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post #1 of 23
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Hi guys, i'm new to the forums and new to skiing. Im trying to plan a trip to river run village in Keystone, co and i just wanted to get some reviews on the place. Any info would be appreciated. This will be my fourth time skiing. Also what else is there to do there besides skiing, hows the night life?
post #2 of 23
Welcome.
I stayed there for most of a week this past season. Otherwise, never been before, so here is tourist's impression:
River Run is a nice, condo-centric base area about 80 miles from Denver Int'l Airport via good roads. Appeared to have much of the newest development at Keystone. I stayed at pleasing early 21st century condo called The Springs, couple hundred yards from the slopes. Best thing I liked at River Run was the convenience of riding two back to back gondolas 1st thing in AM to quickly access furthest reaches of resort and then ski my way back to condo for lunch or end of day. There was also a very long crowd eating HSQ that paralleled the 1st gondola for even faster uphill travel out of River Run base. The base is at about 9300' so you're likely to get pretty decent conditions at almost any time you visit during ski season.
I ate in my condo the whole time with family, so did not experience much of the small covey of shops, restaurants and couple bars. They could keep you busy for a few nights, then I think you'll need to go to Frisco (5 miles) or Breckenridge (about 25 minutes) to get more of that. There is a big ice skating area at River Run. For a "fourth time skier" the lifts out of River Run serve some real fine beginner-intermediate terrain on the front face of Keystone (Dercum Mtn), some of the easy runs go for 3 miles. If you are there on lower-crowd weekdays or fringe season I think you'll really enjoy that terrain. Schoolmarm trail features some gorgeous scenery with slopes 200 yrds wide in some spots. The other parts of the ski area have more difficult terrain, but it seemed like there is a nice intermediate trail from the top of almost every lift in the resort.
post #3 of 23
If I was going to ski at Keystone (and personally I wouldn't) I would want to stay at the River Run end. It's the newest part of Keystone; most of the buildings are 5 - 7 years old. However, since it's your 4th time skiing you'll like Keystone.

The nightlife is ok. Go to The Goat or Snake River Saloon. If you don't like one, you'll probably like the other. There's a reasonable chance you'll like both. They're almost within stumbling distance of River Run.
post #4 of 23
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Thanks for the response guys, so this place is more of a beginner/intermediate ski place? If it is it will work out to my benifit. Vinn, why would you say you wouldnt go skiing here? Is it cause you like more advance runs? I also have some ppl going skiing with me that have never been, do you think they have enough beginner runs for them?
post #5 of 23
i think you'll be fine. most people dont like keystone because theres not enough steep stuff, but i actually think their greens are steeper than greens at other places; so its a good pick. for instance, breckenridge and coppers greens are bunny slopes at best. there's a lot of very long and very wide greens and blues that are great for groups of beginners to spend all day on.
i'd also recommend going during night skiing(7 days in peak season, weekends the rest of the time) and you can ski arapahoe and breckenridge on your keystone ticket.
there's not a whole lot of nightlife there compared to breckenridge or vail, but there's plenty to do afterwards. they re-did their whole ski village with restaurants and bars that didnt exist 2 years ago.
post #6 of 23

condo for rent

Here is a shameless plug for a keystone condo rental I have:
http://www.GreatRentalKeystone.com

It is a newer building built in 1999 and in excellent shape. 4br4ba lodging right in Keystone Resort.

Let me know if you have questions. All contact info can be found on the site.

-Guy (gschlact)
post #7 of 23
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Wow thats a nice place, whats the rate on that place in the month of january
post #8 of 23
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What
post #9 of 23
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When would be a good time to plan a ski trip at river run? When does the ski season usualy start around there? I remember last year when i went to tahoe around mid december the snow fall was kinda dissapointing.
post #10 of 23

for Jimmy

Hi Jimmy -
I usually rent more short term 4-7 day stays. However, I would consider a monthly rental. Why don't we take this off-line, please give me a phone call or email using the information on my site (http://www.greatrentalkeystone.com ). Monthly rental rates would depend on exact dates, and how many people. If you are interested in January, I would suspect you would want to wait until after the holiday "high" rates.

January snow is often plentiful; most of the past years have had 100% open trails at Keystone. You also have A-Basin 3 miles up the road that shares a Keystone lift ticket.

-Guy
gschlact
post #11 of 23
i would recommend not going until peak season starts(mid. dec.) because even w/ good early snow; they usually arent full staffed on the mountain until then.
i'd say wait 'til feb if you want to ensure good coverage, but with the snow guns and being able to also ski arapahoe and breck on the same ticket; when peak starts should be fine.
and if youre going to be there a month, i would stay in breck; which is a ski town, keystone is a ski resort.
post #12 of 23
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Oh i didnt mean the whole month of january, i just meant what the rate was for days in january, since i know the holiday season rates are high.
post #13 of 23
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Looking to stay there right after the holiday prices go away. Maybe for the week of January 4 till the 11. something like that.
post #14 of 23
When Keystone has good snow (which isn't all that often), there's plenty of good terrain. For those people saying they don't like it, its probably just because they don't know where to ski.

It sounds like you're going to be on the beginner/intermediate terrain anyways- there is plenty of that on the mountains.
post #15 of 23
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Harry so your saying Keystone doesnt get good snow fall very often? Or are you just saying the snow isnt good? I've heard ppl talking about how theres good snow and bad snow and so on but since im still a beginer i doubt it i'll know the difference. As long as it snows im good haha. I just dont want it to end up like lake tahoe last year, out of the whole week it probly snowed 2 or 3 times.
post #16 of 23
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Originally Posted by jimmyp281 View Post
Harry so your saying Keystone doesnt get good snow fall very often? Or are you just saying the snow isnt good? I've heard ppl talking about how theres good snow and bad snow and so on but since im still a beginer i doubt it i'll know the difference. As long as it snows im good haha. I just dont want it to end up like lake tahoe last year, out of the whole week it probly snowed 2 or 3 times.
Jimmy, last season 2-3x of snowing in a week was damn good at Tahoe. My home ski area. Hope you enjoy your trip to Keystone in Jan. In fact, I think there may be a group of Bears heading to Snowmass in Jan. Don't know why: but think I might go too!

Mark
post #17 of 23
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mkevenson, yeah i guess last season was a bit dry. But i sure did have fun in tahoe, it had alot of great things to do besides skiing. I lost alot of money in those casinos hah. Which arear do you ski in tahoe? I stayed near hevenly.
post #18 of 23
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Harry so your saying Keystone doesnt get good snow fall very often? Or are you just saying the snow isnt good? I've heard ppl talking about how theres good snow and bad snow and so on but since im still a beginer i doubt it i'll know the difference. As long as it snows im good haha. I just dont want it to end up like lake tahoe last year, out of the whole week it probly snowed 2 or 3 times.
Jimmy, the quality of snow (inch for inch) at keystone is up there with the driest and lightest Utah pow, however, unlike Alta keystone is not know for copious amounts of snow. If you are there for a week in January don't expect it to snow 2or3 times during the week. January is kinda a crapshoot when it comes to snowfall. For instance, last year keystone only got about 23 inches of snow during Jan (not good). The year before, the stone had about 60 inches during Jan. All depends on what the jet stream decides to do...

That said, a beginner skier can have a lot of fun at the stone. Dercum mountian has lots and lots of long cruisers, and if you're feeling adventurous the other two mountains have some decent beginner stuff as well.

If you're interest is night life, you'd be better off by staying in Breck, as Keystone pretty much has the Goat, Snake river, Dos Locos (more of a restaurant), and Kickapoo and not much else.
post #19 of 23
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Originally Posted by jimmyp281 View Post
mkevenson, yeah i guess last season was a bit dry. But i sure did have fun in tahoe, it had alot of great things to do besides skiing. I lost alot of money in those casinos hah. Which arear do you ski in tahoe? I stayed near hevenly.
Jimmy, for the last couple years I had passes to SAT and did Heavenly a couple xs and Homewood,Northstar and Kirkwood. This year we have opted for the Tahoe 6 pak because I like all the resorts and want to ski everywhere. Yes Tahoe can be a really fun place! Gotta keep your wallet in the pocket however when in the Casinos, well not really, but it helps you not loose too much.
post #20 of 23
Jimmy,

You'll enjoy Keystone.

You really do need to spend at least a half a day at Arapahoe Basin 6 miles up the road. Your Keystone lift ticket is good there and there is a free bus. A-Basin has a reputation for its difficult runs, but they have groomed intermediate runs from top to bottom. No place for never-evers, but you really need to go for the skiing, the scenery, and the ambiance. The view from the Exhibition chair as the mountain peaks come into view will take your breath away. Don't miss A-Basin and you'll love Keystone.
post #21 of 23
well, if youre only saying a week; keystone should be fine.

no guarrantees they'll have great snow, but keystone has some of the best snowmaking around; you shouldnt have a problem skiing greens and blues in january. i've skied on 17" there in dec. and been fine.

i'd find peaks online and try and be a member and use whichever discount will best work for you.

i'd also head over to breckenridge peak 9 if you have your own car, you can use the same ticket. i always ski everything around when i dont know when i can get back.
post #22 of 23
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Looks like its set, i just put in a request for the days of January 4th through the 11th. Hope those dates are good. I'll be staying at the springs like you did Jamesj. Anyone know if it is real crowded in january?
post #23 of 23
Crowds in the lift line or trails on weedays in January are minimal. You may even have a ski slope to yourself from time to time.

Besides, Keystone is one of the ski areas that has learner terrain at the TOP of the mtn with wonderful vistas - you can see the slopes at Breck, the two nearby 14'ers, most of Lake Dillon and Mt Buffalo (an old dome volcano). When your group is done for the day they can walk over to Adventure Point while still atop Dercum Mtn and try tubing or Snowbiking. The Gondola offers skier downloading for those who aren't up for the long beginner Schoolmarm trail. Sure beats buying a lift ticket and only seeing the prkg lot (from the learner hill) the entire time.

For the more advanced, I'd agree that Keystone has plenty of hidden gems of terrain that offer challenge. Just ask a mtn employee.

Having mtn options with the same lift ticket is key. Summit Stage offered free bus svc between Breck/Keystone/ABasin for a majority of the season.
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