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Celebrate Independence Day



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 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: Monday, July 3rd

  • Keystone’s festivities begin Friday, June 30th and last through Tuesday, July 4th. They include a wide variety of activities for both children and adults. The Independence Day celebration takes place on Monday, with events going on all day.
  • Noon-6 p.m.: Join in the fun with Kidtopia! Petting Zoo, Pony Rides, Face painting, Caricature Artists, Balloon Animals. (Decatur Field and Playground at Lakeside Village)
  • Noon-9:30 p.m: Enjoy Keystone’s Independence Day Celebration at Lakeside Village, with an outdoor BBQ and bar from the Adventure Center and Edgewater Café. Head out on the water with a SUP or paddleboat and take a few laps around the lake, and rent a bike to explore the recreation path along the river. (Lakeside Village)
  • 4-5 p.m.: Go Fly a Kite! Interactive kite building and decorating workshop for all ages. Step-by-step tutorials, kite supplies, and the opportunity to head to the field and see the kite take flight. (Lakeside Village Gazebo)
  • 8-10 p.m.: VIP Party in Lakeside Suite. Celebrate in style in our VIP Lounge located in Lakeside Suite at the Keystone Lodge and Spa. Enjoy prime viewing for fireworks with floor-to-ceiling windows, a Chef-carved whole roasted suckling pig & gourmet hot dog station. For reservations and information, call 800-354-4386.
  • 9:30 p.m.: Fireworks! (Lakeside Village)

LOCATION: Frisco

DATE: Tuesday, July 4th

  • 7-11 a.m.: Team Summit Pancake Breakfast (Old Community Center at 110 3rd Avenue)
  • 9-11 a.m.: Kids Fishing Derby is a free event open to children ages 15 and younger. Must bring your own rod, bait and flies. (Meadow Creek Park)
  • 10-11 a.m.: Free Concert (Frisco Historic Park Gazebo)
  • 12:30 p.m.: Fabulous Fourth of July Parade on Main Street. Begins with a flyover by the United States Airforce and includes a marching band. Children are also invited to participate by bringing their decorated bikes to follow the parade down Main Street.
  • 1:30-3:30 p.m.: Free Concert (Main Street in front of Historic Park)
  • 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 (Frisco Bay Marina)
  • 9:30 p.m.: Fireworks over the Dillon Reservoir (best viewing at the Frisco Bay Marina)

LOCATION: Breckenridge

DATE: Tuesday, July 4th

  • 7 a.m.: Independence Day 10K Trail Run (registration required)
  • 9:30 a.m.: The Firecracker 50 Mountain Bike Race (registration required)
  • 9 a.m.: Fourth of July Garden Party at the Barney Ford House Museum; watch the parade while enjoying coffee, mimosas and a breakfast spread (cost is $50 for adults ($75 day of) and $10-$30 for children; call 970.453.9767 ext. 2)
  • 9:30 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
  • Noon-3 p.m.: Viper Car Show & Shine on Main Street
  • 12:30-2:30 p.m.: Try out your skills and come join the Drum Circle. Fun for the whole family.
  • 1-3 p.m.: Kids’ Water Fight with the Red, White and Blue Fire Department
  • 1-3 p.m.: Free Pony Rides! (Blue River Plaza)
  • 2 p.m.: Free Concert at the River Walk Center
  • 8 p.m.: 4th of July Patriotic Concert with the National Repertory Orchestra at the River Walk Center
  • Fireworks at 9:45 p.m. (shot from the Gondola Lot and will be visible from all over Breckenridge)

Fourth of July Lodging

Lakeside Village

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 $99.

River Run Village

With village views 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 $79. (pictured: Buffalo Lodge #8375)

We offer lodging in the Mountain House Base Area, a quiet location that’s a short walk or bike ride from Keystone Lake, as well as Dillon and near Breckenridge. At this time those vacation rentals are all booked.

Presenting: The SCMR Guest Loyalty Program

It’s true. We appreciate our guests. As a matter of fact, without guests we would be out of business because our clients wouldn’t need us to manage their homes. And we don’t take our guests for granted. We know that you have a choice of who you stay with when you visit Summit County and we want to make sure that we’re your first choice. To show our appreciation, we would like to unveil our full Guest Loyalty Program.

The SCMR Guest Loyalty Program

The more you stay, the more you save!

  • The Green Tier: Your 2nd Stay Discounted by 3%
  • The Blue Tier: Your 3rd Stay Discounted by 6%
  • The Black Tier: Your 4th Stay Discounted by 9%
  • The Double Black Tier: Your 5th Stay Discounted by 12%

Stays must occur within one calendar year, beginning November 1st and ending October 31st.

How to Get Your Discount:

Visit our website, choose a vacation rental for your desired dates of stay and then complete your booking. In the notes section of the booking page, indicate if this is a second, third, fourth or fifth stay and that you would like to take advantage of our Guest Loyalty Program. Our Vacation Planners will verify you qualify for the discount using your name to look up your other stays in our reservation software, then send an email to let you know the discount has been applied.

So, what are you waiting for? Time to start planning your next getaway…

FINE PRINT

SCMR Guest Loyalty Program

Save 3-12% on any nights of stay for second, third, fourth or fifth stays.

Stays must occur within one calendar year, beginning November 1 and ending October 31.

If a stay overlaps with the start of the following “year” then the discount will be determined according to the previous year and applied to the entire reservation.

BLACKOUT DATES: Christmas/New Year, MLK Weekend, President’s Day Weekend, Spring Break (for the exact dates please contact us).

Discount taken from rates that are subject to change.

Applies to new reservations only.

Cannot be combined with other SCMR promotions.

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

Spring Sale Extended

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 SPRING17B. Save 15% on any nights of stay from April 17th through June 8th*. With discounted nightly rates starting at $35 this deal is too good to pass up. Sale ends Sunday, April 23rd.

FINE PRINT

SPRING17B

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

*Memorial Day Weekend not included.

Promo code is valid through Sunday, April 23.

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 started.

Cannot be combined with other SCMR promotions.

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

Keystone Closing Day 2017: Area Events



Yes. It’s true. Closing Day is right around the corner. April 16th to be exact. But, there’s still 10 days left to have fun on the slopes! And, don’t forget, A-basin is just down the road and they have yet to announce their closing day (last year it was in June). For the remainder of the Keystone ski season we have nightly rates starting at just $50 so you can celebrate Closing Day and Easter in the mountains without breaking the bank.



Below we’ve compiled area events so you don’t miss out on any of the fun! At the very bottom we also have a list of area masses and church services.

Area Events

Wednesday, April 5th, 4 p.m.

  • Kidtopia Winter Movie Matinee
  • Head on over to the Kidtopia Headquarters in Keystone to catch Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and enjoy some popcorn!

Thursday, April 6th, 4-5 p.m.

  • Keystone Critters Discovery
  • Friends of the Dillon Ranger District will teach us all about local wildlife and we even get to examine furs, tracks and more! Located at the Kidtopia Headquarters. All ages welcome. No registration required.

Thursday, April 6th, 5-6:30 p.m.

  • Cupcakes & Canvas
  • Children will be guided by an Art teacher while creating an artistic masterpiece and enjoying some cupcakes. Located at Kidtopia Headquarters. Cost is $15/child and is for ages 3 & up and their parents. All supplies provided. Register at Activities & Dining.

Friday, April 7th, 5-7 p.m.

  • Kidtopia’s Wacky Tacky Party
  • This crazy party includes dance music, party games, prizes, and a fantastic face painter. Bring your cameras for our zany photo booth stocked with silly props! Party games will change each week, so be sure to stop by to see our event schedule. Dress up in your wackiest, tackiest outfit because one party-goer will win our costume contest complete with a prize! All ages welcome.

Saturday, April 8th, 12:30-3 p.m.

  • Facepainting & Crafternoon
  • Head on over to the Kidtopia Headquarters for some facepainting and fun crafts. All ages are welcome but some crafts may be challenging for those under four years.

Saturday, April 8th, 4-4:30 p.m.

  • Ripperoo’s Village Parade
  • Join Ripperoo and his friends as they parade through the village! Parade begins at the River Run Kids’ Ski School and ends at the Dercum Square Ice rink with cookie time with Ripperoo.

Saturday, April 8th, 6 p.m.

  • Distilled: Women & Whiskey
  • Motivational speaker Amy Purdy will be discussing her life as a world-class snowboarder, Paralympic medalist, professional dancer, author, and co-founder of Adaptive Action Sports in a speech you won’t want to miss! In addition, whiskey expert Megan Breier will be discussing the unique whiskey selections for the evening. Located at Warren Station and tickets start at $15. For more information click here.

Saturday, April 8th, 7:15 p.m.

  • Bigfoot Adventure
  • Learn about Keystone while going on a hunt for Bigfoot. The walk is approximately an hour and fifteen minutes long and is outside so please wear suitable clothing and shoes. For children ages 5-12. Call 1-800-354-4FUN to make your reservation.

Saturday, April 8th, 8 p.m.

  • Fireworks
  • Sit back and enjoy the fireworks as they light up the sky over Dercum Mountain! Fireworks can be seen from both River Run and Lakeside Village.

Sunday, April 9th, 9 a.m., 11 a.m.

  • Slush Cup
  • Compete or come and watch! Either way, you’re sure to have a blast at the 2017 Keystone Slush Cup. For those completing, grab your favorite costume and get ready to show off your pond skimming skills. Award categories include: Best Costume and Best Overall. Registration is from 9-11 a.m. There’s also a Kidtopia Slush Cup for those ages 6-13, and those ages 14-17 can choose the adult or children’s pond. Spectators can enjoy live music from the Beloved Invaders and there are additional crowd prizes and giveaways. Competition begins at 11 a.m. For adults there’s a $30 participation fee. Call 970-496-4443 to register.

Sunday, April 9th, 3:30-5 p.m.

  • Ice Cream Birthday Party with Ripperoo
  • Each Sunday, come join Ripperoo for ice cream, t-shirt decorating, photo opportunities and much more! Is it your child’s birthday while you are Keystone? If so, we’ll have a special treat for your little one. Located at the Mountain House Food Court and no registration required.

Sunday, April 9th, 6:30 p.m.

  • Starquest
  • Each week Keystone Science School will explore the furthest parts of our universe. We will provide a lesson activity, the chance to view celestial objects up close and personal and explore the winter constellations. This program is best suited for children ages 3 and older, but those that are younger are welcome. No registration required.

Monday, April 10th, 3:30-5 p.m.

  • Snowball Launch
  • Do you think you can launch a snowball farther than anyone else in your family? Put your skills to the test in our giant snowball launch area and show your friends what you have got. Complete with targets and prizes for the longest launch and best aim. Most appropriate for ages 5-17, but all ages welcome. Located at the Mountain House Base Area. No registration required.

Wednesday, April 12th, 4 p.m.

  • Kidtopia Winter Movie Matinee
  • Head on over to the Kidtopia Headquarters in Keystone to catch Finding Dory and enjoy some popcorn!

Thursday, April 13th, 4-5 p.m.

  • Keystone Critters Discovery
  • Friends of the Dillon Ranger District will teach us all about local wildlife and we even get to examine furs, tracks and more! Located at the Kidtopia Headquarters. All ages welcome. No registration required.

Thursday, April 13th, 5-6:30 p.m.

  • Cupcakes & Canvas
  • Children will be guided by an Art teacher while creating an artistic masterpiece and enjoying some cupcakes. Located at Kidtopia Headquarters. Cost is $15/child and is for ages 3 & up and their parents. All supplies provided. Register at Activities & Dining.

Friday, April 14th, 5-7 p.m.

  • Kidtopia’s Wacky Tacky Party
  • This crazy party includes dance music, party games, prizes, and a fantastic face painter. Bring your cameras for our zany photo booth stocked with silly props! Party games will change each week, so be sure to stop by to see our event schedule. Dress up in your wackiest, tackiest outfit because one party-goer will win our costume contest complete with a prize! All ages welcome.

Saturday, April 15th, 12:30-3 p.m.

  • Facepainting & Crafternoon
  • Head on over to the Kidtopia Headquarters for some facepainting and fun crafts. All ages are welcome but some crafts may be challenging for those under four years.

Saturday, April 15th, 4-4:30 p.m.

  • Ripperoo’s Village Parade
  • Join Ripperoo and his friends as they parade through the village! Parade begins at the River Run Kids’ Ski School and ends at the Dercum Square Ice rink with cookie time with Ripperoo.

Saturday, April 15th, 7:15 p.m.

  • Bigfoot Adventure
  • Learn about Keystone while going on a hunt for Bigfoot. The walk is approximately an hour and fifteen minutes long and is outside so please wear suitable clothing and shoes. For children ages 5-12. Call 1-800-354-4FUN to make your reservation.

Saturday, April 15th, 8 p.m.

  • Fireworks
  • Sit back and enjoy the fireworks as they light up the sky over Dercum Mountain! Fireworks can be seen from both River Run and Lakeside Village.

Sunday, April 16th, 9:30-3 p.m.

  • Closing Day & Easter Celebration
  • Head over to the Kidtopia Headquarters for free Easter crafts, egg painting, cookie decorating and fun!

Sunday, April 16th, 10-1 p.m.

  • Brunch with the Easter Bunny
  • Enjoy Breakfast with a view of Keystone Lake and the Continental Divide at the Edgewater Cafe. Enjoy a delicious breakfast as well as an Easter Egg hunt for the little ones. Outside patio seating available (weather dependent). Cost is $24.95 for adults and $12.95 for children ages 6-12. Children ages 5 and younger are free. For more information and to make reservations please call 970-496-4386.

Masses and Church Services

Thursday, April 13: Holy Thursday Masses & Services

  • Our Lady of Peace in Silverthorne: 6:30 p.m. Mass of the Lord’s Supper
  • St. Mary in Breckenridge: 6:30 p.m. Mass of the Lord’s Supper
  • Lord of the Mountains Lutheran Church in Silverthorne: 6 p.m. Maundy Thursday
  • Dillon Community Church: 6 p.m. Maundy Thursday
  • Father Dyer United Methodist in Breckenridge: (check website for time) Maundy Thursday
  • St. John the Baptist Episcopal in Breckenridge: 7 p.m. Maundy Thursday

Friday, April 14: Good Friday Masses & Services

  • Our Lady of Peace in Silverthorne: 3 p.m., 6:30 p.m (spanish) Veneration of the Cross
  • St. Mary in Breckenridge: 3 p.m. Veneration of the Cross
  • Lord of the Mountains Lutheran Church in Silverthorne: 6 p.m. Good Friday service
  • Father Dyer United Methodist in Breckenridge: (check website for time) Good Friday
  • St. John the Baptist Episcopal in Breckenridge: 7 p.m. Veneration of the Cross

Saturday, April 15: Holy Saturday Masses & Services

  • Our Lady of Peace in Silverthorne: 8:15 p.m. Easter Vigil
  • St. Mary in Breckenridge: 8:15 p.m. Easter Vigil

Sunday, April 16: Easter Sunday Masses & Services

  • St. Mary in Breckenridge: 6 a.m. Sunrise Mass, 8 a.m. Mass, 10 a.m. Mass
  • Our Lady of Peace in Silverthorne: 8 a.m. Mass, 10 a.m. Mass, Noon Spanish Mass
  • Keystone Conference Center: 9 a.m. Mass
  • Copper Mountain Chapel: 5:15 p.m. Mass
  • Lord of the Mountains Lutheran Church in Silverthorne: 8 a.m., 10 a.m. Easter services
  • Dillon Community Church: 8:30 a.m., 10 a.m. Easter services
  • Father Dyer United Methodist in Breckenridge: (check website for time) Easter service
  • St. John the Baptist Episcopal in Breckenridge: 8 a.m., 10:30 a.m. Easter services

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.

FINE PRINT

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.