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Hey Folks!
How’d ya like that new gondola there? We waited in line 50 minutes to get our new-type ski tickets & then the hour long wait in line, and voila! The gondola broke down. Fully loaded… Any one get stuck in the new " eight person " gondola..
post #2 of 12
That sounds... umm.... unfun.
post #3 of 12
uh, it is Keystone, what did you expect everything about the place sucks
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uh, it is Keystone, what did you expect everything about the place sucks
2+. Got to be one of the worst mountains I've ever skied.
post #5 of 12
What? You don't like Schoooooooooooool Marm? Never crowded!
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2+. Got to be one of the worst mountains I've ever skied.
I don't think its that bad. I mean it doesn't compare to the big resorts but area 51 definetly has one of the better beginner park areas I have been to. The outback had some cool tree skiing too and I would really like to try the cats out to their bowls one time.

As to the gondola, chairlifts break all the time it wasn't a because Keystone sucks, it just happens. Personally I would rather be stuck in a gondola than an exposed chairlift.
post #7 of 12
hey, i probably walked right by you. i was coming down to head back up for more night skiing and saw it was broken.

i think that thing is overrated. keystone used to have a smaller gondola that worked fine, just probably carried less and a skilift running right next to it. i would think those working together carry as much as the new gondola.
also, there used to be a ski-lift midway down that you could ski up to and avoid having to go all the way down and wait thru the typical bigger lines that the base lift gets. thats gone. the new gondola has a mid-load, but you have to take your skis off.

also, they used to have a bar next to the old gondola to store gear and listen to some music and drink while winding down from the day. thats gone too. just a service center now.

its good planning by keystone overall, they make you walk back thru the village and probably get people spend more; but for the real "skiers"; its just getting too corporate.

if keystone didnt offer me the change to ski 12 hours in 1 day; i wouldnt go.
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2+. Got to be one of the worst mountains I've ever skied.
You must not ski park
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2+. Got to be one of the worst mountains I've ever skied.
You must not have skied many mountains.

Even in CO, Keystone is far from the worst. Much is blue groomers, and the snowfall isn't big.

But decent blacks can be had further to skier's left and right off Outback, and eastbound (short hike) off North Peak. Treed runs in those regions can be narrow and bumpy.

Plus, for Park & Pipe crowd, Keystone has some of the best kickers and terrain park I've seen - anywhere.
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No I don't ride the park. There are some decent blacks on the back mountain, but getting back to the lift sucks on a long, flat run out. There wasn't even a whole lot of vertical on the runs I did, at least not enough to justify the hike. If I just skied long blue groomers all day then I would be pretty happy at Keystone. They do have a nice park from what I saw.
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I will agree with ut hucker, Keystone is one of the worst mountains I've ever skied! Oh yeah, I've skied at every resort in Colorado and I flat out hate Keystone. I know there are some decent spots on the mountain. But the overall features of Keystone stink. Lines are massive. The lifts are poorly designed and layed out. Getting around the mountain involves many of the horrendous long groomers and being swarmed by the nazi like safety patrol. Sitting at trail junctures waiting to pull the passes of anybody who can actually ski. I was there a couple years ago when some racers were training, they came out of the closed run and the yellow jacket tried to pull their passes for skiing too fast. The mountain needs an attitude adjustment. They weren't out of control, they weren't in a designated slow zone, they weren't even going fast but since the yellow jacket could barely carve a turn he decided they were too fast.
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I will agree with ut hucker, Keystone is one of the worst mountains I've ever skied! Oh yeah, I've skied at every resort in Colorado and I flat out hate Keystone. I know there are some decent spots on the mountain. But the overall features of Keystone stink. Lines are massive. The lifts are poorly designed and layed out. Getting around the mountain involves many of the horrendous long groomers and being swarmed by the nazi like safety patrol. Sitting at trail junctures waiting to pull the passes of anybody who can actually ski. I was there a couple years ago when some racers were training, they came out of the closed run and the yellow jacket tried to pull their passes for skiing too fast. The mountain needs an attitude adjustment. They weren't out of control, they weren't in a designated slow zone, they weren't even going fast but since the yellow jacket could barely carve a turn he decided they were too fast.
I would ski keystone any day over buttermilk which seems to be the lamest mountain I have skied in my day with the exception of anything midwest. For that matter I would probably ski keystone over Aspen Mountain, here is why. I ski park and powder. I rarely ski bumps. Ajax is almost completely full of bumps, keystone has an amazing park. They also have a large chunk of there resort dedicated to hike to terrain, something Ajax doesn't and will never have.(aka Fresh lines)
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