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Spring Conditions/crowds at Keystone?

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I'm trying to squeeze one more 4 day ski trip in, and am thinking about adding Keystone to the list, possibly for a weekend day or two. Any advice related to the following would be greatly appreciated!

-How are the conditions for carving steeps this time of year? Does PP stay packed or does it get slushy?

-What are the weekend crowds like on the lifts that connect you to the steeps?

-Any favorite downhill runs? Any that get catwalky at the bottom and should be avoided?

-Nice, less crowded slopes with woods for afternoon cruising and....wink.gif
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Keystone is staying open until 4/20.

 

Snow coverage will be good, surface conditions will vary based on the weather/sun/temperatures during your visit.

Like all spring skiing, follow the sun to get the right consistency of snow.

You could have good corn, you could be there during a storm cycle and have mid-winter snow conditions.

If it is a really warm day (50's+) I would tend to avoid Keystone since it will get too soft/slushy faster than places like A-Basin or Breck's upper mountain.

 

Crowds will be non-existant, even on weekends in April.  The Front Range skiers and tourists, except for the die-hards are done for the season.  Plus, those that do ski tend to gravitate more toward Vail, Breck, and A-Basin.   I'm actually surprised Keystone it staying open until 4/20 this year, I think this is 1-2 weeks later than most seasons (probably due to a late Easter).

 

They typically close the Mountain House base area around the end of March, with only the River Run lifts open on the Front-side after that time.

 

I've had some great spring days at Keystone, other times I've avoided it, but it also depends what I've been in the mood to ski.

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