Destination: Keystone

By Kara Williams

Beyond its stellar reputation for catering to families, this high-altitude paradise showcases attentive service and indulgent experiences at every turn.

Keystone's Horse Drawn Dinner Sleigh Ride

Heralded dining, a luxurious, full-service resort and spa, and amenity-filled, ski-in/ski-out condominiums combined with three peaks of steep bumps, tree-filled glades, and some of the best rolling cruisers out there—plus extreme bowls and a world-class terrain park—add up to an easygoing ski resort that makes it a cinch for visitors to create blissful memories, both on the mountain and off.

EAT

Ride And Dine


After taking two gondolas to Alpenglow Stube at the top of North Peak, you’ll slip into cozy slippers to feast on Old World dishes with contemporary flair.

For the ultimate culinary experience, opt for the seven-course tasting menu, or go for the Sunday champagne brunch.

Best Of The West
Located in a 1930s homestead bedecked with wrought iron and lodgepole pine, Keystone Ranch serves sophisticated Colorado cuisine like butter-roasted elk loin, grilled Wagyu steak, and rack of lamb—accompanied by the freshest locally harvested vegetables.

Date Night

The most elegant atmosphere in River Run Village is located at Wolf Rock Steakhouse.

With cherry tables and dark mahogany ceiling beams, it’s a romantic spot to sample hand-cut steaks, decadent desserts, and a wide selection of Colorado microbrews.

SKI

Thrice As Nice

Three distinct peaks offer a variety of terrain for all skill levels—and with night skiing offered several evenings a week, there’s no reason to stop after the sun goes down.

The front face of Dercum Mountain is laced with long, groomed cruisers.

If it’s elbow room you’re after, seek out the less-traveled Anticipation trail, which winds down North Peak.

Diamond Back is a great “first black” to tackle; once you’ve mastered that, head to the bumps and trees of the Outback, where you can catch a snowcat shuttle to access the top of Wapiti Peak (12,354 feet) and the North and South bowls.



Outward Bound

Another option for going off the grid: Keystone Adventure Tours’ snowcat excursion, which affords access to hundreds of acres of powder stashes, narrow chutes, and steep glades.

STAY

A Little Romance

At Ski Tip Lodge, an 1800s stagecoach stop–turned–bed-and-breakfast, you’ll enjoy personal service and some of the best meals this side of the Continental Divide. Breakfast is included, but you’ll also want to reserve a table at dinner to enjoy the rotating, four-course menu.

Say Ahhh...

If pampering is the plan, book a room at Keystone Lodge & Spa.

Set the tone for repose with a soothing foot bath in the fireplace-equipped relaxation room, then sink into an aromatherapy bubble bath for two, followed by a champagne-paired couple’s massage.

Posh Nights

The plush, ski-in/ski-out Lone Eagle and Timbers condominiums sport spacious bedrooms and full kitchens equipped with top-notch appliances.

Make the most of your stay with ski lockers, a fitness center, and an outdoor pool.

DIVERSIONS

Cat Power

For jaw-dropping peak views, take a Mountain-Top Snowcat Tour.

In addition to the superlative scenery, you’ll learn about the massive machines that groom hundreds of acres of terrain nightly.


Icy Hot

Lace up those skates and take a few spins at one of Keystone’s two ice skating destinations: the frozen, five-acre Keystone Lake, adjacent to the Keystone Lodge & Spa; or the more intimate Dercum Square rink at River Run Village.

Best Feet Forward

Traverse the 10 miles of groomed cross-country trails from Keystone Nordic Center with Nordic skis or snowshoes.

Warm up with one of the three hearty, homemade soups served at the Nordic Soup Bistro at lunchtime.

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