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family at Keystone Resort, Colorado
family at Keystone Resort, Colorado

FIRST TIMER'S GUIDE TO KEYSTONE

We can't wait to meet you. To ensure you have a fun-filled and worry-free getaway, follow the insider tips below.

NAVIGATING THE MOUNTAIn

First Timer's Guide to Keystone Ski Resort, Colorado

We all learn to walk before we run, and on the mountain, everyone needs to have a first-time experience before they can master the hill. These first experiences are special and can define one's relationship with the mountain for years to come.

While this may be your first time at Keystone, we know it doesn't necessarily mean you're a beginner. But if you are, just follow this guide to find exactly what it will take to have an epic first-time experience.

Keystone Ski & Snowboard School

When you’re learning how to ski and snowboard, it's best to get pointers from the best of the best. Our professional instructors are world-class snow pros who know just the right moves to help you master the sport. In addition, with our EpicMix Academy, you can track your progress throughout the day and season.

Be sure to check out our family private lessons—a unique opportunity to grow skills and share lasting memories with those who matter most. The family that learns together, stays together.

Family Ski Trail

Schoolmarm, our family ski trail, is full of fun features for kids and beginners. It's where kids have the space and comfort to go their own speed and play on our signature terrain features such as Tornado Alley and Rockin' Rollers. Access Schoolmarm from the River Run gondola or Summit Express lift from the Village base area, or via the Peru lift from Mountain House. Warm up lapping the Montezuma 6-Pack lift before tackling all 3.5 miles of top-to-bottom Schoolmarm fun.

Adventure Point

When you need to take a break from making turns, check-out a different kind of fun, found only at Adventure Point. Our Kidtopia Snow Fort is perfect for exploring, and the tubing hill gets you off your feet while still being able to experience the thrill of flying down a mountain.

Night Skiing

After you’ve gotten a few runs under your belt, you may want to try something new. Night skiing is a one-of-a-kind experience for all levels, with plenty of trails for beginners. And the best part is, guests who are lodging with Keystone Resort Hospitality receive one free night of arrival lift tickets (dependent on operating schedule)

WHAT TO BRING & WEAR

First Timer's Guide to Keystone Ski Resort, Colorado

Weather in the mountains is unpredictable. Even during the summer months, quick drops in temperature are possible. Weather moves fast and furious. The first rule of thumb is to respect the mountains. Mother Nature is in command, and while we love playing in the snow, it's also important to pay attention to signs of inclement weather.

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

During Winter

  • Layers. Start with a fitted, breathable, non-cotton base layer, then build outward and top it off with a fleece that can be worn under a waterproof shell.
  • Waterproof or water-resistant snow pants and jackets.
  • 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.
  • Helmets (if you're not renting a helmet along with other equipment). For safety, Keystone encourages guests to wear helmets at all times while participating in snow sports. Regardless of whether or not you choose to wear a helmet, every winter sport participant shares responsibility for his or her safety.
  • Lots of socks. We recommend two pairs per day, one for on-mountain activities and another for off-mountain.
  • Snow boots and comfortable walking shoes with quality tread.
  • 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.
  • Sunscreen and lip balm. Colorado has more than 300 days of sunshine a year, and at 9,000 feet, you'll definitely want to apply SPF 30 or higher before enjoying your time outdoors.
  • A small backpack that can be left in a locker during the day, or be worn by a family member to hold water, sunscreen and other daily must-haves. Also, snacks to help avoid a mid-day meltdown (for parents and kiddos)

During Summer

  • Layers. You can experience a variety of weather conditions in a single day in Colorado.
  • A rain jacket. We recommend carrying it with you at all times during your stay, in case of afternoon rainstorms.
  • Active wear to enjoy the variety of outdoor activities offered in the area.
  • Shorts and T-shirts.
  • Jeans or other long pants.
  • Long-sleeved shirts.
  • Sweatshirts or a fleece.
  • Lots of socks.
  • A small backpack to hold water, sunscreen and other daily must-haves. Also, snacks to help avoid a mid-day meltdown (for parents and kiddos).
  • Eye protection. Sunglasses are a must for the entire family.
  • Sunscreen and lip balm. Colorado has more than 300 days of sunshine a year, and at 9,000 feet, you'll definitely want to apply SPF 30 or higher before enjoying your time outdoors.

Hydration Station

Hydration is the best way to help your body adjust to Keystone’s 9,280’ elevation. Generally the low humidity at altitude keeps the air dry, so fill up on twice as much water or Gatorade as you would at home. 

Protect Your Skin

With every 3,000’ increase in altitude, UV levels rise by 10% -12%. We recommend eye protection and Supergoop! Broad Spectrum sun care products to ensure protection from UV rays. 

Evening Attire

Relax and feel free to leave the black tie and tiaras at home. There aren't any restaurants in Keystone where jeans, sweaters and general casual wear are considered inappropriate attire for dinner.

Check-In Information

First Timer's Guide to Keystone Ski Resort, Colorado

For your convenience, we have a variety of check-in locations around Keystone. Any of these locations can assist you, and if you are checking in after-hours, please utilize the 24-hour Keystone Lodge and Spa front desk.

Get Directions


Keystone Guest Reception Center

21996 U.S. Highway 6
Keystone, CO 80435

Guest Services phone number: 970.496.4000

This reception center accommodates check-in for all condominium properties and is most convenient for: East Keystone, Mountain House, Lakeside Village, North Keystone and West Keystone.

If you are arriving between 10 p.m. and 8 a.m., please check-in at the Keystone Lodge & Spa.

Keystone Lodge & Spa

2101 U.S. Highway 6
Keystone, CO 80435

Direct phone number: 970.496.3712

Keystone Lodge and Spa is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week

River Run Front Desk

100 Dercum Square
Keystone, CO 80435

Guest Services phone number: 970.496.4000

This reception center accommodates check-in for all condominium properties and is most convenient for: River Run, Mountain House and East Keystone.

*Please Note: the River Run front desk has limited hours in the summer and throughout our quieter spring and fall seasons.

If you have any questions about where to check-in, please call Guest Services at 970.496.4000