Overview of Keystone Ski Resort
With its base at 2835m – more than 500 vertical metres higher than Europe’s highest ski resort of Val Thorens, you’ll find on a Keystone ski holiday that the resort offers some of the planet’s highest ski runs, and that means the snow conditions are normally good here, with opening in early October not unheard of.
Keystone itself is a rather spread out resort of largely condo accommodation, although there are some hotels too. It is one of the five ski areas owned by Vail Resorts and it is also part of Colorado’s Summit country – one of the highest parts of the state - with two other high ski areas, Copper Mountain and Arapahoe Basin, close by. The latter is included in a regional pass along with Vail’s other Colorado resorts of Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Vail itself.
A Keystone ski holiday is likely to be based in one of the resort’s seven ‘districts,’ each of which tends to be a small to medium-sized collection of condominiums (apartments) and sometimes a hotel and a few shops. The largest concentration is at River Run, where most off the facilities, shops and restaurants are based, although Keystone’s design means there is no real resort centre. Other larger sectors are Lakeside Village and Mountain House.
The ski area is one of the biggest in the US, extending to more than 3,000 acres, out beyond the front face of the ski slopes becoming progressively more challenging the further you go.