About Keystone Ski Resort
Keystone is often overshadowed by neighbor resort Breckenridge, even though it is actually the larger mountain of the two (in skiable acreage). It hosts the best night skiing in the state, on most weekends and certain holidays throughout the season.
The short drive up from Denver (1 hr 15 minutes) makes this one of the favorite resorts for many skiers driving in from the east.
Keystone has lots of nice, steep blue groomers down the front side of the mountain with plenty of vertical to keep your legs burning. There is one gondola and one express chair lift that both go to the top of the mountain from the central base. This really helps to ease congestion at the bottom and it's always nice to start your day out in a gondola.
From the top of the main peak you can head down the back side and on to the Outback Bowl. The Outback bowl has some hike-to terrain and will sometimes have a Keystone Snowcat making runs for $5/pop. There are several good tree runs on the back side of the mountain and in the Outback Bowl.
Area 51, the terrain park at Keystone Ski Resort, is one of the largest and best in North America. Everyday during the ski season, freestyle skiers and riders soar through the air at Area 51, grinding wicked rails and giant table tops.
The town of Keystone has a nice ski village feel to it. There is a separate mountain village at the base of the resort in addition to a commerical street of restaurants, shops and lodging.
The mountain village offers several fine eateries and saloons for grabbing that Fat Tire after the ski day is done. Keystone often has good deals on lodging throughout the season, so you can snag a great place at the base of the mountain for less.
Reasons to Go:
Night-skiing; Big ski resort close to Denver, CO. Two lifts go from base to summit assuring short lift lines.
MTgnar Rating: 4 out of 5
Keystone Resort Mountain Info
Vertical rise: 3,128 ft / 953m
Base elevation: 9,280 ft / 2,829m
Summit elevation: 12,408 ft / 3,782m
Skiable Area: 3,148 acres / 1274 ha
Average Annual Snowfall: 230 in / 584cm
Season: early November - early April
Lift Hours: 8:30am-4pm
Number of Lifts: 20
Number of Trails: 135
Longest Run: 3.5 Miles/Schoolmarm
Snowmaking: 662 acres / 268 ha
Easiest: 19 percent More Difficult: 32 percent Most Difficult: 49 percent
Address: Keystone, CO 80435
Main Phone Number:
970-496-2316 or 877-625-1556
Some mogul runs at Keystone Ski Resort.
Fresh lines down the Outback Bowl at Keystone Ski Resort. (You can take $5 snowcat rides at the Outback Bowl.)
Mozart Run at Keystone Ski Resort.
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Keystone Resort night skiing.
Keystone Resort Village at night.