Keystone Resort Set to Open for the Season Friday, Nov. 1

29 October 2013

Keystone, Colo. — Oct. 29, 2013Keystone Resort is getting ready to roll out the white carpet, welcoming guests to the 2013-2014 ski and snowboard season with the resort’s Opening Day on Friday, Nov. 1. Keystone will make its season debut with 65 skiable acres on Dercum Mountain, and a weekend of exciting events and activities will animate the start of another great season. Lifts will open at 9 a.m. Friday, with skiing and riding through 4 p.m.
 
Thanks to the round-the-clock efforts of Keystone’s snowmaking, grooming and mountain operations teams, 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 renowned 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.
 
Guests can begin the morning with a treat of warm donut from Keystone’s renowned pastry chef Ned Archibald, as well as hot chocolate and coffee at the base of the River Run Gondola. In honor of the resort’s 43rdseason, 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 great 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. Keystone’s offer is as simple as childhood itself, without any red tape or restrictions; there are no blackout dates, giving families the freedom to take advantage of the special deal on weekends and throughout holiday periods, a rarity in the ski industry. Last season the resort provided more than 25,000 Kids Ski Free lift tickets and Keystone is proud to offer the industry’s simplest and most valuable Kids Ski Free program for a second year in a row. Reservations may be made at Keystoneresort.com or by calling 800-328-1323.
 
For those guests looking to make a last minute decision about where to ski/ride, Keystone has
introduced one-day advance purchase lift tickets online. New this season, snow enthusiasts
may purchase lift tickets at Keystonetickets.com just one day before heading to the mountain.
One-Day Peaks Advanced tickets will be available every day, all season long, offering up to 25% savings off window-rate tickets.
 
Pass products are on sale at Keystone Resort and available online at snow.com.
Not too late to Get your Epic Season Pass
Enjoy the ability to ski and ride 26 mountains in four countries on just one pass. Now including Canyons in Utah, the Epic Pass is available for $729 for adults and $379 for children (5-12 years old). The full Epic Pass, the best season pass deal in the ski industry, offers unlimited, unrestricted skiing at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Heavenly, Northstar, Kirkwood, Canyons and Arapahoe Basin, as well as five days of skiing/riding at some of Europe’s most storied destinations.
 
New Keystone/A-Basin Pass
New this season, Vail Resorts introduces the Keystone A-Basin Pass™. Located minutes from I-70, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin offer easy access for skiers and riders, who will enjoy unlimited skiing and riding with holiday restrictions, with the added advantage of two of the longest ski and ride seasons in the state. Enjoy more than 4,000 acres of skiable terrain for just $299 for adults and $209 for children (5-12 years old).The best value in the ski industry, the Keystone A-Basin Pass™ pays for itself in less than three days on the mountain.

Keystone 4-Packs
For skiers and riders not yet ready to make the commitment to a season pass, the diverse terrain offerings of two favorite Colorado mountains may also be accessed via the Keystone-A-Basin 4-Pack product. For just $179, guests can enjoy four days of their choice, with limited blackout dates, between the two resorts. Now available online at Keystoneresort.com and at selectColorado Ski and Golf, Colorado Ski and Sport, Boulder Ski Deals and special event locations, guests can lock in four perfect days at up to 60% off daily lift ticket window rates.

For more information about Keystone Resort, visit keystoneresort.com or call (877) 204-7889. Follow the resort at @keystonemtn on Twitter or at www.Facebook.com/Keystone.
 

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Media Note

More info and photos of Keystone Resort are also available at http://news.keystone.vailresorts.com. For broadcast-quality video footage and photos please visit our public Dropbox site: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/wcvr41spvmcas0g/PFtjG2Sf6b
Broll of on-and-off mountain fun at Keystone Resort available here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/qq0btqijxzizggi/Keystone%20Broll.mp4

Media Contacts
Laura Parquette, (970) 496-4107, (970) 333-3437, lparquette@vailresorts.com
Tucker Vest Burton, (970) 496-4065, (970) 485-2444, tburton@vailresorts.com
About Vail Resorts, Inc. (NYSE: MTN)
Vail Resorts, Inc., through its subsidiaries, is the leading mountain resort operator in the United States. The Company's subsidiaries operate the mountain resorts of Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone in Colorado; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in the Lake Tahoe area of California and Nevada; Canyons in Park City, Utah; Afton Alps in Minnesota and Mt. Brighton in Michigan; and the Grand Teton Lodge Company in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The Company's subsidiary, RockResorts, a luxury resort hotel company, manages casually elegant properties. Vail Resorts Development Company is the real estate planning, development and construction subsidiary of Vail Resorts, Inc. Vail Resorts is a publicly held company traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: MTN). The Vail Resorts company website is www.vailresorts.com and consumer website is www.snow.com.
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