The Bacon and Bourbon Festival is back for its 9th year in Keystone, happening on June 22nd & 23rd in River Run Village. This year, festival attendees can look forward to some awesome swag, bacon socks for the adult ticket holders and bacon fanny packs for the kids ticket holders! This festival is free to attend, with options to purchase ticket packages or ala carte food and beverage items.
The weekend will bring in thousands of pounds of bacon, served in hundreds of ways and forms, included standard strip bacon style and fused in to many other dishes like bacon tacos, bacon ice cream, bacon pulled pork sliders, bacon wrapped dates with goat cheese, spinach bacon salad and more!
Music is free all weekend and the lineup includes the festival favorite Helle’s Belles on Saturday afternoon and Who’s Bad on Sunday afternoon. Other artists include King Cardinal, The Sweet Lillies, O’Connor Brothers Band and Katie Glassman & Snapshot.
If you are a bourbon lover, be sure to purchase ‘Hungry Hog’ tickets, which include the Jim Beam Bourbon Tour, as well as 8 tasting tickets, unlimited bacon strip samplings, 2 beers or lemonade and commemorative bacon socks! If you just want to get your feet wet (in bacon), go for the smaller Samplin’ Swine ticket package which includes 4 tasting tickets, unlimited bacon strip samplings, 2 beers or lemonade and commemorative bacon socks! The Kid’s Bacon tickets include 3 tasting tickets, 2 lemonades, unlimited bacon strip samplings and a commemorative bacon festival fanny pack!
Camp Bacon is a new addition to this year’s festival for kids at the Quaking Aspen Amphitheater. Kids can participate in arts and crafts, the Cave of Confusion and all sorts of fun events like becoming a ‘Bacon Camp Ranger’ or earning their ‘Bacon Diploma’. Don’t worry, parents can participate too, or go and enjoy the music and bar next door. Register in person for various sessions throughout the weekend.
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. Check out 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 the 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 kids and 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!
There are a lot 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 children 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!
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 of the small Discovery lift plus other 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!
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 an 1880’s stagecoach stop so there is some history in the area.
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!
We love taking care of our guests during (and before!) on their vacations in Keystone! Read what William recently had to say about his stay with SummitCove Lodging at the private home, Mossy Rock Lodge #127 in North Keystone.
“From searching for accommodations to coordinating logistics for equipment, all the way to checking out, we couldn’t have dealt with a better company. The property was outstanding, and just walking distance to rental shops, restaurants, and market place. The hot tub was a significant tool (especially for this out of shape reviewer). The only thing better than the breathtaking views and conditions was the overall atmosphere provided by an amazing community. Smiles greeted you everywhere, and everyone was willing to help. We can’t wait to return!”
If you are looking for convenience, great amenities, ski slope views, and an awesome pool area, The Springs is the perfect building for you in Keystone! If are you looking for a three bedroom condo that sleeps up to 9 with all of these great amenities, modern decor, and comfortable living, Springs #8866 is the perfect vacation rental!
Springs 8866 is a 3-bedroom, 3-bath condo located on the 3rd floor. The first thing you’ll notice when walking in is the modern kitchen with granite counters and stainless steel appliances. The spacious living room features a large sectional sofa that your whole family will be able to hang out on! There is a large dining table to have a nice family meal after a day out on the ski slopes!
Out on the balcony, take in views of the River Run ski slopes, as well as the awesome pool down on the main deck. This pool even has a kids area and waterslide! There are also 2 hot tubs, one is adults only, as well as industrial grills for a barbecue on a sunny spring day. You also have a private barbecue grill on your balcony if you’d rather eat at the condo.
Other great features of this unique rental property are the gas fireplace and hardwood floors. Head to the master suite, which features a king bed, private balcony, and on-suite bathroom. There is a second ‘master’ suite as well, which also has balcony access and a private bathroom. The third bedroom is perfect for the kids, with a bunk bed set, full on the bottom and single on the top.
While staying here, don’t forget to take advantage of all of the great building amenities! There is a ‘movie theatre’ room which you can enjoy a movie together on the ‘big screen’ in plush oversized armchairs. Or, challenge your family to a round of pool. A kids playroom with a playhouse and plenty of toys is located in the same area. Don’t miss your workout schedule either, there is a fitness center as well as steam room to soak in after you sweat! Curl up with a good book on the comfy couches in the lobby as you listen to the soothing sounds of the running waterfall and stream that flows through this room. You’ll love it here!
This property is starting to fill up for the remainder of the ski season but still has President’s Day Weekend dates open. Book this condo today and nail down the ultimate vacation condo for your upcoming Keystone ski vacation!
2019 is off to a great start and January has been bringing lots of snow to Keystone Resort, Colorado! The latest storms this past week have brought 18 inches of snow and a total of 30 inches in January so far. But that’s not the end! We still have 10 days left in January and there is daily snow in the forecast for the remainder of the month, according to Open Snow’s Joel Gratz.
Keystone reported another 5 inches of snow this morning to cap off the MLK Holiday weekend. Tomorrow evening another storm will be moving into Summit County, bringing up to 15 additional inches by Saturday evening to the ski slopes at Keystone Ski Resort. Snowpack is at 112% of the average for this month and we hope it continues to be an above average ski season! 99% of the mountain is open and all 20 lifts are turning. Night skiing is open 5 days a week, Wednesdays through Mondays, meaning you can ski one of the longest ski days in all of Colorado, from 8:30 am until 8 pm!
Don’t miss out on the snow! SummitCove Lodging has plenty of properties available, but weekends, holidays and Spring Break are booking quickly with very limited availability. Book your stay at Keystone today to ensure you don’t miss out on the fun!
Planning a ski vacation can be a lot of work, especially if the whole family is coming along. One of the biggest issues most families have is deciding where to stay. Maybe a hotel or a vacation rental? Most families want to stay within budget, so often they just think of a hotel!
A vacation rental offers you the luxury of feeling at home while on vacation. When you book a vacation condo, you can have the family in all under one roof, but with each person having their own bedroom, as well as having a full functioning kitchen to cook breakfast, lunch, and dinner and separate living spaces to hang out! You don’t have to settle for a bad hotel breakfast or spend tons of money by eating out for every meal, breakfast, lunch, and dinner, you can prepare family meals at the condo. The savings you will have on your meals alone is a great reason to choose a vacation rental over a hotel.
While most vacation rentals offer more than 500 square feet, you’ll have enough room to stretch, relax and let the kids run around without them bumping into each other. Your family will feel much more like a local and enjoy the beauty of Colorado from your balcony, instead of a packed parking lot and cramped living quarters. You can enjoy the family game night at the kitchen table or curl up in front of a fireplace as you all settle in for a movie night. The extra space will allow you to enjoy each other’s company, instead of feeling like you can’t get away from each other!
Staying at a hotel, you might have to rent a few extra rooms to fit the whole family comfortably, and with that, staying under budget might be hard to accomplish. A hotel might be ideal if you are planning to stay for one night since many people like renting a hotel just so they can sleep and continue their journey the next day. When you stay in a hotel, you have no choice but to go with their schedule for meals, housekeeping, fitness facilities, etc. A hotel is great for a quick trip, but if you want to feel at home, I would recommend you stay in a vacation rental! In most cases, you’ll have more space, more privacy and more money in your pocket when you choose a vacation rental rather than a hotel. Especially when you are going on a ski vacation, many of these properties cater to you with ski lockers, heated parking garages, and gas fireplaces to warm you up after a day out on the ski slopes.
The choices of vacation rentals at Keystone are endless. We have walk-to-the-slopes condos in the heart of River Run Village, where you can walk to everything from skiing to ice skating to dinner or shopping. If you prefer a quieter experience that is more out in the woods, we suggest a larger townhome on the outskirts of the ski resort, such at Settler’s Creek Townhomes in East Keystone. Need help deciding? Call a SummitCove vacation planner and we can help you find that perfect vacation rental condo in Keystone!
SummitCove Lodging would like to let you know about a little secret gem of a property, Gateway Mountain Lodge 5025. This comfortable studio has been recently updated and is the perfect home base for your upcoming mountain ski vacation or romantic getaway weekend at Keystone Resort. This studio condo is affordable and nice, with tons of great amenities and conveniences.
This property features everything you’d expect from a standard hotel room, but with even more space, plus a kitchenette, great amenities, and free parking, so it’s way better than a hotel! You’re sure to enjoy the room’s modern decor, comfortable bed, plush rugs, new flooring and it even has board games, perfect to stay entertained on a snowy night in! Head back to the condo after a day out on the ski slopes to relax and enjoy each other’s company. Maybe it’s just a movie in bed with pizza from the best pizza in town, Pizza 101!
The Gateway Lodge is situated in the Mountain House Village at Keystone Resort. It could be considered walking distance to the ski slopes, but it would be a long walk and why walk when the free resort shuttle picks you up directly at the front door of the building? The SummitCove Lodging check-in office is located here too, making check-in a breeze. There are a great breakfast and lunch restaurant here called the Haywood Cafe, so you can grab a quick breakfast sandwich and coffee before you hit the slopes. You can even pick up your ski rentals here with the in-house ski shop. Need groceries, snacks, or a cold 6-pack? The Gateway Lodge Grocery has it all… at your doorstep!
This property has an on-site indoor heated pool and hot tub, as well as a fitness center and a large lobby area. Each reservation includes a complimentary parking space in the underground parking garage and a ski locker to store your ski and ride gear. This building has an ice machine and guest laundry room too, in case you need to wash anything during your stay.
So, if you are looking for a budget-friendly or just plain convenient ski studio for your upcoming Keystone ski or snowboarding trip, this Gateway vacation property is a great option. Watch a quick video tour of Gateway Lodge 5025 now. Like what you see? Book a reservation now at Gateway Lodge 5025 for the 2018 / 2019 ski season with SummitCove Lodging in Keystone.
With giant living room windows, you will love the view of West Keystone from the Pines condo. Looking out at Mt. Buffalo, the view truly never gets old. Pines 2128 is in a great location with easy access to the bike path along the Snake River and the River Golf Course. Also, the Pines is within a mile to the Peru lift at the Mountain House Base Area for those winter months of skiing. The Mountain House Base Area features one of the main learning areas at Keystone, in addition to rentals, cafeteria-style dining, and ski school. There is also a free resort shuttle that can quickly take to you the lifts or over to River Run or Lakeside Villages for dining, ice skating, gondola rides or shopping.
This one bedroom plus loft condo will fit all your family needs for a vacation in the mountains. The open layout makes you feel right at home. Enjoy the fully equipped kitchen to make your family favorite meals or a quick breakfast before hitting the mountain. There is a newly updated kitchen with stainless steel appliances. A peek a boo window that looks out into the living area from the kitchen will ensure the cook is not missing out on all the family fun while cooking. Enjoy your meals at the dining area that seats six.
Enjoy family time in the spacious living room, playing board games, cards, or watching your family favorite movie. Cozy up to the fireplace after a long day of activities in Keystone. The living room does have a queen sofa sleeper for any extra guests that may be joining you on your vacation. Off the living room near the entryway is a convenient shared half bath. With lots of natural lighting in the living area, there is plenty of light for those readers in your family. Off the living room is the Master bedroom with a private bathroom. Enjoy the large and comfy king size bed to cozy up in after enjoy your day. Curl up to a good book or enjoy your favorite movie with the mounted TV in the bedroom. Off the bedroom are a master bathroom and closet space for your week-long stay in the mountains. The master bathroom has a tub/shower combo, along with dual vanity sinks so you don’t have to share!
The loft area is great for kiddos, a place for them to play in and enjoy being kids away from the grown-ups. With lots of beds, kids don’t have to share a bed in the loft area. There is also a bathroom in the loft with a walk in shower.
While staying at the Pines, enjoy the large indoor heated pool and grilling area at the pool. Arguably the best indoor pool in Keystone! Enjoy many activities at the nearby Lakeside Village with paddle boating, a beach area to build sand castles or stand-up paddle boarding. In the winter, visitors can enjoy ice skating, fire pits, Ready Paint Fire and restaurants. The Pines is a short shuttle to River Run with even more shops and restaurants. Enjoy Keystone and the fun activities in the summer and winter. Come make some new family memories at Pines 2128 with SummitCove Lodging!
We’re looking back on 2018 to find our top nine guest reviews! We highly value guest feedback and use it to continue to improve our properties and service. Check out our top 9 SummitCove Lodging guest reviews to find out why our guests love staying with us and come back year after year or multiple times a year!
Lone Eagle 3051 “Just had the best stay at the Lone Eagle 3051. Right at the slopes, you can walk to whatever you want. A super nice place to stay swimming and the hot tub were fun to do outside in the mountains. An unforgettable time for sure. Will go back again thanks to your staff my stay was a nice one.”
David C., 6/14/2018
Cabin in the Pines 4 “Our family of four loved our recent stay at Cabins in the Pines 4! From a seamless checking in where we picked up our keys (which ended up being early– thank you for the text!) to check out, we had no complaints. Even with such warm weather, we were able to request an additional fan and it was delivered within the hour; great customer service! The home was clean, well appointed, and decorated tastefully embracing the mountain cabin theme without being cheesy. Our children loved the loft above the living room and my husband and I enjoyed sitting out on the deck after they went to bed and watching the sky change as the sun went down. Thanks for a wonderful experience all around. We would highly recommend SummitCove Vacation Lodging as well as Cabin in the Pines 4!”
Jessica M., 7/15/2018
Keystone Gulch Townhomes 1224 “Booking, Stay & Check Out Excellence. Informational emails and texts leading up to check-in were all extremely helpful especially to send to the entire family members staying with us. Our second visit to this townhome and it was still wonderful, fully stocked and the next best thing comfort-wise to being in our own home! All meals were easy to cook with kitchenware in the home. We loved the pool and hot tub and used it several times. Any time we called Summit Cove directly, all representatives were a pleasure to work with. Thanks for another great trip!”
Amber L., 9/5/2018
Elk View Lodge 1111 “Amazing house! Amazing views! Amazing people! I highly recommend this home. I cannot wait to return next year. Very pleasant experience. SummitCove staff and service could not be better! There is a great golf course on the property and the staff there was fantastic as well.”
Steven R., 7/31/2018
Alders 854 “The property was absolutely beautiful. It had the perfect amount of space and all of the amenities we could ever ask for. The beds were easily the most comfortable beds I have ever slept in! Check in and out was easy, and the staff was all so helpful. This house is perfect for a bigger family or friends weekend getaway like ours. Thanks so much, SummitCove.com! If we need a rental in the area again we will definitely book through you!!”
Rayven S., 7/22/2018
Settlers Creek 6514 “We had a great stay! Settlers Creek is a quiet community located in an upscale, single-family residential neighborhood. The unit is well-kept and clean. Very comfortable and practical. Directly behind the property is an empty lot, so you have a great view of the mountains. Access to the Snake River is also right around the corner. It’s a beautiful small river! The Settlers Creek amenities were good. Small pool with 2 separate hot tubs as well as a nice clubhouse. We had 2 adults and 3 small children and had plenty of room. I would definitely recommend! We will be back!” Ken D., 8/10/2018
Keystone Prospectors Home 669 “We rented this home for a wedding at Keystone, and couldn’t be happier with the location (walking distance) and amenities of the home! Spent plenty of time looking out the windows or on the porch to see the view of the mountains, or cooking with friends & family at the large kitchen.” Michael K., 8/29/2018
Red Hawk Lodge 2275 “Amazing location and place! This condo is Keystone is perfectly located; it is 30 minutes from Breck and walking distance to the lifts in Keystone. It was amazing to put on our ski gear and just walk to the lifts – it doesn’t get any better! The condo itself was clean, cute, and had a wonderful mountain cabin feel. It was almost like we had a cabin in the mountains and weren’t even in a condo building. The day doesn’t get much better after experiencing the outdoor CO activities and then cozying up in the condo with the fireplace and a warm beverage! The parking was easy and it was a piece of cake to get to the unit from the parking garage. I would highly recommend staying here if you are looking to book a spot anywhere in or around the Keystone area or surrounding areas!” Lindsay R., 11/14/2018
Keystone Gulch Retreat “The two houses on the property were amazing for a weekend with a large group. Literally could not have asked for a better set up in the mountains for my group. Plenty of space to park and the people at summit cove were very helpful answering any questions we had.” Carl R., 5/21/2018