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Parking at Keystone

post #1 of 23
Thread Starter 
The "where do you put your boots on" thread got me thinking. My number one complaint about Keystone is how far one has to walk to get to the lifts - seemingly, regardless of where one parks or shuttles to. I don't ski there very often primarily for this reason. I don't have very many dislikes for the mountain(s) at all, in fact, there's days when the Outback has untracked or nearly untracked powder stashes when the rest of Summit County is completely tracked out. It's just that I HATE having to navigate through the damn "village" at the bottom of the mountain.

I really don't care what the solution to this is - whether it's pay parking, taking a specific shuttle from an outlying lot, or just getting there early - I'm just wondering: IS there a solution? Does anyone know of a way to get onto the lifts at Keystone without either paying for a slopeside condo, or walking a mile (I know it's not that far, but it sure seems like it some days) to get there? Is there a shuttle that will deposit you relatively close (<50 yards) to the lifts? Is there a parking lot (paid or free) that doesn't require you to walk forever? Or is Keystone going to forever be a resort where it is a PITA to actually get to the skiing?

J
post #2 of 23
IIRC, I parked at the very last lot, and it was less than 50 yds?
post #3 of 23
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Originally Posted by Gpaul
IIRC, I parked at the very last lot, and it was less than 50 yds?
Impossible. Just walking through the village is 300 yards or so.

Steve
post #4 of 23
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Originally Posted by breckview
Impossible. Just walking through the village is 300 yards or so.

Steve
I don't know the exact distance, but it's a hike. Last April we skied there one day and paid to park in a "close" lot. It wasn't my idea of close at all.
post #5 of 23
Don't park where they tell you in the lot- pull all the way to the far southeast side of the lot (towards A-Basin). From there to the River Run gondola and quad its not a bad walk. Besides, it'll loosen your legs up and keep you warm.
post #6 of 23
What we do is park at one of the lots near River Run and take the shuttle to the main lodge, the bus deposits you right in front of the ticket booth by the ski racks..

Going home you can do that in reverse or if you want to have some apre ski at the River Run base you can walk to your car, it's a haul across the bridge and past the fireplace to the parking lot though...

We do our partying at the main base and take the bus later to the car, barely any walking if you tell the driver where you are parked s/he will stop for you.

....Ott
post #7 of 23
Park over in the "mountain house" area lots and hop right on to the peru lift. They are pay lots though.
post #8 of 23
I worked there last year. If you are there later in the day, a lot of the pay lots become free or unmanned. Also like many said park in the big free lot in River Run on the far left side near A-basin and you can get a spot about 500 yds to the lifts.
post #9 of 23
I can't believe you guys are complaining about having to walk 1/4 to a 1/2 mile to get to the lifts. Sack up and get some exercise.
post #10 of 23
I remember reading this was one of the reasons they're pulling the gondola to the closer side of the river when the new Marriot goes in.
post #11 of 23
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Originally Posted by Harry Dunn
I can't believe you guys are complaining about having to walk 1/4 to a 1/2 mile to get to the lifts. Sack up and get some exercise.
TOTALLY AGREE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I hoofed it 600 yds last Sat. in -1 deg. temps at 8am, grabbed a coffee in town, and sat waiting for the gondola to open, and I couldn't have been happier! I'll be doing the same thing tomorrow.
post #12 of 23
I snowshoe three miles a day with my dog either before or after I go skiing. But that doesn't mean I want to walk a long way to go skiing. Locals figure out the best place to park to get to the lifts as fast as possible with as little walking as possible. It has nothing to do with "exercise".

Steve
post #13 of 23
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by summitskier
Park over in the "mountain house" area lots and hop right on to the peru lift. They are pay lots though.
I think I'm going to try this one next time I'm up. After looking closely at the trail map (http://keystone.snow.com/info/trailmaps.asp ) - it looks like the "Porcupine" lot might be the best - slide down the last bit of Schoolmarm to the Argentine lift, then Montezuma to the top. I figure it's worth a shot - anything would be better than navigating the damn village. (It's not "just" the distance involved, it's the absurd amount of people making the same trek, getting lost, bumping into you, droping their skis, screaming at their kids, etc, etc, etc - just get me on the mountain damnit.)

J
post #14 of 23
yep - dats the one I'm talking about. Pika and Marmot are really close too.

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slide down the last bit of Schoolmarm to the Argentine lift, then Montezuma to the top
Argentine is an old 2-man lift that they rarely fire up anymore - only on the busiests of weekends. Peru to Montezuma is usually the only choice to the top.
post #15 of 23

Keystone parking

Funny this thread should come up. I just skied Breck today and didn't go for the close in pay parking like I usually do. What a major hassle! I did have a late start and lots of problems (forgot my lunch) etc., all things considered, I like the parking situation at Keystone much better than Breck. I always manage to find a spot in the first row of cars by beaver run. I just rent a locker in that bar before the bridge and put my boots on there. Its not like the village is at 12000 ft. Brecks setup is way more of a pain to me. I would rather walk than be bussed, my skies don't fit into the racks. After a hard day skiing I am tired, not too tired to walk. I love the people on the busses, 99.999 percent of them. But, when I'm havin a rough day, I just know thats the day when 53 year old Jebidiah Doodlenorfer will decide he has been pushed around enough in his life and will now make a stand and refuse to enter the bus through the front door. The bus driver perhaps feeling the same, perhaps wondering how much resolve a 53 year old overweight Texan in a one piece faded purple ski suit could possibly have, refuses to open the back door and repeats his demand that Jebidiah enter through the front. All the while a part of me is silently pleading, "please I just want to go home". When Jebs two friends yell,"Jeb don't be a fool", for some unknown reason I consider the possibility that Jeb may be on the edge of some sort of "breakdown". At this point I figure maybe seven or eight minutes have elapsed and think this is not an average nightmare, its a little more. As I try to convince myself this guys friends said Ted and not Jeb the driver opens the back door and Ted/Jeb gets on with his 230cm salomon skis in hand and explains to the driver that he would have hit him with his skies if he got on through the front. Perhaps in an attempt to validate this statement, he raps me sharply on my knee and loundly bangs my skies with his ski tails as he passes. He turns and apologizes saying, "I don't like putting my skis in the carriage either". I spend the entire bus ride contemplating the "carriage" remark and silently repeating,"he can't be named Jeb". Of course we arrive at Breck station or Breck central, whatever the main lot is called and I ask the driver if he is going to the lot diagonally across the street, he says no, I have to catch a shuttle. I can see the lot from the bus, its like 200 yards. My mind just refuses to believe that I will have to transfer to another, smaller bus, to make the 200 yard trip to my car. Of course the shuttle is not on the scene yet. The driver refuses to run me over there so I just get off the bus and walk in my boots. The whole walk I think how stupid I was to not just pay the 15 bucks. Sorry I just had to get that out...I'm just gonna leave it right here in this post, and never read it again.
Let me just mention that the powder situation at Keystone is sketchy and unreliable, there are no steeps, its all wind burnt. To get to it you have to dodge hundreds of folks wearing thousands of shirts. Lets just leave it at that.
post #16 of 23
i would park in the free lots and take the shuttle to the mountain house if you want to eliminate the walk thru the viilage.
post #17 of 23
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Originally Posted by james
To get to it you have to dodge hundreds of folks wearing thousands of shirts. Lets just leave it at that.
James,
that's the funniest f!!!!!! post in YEARS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Now, the point of your post, is it that all the people at Keystone wear 10 SHIRTS APIECE?!?!?!?!

Or, are you saying they all wear 1,000 shirts each???!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

and somehow, this is better than the Texans at Breck ???!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I can't quit laughing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
post #18 of 23
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Originally Posted by james
my skies don't fit into the racks.
They probably will if you separate them.

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The whole walk I think how stupid I was to not just pay the 15 bucks. Sorry I just had to get that out...
On weekends if I go up early I'll usually park at the Colorado Mountain College lot. It's free and you can park there all day. The walk from there to the Quicksilver lift is under ten minutes, comparable to Keystone, and much faster than the free parking bus.

Breck has a skiway from the peak 8 base to the free parking lots that is half finished and will be ready next season. That will take away 50% of the frustration...

Steve
post #19 of 23
Wow you people are lazy. First complaning about having to walk 5 minutes at Keystone to get to the lift, then complaining about a free shuttle at Breck and having to walk 200 yds. Do you people drive to go get your mail too?
post #20 of 23
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Originally Posted by breckview
They probably will if you separate them.


On weekends if I go up early I'll usually park at the Colorado Mountain College lot. It's free and you can park there all day. The walk from there to the Quicksilver lift is under ten minutes, comparable to Keystone, and much faster than the free parking bus.

Breck has a skiway from the peak 8 base to the free parking lots that is half finished and will be ready next season. That will take away 50% of the frustration...

Steve
Hey, thanks so much for the tip Steve, I really appreciate it. I just had five days off and only managed to ski two days. The last of those days was a Saturday when Breck had that superpipe thing. I was late getting there, had to search my car for my wallet, forgot my lunch, and had a very forgettable day skiing. I usually ski mid week so I use the pay parking by peak 10, or occasionally take the bus from the main lot if I feel like meeting people. However I get every other Saturday off so I will definately look into the College lot.
I understand your viewpoint Harry, but when I go skiing, I just want to ski. My boots are old and I do not like walking on abrasive surfaces with them. Lugging my gear to a locker and changing is not an issue in the morning, but after a full day skiing my legs are toast and I just want to get home and relax. I always like to get as close to the hill as possible. I always like to get there as early as possible. If I can find a way to get closer I will, cause for me closer is easier. Skiing for me is all about maximizing the verticle and minimizing the horizontal.
post #21 of 23
Personally, I enjoy the walk through the village at Keystone, much like the walk through Vail. It's pretty, and reminds me of Europe. The whole Breck thing is horrendous! Both times I've gone there I've waited for half and hour to get on the bus to and from the mtn, there's no order w/ all the "Texans" cutting in line and scrambling to get on the bus, and then they drop you in the middle of the sea of pking. lots at the bottom. Next time I'm ponying up the 15 bucks, cause I'm a fancy person :P
post #22 of 23
The Hunki Dori paylot at Keystone is just FEET from the base lodges in River Run. If you don't mind paying it's the most convenient lot I've seen in Colorado. It's hard to find though. It's east of the River Run base area so you have to drive past the free lots, then take a couple of rights past some condos. I'm sure they'll be building there one of these days but it appears to be open this year.
post #23 of 23

the accurate scoop

For River Run parking here are your choices:
1. Free lot and walk through village and loosen up legs
2. Free lot and shuttle to Mountain house and get on lifts in 10 yards all stiff from not loosening up
3. Honki Dori Lot $15- the exact location of the ski-in/out future Marriott lodge behind the ski school building. THe front edge of the village near the gondola. So close, you'll still be stiff when you get on the gondola.
4. Other pay parking - follow signs for skiier drop off and pay - leaves you off right at Fritz & Kick-aPoo and walk across to ticket counters $15
5. Mountain House pay parking is right at the base $15

Many shuttles now leave you off on the back side of the village near the Fritz restaurant rather than the front lot.

Am here all week loving the daily 4-5". Snow is even better than the reports. Even River Run at the end of the day is in decent shape :-)


A-Basin reported 14" in last 24 hours.
-Guy

PS - I finally put my finger on why I enjoy Keystone more than Breck - the average run is about 20% more vertical per lift ride.
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