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Keystone Resort Reviews

F2BNG

Pleasantly Surprised

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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...
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JimH

Good choice on busy days in Summit County

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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...
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ExWanabe

nice option for beginner and intermediate skiers

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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.