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Keystone Resort Overview

The Avant Ski Team

An easy trip from Denver, reasonable lodging options and convenient, free parking are just a few reasons why Keystone is one of the most family friendly resorts in the Colorado Rockies. However, don't be fooled by its "family-friendly" reputation. Keystone has plenty to offer off-piste enthusiasts - rock crags, bowls, glades and backcountry account for more than half of the terrain. Snowfall is reliable, averaging 225"+ annually. Keystone is easy to navigate with two base villages - Mountain House and River Run. Lakeside Village, 5 minutes away, has more dining options, shopping and one of the world's largest Zamboni maintained lakes for ice skating. There is also plenty of variety. Novices can try Schoolmarm, a 3.5 mile Green from Dercum Mountain summit to either base. Steeper Blues can test Intermediates (Elk Run) and Experts can play in tree-riddled glades (The Windows) or five hike/cat-accessible bowls. A trip to Keystone can easily be combined with visits to nearby resorts. For those wanting more, Keystone has the largest night skiing area in Colorado.

Pass Summary: The Epic Pass is the season pass for Keystone and has value pass options with nearby Breckenridge and Crested Butte. The Epic Keystone Plus Pass offers great value for unlimited access with holiday restrictions. 

Snow Reliability

Family Friendly

Snow-Making & Grooming

Ski School

Travel Convenience


Terrain Variety

On Mountain Dining

Extreme / Off-Piste Terrain

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  • Bring the whole family. Ranked amongst the top 10 family friendly resorts in Ski Magazine's 2020  rankings, Kidtopia has no end of fun activities. Kids under 12 ski free (with a two night lodging package)

  • Backcountry terrain is under the radar; even though it's cat accessible, it tends to be less traveled

  • Fast groomers abound on all three mountains

  • Getting around is easy. Parking is free and resort shuttles run regularly to nearby restaurants and entertainment

  • Excellent lift infrastructure (20 lifts) means limited lines even when it's crowded


  • Relatively less snowfall than other CO resorts (and the terrain on the North Peak requires significant snowfall)

  • Limited nightlife; bars close early in the village and other local bars, while entertaining, cater more towards the local employee community

  • Limited lift accessible expert terrain, though bumps abound, those looking for 'extreme' terrain  will have to earn their turns with short hikes

  • Limited ski-in/ski-out lodging options, though free shuttles run regularly around the broader resort area

  • Not the most luxurious of the Summit County resorts 

Insider Tips

  • Ski patrollers at Keystone carry "Play It Safe" drink coupons, which can be redeemed for a free drink at any on site dining location or the Starbucks in the River Run Village. Start a conversation with a patroller about safety and ask them if they have any to spare; they love giving them out! 

  • For food shopping, head to Dillon/Frisco. The grocery stores within the village and the nearby areas are  overpriced, whether buying essentials, beer, wine or snacks

  • On Saturday evenings, get on the gondola at  ~6:55pm for the best view of the weekly fireworks 

  • On busy mornings, the Summit Express lift line always moves faster than the River Run Gondola line. Brave the elements to get up the mountain earlier than others.

  • For backcountry access, The Outback bowls (North & South) are cat accessible for $10 (runs most of the day). Erickson & Bergman requiring hiking; Independence requires a cat reservation as part of a package

Trail Map

For an in-depth breakdown of Keystone's terrain, head to our Mountain Guide. Top trails and mountain stats included. 


Getting To & Around


Keystone is the closest Epic resort to Denver, only 90 miles (1.5 hours), West on I-70. It's easily accessible by shuttle. Families and larger parties may want to rent a car to venture to nearby towns for supplies or dinner and to visit neighboring resorts.

Getting To

Closest Major City: Denver, CO

  • Distance: ~90 mi West
    Travel Time: ~1.5 hours

Closest City: Dillon, CO

  • Distance: ~7 mi, ~12 mins

Neighboring Resorts

Neighbors on the Epic Pass

  • Breckenridge (15 miles, ~30 mins)

  • Vail (40 miles, ~45 mins)

  • Beaver Creek (50 miles, ~1 hr)

Other Neighbors

  • Arapahoe Basin (5 miles, ~10 mins)

  • Loveland (13 miles, ~20 mins)

  • Copper (20 miles, ~30 mins)

Travel by Plane

Closest major commercial airport: DEN (Denver International)

  •  ~90 mi East, ~1.5 hrs

Closest regional airport: EGE (Eagle County Regional Airport)

EGE has direct service to 14 different locations

  • ~75 miles West, ~80 minutes

Travel By Bus
Travel by Car
  • Cars are not needed if staying in Keystone or the sourrouding area. However, they are useful if you are planning to consistenly travel to and from Silverthorne, Frisco and Dillon
    Pros: Parking is currently free in the Montezuma Lot and satellite parking lots, with some convenient paid parking as well
    Cons: Roads can be treacherous

  • Ride shares are available, but not reliable and can be expensive

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