Sitting at 9,280 feet elevation in Summit County, Colo. and just a short, scenic drive from Denver, Keystone Resort is the ultimate location for families to beat the heat and enjoy authentic mountain experiences at a pace they dictate. Offering a laid-back environment that is full of adventures with fewer crowds, families will find plenty of opportunities to connect through a variety of experiences, all with the Rocky Mountains providing the backdrop. Whether it’s a mountaintop hike, hitting the links for a round of golf, downhill mountain biking, horseback riding, stand up paddle boarding, enjoying free live mountaintop music or simply relaxing poolside, the allure of the mountains come to life at Keystone Resort. Summer operations begin June 9 and end September 17.
 
Summer Improvements, Winter Rewards
During the summer months, Keystone Resort will undertake two capital improvements that will reinvest in the winter mountain experience. The Montezuma Express Lift, a primary lift on Dercum Mountain that serves popular intermediate and beginner ski terrain, will be replaced with a detachable six-passenger chair that will increase efficiency and capacity by up to 25 percent, while improving skier and snowboarder circulation on the mountain. Keystone also plans to expand Labonte’s Smokehouse BBQ with a new, 150-seat indoor facility for the on-mountain dining venue – perfect for family diners! Located at the base of Keystone’s North Peak, Labonte’s is a popular restaurant serving house smoked meats and barbeque during the ski day.
 
Less is More
While Keystone offers a multitude of summer adventures for a variety of experiences, the natural secluded setting of the resort allows guests to enjoy the allure of the mountains in a laid-back environment. From tucked away lodging properties to the welcoming and calm environment of the White River National Forest, those looking for adventures can do so at a pace they dictate. With the Rocky Mountains setting the scene, Keystone Resort is full of adventures, not crowds. 
 
Ultimate Family Adventure
Keystone Resort’s Ultimate Family Summer Adventure allows families to create their own mountain experience based upon their preferences. Through a personalized selection of lodging accommodations, unique activities, dining experiences and events, families can connect through shared memories. Whether it’s enjoying free daily Kidtopia family events, taking a scenic chairlift ride to the top of the mountain, hitting the links for a round of golf, horseback riding through the White River National Forest, enjoying the Keystone Lake, relaxing poolside at one of Keystone’s numerous lodging accommodations, or embarking upon a wagon ride dinner to an original ranch homestead, families will find no shortage of opportunity to disconnect and enjoy the great outdoors. Summer lodging rates begin at $99, with free scenic lift ticket for any child 12 and younger, as well as free nine holes of golf, a free guided hike, and a free fitness or yoga class for everyone in the group – adult or child.
 
Kids Rule Keystone
Keystone’s signature daily family Kidtopia programming provides families with a variety of activities and adventures that are free throughout the entire summer. From June 9 to Sept. 3, Kidtopia offerings such as nature hikes, kite building workshops and Wild West nights allow families to enjoy creative experiences that provide additional ways to enjoy the resort. Additionally, special events such as the Strider Bike Series and Kidtopia Discovery Days provide free outdoor entertainment in the heart of Keystone’s River Run Village. The daily Kidtopia schedule can be found at www.keystoneresort.com/activities/kidtopia-summer.aspx.
 
Free is Key
From daily Kidtopia activities and special events to free golf and scenic lift tickets, Keystone offers a variety of recurring free options for families to enjoy. With any two-night stay or longer booked directly through Keystone, all guests receive Play for Free components that includes free scenic lift tickets for any child 12 and younger, as well as free nine holes of golf, free guided hike and a free fitness or yoga class for everyone on the reservation. Keystone’s Friday Afternoon Club includes complimentary scenic lift tickets for adults and children from 1-7 p.m., where free live music, activities and mountaintop games, food and drink specials and stunning views from 11,640 feet elevation await. Kidtopia’s recurring daily offerings can all be enjoyed at no cost, including special events such as the Strider Bike Series, Kidtopia Discovery Days and Kidtopia Kidzfest.
 
Fun Fore All
Keystone Resort is home to two distinct golf courses, offering 36-holes of championship golf in one idyllic setting. The River Course offers impressive elevation changes, variable bunkers, water hazards and six sets of tees on each hole to challenge and welcome golfers of all ability levels. Keystone Ranch Golf Course is set on historic ranch land where original structures and old western heritage remain throughout the course, providing a nostalgic feel amongst the breathtaking scenery. Avid golfers will appreciate Keystone’s Stay, Play & Save lodging and golf packages, continually recognized as one of Colorado’s best stay and play offers, while families can take advantage of a Kids Swing Free program, Time for Nine rates and two golf courses that offer six sets of tees on each hole.
 
It’s All Downhill from Here
The Keystone Bike Park offers some of the country’s best downhill singletrack mountain biking trails with progressive terrain for riders of multiple ability levels. Fifty-six lift-serviced trails provide riders with more than 2,000 feet of vertical drop. From mellow bridges and berms to rock gardens and rock drops, beginner and expert riders alike can experience the thrill of downhill. The Keystone Bike Academy caters to riders of all levels with beginner and intermediate clinics, private lessons and downhill guides. Instructors have been trained via standards set forth by the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA), providing professional instruction on the proper downhill techniques.
 
Festival Season
Summers have become the season of festivals, and this certainly holds true at Keystone Resort. Guests can pair the multitude of available mountain adventures with a signature festival or event for an affordable and unique way to complement any summer stay at the resort. Summer festivals include the Blue Ribbon Bacon Tour (June 24-25); Keystone Wine and Jazz Festival (July 15-16); River Run Village Art Festival (July 29-30); Keystone Bluegrass and Beer Festival (Aug. 5-6); Mountain Town Music Festival (Aug. 18-19); Keystone Oktoberfest (Sept. 2) and Taste of Keystone (Sept. 3).
 
Camps, Clinics and Lessons
The opportunities for new discoveries and expanding existing skills are not unique to the winter months at Keystone, as a variety of lessons, clinics, camps and guided adventures allow guests to continue to explore and play in the Rocky Mountains during the summer months. Families, friends and fitness enthusiasts alike can enjoy a variety of offerings that showcase the many adventures available at Keystone.
 
Thrill-seekers looking to enjoy the Keystone Bike Park can learn what it takes to conquer the mountain via mountain bike with the Keystone Bike Academy. Catering to riders of all ability levels with beginner clinics, private lessons and downhill guides, certified mountain biking instructors lead a variety of programs that are perfect for families, friends and groups.
 
In addition to the daily morning and afternoon fitness classes held at Studio K, mountaintop yoga showcases the Zen of Keystone. Located at 11,640-feet elevation with expansive views of the Tenmile Range, mountaintop yoga brings the sport to a whole new level.
 
Both the Keystone Ranch Golf Course and The River Course offer a variety of private lessons, clinics and programs designed for golfers of all abilities and ages. With instruction via Keystone’s PGA teaching professionals, enjoying the links through private lessons and weekly offerings designed specifically for junior, woman, senior and group golfers is easier than a hole-in-one.
 
Hiking is a summer staple throughout Colorado, and Keystone is no exception with five different guided hikes offered. Whether it’s a wildflower hike or a calorie-burning fitness hike, a mountain hike or valley hike, Keystone’s guided hikes each offer a unique perspective of the resort. The spectacular views are combined with a plethora of information of information regarding local history, nature and high alpine environments that are sure to leave guests with a greater appreciation of the mountain environment.
 
Media Contacts:
Sara Lococo, (970) 496-1493, slococo@vailresorts.com
Russell Carlton, (970) 496-4065, rcarlton@vailresorts.com
 

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Email: rcarlton@vailresorts.com
Phone: 970.496.4065
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