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Keystone Magazine

First Time Guests

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Ever wish you could arrive somewhere new and be as comfortable as you are in your own home town?

At Keystone, we strive to make sure you have as much information as possible so you can focus on the important things - like having fun and making memories with friends and family. Read on to learn more!

With over 1,100 lodging options, we can help you find the ideal accommodations and help you build the perfect winter vacation.

Start exploring the resort to familiarize yourself with all of our lodging options. Keystone offers 6 unique neighborhoods, all within very close proximity of the ski slopes and resort activities; and, vacation rentals in hotels to townhomes to 4 bedroom condos.

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Weather in the Rockies is unpredictable. Even during the summer months, quick drops in temperature are possible. Regardless of the time of year, weather moves in fast and can sometimes be furious. The first rule of thumb when visiting the heart of the Rockies is to respect the mountains -- Mother Nature is in command here, and while we love playing in the snow, it's also important to pay attention to weather brewing over our peaks.

To make sure your family is prepared for anything and everything, here's a general check-list of things to pack.

During Summer

The usual tank tops and shorts, and also:
    • Jeans or other long pants.
    • Long-sleeve shirts.
    • Sweatshirts or a fleece.

A rain jacket or poncho for frequent afternoon thunderstorms.

During Winter

Layers. Start with a tight-fitting, breathable, non-cotton under-layer, then build outward with sweatpants, a light sweater or sweatshirt, and top it all off with a fleece that can be worn under an outer waterproof shell.

Lots of socks. Mix in some wool hikers along with your ski socks for the times you just want to walk around the resort.

Snow boots and sneakers.

Waterproof or water-resistant snow pants and jackets.

Eye protection. Don't overlook protecting your eyes from the sun, snow-glare and the elements. Goggles and sunglasses are a must for the entire family.

Waterproof mittens or gloves, glove liners, hats and neck gators or scarves. On snow days you'll definitely want a way to cover your entire face while skiing or riding down the mountain!

Sunscreen and lip balm. Colorado has more than 300 days of sun a year, and at 9,000 feet, you'll definitely need to slather everyone in SPF 30 or higher before enjoying time outdoors.

Baseball hats. Especially for the more fashion-conscious teenagers traveling with you, helmet-head can be easily disguised with a cap during lunch and après ski.

A small backpack that can be left in a slope-side locker during the day, or that one member of the family can wear on the mountain to hold a bottle of water, sunscreen and other daily must-haves.

A Youth I.D. Card for each of your children. In case your child zigs when you zag at a trail merge, we encourage you to fill out an I.D. card, stuff it in their jacket pocket, and instruct your child to present the card to any Keystone employee if they become separated from you at any point during your stay.

Helmets (if you're not renting a helmet along with other equipment). Keystone encourages our guests to educate themselves on the benefits and limitations of winter sports helmets. Regardless of whether or not you choose to wear a helmet, every winter sport participant shares responsibility for his or her safety and for that of others using the ski area facilities.

Extra Diaper Bag and Supplies. If you're traveling with infants and toddlers who will be spending their days enjoying all the Children's Center has to offer, make sure to pack a bag that can be left at the Center with diapers, formula, baby food, medications, and anything else your child needs during the day.

Evening Attire

Keystone is a quintessential mountain environment. Meaning there aren't any restaurants where jeans, sweaters and general casual wear aren't appropriate attire for dinner.

Lastly, make sure everyone packs their sense of adventure!


For your convenience, we have a variety of check-in points located throughout the Resort. If you are checking into a condo after hours, please visit the Keystone Lodge Front Desk.

Directions

Directions from Denver / Denver International Airport (DEN):

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Keystone Reception Center

Front Desk  21996 US Hwy 6, Keystone 80435
Direct phone number: 970-496-4000

Accommodates check-in for all properties in: East Keystone, Mountain House (except the Keystone Inn), Lakeside Village (except the Keystone Lodge), North Keystone and West Keystone.

Winter Hours:  7:00am - 11:00pm
All Other Seasons:  8:00am -8:00pm

Please check-in at the Keystone Lodge and Spa after hours.
2101 US Hwy 6, Keystone 80435
Direct phone number: 970-496-3712
Open 24 hours


 

River Run Front Desk

River Run Exterior  100 Dercum Square, Keystone 80435

Direct phone number: 970-496-4000

Accommodates check-in for all properties in: River Run, and also East Keystone's Trappers Crossing and Settlers Creek Townhomes.

The River Run Front Desk will be open for the summer beginning Friday, June 12th.

Summer Hours of Operation:
Fridays and Saturdays 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Sundays 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Extended days and hours for Group Business.

Please check in at the Keystone Lodge and Spa after hours.

Winter Hours: 7:00am - 11:00pm


Keystone Lodge and Spa
2101 US Hwy 6, Keystone 80435
Direct phone number: 970-496-3712
Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week



Keystone Lodge Front Desk

Lodge and Spa Exterior  22101 US Hwy 6, Keystone 80435
Direct phone number: 970-496-3712
Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
 

Inn at Keystone Front Desk

0413 lobby  23044 US Hwy 6, Keystone 80435
Direct phone number: 970-496-4825
Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week


If you have any questions about where to check-in, please call Guest Services at 970-496-4000, or simply dial 4000 from a Resort phone. 


Lost and Found Reporting at Keysotne

Guest Services - On Mountain Lost and Found

Lost & Found Form
(970) 496-3463

 

Hotel Lost and Found

Inn at Keystone
(970)496-4825


Keystone Lodge and Spa

(970)496-3712

Keystone Reception Center
(970)496-4000

Keystone offers lots of convenient places and ways to securely stow all of the stuff you need easy access to throughout the day:

Lockers

Lockers are available for $5 and $7 per day, depending on size. Single-use lockers are available at Summit House for a $2 token. 

Lockers are located:
There are a few in Keystone Sports store.

Single-use lockers availabel at the peak of Dercum Mountain in the Summit House. Summit House can be accessed by the River Run Gondola, or via the Summit Express, Montezuma Express, Ranger, and Ruby Express lifts.

Day-use lockers available inside the Mountain House at the Mountain House base area. The Mountain House is located near the Medical Center and is most easily accessed by parking in the Pike, Porcupine, or Marmot pay lots. Also available at the Mountain Service Center in River Run Village, across from the Gondola.

Ski Check

Skis and snowboard check conveniently located in both base areas, River Run Village and Mountain House Village.

$5 for overnight storage. Same-day check is complimentary, if you are stopping for lunch or apres.

Baskets

Baskets are a bit bigger and a great option for families. They're available at the Mountain House base area and may be rented for $8/day and $4/overnight at the Mountain House Guest Services.

Baskets may be accessed as frequently as necessary throughout the day at no additional charge.

Driving Directions

Keystone is the most convenient resort to Denver. Find check in directions here. Learn more

Driving Directions from Denver:
Keystone is located 90 miles west from Denver International Airport (DEN).
Travel West on Interstate 70 Exit at the Silverthorne/Dillon exit #205
At the end of the exit ramp turn left (East) at the stop light onto Highway 6
Travel 6.2 miles into Keystone Resort
FYI - There are several places to stop along the Interstate 70 corridor for food and gas.

Driving Directions from Denver via Rt. 6
Travel West on US-6 bypassing the Twin Tunnels construction.
Travel West on Interstate 70 Exit at the Silverthorne/Dillon exit #205
At the end of the exit ramp turn left (East) at the stop light onto Highway 6
Travel 6.2 miles into Keystone Resort
FYI - There are several places to stop along the Interstate 70 corridor for food and gas.

Driving Directions from Colorado Springs:
Take I-25 N then take exit 194 to merge onto CO-470 W toward Grand Jct. 
Follow signs for Grand Junction/ I70 W and merge onto I70 W.
Travel West on Interstate 70 Exit at the Silverthorne/Dillon exit #205
At the end of the exit ramp turn left (East) at the stop light onto Highway 6
Travel 6.2 miles into Keystone Resort
FYI - There are several places to stop along the Interstate 70 corridor for food and gas.

 


CHECK-IN DIRECTIONS

Keystone Reception Center

Once you arrive into Keystone Resort turn right (South) at the Keystone traffic light
(this is the traffic light by the  Tennis Center as well as the Grocery and Gas Station).
After turning make an immediate right (West).
Park in the lot on the left in front of Keystone Reception Center.
Parking passes are included with your lodging accommodations.

River Run Front Desk
Once you arrive into Keystone Resort go straight through the two stoplights
- follow HWY 6 to the River Run.
Turn right on East Keystone Road (you will see a River Run sign in front of you).
Turn left on Ida Belle Drive (second left)
Turn Right into Dercum Circle - follow signs to Condo Check-in and registration.

Keystone Lodge & Spa
Once you arrive into Keystone Resort go straight through the first stoplight.
Turn right into the Keystone Lodge.
Check-in is located through the glass entrance in the main lobby.

Inn at Keystone Hotel
Once you arrive into Keystone Resort continue straight past two stoplights and the Keystone Lodge hotel .
Turn right on Razor Road.
Take an immediate left on the frontage road.
The Inn at Keystone Hotel is on the right at 23044 US Highway 6.
You may pull into the valet circle for check in.


Tips for I-70 Mountain Travel

Avoid the Peak Travel Times. If heading eastbound on Saturday or Sunday, plan to leave the mountains after 7:00 p.m. Check the weekend and holiday Travel Forecast.

Make Sunday your favorite part of the week by discovering Keystone's Sunday Funday Itinerary.



Winter Traffic Patterns
(October through April)

I-70 is congestion-free the majority of the time, and with just a bit of planning travelers can enjoy More Mountains. Less Traffic. Below is the typical winter weekend traffic pattern.

Friday Westbound - Light to moderate traffic is likely from about 4:00-9:00 p.m.

Saturday Westbound - Traffic can be expected from about 6:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. with the peak traffic occurring around 8:00 a.m.

Sunday Westbound - Sunday morning WB traffic is consistently lighter than Saturday morning, and sometimes non-existent. To play it safe, avoid the 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. timeframe.

Saturday Eastbound - Traffic typically builds around 2:00 p.m., peaks around 4:00-5:00 and drops dramatically after 7:00 p.m. Expect congestion.

Sunday Eastbound - I-70 starts to fill up earlier than it does on Saturday, as early as 1:00 p.m. Traffic peaks around 4:00-5:00 and drops off soon after 7:00 pm. Expect heavy traffic.

This Travel Forecast is based on historical traffic data. Please note that weather, road conditions and accidents are impossible to predict and can have significant impacts on I-70 travel.

Holiday Weekends – when a national holiday falls on a Monday, you can count on Monday afternoon eastbound traffic to mimic a typical Sunday pattern, but with potentially more volume. On the flip side, the Sunday of holiday weekends tends to have minimal congestion, making it an ideal day to travel.

Other factors: Metering - Traffic metering goes into effect during very high volume times and can occur at multiple I-70 eastbound on-ramps and/or on the Eisenhower Johnson Tunnel eastbound approach. Metering controls the flow of traffic eastbound towards the Eisenhower Tunnel so traffic does not back up in the tunnel, causing potential safety issues.

Keystone - In Resort Transportation Schedule

Keystone - In Resort Shuttle

Enjoy Keystone's very own transportation system.  All Keystone guests have shuttle access from the many bus stops within the resort. Keystone Transportation offers a convenient schedule that will take you to and from your lodging locations to the skiing base areas, conference center and local restaurants.  The Keystone shuttle offers a convenient schedule that will pick you up and drop you off almost anywhere in Keystone Resort. Shuttles pick up approximately every twenty minutes, and ride times average about 10 - 15 minutes.

Keystone Transportation Services
Hours of Operation: 6:00am - 12:00am midnight.
On Call Service offered during the summer season.
Call 970-496-4200, or ext. 4200 for more information on transportation within the resort.  


Bus stops are located nearest to the condominium listed and shuttles are free to everyone.
Personalized/On-Call service available before, during and after scheduled routes.
ADA shuttle available upon request.
Keystone Transportation shuttles are free to all guests.

Summit Stage - transportation throughout greater Summit County - see Summit Stage Schedule
Summit County's free transportation system. The Summit Stage picks up at Keystone Resort frequently to take you into Dillon, Silverthorne, Frisco, Breckenridge and up to Arapahoe Basin. 

Transportation to Vail or Beaver Creek can be made through, Colorado Mountain Express 970-468-7600.

Parking at Keystone Resort

River Run Parking Lots

FREE & Paid Parking Lots at River Run Base Area:

Montezuma Lot (FREE)
Hunki Dori Lot (Pay)
Gold Bug Lot (Pay)



Mountain House Parking Lots

FREE & Paid Parking Lots at Mountain House Base Area:

Pika Lot (FREE)
Porcupine Lot (Paid)
Marmot Lot (Paid)




Keystone Parking Guide

Free Skier Parking
Free skier parking is available in Montezuma and Pika Lots.

Directions: From the River Run Free Lot, it is a short walk through the Village to the River Run base area. If you opt to park in the North Shuttle Parking Lot, located on the north side of US Hwy 6, a shuttle service is available to transport you to both the River Run base area. The Mountain East Free Lot is located in the Mountain House base area and is a short walk to the slopes.  Family Wagons: A limited number of complementary wagons are available to help families with young children haul their gear (and their kids!) to the lifts.  The sleds are available in all parking lots in established corrals and are available on a first come, first serve basis.  Paid parking lots are located at each base area and are FREE during night skiing hours.

Family Priority & Carpooling at River Run
Families with small children and skiers and riders who arrive at Keystone Resort with four or more people in a car will be able to park in a premier parking section in Keystone’s River Run Free Lot which is a short walk to the River Run Gondola. Keystone has one of the closest free parking locations in Colorado that allows skiers and riders to walk to access the lifts. Now, carpoolers can gain even closer parking throughout the ski season without paying a premier price.  Carpool parking is limited and first come, first serve.


Family Wagons
Little red family wagons are available in the wagon corrals located around the River Run Free Lot.  Guests can use the wagons to wheel equipment / little skiers to the River Run Base Area.  Wagon Corral drop off and pick up is by Guest Services near the gondola.  At the end of the day drop off at the nearest corral.


Closest Parking To

Closest Parking Lot to Gondola
Hunki Dori Lot

Closet Parking Lot to Peru Express Lift
Porcupine Lot

Drop Off Locations
Both River Run and Mountain House offer 15 minute drop off locations to help make dropping off Ski and Ride School participants as easy as possible.  

Overflow Parking
When the free and paid lots are full, Keystone provides Free Overflow Parking and a Free Shuttle Service to and from the ski area.
Located at N. Shuttle Lot / Tenderfoot lot provides shuttle services to and from the entrance to River Run Village and Mountain House


Weekends and Holidays
Wondering when lots fill up during powder days, weekends and holidays?  Times vary but below is a useful guide.  Also, check for road signage and parking attendants for updates as you enter Keystone Resort. Lots are reopened once space is available - usually after noon.  On weekdays and nonholiday time periods lots regularly don't fill.

Free Lots

 Lot  Estimated Fill Time
 Montezuma Lot  9:00am - 9:30am
 Pika Lot  9:00am - 9:30am
 Browns Cabin Lot  9:30am - 10:00am
 Tenderfoot Lot
 (North Shuttle)
 11:00am - 11:30am

Paid Lots

 Lot  Estimated Fill Time
 Hunki Dori Lot  10:00am - 10:30am
 Goldbug Lot   9:30am - 10:00am
 Porcupine Lot  10:00am - 10:30am
 Marmot Lot  11:30am


Additional Parking & Overflow Locations

Over Flow Parking
Brown's Cabin Lot (FREE)
Tenderfoot Lot (FREE)
*Free shuttles available to River Run and Mountain House base areas.

Lakeside Village
Keystone Lodge Parking Lot (FREE)

Keystone Lake / Ice Rink Parking
Located directly across the highway from the Keystone Lodge, the Keystone Lodge Parking Lot may be used while you visit Lakeside Village and the Keystone Ice Rink. For your safety, please use the underground walkway instead of crossing the highway. Please feel free to drop family members off at the Keystone Lodge before parking.

Lodging Parking
Most of Keystone's properties offer garage or covered parking, though a few have only outdoor parking. A Reservations Agent would be happy to assist you with identifying a property that offers covered parking. To reach an Agent, please call us at 877-204-7889.



At Keystone, we pride ourselves on providing you and your family with a safe, self-contained environment to explore the wilderness and have fun together. Just as you've taken measures at home to childproof and post emergency numbers, we want you to have easy access to that same information during your stay with us.

Emergency Contacts

Should you have an emergency situation off-mountain, please immediately call 911, or our Resort Operator (0), who can contact local emergency teams for you. If you experience an emergency while skiing or riding, please immediately seek out a Ski Patrol team member, or a lift operator, who can contact Ski Patrol for you. Our Ski Patrol, Mountain Operations, and medical teams are linked via radio contact, so with one call from you we can immediately dispatch the appropriate personnel.

Other Numbers to Know Are:

Mountain First Aid: 970-496-3810

Ski Patrol / Outback: 970-496-3180

Ski Patrol / Summit House: 970-496-3100

Keystone Emergency Services: 4135 (from any Resort phone), or 970-496-4135

Keystone Lost & Found: 970-496-FIND (3463)

Lake Dillon Fire-Rescue: 970-262-5100 (Please dial 911 for all emergencies!)

Dillon Police Department: 970-469-6078 (Please dial 911 for all emergencies!)

We'd like to suggest programming the Ski Patrol numbers into both your cell phone, and your child's cell phone before your stay.

Medical Services

Keystone Medical Center is an emergency clinic located in the Mountain House Base Area. The clinic is open 7 days a week during the ski season and Friday through Monday during the spring, summer, and fall seasons. Call 970-468-6677 for hours of operation and other information.

Should you have an emergency situation off-mountain, please immediately call 911, or our Resort Operator (0), who can contact local emergency teams for you. If you experience an emergency while skiing or riding, please immediately seek out a Ski Patrol team member, or a lift operator, who can contact Ski Patrol for you. Our Ski Patrol, Mountain Operations, and medical teams are linked via radio contact, so with one call from you we can immediately dispatch the appropriate personnel.

Summit Medical Center , located in Frisco off of US Hwy 9, is Summit County's Level III trauma center. Located at 340 Peak One Drive in Frisco, SMC has the highest trauma designation of any organization in the Summit County area. They provide surgical, anesthesia and critical care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. SMC also provides trauma transport with a Flight For Life service.

At Keystone, we pride ourselves on providing you and your family with a safe, self-contained environment to explore the wilderness and have fun together. Just as you've taken measures at home to childproof and post emergency numbers, we want you to have easy access to that same information during your stay with us.

Just Getting Started: Why Keystone is the Best Ski Resort for Beginners

We understand that every person on the mountain has had a first time experience at some point in their life and we believe that it’s that experience that defines your relationship with the mountain for years to come.

And just because this is your first time at Keystone doesn't mean you're a beginner...but if you are then follow this guide to find exactly what it will take to have an epic experience your first time at Keystone.

Keystone lesson

Keystone Ski and Snowboard School

First things first: you’ve got to get pointers from the best when you’re first learning how to ride and our instructors know just how to teach you the right moves from day one. Plus, with our EpicMix Academy, you can track your progress throughout the day and the season.

As we say, better skills mean bigger thrills!


The Schoolyard

The perfect place for the whole family to get comfortable with their new skills and gear! Specifically designed to give kids (and beginners of all ages) the space they need to practice what they learned at school, enjoy the relaxed atmosphere to really hone your turns.


Adventure Point

Take a little break from learning and have some different kinds of snow fun at Adventure Point. Our epic snow fort is perfect for exploring and the tubing hill gets you off your feet, while still experiencing the thrill of flying down the mountainside.


Night Skiing

Night Skiing

After you’ve got a few runs under your belt, you might want to try something completely different. Night skiing at Keystone is an experience like no other and there are plenty of trails for beginners to try this one of a kind experience.


Burton Riglet Park at A51

Are you feeling a little adventurous after a few lessons? Then head over to our nationally recognized terrain park to try your skills out in our beginner area. It’s a great place to get comfortable with some new and challenging moves that go beyond the classic downhill experience.


Beginners come in all ages, from six to 60, and we want to make sure that your first time on the mountain is one that leaves you wanting more. At Keystone Resort, we want you to leave as in love with mountain sports as we are. 

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