With snow skiing and snowboarding season coming to a close soon, I had better get this blog post out ASAP! There are many Colorado mountains to choose from, with Keystone being one of the closest to Denver. Keystone, A Basin, Winter Park, Vail, Copper Mountain, Breckenridge, Beaver Creek, Snowmass and Aspen just to name a few along I70.
Keystone is only about and 1 1/2 hour drive from Denver International Airport, heading west on Interstate 70. If going to Vail (a 2 hour drive from Denver) or Aspen (a 4 hour drive), you can fly right in to either Vail Eagle or Aspen. The drive from Denver was beautiful and would definitely recommend it. As we started up into the foothills, we saw buffalo and big horn sheep along the way. There is also a gold mine in Idaho Springs which was a nice stop.
After about an hours drive west on I70, we passed through the Eisenhower-Johnson Memorial Tunnel, under the Continental Divide in the Rocky Mountains. We reemerged in a winter wonderland! The first exit was Silverthorne. This was where we stayed this time around. It was only a 12 minute drive to Keystone Resort.
It had a bit of everything; hotels, sporting good stores, restaurants, grocery store and even an outlet mall.
First, lets talk about the sledding. All the resorts and some towns (like Frisco) have tubing runs for about $20-35 per person per hour. That adds up! So, we opted to buy a sled for $15 at a local store and had countless hours of rides.
Outside of town towards Keystone, past Lake Dillon, there was a great hill as well. It was about a 10 minute drive from Sliverthorne. Look to your right after you pass the lake, you’ll see it.
Then in Breckenridge, about a 20 minute drive from Silverthorne, there was Carter Park. The grand daddy of sledding slopes.
Now, the real reason we were here – to hit the slopes for some skiing. Keystone was very family friendly and relaxed. We chose to park at the Mountain House West parking lot for a flat $20 a day. It was less crowded, right by the ski school and closer to where we were staying. Worth the $20. There was also the Mountain House East, River Run and Gondola East lots. Keystone is one of the only resorts that offers FREE parking! The free lots are the River Run Free Lot, Mountain East Free Lot and North Shuttle Parking Lot. Keystone has wagons to help transport your equipment from the car to the slope. Everything here just seemed very easy.
Some of locals were saying it was the best snow they have had in years. I love Spring skiing! The snow was perfect, even at the bottom of the slopes. Keystone is also one of the resorts that offers night skiing for the die hards.
My son wanted to try snowboarding, so we signed him up for lessons, Keystone had the best rates I could find for ski/snowboarding school.
At the top of Dercum Mountain, there was The Summit House, an ice castle, Kidtopia and Adventure Point. The elevation was 12,000+ feet, so we made sure to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. My daughter did get a headache anyways. We bought a canister of oxygen and that seems to help her a bit.
With over 130 trails, 20 lifts, lots of kids adventure zones and friendly staff – we loved Keystone!
Soon after the ski season is over, the resorts all transform into mountain bike shops, can’t wait to go back!