Copper-coloured skies at dusk at Keystone Colorado ski field, USA


Located within Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, Keystone Ski Resort is the largest mountain in Summit County, stretching seven miles along Snake River, and offering over 3000 acres of skiable terrain, spreading across 3 stunning mountain peaks.

Conveniently located only 90 minutes from Denver, Keystone is a potentially forgotten gem which offers spectacular terrain and one of few places that has cat skiing in the area. Sandwiched between Arapahoe Basin and Breckenridge, Keystone offers 2 base villages, 20 lifts, two gondolas, the largest night-skiing terrain in North America, phenomenal tree skiing, highly regarded ski school and day-care facilities, and literally hundreds of acres of unforgettable backcountry access. The main village at ‘River Run’ is a charming cobbled pedestrian village, with a scattering of shops, restaurants, bars, complemented with open fire pits for roasting marsh mellows and meeting new friends.

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“Keystone has a uniquely intimate feel about it both on and off snow. Its beautifully quaint village is the absolute essence of this resort, so be sure to talk to us about where to stay in Riverrun Village. I love the density of the pines at this ski resort, its gives you a real sense that you are the only one on the mountain. For something a bit more exhilarating try the inbounds CAT Skiing, or jump on a full day CAT skiing tour and hunt out some untracked deep Colorado POW!” Shona – Amped

10 Top Reasons to Ski Keystone

  • Easy to get to: Conveniently located 90 minutes from Denver
  • Massive terrain: The largest mountain in Summit County offering 3148 skiable acres
  • Night skiing: Experience the largest operation in Colorado.
  • Snowfall: Receives an average of 597 cm of dry snow each year
  • Affordable: Keystone offers an epic on snow experience, complimented by high quality inexpensive accommodation options
  • Backcountry Cat Skiing: One of few resorts that offer snow cat back country tours
  • Dodge the crowds: Enjoy a refreshingly intimate base village with a relaxed feel about it
  • Everything at your finger tips: With local shuttles and the convenience of its base village, Keystone has everything close by
  • Family Friendly: Keystone has a premier ski and ride learning program for kids and also has a well-regarded day-care facility on site.
  • Ski Multiple Ski Resorts: Your local summit county lift pass gives you access to Keystone, A-Basin, and Breckenridge.

Skiing family on a hill at Keystone Ski Resort Colorado

In the Terrain Park at Keystone Ski Resort Colorado

Keystone Facts & Stats

  • Vertical: 3,128ft / 953m
  • Base Elevation: 9,280ft / 2,829m
  • Summit Elevation: 12,408ft / 3,782m
  • Number of Lifts: 20
  • Average Annual Snowfall: 235in / 597cm
  • Number of Trails: 128
  • Longest Run: 3.5 miles (Schoolmarm)
  • Skiable Area: 3,148 acres / 1274 ha
  • Snowmaking: 662 acres / 268 ha
  • Terrain Parks: A-51 Terrain Park
  • Degree of Difficulty: 12% Easiest, 39% More Difficult, 49% Most Difficult
  • Ski Season: Early November to Early April

Family skiing on piste at Keystone Ski Resort

Getting to Keystone


Denver International Airport (DEN)
Located just outside of Denver, the airport is 90 miles east of Keystone via Interstate 70. Denver International Airport is a nonstop destination for over 21 national and international carriers. Shuttles and car rentals via Hertz are available at the airport,

Vail/Eagle County Airport (EGE) is 65 miles west of Keystone.
Direct flights are available from: Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Cincinnati, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, New York/LGA, Newark, Philadelphia. Shuttles and car rentals via Hertz are available at the airport,

Colorado Springs Municipal Airport is 109 miles from Keystone. Shuttles and car rentals via Hertz are available at the airport. keystone

Ground Transportation
Keystone is easily accessible from the Denver International Airport and Eagle County Airport with onsite scheduled and private shuttle pick up and rental cars you will be on the slopes in no time.

Keystone Mountain Resorts has a regular ski shuttle service which runs every 20 minutes from many bus stops around the resort. Transportation takes guests yo and from their lodging location to the ski base areas, as well to the conference center and local restaurants.

Keystone Trail Map

Keystone Resort Winter Trail Map

Free Mountain Tours / Ski Hosts


Keystone provide one of Colorado’s longest ski days. You can ski or ride long after nearly all the other mountains close. Watch the sun set over the beautiful Rocky Mountains while getting in a few more runs.

Night ski dates and hours are susceptible to change and are weather permitting.


Hours: Daily 10:30 AM + 1:30 PM
Dates Of Operation: Approximately November 26, – March 29, (dates will vary from season to season)

Daily tours depart at 10:30am & 1:30pm for intermediate level snowriders and above. Meeting point with Guest Services is on the summit of Dercum Mountain. Lift tickets and passes are required to participate.


Experienced Keystone Adventure Tour guides make your first run down Independence Bowl, Keystone’s newest expert-only terrain, a memorable one.

During the season, they’ll offer two guided tours daily through this exhilarating bowl. Each tour comes complete with a catered lunch at the Independence Bowl Hut.

NOTE: these tours are for expert skiers and riders who are accustomed to and adept in powder and trees. If you’re in doubt of your abilities, feel free to take a Mountain-Top Snowcat Tour first to scope out the terrain, and talk with our staff about your skill level and comfort in deep powder.

Included in your guided tour is a lunch experience at the Independence Hut.

Reservations are required. Powder skis will be provided to you courtesy of Salomon; equipment rental is included in the tour cost. Poles and boots are not provided. Skis can only be used for the tour. The Salomon ski rental is only while you are on the tour.

Estimated @ $240 per person (includes lift ticket, powder ski rental and lunch). A lift ticket to get up to the top of the mountain and to the cat is not required for the day of the tour as it is included in the tour package. However, if you’d like to ski after the tour you’ll need to buy a ticket.


Why hike when you can ride? Instead of hiking into the expert terrain in The Outback bowls, take a ride on a cat. Keystone Adventure Tour’s snowcats make passes on The Outback travel route only. Reservations aren’t required, but $5 in cash is.

Dates: Weather dependent on conditions
Time: 10:30 am – 1:30 pm
Location: Meet at Outback Bowls gate, atop The Outback
Cost: $5 (cash only – price subject to change yearly)
Capacity: Snowcats accommodate up to 12 people
Professional crew: Operator and Gear Loader

Other Resort Activities

  • NASTAR On mountain race course
  • Nordic Skiing
  • Scenic Gondola Rides
  • Snow biking
  • Tubing
  • Dinner Sleigh Ridge
  • Ice Skating
  • Ice Hockey
  • Snowshoeing
  • Tubing
  • Snowbiking

Skiers enjoying Apres at Keystone Ski Resort Colorado

Family on holiday ice skating at Keystone Ski Resort

Keystone Ski School and Daycare



Private Ski & Snowboarding Lessons
Personal instruction is available for individuals, private groups and families offering a faster and more efficient way to learn.

Group Lessons

Select from a standard group lesson, or for a more specialized approach Keystone Ski School also offer women’s and teen’s programs. Groups will be based on level of ability.

Ultimate Four – Semi Private Lessons

This semi-private adventure never has more than four guests with one pro, combined with a head start on the other classes means a smooth run to the next level. Enjoy lunch at one of the on mountain restaurants with your pro.

The Adventure Sessions

Spend a day sharing a top guide with a small group, allowing you quick access to the best terrain and conditions on the mountain. You will be teamed with other like-minded, like-skilled ski/ride enthusiasts, who want to get the most out of their day, going places that you might not go yourself, based on the joint interests and ability of the group. Here there will be the opportunity to cut lift lines and pick up tips and technical information along the way.


Kids Ultimate 4 Ski and Snowboard Lessons

Keystones Ultimate 4 Snowboard Program is limited to four students (or fewer) per instructor, to allow for more individual attention and a faster and safer learning environment. Children’s ski instructors focus on creating a safe environment where children can explore the mountain and refine their skills.

Children Ages 7 – 14

The Keystone ski pros are trained to provide children with individual challenges and feedback, while promoting a social and engaging group environment. Here they teach expert moves early and reinforce them every step of the way, as well as strive to make learning a journey of self-discovery.

Mom Dad and Me

This is a fabulous opportunity for you, your child and your child’s class lesson instructor to review the day’s activities. Your involvement in your children’s education is key in helping them reach their potential, whether it’s in the classroom or on the snow. Therefore, the Keystone pros will not only review what your child is working on in the Ski & Ride School, but will also give parents tips on how they too can continue to develop their child’s skills.


Children who are still in diapers or pull-ups cannot unfortunately attend Ski & Ride School. However, convenient day care programs for children ages from 2 months to 6 years old are available at the Keystone Children’s Centre located in the River Run Village.

Accommodation at Keystone

River Run Condominiums – Deluxe Village/slopeside property

River Run Condominiums are conveniently located right in the heart of Keystone’s River Run base Village, amongst shopping, upscale and casual dining establishments, art galleries, and just a short walk away from all skier services including the River Run Gondola and Summit Express High-Speed Quad.
Recently built, these deluxe, quality units are professionally decorated with mountain-inspired furnishings, fully equipped kitchens, spacious living rooms, and enough bedrooms to accommodate the whole family. Onsite there is even a Children’s Centre, designed especially for younger guest.

Available are:
• Studios
• 1, 2 bedroom condos

River Run Village Condos at Keystone Ski Resort


IMPORTANT NOTE: the above images are to be used as guides for room types available. Due to room configurations and decors differing from condo to condo, not all rooms will look or appear the same.