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. 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!

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

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!

 

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 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!

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 an 1880’s stagecoach 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!

Spring Break Camp at Arapahoe Basin

Wow! This is an amazing deal. What could be better than spending spring break sharpening those ski skills? Mom and Dad, take your youngsters, ages 7 – 12 to Arapahoe Basin for Basin Breakin Camp, spring break skiing for only $154 per week. This is less than hiring a babysitter for the week. Take advantage of having your kids at ski school and spend the day on the black runs! This package is available from Feb 22 – 25 or April 12 – 15. If your kids don’t have that time off, maybe one day out of school won’t kill them. Daily lessons are $54 each and that’s less than I pay for a day of private school!