Photo by Aaron Dodds
Keystone Resort in Colorado is on track to open this Friday, November 1, for the 2013-2014 ski season.
The resort will open with 65 skiable acres on Dercum Mountain and a weekend of events and activities. Lifts will open at 9 a.m. Friday, with skiing and riding through 4 p.m.
The resort will open with top-to-bottom skiing and riding on the intermediate Spring Dipper and River Run trails. The River Run gondola, Summit Express, Montezuma and Ranger lifts will provide uphill access for skiers and riders. For beginners, the resort is offering a learning area at the top of the mountain on the Endeavor trail, complete with a carpet lift open to the public.
Keystone’s Ski&Ride School will also have ski and snowboard lessons available beginning opening day. Additionally, the resort’s A51 Terrain Park, ranked among the top parks in the world, is debuting the largest early season park in the country with more than 20 features on the Scout trail, all accessed by the designated Ranger chairlift. A beginner, intermediate and more advanced line will be available in the Park, each comprised of a selection of boxes and rails.
In honor of the resort’s 43rd season, the first 43 guests in line at the River Run Gondola will receive a Starbucks mug and gift card, while the first 200 skiers and riders in line for first chair will receive a raffle ticket, making them eligible for a number of prizes including a GoPro Hero 3, a Never Summer snowboard and Keystone logo wear. On opening day, Epic Passholders will be eligible to receive a free Epic knit hat as one of the first 150 passholders to “flash” their pass at the Epic tent in Gondola Plaza. The weekend’s festivities will continue Friday and Saturday evening at the Get Stoked movie festival at Warren Station, located in the heart of Keystone’s River Run Village, featuring some of the year’s best ski and snowboard films. Free parking will be available in all resort parking lots Friday, Saturday and Sunday in appreciation of guests visiting the resort opening weekend.
Beginning Opening Day, Keystone’s Kids Ski Free offer will return for a second season with children 12 and under receiving free lift tickets with just a two or more night stay in any of Keystone’s owned/operated lodging units. There are no blackout dates.
For a limited time the resort is also offering 50 percent off lodging, when booked by November 1.