Keystone Resort

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Average Annual Snowfall: 225"  
"Most extensive early season snowmaking in Colorado. The heavy investment in snowmaking and grooming guarantees good conditions, but northern exposures also help preserve limited snowfall."


Fly into Denver International or Eagle County Airport

Airlines flying into Denver

Airlines flying into Eagle Airport

Colorado Mountain Express has shuttle service from both airports.

The Summit Stage provides free bus service to Keystone and throughout Summit County.

Keystone has five different lodging districts. Those on a budget should consider staying nearby in Dillon.
Name Description Maximum Occupancy Price Range

Keystone Lodge and Spa


Located near the Keystone Conference Center, this upscale hotel spa recently underwent a multi-million dollar renovation. depends on room size $160 to $295

Ski Tip Lodge Bed & Breakfast


Once a stagecoach stop, antiques and a rustic ambiance add character to this lodge. depends on room size $102 to $180
Best Western Ptarmigan Lodge Located right next to Lake Dillon and the bus stop. depends on room size $95 to $150
Arapahoe Inn Budget lodging right near the lifts! depends on room size $79 to $205

The Keystone Village boasts an abundance of dining options, but don't miss Keystone's unique dining experiences. Take two gondolas to Alpenglow Stube, and enjoy fine cuisine prepared by an award-winning chef. If deep white powder invokes visions of warm, melted cheese, satisfy your cravings at Der Fondue Chessel. The four course dinner at the Ski Tips Lodge may fill you up, but leave room for their famous deserts. Here's a complete Keystone Dining List.

Northstar at Tahoe is now part of Vail Resorts, and is included in the Keystone Epic Pass.

Keystone Ski and Ride School


The Good: Keystone opens in early November
The Better: Novices get a long practice trail on Schoolmarm
The Best: Cat Skiing tours


Keystone Resort

Owned by nearby Vail Resorts, Keystone is usually one of the first resorts in Colorado to open each autumn and one of the last to close. It is also home to North America's biggest ice skating rink (5 acres). The three mountains at Keystone are stacked up one behind the other moving away from the base - an unusual and interesting layout. The terrain gets more challenging the further back you go. The first mountain, Keystone, is largely intermediate terrain. From the peak, the Outpost gondola goes to the middle mountain, North Peak. Outback Mountain, the farthest back of the three features three superb bowls with above tree line skiing. The resort sprawls around the base of the ski area with slope side condos the best place to be for ski in/ski out access. There are over three dozen restaurants in the area and non-ski activities include ice skating and hockey on the mega rink, night skiing and snowboarding, snowmobiling, snowshoeing and indoor tennis.

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Lifts-Total number of lifts20
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Trails-4-Expert only
Trails-5-Terrain park
Trails-6-Half pipe
Runs-Steepest run
Runs-Longest run3.5 miles
General-Base elevation9280'
General-Vertical drop3128'
General-OwnerVail Resorts
General-Mountain range
General-Annual skier visits
General-Back country access
General-Total area in bounds3148 acres
General-Snow making coverage662 acres
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC


Pros: Family Atmosphere, Good Mix of Terrain

Cons: Lift System a Bit Confusing, Below Average Snow

I was always told Keystone was a family-oriented resort with a lot of rolling blue cruisers, so I wasn't expecting much of a challenge when we hit it on 2/11/2013. Certainly, there is plenty of family-friendly terrain, but the North Peak and Outback additions provide some long, fairly steep groomers (Last Alamo, Starfire, Porcupine, Elk Run, Anticipation, Spillway, Mozart, Mine Shaft, Diamond Back), as well as a few bump skiing opportunities (Geronimo, Black Hawk, Oh Bob) for advanced-intermediates. We spent the day working from back to front. In the morning, the Outpost Gondola between Dercum and North Peak went through two lengthy stops, which we surmised must've been to load food and supplies for the fancy restaurants on North Peak, so an alternate route to the Outback first thing in the morning is recommended. Lunch at "Lebonte's Cabin" at the base of North Peak was overpriced, as usual ($20 for an 8 oz. cup of chili, two cookies, and a coffee). In the afternoon, we found the lift system on the front side of Dercum Mtn. a bit confusing, particularly trying to find the mid-mountain Montezuma Express lift on a consistent basis. 

Overall, I left with a lot more respect for Keystone's terrain. There probably isn't a ton here for true experts and extremists, but beginner through advanced should have no problem finding some fun, speedy cruisers and plenty of trees (especially on the Outback peak).   Keystone does appear to have a deserved reputation for having the poorest snowfall out of all the Summit & Eagle Co. resorts, as there were a couple thin spots on the front size and it did not snow much during the time we stayed there.

The village itself is a great place for a family to use as a base, since most of the other Summit and Eagle Co. resorts are within an hour's drive. Most of the off-slope activities and restaurants are geared towards families.


Pros: Nice long intermediate runs. Great tree and bump skiing. Plenty of free parking.

Cons: Less snow than its neighbors.

Keystone gets a bad rap from the local skiers because of its somewhat limited expert terrain and lower snowfall totals.  Having skied there 5 or 6 days each season for the last six or seven years, I find this somewhat unfair.  The tree runs in the Outback and some of the bump runs on North Peak are among my favorites.  And the intermediate runs on Dercum Mountain are long with lots of pitches and turns to keep the interest up.  Parking is free and reasonably convenient to the lifts (no shuttles needed).  On a non-holiday weekday you'll have the place to yourself.  For a real treat, have lunch in the Alpenglow Stube.  While I love Breck and its upper bowls, Keystone is well worth a visit.


Pros: Long beginner runs off the first peak. All lift peaks accessible by intermediate skiers.

Cons: No lift served terrain above treeline. Limtted lift-served expert terrain

Keystone is a nice option for beginner and intermediate skiers.  There are three peaks which have to be traversed in order and the further back you get the less crowded it is.  Since Keystone is lower it does not get as much snow as its neighboring resorts, thus the off piste and tree runs are often unskiable.  There is no lift-served terrain above treeline, though there is plenty of hike-to terrain and upper bowls served by snowcats which costs extra.  I did not try the snowcat skiing as the snow conditions were pretty dismal when we were there.  All three peaks can be accessed by intermediate skiers; a feature that my 7yr old son appreciated.