Opening day at Keystone was Friday, November 10. Here are five things you need to know about Keystone this season:
1. Stay for the night skiing, open until 8 p.m., especially if you got a late start out of Denver or got stuck in I-70 traffic on the way up. “Keystone offers the longest ski day in all of Colorado,” says Keystone spokesman Russell Carlton. “Families can enjoy the star-filled sky as they ski and snowboard on Keystone’s multiple lighted trails.”
2. Bring the kids. Maybe the most family-friendly and kid-centric of all of Colorado’s ski areas, Keystone offers free skiing for kids twelve and under with any two-night lodging package, and also hosts Kidtopia events throughout the season, like the Kidtopia Spectacular (December 15-24), Kidtopia Culinary Festival (February 9-17) and Kidtopia Music Experience (March 2-10).
3. Keystone’s award-winning A51 Terrain Park has expanded to over sixty acres for the 2017-2018 season, with a dedicated chairlift and more than 100 jumps and jibs in six different zones (the beginner Easy Street park; intermediate Park Lane, I-70 and the Alley; and pro-level Main Street with a three-set jump line). This year Keystone will debut a new fifteen-foot mini halfpipe (Olympic-sized halfpipes are 22 feet tall) in the Lower I-70 park zone.
4. Cat skiing with Keystone Adventure Tours ($285 per person) will put you into powdery above-treeline and above-12,000-feet intermediate and expert terrain, with a private guide in the Independence, Bergman and Erickson Bowls, which are technically within the ski area’s boundaries. A gourmet lunch in the Indy Yurt is included, as are avalanche beacon rentals and optional Salomon demo skis.
5. For a dinner splurge, try Alpenglow Stube, the mountaintop Bavarian restaurant at Keystone’s North Peak, which takes two gondola rides to get to. At 11,444 feet, it’s “the highest AAA Four-Diamond dining experience in North America,” according to Carlton. Make reservations through Open Table, or call 800-354-4386.