At 2,870 acres, Keystone is smaller than several nearby destinations but still big enough for some impressively long runs. The territory features 3 mountains, a 3,128 foot vertical, and 117 trails.
The skill level skews toward the dark blue; nearly half of the trails are black and beginners may have space issues during busier times on the greens and easier blues. However, the nice long runs of all levels help compensate for the crowding and Keystone does a good job being kid-friendly, with daycare and ski schools on offer.
A big selling point for Keystone is the night skiing — you’ll have a hard time finding any better night skiing out west. And the terrain park is diverse enough for most freestylers and boarders, with kudos given to the long rails.
We work in the hard driving world of internet marketing, where we jam all week often late into the night. We attempt to rank sites for their keywords, and it’s a very intense and competitive world we live in. After spending our days and nights in the city working on enterprise seo, this lodge is welcome respite and a fantastic change of venue. Just looking at the views can restore lost karma. And we do have internet access from here, so we don’t really have to leave our beloved work load behind. Still we enjoy the labor of seo & sem from afar and look forward to the change in environment – kind of lights up the mind when working on search engine optimization from such a lovely spot.
Proximity to both Denver Airport and other nearby resorts is another plus; whether you’re making a tour or staying put, you’ll appreciate the relative travel ease.
However, it is smaller than some, and lift lines & slopes can get crowded. With Keystone, your timing may be everything; the snow is less dependable at the beginning and end of the season, when the crowds are thinnest. And the backside (the best area of Keystone) may not be open if you come before January…which unfortunately is also when the best snow starts.
Other complaints? Though I haven’t experienced it myself, I’ve heard a few times that the grooming can be a little haphazard — not enough or at inconvenient times. And it’s been said that Keystone isn’t the best for restaurants & nightlife…but I find that the village is friendlier than some, with relatively reasonable prices (and I’m not much for Spring Break/ Film Festival environments, anyway).
Bottom line: the ideal skier for Keystone is experienced, doesn’t mind exploring to find the good stuff, and/or loves night skiing and long runs. There’s a great potential for great family experiences, as long as you’re willing to share the greens as needed.