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Colorado Ski Resorts: Keystone, Vail, and Beaver Creek

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Keystone Colorado Ski Resort
Kidtopia Snow Fort at Keystone Ski Resort. Photo courtesy of Vail Resorts.
Photo courtesy of Vail Resorts.
Keystone is a Rocky Mountain ski resort with over 3000 skiable acres and a vertical drop of 3128 feet, and a summit elevation of 12,408'. About.com's Guide for Skiing has a full profile of Keystone Ski Resort.

Some points to note:
  • Night Skiing: Keystone is the only ski resort in the area to offer "night skiing" -- which, in spring months, doesn't necessarily mean skiing at night at all, especially after Daylight Savings starts. Rather, "night skiing" means a great opportunity to extend your ski day past the usual 4 p.m. "last lift" time.
  • Lodging: Keystone offers plenty of convenient condominium lodging. In the River Run Village area, for example, an easy walk brings guests to the River Run Gondola.
  • Colorado Mountain Culinary Institute at Keystone: The dining experience at Keystone benefits from a connection to this institute. Both the Alpenglow Stube and the Keystone Ranch restaurant have won AAA Four Diamond ratings. A third not-to-be-missed dining experience is Ski Tip Lodge, originally a stagecoach stop in the 1880's, and later one of Colorado's first ski lodges. Enjoy a wonderful meal, then have dessert in one of the cozy back rooms with a fireplace.
  • Gondolas: Gondolas are always nice for skiers and boarders in snowy weather. The River Run Gondola at Keystone also takes non-skiers/boarders up to a tubing hill and Snow Fort (- more, on next page.) Visitors can continue onward on the Outpost gondola to the Alpenglow Stube for a AAA Four-Diamond dining experience, or to the family-friendly Der Fondue Chesse for a four-course dinner with Austrian music.

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