Keystone treads the middle ground between luxury ski resorts like Vail and bustling ski towns like Breckenridge, offering an affordable and family-friendly ski experience while remaining competitive in other aspects. Night skiing is one of them, with the largest number of trails in the state lit up after dark here, which solidifies Keystone’s claim of having Colorado’s longest ski day! It also has a fantastic cat ski operation that costs just $10 a ride, opening up huge swathes of powder-filled glades and bowls to tear through.
Terrain: The resort’s A51 Terrain Park is widely regarded as one of the finest in the country, covering a huge 60 ac and regularly winning awards from top ski and snowboard magazines. The 6 separate parks combined have over 100 different features, kickers, rails, and pipes for all abilities, from beginner tricksters to pro freestylers. The main park even has its own dedicated chairlift that will keep tireless park rats lapping all day!
Keystone is a member of the 3×3 club, which means its mammoth 3,087 ac ski area enjoys a staggering 3,128 ft of vertical drop! All this terrain will keep you skiing or boarding new trails for days on end, on the wonderfully wide and long groomers that make up a large portion of the runs here. Experienced intermediates will be in heaven, but advanced riders could find that the trails simply aren’t challenging enough. Luckily, just up the road is Arapahoe Basin, where there’s plenty of gnarly terrain for even the most committed adrenaline junkie.
Accommodation: All sorts of different accommodation options are available here, whether you’re looking for casual hotels, private lodges, or premium condos. There’s usually something to suit most budgets, with prices a notch lower than at Aspen and Vail. Alpine Slopes Lodge is a decent place with straightforward rooms a short stroll from the lifts.
Snow quality: For all that’s great about Keystone, it does fall short of the competition in a few areas. Snowfall here is lacking for a Summit County resort, but thankfully is supported by a superb snowmaking and grooming operation which keeps the slopes smooth and white. Crowds, especially on weekends, can also be an issue so plan accordingly!