2020-21 Keystone Resort winter news & story ideas
Celebrating Keystone’s 50th Birthday
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KEYSTONE RESORT’S 50TH ANNIVERSARY
Put on your party pants because Keystone turns 50 years young this season! The virtual celebration kicks off on November 6th, but it doesn’t stop there – follow along all season long as we turn this birthday into a birth-year party that will take place through closing day on Keystone social media. Keystone plans to highlight the resort’s fun, family-focused past, present and future, by featuring some of the resorts key people, places and historical moments, that have shaped the resort over the last half-of-century.
TODAY WE PLAY
At Keystone Resort, kids have no age limit. It is a place where play is the root of all good, and play is for everyone. Keystone is a family playground where kids of all ages can discover the magic of playing in the mountains. Located in Summit County, Colo. and just 75 miles west of Denver, the resort boasts more than 3,000 acres of skiable terrain including three incredible peaks, five above-tree-line bowls, and night skiing. Home to the industry’s-leading Kids Ski Free offer, kids 12 and younger can ski and ride for free every day, all season long with just two or more nights of lodging booked through the resort beginning December 8. Convenient touches like a Family Ski Trail, designated free family parking, and complimentary red wagons for carrying gear and excited kiddos, all enable families to play easier.
WHAT TO EXPECT FOR WINTER 2020-21 AT KEYSTONE
With plans to operate through April 4, 2021, Keystone Resort is committed to doing everything it can to prioritize safety and ensure a successful winter season from start to finish. For everyone’s safety, face coverings will be required to access the mountain and in all aspects of operations, including in lift lines, and while loading, unloading and riding in lifts and gondolas.?To allow for physical distancing, access to the mountain will be managed through a reservation system that prioritizes pass holders and limits the sale of lift tickets. This system is designed to help ensure guests have the space they need no matter when they visit, and for the vast majority of days, the resort believes it will be able to accommodate everyone who wants to ski and ride.?Pass holders will have exclusive early season access, including early access to up to seven advance Priority Reservation Days, all before lift tickets go on sale Dec. 8, and pass holders will also have access to as many week-of reservations as their pass type and availability allow throughout the winter season. Learn more about our commitment to safety and new reservation system on the Winer Experience page at KeystoneResort.com.
Keystone’s three peaks offer a progression friendly layout that gives all riders a thrill, no matter the skill. From freshly groomed corduroy, to hike-to bowl skiing, Keystone has it all, and everything is laid out in a way that’s easy to navigate. For beginners or those heading out for their first session of the season, Dercum Mountain is a natural first stop from the base area that offers a variety of beginner and intermediate terrain ideal for warming up the legs or simply getting the hang of things. Once riders are feeling more confident, they can cruise or take the gondola over to North Peak and take things up a notch. There, riders will be delighted to find intermediate and expert terrain that comes in many forms, from never ending groomers, to pick-your-path tree glades. Lastly, for those looking for even more extreme terrain, the Outback is an adventure to be had. Located at the back of the resort hence the name, skiers and riders will put their skills to the test with plenty of top-notch tree runs and hike-to bowl lines. No matter what your skill level, you’ll find fun everywhere at Keystone.
SUSTAINABILITY: RECYCLED TABLES AND CHAIRS
Ever wonder what happens to those snack wrappers you’ve recycled? In Vail Resorts’ expanded partnership with PepsiCo, we’ve teamed up with TerraCycle to recycle those candy wrappers into picnic tables and Adirondack chairs! When you find yourself taking a break at the Summit House or Mountain house, kick up your feet in one of these relaxing new chairs or enjoy a snack at the picnic tables. Just be sure to keep recycling, so we can keep making more tables and chairs and continue to work towards Vail Resorts’ Commitment to Zero by 2030.
KIDS SKI FREE MAKES KEYSTONE THE PLACE TO BE
Easy on the wallet and easy on the rules, Keystone’s long-standing Kids Ski Free offer has been providing kids with free lift tickets since 2012. Beginning December 8, kids 12 and younger ski for free at Keystone with no blackout dates when family’s book just two or more nights through Keystone Resort. Lodging accommodation options span from affordable hotel rooms to family-sized condominiums.
KEYSTONE’S STATE-OF-THE-ART SNOWMAKING SYSTEM
Last summer, Keystone Resort upgraded the snowmaking system on its opening terrain to a state-of-the-art, automated, energy-efficient system. This new automated system allows the resort to manage resources more efficiently and operate more productively in narrow, early season snowmaking windows, which ultimately provides guests with a consistent, high-quality, early season ski experience.
The snowmaking enhancement project consisted of:
53 automated fan guns
22 mobile fan guns
29 tower-mounted fan guns
2 arm-mounted fan guns
10 air/water tower guns
11,000 feet of pipe – more than 2 miles
78,000 feet of electrical cable, that’s almost 15 miles of wire!
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