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 by 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 most properties have a 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!

Opening Day Dates for 2018



The following dates are projections and thus are subject to change. Check with each resort to the most up-to-date information.

Keystone Resort

Friday, November 9, 2018

Arapahoe Basin Ski Area

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Loveland

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Copper Mountain Resort

Friday, November 16, 2018

Breckenridge

Friday, November 9, 2018

Vail

Friday, November 16, 2018

For a complete list visit On The Snow.

Fall into Savings


Fall is a time of change, and that change often brings travelers some of the best value. Locals often say Fall is their favorite time of year, with the golden Aspens and an opportunity to enjoy the mountains when all is quiet.

Fall also brings some of our lowest nightly rates of the year. And now you can save even more with promo code FALL18. Through Monday, August 20th you can save 20% on any nights of stay from September 17th through October 31st. With discounted nightly rates starting at $45 this deal is too good to pass up. Choose your dates, choose your vacation rental, and then enter in the promo code to get your savings. We hope to see you soon!


FINE PRINT

FALL18

Save 20% on any nights of stay from September 17-October 31.

Promo code is valid through Monday, August 20.

Any nights of stay before September 17 or after October 31 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.

Cirque Series: Arapahoe Basin

Photo credit: Cirque Series website

Cirque Series takes place across the United States and Saturday, August 18th it is right here in Summit County at Arapahoe Basin. The premier mountain running series garners runners of all types, casual and professional, and takes them on a unique journey up and down a mountain.

Competitors can enter into one of three categories: Sport, Expert and Pro, with the latter being for professional runners. There’s prize money for top finishers and sponsored award packs for unique categories like “middle of the pack”.

From their website,

The Cirque Series is redefining what mountain running is all about. Starting from the base of a world-famous ski resort, you’ll rally up windswept ridges and glacial cirques to towering peaks, power down a quad-burning descent, and break the tape into a festival of live music, food, drink, and vendor tents. The elevation is serious but the mileage is management, and the race is as hardcore as you want it to be–beat the pros down to earn legend status and cash prizes, or enjoy the views and let the challenge be its own reward.

For more information about how register, visit their website.

Arapahoe Basin doesn’t offer lodging on-site but Keystone is just ten miles away. We offer a variety of vacation rentals in Keystone, from cozy studios to spacious condos, townhomes and stand-alone mountain homes. So, whether you’re racing or coming to support a runner, don’t forget to book your stay. And, to show our encouragement for the competitors, we’re offering a 10% discount on the nightly rates from August 17 through August 19. Just enter promo code CIRQUE18 when booking on our website.

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FINE PRINT

Promo code is valid through August 19.

Any nights of stay before August 17 or after August 19 are not included.

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.

Keystone Summer Festival Lineup

Keystone has a festival for everyone this summer: bacon lovers, wine connoisseurs, and art aficionados. Choose your festival, book your stay, and then plan your weekend, or week-long, getaway this summer in Keystone. Summer activities abound, with choices that include biking, fishing, whitewater rafting, horseback riding, or even flying along a zipline. See you soon!

Bacon & Bourbon Festival

June 23-24, 2018

Wine & Jazz Festival

July 14-15, 2018

River Run Village Art Festival

July 28-29, 2018

Bluegrass & Beer Festival

August 4-5, 2018

Mountain Town Music Festival

August 18, 2018

Oktoberfest

September 1, 2018

The Summit County Top 5: Pools

There are lots of reasons to come to Summit County in the summer: festivals, whitewater rafting, biking, canoeing, fishing, the list goes on! But sometimes you just want to kick back in a great pool and enjoy the mountain views.

We’ve expanded our Keystone Top 5 to the Summit County Top 5, and this year we have some new arrivals on our list.

#1 Dakota Lodge

Dakota Pool and Hot Tub

Taking the top spot yet again is Dakota Lodge. It’s in the heart of River Run Village and features the largest, year-round heated outdoor pool in the entire resort. Not to mention, there are also two oversized hot tubs. The icing on the cake? The spectacular slope views featuring Keystone Mountain. And if you stay at Dakota, you can snag one of our properties that overlook the pool so you can watch family and friends from the balcony (or see when the hot tubs are empty!).

#2 The Springs

Springs Pool

Second on the list is The Springs. When it comes to being kid-friendly, this complex has truly outdone itself. Not only is there an outdoor heated pool with a waterfall and slide, there’s wading pool with sprayers, fire pit and shared grill area. On top of all that, there’s also a hot tub that is perfect for adults while the kids splash around in the pool. And indoors is a media room and indoor play area. We have several properties in this building, but the star of summer of is #8811 with its poolside patio.

#3 Water House



No. 3 on the list is Water House in Breckenridge. Located just off of Main Street this swim-in/swim-out pool features wide views and sits on Maggie Pond. It has swimming lanes and a spacious patio with plenty of seating. There are also six outdoor hot tubs spread around the complex for guests to enjoy. This is truly an oasis for guests all summer long.

#4 Settler’s Creek

Settlers Creek Pool

And at the 4th spot is Settler’s Creek in East Keystone. The clubhouse, also known as Minnie’s Cabin, puts all their amenities in a centralized location. The beautiful heated pool features a spacious deck with lots of seating, and there are two hot tubs. Next to the pool is Minnie’s Cabin featuring a pool table, a wet bar for entertaining, a large flat screen TV and shower and restroom facilities. The shared grill area is right outside with extra seating. With everything you need within a few feet of each other, it’s no wonder this one made our list.

#5 Red Hawk Lodge

Red Hawk Lodge Pool

Coming in at No. 5 is Red Hawk Lodge. The outdoor pool features beautiful ski slope views. Plus, there are two hot tubs, a fire pit and an outdoor grill area with seating. And those slope views mean you’re a very short walk from the high-speed gondola and then it’s just a few minutes more to the heart of River Run Village. Inside you’ll find fitness facilities, a steam room and a lobby with a pool table.

Honorable Mention: East Lake Pool



This year, East Lake Pool makes an appearance on our list. The clubhouse houses the indoor pool and hot tub with a wall of windows. There’s also a sauna and a large deck on the water with a grill and plenty of seating. Nearby is a picnic area and playground. But there’s more! Located in Lakeside Village, you have access to all the lake activities plus the shops and restaurants nearby. With this much fun to be had you’ll have a hard time making it back to your vacation rental! (Please note that the following complexes allow access to East Lake: Decatur, Lakeshore, Willows.)

So, what’s your favorite pool? There was a lot of deliberation, and many that could have made the list. Share your thoughts on our rankings!

Independence Day in Summit County



Come to Summit County and celebrate Independence Day while taking in some of the nation’s most beautiful sites. Surely when “purple mountain majesties” was written in 1913 it was referencing our very own majestic Rockies. Between the views and the weather, Summit County is the place to be in July.

And speaking of where you should be, we’ve got all the details on where to see firework displays and local celebrations. We even figured out the best complexes and vacation rentals for those that want to be close to all the festivities. But, you’ve got to book early if you want to to be sure to get your spot…

LOCATION: Keystone

DATE: Tuesday, July 3rd

  • Celebrate our nation’s independence with a day of family fun! Enjoy bounce houses, face painting, an outdoor BBQ, live music and activities on Keystone Lake. End the day with a traditional fireworks display from Decatur Field (next to Keystone Lake).
  • 11 a.m.-9 p.m.: Lakeside Village BBQ available. Live music will be at the Lakeside Gazebo.
  • Noon-6 p.m.: Join in the fun with Kidtopia! Face painting, Balloon Artist, Kite Decorating, Bounce Houses. (Decatur Field, Lakeside Village)
  • 9:30 p.m.: Fireworks!
  • for up to date details visit the Keystone Resort website

LOCATION: Frisco

DATE: Wednesday, July 4th

  • 7-11 a.m.: Team Summit Pancake Breakfast ($10 for adults, $5 for kids under 8 years)
  • 8-10 a.m.: Kids Fishing Derby is a free event open to children ages 15 and younger. Must bring your own rod, bait and flies. Register on-site.(Meadow Creek Park)
  • 11-Noon: Free Concert (Frisco Historic Park Gazebo)
  • 12:30 p.m.: Fabulous Fourth of July Parade on Main Street includes wacky floats, beautiful horses, classic cars and more. Children 12 and under are also invited to participate by bringing their decorated bikes to follow the parade down Main Street. Registration is required and prizes will be awarded for the best decorated bikes.
  • 1:30-3:30 p.m.: Free Concert (location TBD)
  • 3:30-5 p.m.: Interactive Drum Circle with Peak Rhythm at Main Street and 3rd Avenue
  • 7:15-9:15 p.m.: Free Concert (location TBD)
  • 9:30 p.m.: Fireworks over the Dillon Reservoir (best viewing at the Frisco Bay Marina)
  • for up to date details visit the Town of Frisco website

LOCATION: Breckenridge

DATE: Wednesday, July 4th

  • Independence Day 10K Trail Run (start/finish at Carter Park, contact resort for time)
  • 9:30 a.m.: The Firecracker 50 Mountain Bike Race (starts at Main Street, details)
  • Fourth of July Garden Party at the Barney Ford House Museum; watch the parade while enjoying coffee, mimosas and a breakfast spread (contact resort for cost)
  • 10 a.m.: Main Street Parade begins with the Color Guard and ends with the reading of the Declaration of Independence at the Blue River Plaza
  • Viper Car Show & Shine on Main Street (immediately following the parade)
  • Interactive Drum Circle
  • Kids’ Water Fight with the Red, White and Blue Fire Department (Main Street)
  • Free Pony Rides! (Blue River Plaza)
  • Street Arts Festival
  • 4th of July Patriotic Concert with the National Repertory Orchestra at the River Walk Center (get tickets at the box office)
  • Fireworks at 9:45 p.m. (launched near the Gondola lots and will be visible from all over Breckenridge)
  • for up to date details visit the Breckenridge Resort website

Fourth of July Lodging

Want to get a great vacation rental near all the festivities? Or maybe you want to be close but also a little more secluded? We have lodging recommendations below, but also be sure to check out our interactive map so you can see where complexes and vacation rentals are located in relation to Keystone Lake, Lake Dillon and Breckenridge.

You can’t beat this location for the 4th of July! Step outside and you’re standing next to Keystone Lake. Nightly rates start at just $107. These rentals get booked really fast, so you can also consider booking in what is considered North Keystone where you can walk to this area in just a few minutes via the pedestrian walkways that run under Highway 6.

Many of our vacation rentals offer village views so you can take in the parade from the comfort of your own private balcony! Or just walk downstairs and grab a spot along the parade route. Nightly rates start at just $91.

This area is set off away from the main festivities in Keystone but is just a short walk or bike ride from Keystone Lake. Nightly rates start at just $73.

Grab a rental right on Main Street where you can be right in the middle of all the festivities. Or book a rental in Blue River, just south of Breckenridge. You can drive into Breckenridge or use public transportation.

Parking & Transportation in Summit County

Summit County is a fantastic vacation destination year-round, but like most vacation spots getting around while you’re here can be tricky to figure out.

Your options for transportation vary depending on the season, and should be a part of your vacation planning. And, don’t forget, Summit Express offers our guests discounts on their shuttle services. Just refer to the email you receive after booking or contact us for more information.

WINTER

Ski season offers the widest variety of transportation options. Both shuttle transports and in-resort shuttles are running frequently and on a regular schedule. Conversely, due to demand, your parking options will be limited and parking restrictions are strictly enforced.

We find that for most guests, taking advantage of an airport shuttle and using in-resort public transportation is a great choice. You’ll avoid driving in hazardous conditions and you don’t have to worry about parking at all. If your vacation rental is centrally located in one of the area resorts, then this option is even better as you can easily walk to shops, restaurants and the lifts. If your vacation rental is set off away from the center of the resort, then the in-resort shuttle can get you anywhere in the resort in just a few minutes. And in Keystone, you can even take advantage of their free on-call service. Call 970-496-4200 at least 30 minutes before you’d like to leave and the bus will pick you up and drop you off at your desired Keystone destination.

For those staying in Keystone that need to pick up keycards before heading to their vacation rental, we can even offer a step-by-step guide of how this might work:

  1. Schedule your Summit Express airport shuttle to drop off at our office.
  2. Pick up your keycards via our No-Hassle, 24/7 check-in.
  3. Head next door to Mountain View Sports to get your ski gear (our guests get a discount!).
  4. Head over to the Keystone shuttle stop located at the corner of the plaza parking lot.
  5. Hop on the shuttle and get off at your vacation rental!

That said, you may have or want a car during your stay. Some guests have a car because they’re driving from their homes, while others might want to visit more than one ski area, check out tourist attractions across the county or just want the freedom of driving somewhere immediately rather than waiting on a shuttle. If you’re driving your own car, you should take into consideration the cost of fuel and wear and tear on your vehicle. If you’re renting, then you should consider the cost of a rental car and the time needed to pick up and return the rental. In both cases, you need to determine how prepared you are to drive in difficult weather conditions. Aside from that, the most important consideration is parking. Most vacation rentals are managed by HOAs that govern the parking for the entire complex, and most of these HOAs allow one parking space. If you have one vehicle, then you’re all set! If your party has more than one vehicle you’ll need to figure out parking for those additional vehicles. You can park additional vehicles at an overflow lot that allows overnight parking. To access these additional vehicles during your stay, you’ll need to use the in-resort shuttle or come up with a car-pooling system (e.g., drive to the overflow lot to drop off the driver of the additional vehicle, and then both of you drive back to the vacation rental to pick up others in your party). Keystone offers free overnight parking at the Keystone Lodge lot (in North Keystone off of Highway 6) and Breckenridge offers overnight parking for a small fee at the Satellite lot (north of the center of Breckenridge just as you enter into town). Both lots are first-come, first served.

Unfortunately, we don’t manage any parking in Summit County. We do our best to communicate all parking options as well as restrictions to help guests avoid fines and tows. If you need help figuring out parking for an upcoming stay, feel free to contact us!

SPRING, SUMMER, FALL

If you’re traveling to Summit County during the spring or fall, taking advantage of those off season lodging rates, you’ll have to take into consideration that shuttle transportation to and from the airport will be limited and at times unavailable. Summit Express has a schedule on their website detailing when they offer shared shuttles and when they offer only private charters. Additionally, in-resort shuttles also have a limited schedule, combine routes or don’t run during low seasons and summer. On the flip side, parking is more plentiful, more lots are free and some restrictions are lifted.

Another consideration to make during the spring and fall is that some businesses will close down as well. For example, most of the shops and restaurants in Keystone Resort are owned by the resort. This means they close down during “mud” season (spring and fall). The benefit of this is that the resort is really quiet and guests get a chance to live like a local, taking a ten-minute drive into the nearby towns for restaurants and other activities. But this also means, you’ll need a vehicle.

However you come to Summit County, our goal is to help you have a great stay. This post is an effort to do just that. We believe informed guests are happy guests, so we try to share our knowledge of Summit County as much as we can. If you have any questions about parking and transportation, please let us know!

Memorial Day

As Memorial Day approaches, we wanted to take an opportunity to reflect on the sacrifice many of our veterans willingly give so that we can peacefully enjoy living in this great country.

Memorial Day is a day of remembrance for those that have died serving in the armed forces. Men and women have given their lives so that we can live free and in peace. How do we honor such a sacrifice? Perhaps this Memorial Day, wherever you are, take some time to reflect on what has been given. Whether you’re by a pool, at the beach, flipping burgers on a grill or hiking a mountain peak in Summit County, contemplate the sacrifice so many have given so you can do these things. Then consider how we honor this sacrifice on a daily basis. Do we live out what soldiers have died for? It’s a big question, but definitely one worth considering.

MTTS 2018

Photo credit: MTTS Facebook page

Guess what is coming through Keystone the weekend of July 20th? A fleet of MINIs!

The biennial MINI Takes The States (MTTS) converges in Keystone this year. So, what is MTTS? It’s a loyalty event where owners and future owners of MINIs drive across the country having fun and building memories. This year, two routes are being offered, an East and a West, with both meeting in Keystone for a fun weekend activities, drives and unique experiences await the whole group.

Interested in joining MTTS? Check out their dedicated website here, complete with a thorough FAQ page. Or you can follow the event through their various social media outlets.

We’re excited to see the group come through in their MINIs! And, for anyone looking for sleeping accommodations, we invite you to check out our vacation rentals for the weekend of July 20th. Nightly rates start at $79/night.

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