Number of runs: 135
Resort Height: 2834.6M
Top Lift Height: 3631.4M
Total Length of runs: 0KM
Easy runs: 0
Medium runs: 0
Difficult runs: 0
Annual Snowfall: 575CM
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Keystone Ski Holidays - 'Discovery Slopes' for the beginners
Keystone is one of America's and the world's highest resorts. With skiing up to 3,720 metres and natural resort altitude of 2,850 metres you are guaranteed snow all throughout the long season. Keystone is made up of three mountains that recede back from the resort and go into the Arapaho National Forest.
The highly developed area of Keystone is on the front face of Keystone mountain. The area is flood-lit to allow for night skiing and there is also a board park and some dedicated beginner terrain. This area is ideal for beginners as it provides the perfect environment in which to learn the basics away from the intimidation of the major pistes. There are also 50 beginner runs on this mountain alone to explore once you get your confidence up, including the longest run in the resort, the 5 km Schoolmarm. The beginner slopes are aptly named 'The Discovery Slopes'.
Last Minute Ski Holidays in Keystone - Best bowl and best mogul skiing in North America
The further you venture from the resort centre, the more challenging the skiing becomes. For some of the best mogul skiing in North America you can take the Santiago chair to the special moguls area. The outback area is past the reach of the gondolas and it is home to the best bowl skiing in the resort in the North and South bowls. There are also plenty of black diamond runs in this area as 51% of the resorts 116 runs are graded advanced or expert. Some of the real highlights of the area include Timberwolf, Badger, The Grizz and Bushwacker.
Cheap Ski Holidays in Keystone - Shuttle bus to Vail and Beaver Creek
If you are staying for a week or more you can make the most of the Vail Multi-Area pass which allows skiing in Vail, Breckenridge and Beaver Creek. The pass also allows skiing at the Araphoe basin to which you can get a free shuttle bus that also goes to Breckenridge.
There is also a less-frequent shuttle bus that will bring you to Vail and Beaver Creek for a small additional fare.
Keystone is aware of the on-going growth of snowboarding and that it's no longer enough to slap up a half pipe and put out some marketing material using lots of formerly fashionable snowboarding terminology - words like 'Rad' and 'Gnarly' for example! Instead, the resort is treating snowboarders as the same diverse mix of individuals as for most other sports and aims to offer terrain and tuition programs that suit everyone from beginners to hardcore extreme pros, regardless of haircut, fashion sense, preferred use of the English language, attitude to life in general, racial origin or sexual or religious orientation.
Keystone's natural terrain includes Deream Mountain for groomed beginner trails, North Peak for tree 'boarding and bumps and The Outback for powder stashes and gladed terrain. In general, the terrain design has few flats and uplift is provided by chairs and gondolas, more than a third of the 20 lifts are either high speed quad or cabin lifts. The resort's 20 acre Terrain Park on Keystone Mountain is illuminated for night riding. Dubbed Area 51, it features table tops, hips, spines, gaps and rails.
Located in Packsaddle bowl, the park features two half pipes, one designed for beginners, the other goes beyond Olympic spec to maximise big air opportunities. A second terrain park has been created on the Jackwhacker intermediate-advanced trail. The run has been regraded to offer riders a more challenging vertical. The trail features table tops, hips, spines and other jumps of various sizes.
There are several dozen après ski venues around Keystone and, with the masters of resort design, Intrawest, adding new facilities to the expanding resort base neighbourhoods, the social scene at the resort is constantly improving. The River Run base is perhaps the liveliest spot where the Kickapoo tavern and the great Northern Tavern do battle to provide the best selection of local microbrews. The deck at the Kickapoo is particularly popular when the lifts close.
Apart from eating, drinking and dining, evening choices include the biggest night skiing operation in the area, the biggest ice skating lake in North America, full moon hiking and cross country ski excursions, sleigh rides and the new Adventure Point fun park for night time tubing antics.
Keystone is a good place to go if you like snow and ice. The resort opened an exciting adventure area called Adventure Point for the '98-'99 season following the successful model of sister-resort Vail. The tubing hill has a steep initial vertical to get speed up from the start. Guided snowmobiling is another option with helmets, suits and boots provided.
For a more relaxing time it's possible to go snowshoeing or cross-country skiing or take a sleigh ride either on a scenic forest tour or with dinner to follow. There are 18km (12miles) of groomed and a further 57km (35 miles) of ungroomed trails for cross country skiers and snowshoers. Ice skating is offered on Keystone Lake, the largest maintained outdoor ice skating lake in North America.
Keystone's Fitness Centre features exercise room, weights room and a heated outdoor pool with two whirlpools, steam room and sauna. Massage and sun beds are available. The resort also has two indoor and twelve outdoor tennis courts.
Keystone's rapidly expanding range of dining options now extends to more than 20 establishments. The most unusual is the opportunity to eat more than two miles above sea level in the gourmet Alpenglow Stube, which some reviewers regard as the best mountain restaurant in the US. The six course meals 'feature contemporary American cuisine with indigenous accents' whilst enjoying the spectacular views of the surrounding valleys and the peaks of the Continental Divide. For the best value dining, visit at lunchtime, where four courses can be had for $30.
Those with a sense of culinary adventure can allow the chef to design a personal dinner for them. Next door to the Stube, Der Fondue Chessel offers fondues and raclettes and the invaluable post-dinner opportunity to learn the Chicken Dance accompanied by live Bavarian music. Apart from the Alpenglow Stube another highly regarded restaurant, the Keystone Ranch, also offers six course dinners with Rocky Mountain ingredients. Sample menu items may include venison with chili peppers and blue corn, elk with wild mushrooms and juniper sauce or perhaps Colorado ruby trout wrapped in cabbage.
The Ski Tip Lodge was formerly a stagecoach stop in the 1880s and then a skiers' lodge in the 1940s, making it one of the most atmospheric buildings in the area. It's famous for its Swiss style breakfasts, special coffee and American regional dinners.
Another choice for those searching for something different is to sign up for a cookery class in the Keystone Conference Centre kitchen which ends with a six course dinner with wine and champagne - and you get to take home a recipe book, chef's hat and apron!
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