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Keystone Mountain House vs. River Run base areas

post #1 of 5
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For those who have been to both, can you please compare the two base areas.  We're a family of 6 with 2 skiing kids and 2 toddlers who are too young to get onto the slopes.  We'd love to be at a condo complex within walking distance of the lifts that has at least a hot tub and ideally a pool as well.  How much further is the walk to the lifts from Mountain House vs. River Run?  Which area would be better to walk around in for the parent who stays back with the toddlers?  Thanks!

post #2 of 5

I think both will work.  Might find better rates at Mountain House, but River Run is newer and has a nice little "village" strip.  Here is a trip report on a visit to Keystone in 2007:  http://www.dcski.com/articles/view_article.php?article_id=1022&mode=headlines

post #3 of 5

I find the Mountain House area old and dated and tend to stay away from that part of the mountain alltogether. The lifts here are old and slow or take you only to the terrain park area - much better access from River Run using the gondola and high speed Summit Express.

 

If you're looking for a good deal on a condo in Keystone, check out summitcove.com. I'm in no way affiliated with them, but have used them to book condos in River Run many times. Their website is great - shows detailed pictures of the units along with pricing and availability.

 

 

post #4 of 5

River Run is definitely the better choice for walking to the lifts.  Keep in mind however there is NO base lodge there - just bathrooms and lockers.  Yes the Mountain House is older, but at least its a real base lodge with all the usual facilities.  And remember that Keystone has a pretty good shuttle system so you can get around without a car just fine regardless of where you are staying..

post #5 of 5

they're very close to each other. i kind of like being at the quieter mt house. stayed at slopeside, which has hot tubs.

lift access isn't really that much different to me...it's a quick trip on peru lift, ski down to a mid mountain lift, short ride, and you're at the top.

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