Keystone is one of the most convenient major ski areas for visitors flying into Denver. It also has a fair amount of reasonably priced slopeside accommodations. It can be crowded on prime weekends. It has a high ratio of easy intermediate terrain, but there is good stuff at the single black diamond level too. It has a high base, but has a reputation of receiving less total snowfall than some of the other Colorado ski areas. The bowls have a difficulty level that is nicely suited for a first time bowl skier once your lungs adjust to the elevation :-)
Others have recently asked about Keystone (in Summit Co) and here are excerpts from earlier posts I made:
I stayed there for most of a week this past season (Apr 07). Otherwise, never been before, so here is tourist's impression:
River Run section of Keystone 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 complex 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' with much snowmaking capacity so you're likely to get 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 (green circle) trail features some gorgeous scenery with slopes 200 yrds wide in some spots, 3.5 miles of easy bliss on a low crowd day. 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.
Pictures: Was in CO last week (4/10-13) and visited some of the same areas as the LGCIII gang, but on different days marching to my own family drumbeat: http://www.dcski.com/ubbthreads22/sh...1&Number=35069
Was that great ski weather/conditions for April or what!?!