow should see a little sun and a nice 30 degree day and then the snow will pickup again Tuesday evening.  Wednesday into Thursday should see more significant snow, with a possibility of 11 inches by Friday morning.

Powder Snow Falls at Keystone Night
Thick snow falling in Keystone on Saturday Night

This is shaping up to be one of the best Spring Break seasons in years, with incredible conditions and continuing snow.  Booking calendars are filling up fast and SummitCove Lodging has limited availability for Spring Break, so now is the time to book your lodging reservations at Keystone.

Early March Storm Could Dump Up to 30 More Inches of Powder at Keystone in the Next 10 Days

Some are calling it SNOW-mageddon! March ‘showers’ are in full effect, with a big winter storm that kicked off Thursday evening and isn’t expected to let up anytime soon.  12 inches of snow has fallen since then and much more is in the weekend forecast.  SummitCove’s favorite snow reporter, Joel Gratz with OpenSnow.com, says another 5 – 11 inches is possible by tomorrow morning and then the snow continues, with an additional 5 – 9 inches falling thoughout Sunday, with a winter storm warning in effect until March 4th at 5 am.  Daily snow is in the forecast through the next 10 days, with another significant snowfall starting Wednesday.

March snow at Keystone

Ski and ride conditions are out of this world at Keystone right now and look like they will only continue to improve as the snow keeps falling.  This is the perfect time to book a Spring Break vacation to Keystone Ski Resort.  Rooms are filling in fast, especially for weekends and larger properties.

The Best Pizza in Keystone? Pizza 101!

I don’t know if it is the altitude that makes this the best pizza in the world or just the amazing crust but Pizza 101 is a must have when you come to Keystone!  My kids think it is the best pizza sauce they have ever had! Pizza 101 brick oven fires and hand tosses their pizzas. They use fresh ingredients and their pizzas are delicious!  My favorite pizza is the Fatty! It has meatballs! My husband loves their wings and he is a picky wing guy. My kids inhale the garlic cheese stixs and their favorite pizza is the Italian.  They also have the amazing Casper Pizza which is a vegetarian option, but just as good! It has roasted garlic, spinach, tomatoes, artichoke hearts, and a delicious garlic sauce. 

Pizza101.biz

Not only is the food delicious but it is easy and convenient.  I don’t know about you but I don’t want to cook for my family every night on vacation, especially after a long, fun day of skiing!  I want to drink a glass of wine and relax and that is when I call Pizza 101. We usually pick up our pizza and eat it in the condo, as the restaurant is pretty small and always crowded.  One tip is to call your pizza order in early, especially on the weekends. This pizza shop is very popular and very busy, but that’s how you know it’s good! They are located in the mountain house base area, near the Goat Soup and Whiskey. I also like that we can walk to pick up the pizza when we stay in a Ski Run or Liftside condo.  We can also walk from Oro Grande across the highway and pick up our dinner. It’s nice to not have to get in the car.  If you are wanting a quick lunch, you can even walk here from the base of Mountain House and grab one of their slices, eat it there and then head back out to the ski slopes! Much more affordable than the on-mountain restaurants. 

 

Another perk is the price!  I can feed my whole family dinner in Keystone without breaking the bank.  Our lodging company SummitCove gives us a coupon for Pizza 101, so we always receive 10% off our order.  The pizzas are huge so we also have leftovers for lunch the next day. You can’t beat two yummy meals for the price of one!  We love Pizza 101!

 

The Best Places to Stay for Your Keystone Spring Break Ski / Ride Trip

There are alot of things to consider when you are picking out the perfect lodging location for your Keystone Spring Break ski or ride trip.  The location, amenities, the types of activities you are planning on, and of course the size your group all play into the mix when you are searching for that perfect condo or vacation home. Here are some tips on the different lodging areas and villages that are available for your Spring Break stay while visiting Keystone Resort. 

 

River Run Village is the heart of Keystone during ski season. All the properties in River Run are walking distance to the gondola plus shops, restaurants, and activities. This is a great location if you are coming on a shuttle, have small children, or just want to be where the action is! Almost all of the River Run vacation rental properties have underground garage parking and elevators, making it easy to unload all of your luggage and gear. Just about all the properties have outdoor hot tubs and either their own heated outdoor pool or access to the Dakota Lodge pool.  Expedition Station, The Springs and Red Hawk all boast their own pools! Kids love to catch snowflakes on their tongues while being toasty warm in the hot tub! From the River Run properties, it’s a quick walk to the childrens or adult ski school, or to enjoy a micro-brew during apres ski at the Kickapoo Tavern or for a hearty pasta dinner at Luigi’s. Besides the ski lifts, this is where you’ll find snow tubing, Kidtopia activities, the Dercum Ice Rink, Warren Station Events Center and the Kidtopia fireworks on Saturday nights. There will never be a dull moment staying in River Run Village!

 

River Run Village at Keystone Resort in the Winter
Looking down into River Run Village from a Buffalo Lodge Condo in Keystone

 

Mountain House is the old base area of Keystone. The properties here are less expensive than River Run Village and most are walking distance to the Mountain House lifts. Mountain House area is less crowded than River Run Village so it’s perfect if you want to get on the lifts quicker. There is a beginner area off the small Discovery lift plus another children and adult ski school here so the location is great for families. There are just cafeteria style restaurants here but Mountain House does have one of the best apres ski bars in Keystone – The Last Lift Bar – where you can catch The Swing Crew live music on the weekends and end the day of skiing with a shot-ski. Chateaux Du Mont and Slopeside are the only two properties directly at the base area. Most of the other Mountain House properties are located across the Snake River along Highway 6, with fantastic views of the slopes, such as Ski Run, Frostfire or Tenderfoot Lodge.  There is also some nightlife and restaurants nearby including the Snake River Saloon, Dos Locos and Pizza 101!

Outdoor Firepit at Slopeside Ski Condos in Keystone
Enjoy the warmth of the outdoor firepit with a ski slope view at Slopeside Ski Condos

 

Lakeside Village is a great place if you would like to have some places to walk to and great views, but want to take advantage of the lower cost of being on the shuttle to the lifts. Most of the condos here have beautiful views of Keystone Lake and the mountains, some of our favorites condo buildings include Lakeside, Lenawee, and Montezuma Condos. Lakeside Village has some shops, restaurants, the Keystone Lodge and Spa, and plenty of winter and summer activities. In the winter, the lake is the largest outside skating rink in North America. Around the holidays, there are ice sculptures, the Chocolate Village, and Santa, Cocoa, and Coloring at the Adventure Center. When staying in Lakeside Village, you’ll need to take the free Keystone shuttle to get to the lifts. There is a pick up near each property and it runs every 20 minutes so there isn’t much wait time! Lakeside Village is also the perfect place to stay if you’re coming for a conference. There is a tunnel that goes under Highway 6 and you can walk to the Keystone Conference Center. Lakeside Village is perfect for those who are coming for more than just skiing and the Adventure Center keeps children busy!

 

 

West Keystone is made up of condos, townhomes, and private homes and set in a beautiful forested area. This area is for those seeking the tranquility of the mountains in a quieter setting. Most of these properties have wood fireplaces and the accommodations are larger than the newer properties of River Run. Most of the properties are on the free shuttle to Mountain House lifts. If you’re staying out in the Ranch of Keystone, you will need to drive to the lifts and activities of Keystone. Most of the groups who stay here love to cook their own meals and play games at night. We also have quite a few large homes here so it’s the perfect place for an extended family to stay. Another area similar to West Keystone is North Keystone, located just north of Highway 6. This area is nicely wooded, quiet with wood burning fireplaces and larger accommodations.  These properties are also on the shuttle to the Mountain House base area. North Keystone is close to the conference center and is perfect for larger groups staying together because of the availability of larger townhomes.

 

The last area of Keystone is East Keystone. East Keystone is made up primarily of newer townhomes in a pretty forested area near the Snake River. This is the perfect location for those who want to want to be away from the crowds and enjoy the beauty of the mountains but still want more of an upscale newer property. The townhomes are great for families or groups with the extra room they provide plus they have private laundry which is nice for a long stay. These properties are on a shuttle to River Run Base area, just about ¾ of a mile away. The only restaurant in East Keystone is the award winning Ski Tip Lodge, perfect for those who would like to make it a special night enjoying a four course meal and exceptional wines. They also offer a wonderful happy hour! East Keystone is the area where there had been a 1880’s stage coach stop so there is some history in the area.

Snowy East Keystone Ski Tip Lodge
Snow piles up on a winter afternoon at Ski Tip Lodge and Ranch

 

We do recommend calling SummitCove Vacation Lodging’s knowledgeable sales agents at 970-368-7023 to help you find the perfect location for you and your family or group. We look forward to seeing you this ski season during Spring Break!