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Spring Savings

SPRING SAVINGS

Spring is a time of change, and that change often brings travelers some of the best value. You can catch some great end of season skiing at Arapahoe Basin or take advantage of the changing weather and get in some hiking. Or just enjoy the tranquility of the resort when all is quiet.

Spring also brings some of our lowest lodging rates of the year. And now you can save even more with promo code SPRING17. Through March 26th you  can save 15% on any nights of stay from April 17th through June 8th. With discounted nightly rates starting at $40 this deal is too good to pass up.

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SPRING17

Save 15% on any nights of stay from April 17-June 8.

Promo code is valid through Sunday, March 26.

Any nights of stay before April 17 or after June 8 are not included.

Dates of discounted nights subject to change.

Discount taken from rates that are subject to change.

Applies to new reservations or reservations made on the same day this promotion was sent out.

Cannot be combined with other SCMR promotions.

*Some properties not applicable. Fees and taxes are not discounted.

What to Wear in Keystone: Winter, Spring, Summer & Fall

One of the biggest challenges facing any Keystone visitor is what to pack. Deciding what to bring during our coldest months, or preparing for forty-degree temperature swings during the spring and fall can be an intimidating task. We’re here to help. Below you’ll find what we recommend for any visitor organized by season.

Featuring some of our coldest weather and best skiing conditions, packing for a winter visit can be a daunting task as you try to balance comfort, warmth and luggage space. Keep in mind many of the buildings in Keystone offer coin-operated laundry facilities, and some properties have a private washer and dryer.

  • start with a tight-fitting, breathable, non-cotton layer (cotton keeps cold close to your skin)
  • a variety of socks to be used in layers including wool hikers and ski socks; make sure they come at least to the top of your boots so you’re warm and comfortable
  • build out with layers: short and long sleeve tees, sweaters, hooded sweatshirts, fleece and/or thermals a warm hat that can fit under your helmet
  • waterproof pants, jackets, gloves and boots
  • protect your face from wind and snow with face masks, neckwarmers and/or a scarf
  • ski goggles with UV protection and a good fit to keep out the wind and snow; for night skiing avoid dark lenses
  • zippers and air vents are a great addition allowing you to adjust to changing temperatures
  • sunscreen and lip balm: with 300+ days of sun and dry air you’ll want to protect your skin and hydrate your lips
  • off-mountain attire: much of the same as above minus the gear specific to winter sports; you may consider wearing waterproof gloves and boots as you may find yourself outside in the snow
  • swimwear: relax and enjoy some time in a hot tub or make use of a heated pool
  • If you’re visiting Keystone in the Spring, be prepared for all kinds of weather. March is often the month with the largest amount of snowfall, and April is not too far behind. It’s not unusual to enjoy a sun-filled day on the slopes and then the next day head out into a snowstorm. The weather is known to change very quickly in Summit County, so be prepared for 40-degree temperature swings, or to wake up to temperatures in the early teens and then be walking around in jeans and a long-sleeve tee by the afternoon. Packing for this kind of weather can be challenging, but we highly recommend that you dress in layers, and this is true for mountain and off-mountain attire.

  • layered short and long sleeve tees
  • long pants
  • socks and shoes: consider the various activities you’ll be scheduling and plan accordingly (hiking boots and moisture wicking socks for hiking; socks that come above your boots for skiing; good quality and well-fitted shoes for outdoor activities)
  • light jacket, hooded sweatshirt, sweater, windproof shell and/or scarf for lower temperatures
  • rain jacket/poncho
  • comfortable clothing allowing for easy movement for any outdoor activities
  • a warm hat and a facemask, neckwarmer or scarf: you may need this in case of a storm or temperature drop
  • ski goggles with UV protection and a good fit to keep out the wind and snow; for night skiing avoid dark lenses
  • waterproof jackets, pants, gloves and boots in case of cold storms
  • clothing with vents or zippers so you can adjust with temperature changes
  • sunglasses and hats: at such a high elevation, the sun is very strong
  • sunscreen and lip balm: with 300+ days of sun and dry air you’ll want to protect your skin and hydrate your lips
  • swimwear: relax and enjoy some time in a hot tub or make use of a heated pool
  • The average daily temperature in Keystone during the summer is 75 degrees with relatively low humidity. Packing seems pretty straightforward, but keep in mind there may be cooler days, and at night it will get chilly. In addition, you’ll want to take into consideration what kind of activities you’ll be participating in when you pack. From horseback riding to golf, to kayaking, ziplining and festivals, there’s lots to do.

  • short or long sleeve tees
  • light jacket and/or sweater
  • shorts for casual activities
  • long pants for days with lower temperatures
  • rain jacket or poncho
  • good quality jeans for horseback riding
  • comfortable clothes allowing for easy movement for biking, hiking, ziplining, etc.
  • quick-drying clothing for any water-based activities
  • socks and shoes: consider the various activities you’ll be scheduling and plan accordingly (hiking boots and moisture wicking socks for hiking; good quality and well-fitted shoes for biking, rafting and horseback riding)
  • sunglasses and hats: at such a high elevation, the sun is very strong
  • sunscreen and lip balm: with 300+ days of sun and dry air you’ll want to protect your skin and hydrate your lips
  • swimwear: relax and enjoy some time in a hot tub or make use of the pool
  • One of the most beautiful and tranquil seasons in Keystone is Fall. Area homeowners often claim this as their favorite season due to the changing colors and beautiful weather. And though it’s not consistent, there is a chance of a light snowfall during early Fall, and the ski season generally opens around mid-October at Arapahoe Basin or early November in Keystone. There will be sunny and rainy days, with mild mornings and afternoons and cooler nights.

  • layered short and long sleeve tees
  • long pants
  • socks and shoes: consider the various activities you’ll be scheduling and plan accordingly (hiking boots and moisture wicking socks for hiking; socks that come above your boots for skiing; good quality and well-fitted shoes for outdoor activities)
  • light jacket, hooded sweatshirt, sweater, windproof shell and/or scarf for lower temperatures rain jacket/poncho
  • comfortable clothing allowing for easy movement for any outdoor activities
  • a warm hat and a facemask, neckwarmer or scarf: you may need this in case of a storm or temperature drop
  • ski goggles with UV protection and a good fit to keep out the wind and snow; for night skiing avoid dark lenses
  • waterproof jackets, pants, gloves and boots in case of cold storms
  • clothing with vents or zippers so you can adjust with temperature changes
  • sunglasses and hats: at such a high elevation, the sun is very strong
  • sunscreen and lip balm: with 300+ days of sun and dry air you’ll want to protect your skin and hydrate your lips
  • swimwear: relax and enjoy some time in a hot tub or make use of a heated pool
  • Keystone Closing Day Extended



    You probably noticed there’s been a lot of snow in Keystone this year. After a slow start to ski season, mother nature rewarded our patience with record amounts of snowfall. January brought us 127 inches* of snowfall. Compare that with the 44 inches* in the same month of 2016 and that pretty much tells the story of this ski season.

    And all that snow can only mean one thing: a longer ski season! On January 25th Keystone Resort announced it was extending its ski season one week longer than initially planned. Travelers can now hit the slopes until April 16th, which also happens to be Easter Sunday. Take advantage of that long weekend and book a trip to Keystone!

    *snowfall amounts obtained from onthesnow.com

    Legendary Arapahoe Basin Worth the Trip Over from Keystone

    by Kelsey McCarson

    Visitors to Keystone during the fun-filled winter season who want to find ski lessons for their kids have good reason to look toward Arapahoe Basin as a viable alternative to the two available, but more expensive, on-site options.

    Local business owner and Texas resident, Karen Fuller, told me she found the trip well worth the rental car and short travel time. She paid less for the lessons, didn’t have to buy a lift ticket and found the instructor-to-learner ratio better than what she’s seen elsewhere in Keystone.

    I had a great experience. Our son Lucas got an individual lesson even though I paid for a group lesson, and the instructor was great. It was also an easy drop-off and pick-up process for the parents. I didn’t have to carry skis and boots far from the car.

    Ranked the No. 1 thing to do in Keystone overall by Trip Advisor, why not consider it next time you visit the area, too?


    Ski School
    Cost
    Time
    Lunch included?
    Lift ticket included?
    Equipment included?
    A-Basin
    $160
    9:55 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (but you can drop off as early as 8 a.m.)
    YES
    YES
    NO
    River Run
    $182
    9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
    YES
    NO
    NO
    Mountain House
    $182
    9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
    YES
    NO
    NO
    times and rates were obtained January 2017 and are subject to change

    Arapahoe Basin’s legendary slopes have been open for over 70 years. It traditionally features some of the earliest opening and closing dates in the area and includes popular vacationer hotspots like Treeline terrain park, one of the highest elevation terrain parks in North America, and Pallavicini, one of Colorado’s signature fast-and-steep ski runs.

    Fuller loved it. She said both times she visited the Arapahoe Basin ski school, her child received a private lesson despite her scheduling and paying for the group one.

    I know this can vary though depending on the time of year, and it may not always be the case, but both times I have gone there, my child received a private one-on-one lesson.

    And while she made use of a rental car for the short drive, she said the school’s early drop-off time helped her get back to be wherever she wanted to be that day with no issue and plenty of time to enjoy it.

    A-Basin lesson time is 9:55-3:30 p.m, but you can drop your child off as early as 8:00 a.m. allowing the adult to go back to ski at Keystone and get on the mountain when it opens at 8:30 a.m. Or you could even just show up right before 9:00 a.m. and ski at A-Basin yourself.

    Fuller said the ski school took care of just about everything for the kids. It was easy to find parking and they even kept the beginner-level ski kids in an area where parents could watch. Heck, she didn’t even have to worry about feeding her son a lunch that day because the ski school did that, too.

    In short, not only did Karen and her children end up visiting one of the most legendary ski slopes in Colorado, but she was also able to enjoy a worry-free day on her own however she saw fit to do it.

    Could she have stayed near the basin for the day to catch glimpses of the kids learning their new skills? Yes.

    If you are just dropping off or picking up your kids, or staying for maybe 30 minutes to watch them at the end of the day, there is a drop-off lot that is free and very close to check-in. If that lot happened to be full, there is a paid lot that is fairly close or a free lot that requires just a bit more walking. Every time I went I was able to use the drop-off parking lot.

    Could she found somewhere to ski herself or gone somewhere to shop? Yes.

    Parents don’t have to stay. They can go ski at A-Basin or Keystone and come back at the end of the day. They could even go shopping at the Outlets in Silverthorne.

    Heck, she probably could have just gone back to her condo and taken a nap if she had wanted.

    Arapahoe Basin ski school makes things hassle-free.

    And how about this fun little tidbit? According to their own website, the current A-Frame lodge in the base area on-site was once a missile testing facility.

    Hey, how often does someone get to learn to ski somewhere like that?


    HOW-TO
    1. Book your lesson online or call 888-ARAPAHOE (272-7246).
    2. Drive from Keystone to Arapahoe Basin (more here).
    3. Aim to arrive at least 30 minutes before your lesson begins if your child already has equipment or 45 minutes before if you need to rent.
    4. Park in one of the four free on-site parking lots.
    5. Drop the kids off and enjoy your day!

    The Keystone Top 5: Ski-in/Ski-out

    Thinking about booking that dream ski vacation? You know, the one where you have the perfect vacation rental in a complex with great amenities and you step right out to the slopes? We’re here to help. This edition of The Keystone Top 5 ranks the ski-in/ski-out complexes so you can make an informed decision.

    But…

    Before we unveil our top five, we need to share some important insider information: there are only two ski-in/ski-out complexes in Keystone! It’s true. So our Top 5 is actually a Top 2 with three complexes that are the next best thing.

    So, without further ado, we present:

    The Keystone Top 5: Ski-in/Ski-out Complexes



    Coming in at No. 1 is Lone Eagle Above River Run. This complex is on the River Run slope and you’re about fifty yards uphill from the gondola. When you’re ready to hit the slopes, simply head outside, step into your skis, and ski down to the gondola. This convenience just can’t be beat. Lone Eagle also boasts a covered patio for all of its guests to share. It faces the slopes so you can watch family and friends come down while sitting back and enjoying a hot beverage or the fire pit. Other amenities include a pool, hot tub, fitness facilities and an owner’s club with complimentary newspapers and beverages. Plus, the heated driveway and sidewalks make for easy commutes by car or by foot. The properties in this complex feature high-end finishes and private laundry.

    And in second place we have The Timbers on River Run. This is the other ski-in/ski-out complex in Keystone and it’s located next to the first one on our list, Lone Eagle. You’re a little over fifty yards uphill from the gondola so when you’re ready to hit the slopes, just step into your skis and ski down. This kind of convenience makes for a smooth vacation. The Timbers also features a swim-in/swim-out pool–enter and exit the heated pool from inside the complex instead of outside when the weather is a bit cold. There’s also a hot tub, fire pit, sauna, steam room and fitness facilities. The lobby features high-end finishes, a fireplace, a baby grand piano and game tables with inlaid chessboards. All properties in this complex feature high-end finishes and private laundry.

    Keystone is home to only two true ski-in/ski-out complexes, and those got the top two spots on our list. But there are complexes that come close to being ski-in/ski-out. The Springs grabs the third spot on our list because it’s about a hundred yards from the gondola. Grab your gear, head out of the complex and in less than a minute you’re at the bottom of the River Run slope. The Springs also features great amenities for families with children: a pool with a slide and waterfall, a hot tub, a wading pool with sprayers and a fire pit for making s’mores. Inside you have an indoor children’s play area and a media room for movie watching.

    And in the fourth spot we have tie between Black Bear Lodge and Jackpine. Both are about 150 yards from the gondola, and on top of that, they’re also in the heart of River Run Village. In less than a minute you can be at the bottom of the River Run slope or at shops and restaurants in the center of the village.The complexes together feature a hot tub, sauna, fitness facilities and access to the shared pool at Dakota Lodge.

    And last, but certainly not least, is Chateaux DuMont. This complex is located in the Mountain House Base Area and is less than 150 yards from the Argentine lift. Many guests prefer the quiet atmosphere in this part of the resort while also getting to take advantage of being so near the slopes. The premier feature of this complex is that every property has its own private hot tub. No waiting your turn or trekking through the cold to soothe those sore muscles after a long day on the slopes. Simply change into your swimsuit and walk through your living room to the hot tub!

    Why You Should Rent your Ski Gear Early

    Ski at Mountain House

    When you finally get to Keystone after a long drive or a long flight, the last thing you want to deal with is long lines. Fortunately, you’re already ahead of the curve if you’ve booked with us. Our 24/7 hassle-free check-in ensures no long lines to get your keycard. Now all you need is your ski gear. And there’s no need to stand around waiting for that either.

    We recommend reserving your ski rental gear early. Not only will you save money by doing this, you’ll also eliminate the risk of not getting the gear you need, and, in most cases, you’ll spend less time waiting and more time doing the things you actually want to do.

    You have a lot of options for ski rentals in Keystone, but we recommend Mountain View Sports and Ski Butlers.

    Why?

    First, all of our guests get a discount with both companies.

    Second, either of these ski rental companies are geared to meet your needs.

    Mountain View Sports

    Mountain View Sports features rental rates that are drastically lower than other area ski shops. On top of that you get the benefit of having lifelong pros help you get the right equipment. The owner of Summit County Mountain Retreats says, “[they’re] the only place I trust to rent ski equipment from.” On top of all that, Mountain View Sports is located right next door to our office. That means our guests can quickly pick up their keycard via our 24/7 hassle-free check-in process and then immediately head over to Mountain View Sports for their ski gear. Step outside to the shuttle stop where you can take the Keystone Resort Shuttle directly to your lodging and you’ve got the makings of a smooth start to your vacation.

    Mountain View Sports offers all of our guests a 25% discount on ski and snowboard rentals. If you booked with us you received a Reservation Confirmation email with information regarding discounts, including how to get your 25% savings with Mountain View Sports. Didn’t book with us? No worries. You can still save by booking online at least 2 days in advance.

    Ski Butlers

    Ski Butlers features 12 locations across the western half of the United States and their claim to fame is convenience. Their website is easy to use and when you’re ready to be fitted for your ski gear they come to you. That’s right. They come to you in the comfort your lodging accommodations. They even bring extra boot sizes to ensure the perfect fit. And, if you have a problem with your gear while out on the slopes, they’ll meet you at the base of the mountain to fix that problem. And for all this, they don’t nickel and dime you. There’s no delivery fees, no cancellation fees, and they allow you to switch from ski gear to snowboarding and vice versa as much you want (dependent upon availability).

    Ski Butlers offers all of our guests a 20% discount on ski and snowboard rentals. If you booked with us you received a Reservation Confirmation email with information regarding discounts, including how to get your 20% savings with Ski Butlers. Didn’t book with us? No worries. You can still save by booking online at least 7 days in advance.

    Christmas in Keystone

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    Glittering snow, twinkling lights and the majestic mountains. Keystone is bustling with Christmas cheer! Check out the area events, and for those that still haven’t booked their stay, visit our website to see what’s still available. As of the writing of this post, we have quite a few properties that still have Christmas Day availability.

    Area Christmas Events

    Chocolate Village

    LOCATION: Keystone Lodge and Spa
    DATE: December 20-January 8
    TIME: Available for viewing 24 hours a day (the trains stop running from midnight-6 a.m.)
    • Don’t miss this delicious event! Keystone Resort’s Pastry Chef, Ned Archibald, heads up this annual tradition featuring over 7,000 pounds of chocolate crafted into a miniature alpine village. It features a working gondola, a running train, cascading waterfall and a 6-foot tall Christmas tree. And each year there’s a new addition–come see what it is this year!
     

    Parade and Fireworks

    LOCATION: River Run Ski School, Fireworks are visible from River Run and Lakeside Village
    DATE: Saturday, December 24th
    TIME: Parade starts at 4 p.m.; Fireworks start at 7 p.m.
    COST: Free Admission
    • Join Ripperoo as he parades through the village with his ski school friends! Dance your way to the Dercum Square Ice Rink where you’ll get to enjoy complimentary cookies. At sunset enjoy the fireworks light up the sky over Dercum Mountain.
     

    Birthday Party with Ripperoo & Starquest

    LOCATION: Mountain House Food Court, Kidtopia Headquarters in River Run Village
    DATE: Sunday, December 25th
    TIME: Birthday Part starts at 3:30 p.m.; Starquest starts at 5:30 p.m.
    COST: Free Admission
    • Come celebrate with Ripperoo and his friends! Enjoy ice cream, t-shirt decorating and photo opportunities. If it’s your child’s birthday there will be a special treat for him/her. Then at 5:30, join the Keystone Science School for a night of astronomy. There will be a lesson activity, a chance to view objects in the night sky up close and explore the winter constellations.
     

    Santa Visits A-Basin

    LOCATION: Base Area
    DATE: Saturday, December 24th
    TIME: 10-Noon
    • Santa is visiting Arapahoe Basin before his big night of delivering toys! He’ll stop by the A-frame, Pika Place Learning Center, and the Molly Hogan Learning Center. After that he’s heading up the Black Mountain Express Chairlift for some turns on the lower mountain.
     

    Main Street

    LOCATION: Breckenridge
    DATE: All Weekend
    • Main Street in Breckenridge boasts some of the best shopping and eateries around! They have a wide array of restaurants offering Thanksgiving meals (call in advance) and these places are known for their great food. Plus, you have various other activities and theater shows to choose from all weekend. Visit gobreck.com for all the information.
     

    Masses and Church Services

    • CHRISTMAS EVE MASSES
      • Keystone Conference Center: 4 p.m., 6 p.m.
      • Riverwalk in Breckenridge: 4 p.m., 6 p.m.
      • Our Lady of Peace in Silverthorne: 7 p.m., 9 p.m. (spanish)
      • St. Mary in Breckenridge: 9 p.m.
    • CHRISTMAS DAY MASSES
      • Our Lady of Peace in Silverthorne: 12 a.m. Midnight (polish), 8 a.m., 10 a.m., Noon (spanish)
      • St. Mary in Breckenridge: 8 a.m., 10 a.m.
      • Copper Mountain: 5:15 p.m.
    • CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICES
      • Lord of the Mountains Lutheran Church in Silverthorne: 5 p.m. (children’s service), 7 p.m. (candlelight service), 9 p.m. (candlelight service)
      • Dillon Community Church: 4 p.m. (candlelight service), 6 p.m. (candlelight service)
      • Father Dyer United Methodist in Breckenridge: 3 p.m. (family Christmas service), 4:30 p.m. (candlelight service), 6 p.m. (candlelight service), 7:30 p.m. (candlelight service), 9 p.m. (candlelight & communion service)
      • St. John the Baptist Episcopal in Breckenridge: 3 p.m. (pageant, children’s homily & communion), 5 p.m. (festive holy Eucharist & sermon), 7 p.m. (festive holy Eucharist with choir & sermon), 10:30 p.m. (festive holy Eucharist & sermon)
    • CHRISTMAS DAY SERVICES
      • Abundant Life Church in Silverthorne: 10 a.m.
      • Lord of the Mountains Lutheran Church in Silverthorne: 10 a.m.
      • Dillon Community Church: 9 a.m.
      • Father Dyer United Methodist in Breckenridge: 9 a.m
      • St. John the Baptist Episcopal in Breckenridge: 10:30 a.m. (holy Eucharist, carols with guitar, sermon)
     

    Need a place to stay? Click the book now button below, then enter in your desired dates of stay. Or, if you’re flexible, enter in only Christmas Day and then view each property’s calendar to see what days before and after the 25th are available.

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    Kelsey in Keystone: Bunny Slopes Aren’t Just for Kids

    The bunny slope is no joke.

    That’s what I concluded after I was forced into attending ski school on my first winter trip to Keystone, Colorado.

    I know what you’re thinking. Before experiencing it, I was thinking it, too. The bunny slope is for kids. You’re in shape. You run and lift weights. You’re decently athletic. You’re no couch potato. You’re a weekend warrior.

    Those Nike commercials showing regular people doing awesomely hard athletic things like crossfit or sprints or pickup basketball or power lifting? That’s you. You don’t need ski school. You’re an athlete.

    kelsey-thought

    Except that you do. Oh you totally do, and while I probably wouldn’t be a model in one of those commercials, I know right before I went to ski in Keystone, I was in the best shape of my adult life.

    I had just spent months training to fight a world champion professional boxer. All the stuff you see Rocky do in the movies? I did it every day for three months. I busted my butt to get ready for that experience, and I was fit, fast and strong. I held my own in there, and while I got beat-up, I landed my fair share of punches, too, even in the last round when my arms were so tired I could hardly keep my arms up.

    So I was certain I could just rent my skis, hit the slopes and wing it.

    Luckily for me, I went to the mountains with a seasoned ski person. He was adamant I needed to take lessons, and while I am a pretty hardheaded individual, it ultimately came down to this one bit of wisdom conveyed to me.

    You’re not going to ski school for yourself. You’re going for all the other people trying to ski around you. Unless you know what you’re doing, they won’t be safe.

    I knew he was right, so off I went.

    I didn’t go by myself either. Xavier, someone who visits the area often for snowbound fun, headed there with me. This guy can ski. He’s done it for years, and he loves it. He’s visited Keystone for years on vacation and before that he went to similar places with his family every year.

    “I just like to get a refresher every now and then,” said Xavier. “I haven’t skied in a couple of years.”

    We get to our school, and split up into the different groups. I’m not with the toddlers, but I might as well be. I’m with the people who don’t know how to put on their skis. I’m with the people who can only turn one direction once they get going downhill. I’m with the people who fall down to stop.

    I was right where I belonged.

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    Whatever you think about it, here’s the truth. You can’t wing it. I mean, theoretically you could, but you’d be more like a baby trying out those first steps than you would be a competent adult making an informed decision to stand. You won’t be graceful or fast or a savant. You’ll be just like everybody else: a baby deer with twigs for legs.

    And it’s fun. Believe me! It’s a blast. Oh sure, your feet feel like they’re broken (or worse) after a few hours stuffed in those ski boots you rented. Here’s a quick bit of advice: Don’t cheap out on equipment. The reason they have more expensive boots and skis and such to rent is because they’re better. Instead of limping around the next day like you were trapped in Stephen King’s Misery novel, you’ll walk upright like a normal human being.

    Maybe it’s the name that dissuades you. Don’t think of a cute and fluffy cartoon bunny. Think of a rabbit: a gangly, real life rabbit with more muscle in his legs than you probably have on your whole body. Have you ever tried to pick up a wild rabbit? One that doesn’t want to feel the foreign grip of human hands? That’s the bunny slope.

    Yes, skiing is awesome. It’s fun. It’s what you came to Keystone to do. But it’s challenging and it has to be respected.

    Don’t believe me?

    Let me leave you with this. I came to Keystone with visions of Bode Miller or Picabu Street in my head. I’d hit the slopes like a boss, and leave all who didn’t believe in my athletic prowess in my wake.

    But after an entire day at ski school, I was done. I had learned so much, but I knew with only a few days at Keystone and part of it work related, I either needed to spend the rest of my days honing my new craft at ski school, or I needed to just relax and enjoy the other fun stuff to do in the area and let my feet recover from the onslaught for which they were not prepared.

    Don’t get me wrong. I’m not deterred from doing it again. I can’t wait to go back! I know how to put on my skis now. I know how to turn left when I’m going downhill. I know how to stop, at least theoretically, without falling down.

    But I also know I need to respect the pursuit. The bunny slope isn’t just for kids. It’s for everybody. It’s for me, and it’s for you, too.

    kelsey-after-ski-school

    Black Friday Special

    Thanksgiving in Keystone

    Bring the family to Keystone and celebrate Thanksgiving surrounded by the mountains. Prepare the big meal in one of our kitchens, then spend all day eating, watching football or heading outside to explore the great outdoors. Best part of this deal? You get to come back to your own home without all the mess.

    Below is a schedule of area events you won’t want to miss if you’re here for Thanksgiving. (Even Santa makes an appearance!)

    Late November Events

    Welcome Winter Family Carnival

    LOCATION: Warren Station, River Run Village, Keystone
    DATE: Saturday, November 26th
    TIME: 3-6 p.m.
    COST: Free Admission
    • Head over to Warren Station for a family welcome to the start of winter! Adults can savor a cocktail in the ballroom while the kids enjoy carnival favorites like face painting, crafts and a bounce house. There will be kettle corn, hot chocolate and other beverages. Chris Thompson and Coral Creek will be playing bluegrass and American favorites for everyone’s enjoyment.
     

    Meet Santa

    LOCATION: River Run Village, Keystone
    DATE: Saturday, November 26th (and all throughout December)
    TIME: 3-7 p.m.
    • Santa Claus is making his first appearance in Keystone two days after Thanksgiving. Meet up with Santa for photos and celebrate the River Run tree lighting!
     

    The Lighting of River Run Celebration

    LOCATION: Events Plaza, River Run Village, Keystone
    DATE: Saturday, November 26th
    TIME: 5 p.m.
    COST: Free Admission, Free Cookies & Hot Chocolate while supplies last
    • Ring in the holiday season at Keystone with their 4th Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration! Visit with Santa, enjoy cookies and hot chocolate while listening to carolers and holiday music throughout the village. Holiday themed goodies will be available for children. The tree lighting will be at 6:05 p.m.
     

    Kids’ Night Out

    LOCATION: Kidtopia Headquarters, Dercum Square, River Run Village, Keystone
    DATE: Sunday, November 27th (and all Sundays through March 26 except December 25)
    TIME: 5-8 p.m.
    COST: $95/child (includes dinner and activities)
    AGES: 3-12 years
    Reservations Required (970-496-4386)
    • Send all the parents somewhere else, it’s time for the kids to have some fun! There will be arts, crafts, movies and more. Enjoy a kid-friendly dinner and make some new friends!
     

    Main Street

    LOCATION: Breckenridge
    DATE: All Weekend
    • Main Street in Breckenridge boasts some of the best shopping and eateries around! They have a wide array of restaurants offering Thanksgiving meals (call in advance) and these places are known for their great food. Plus, you have various other activities and theater shows to choose from all weekend. Visit gobreck.com for all the information.
     

    Need a place to stay? Click the book now button below, then enter in your desired dates of stay. As of the writing of this, we had eight properties with availability Thursday through Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend.

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