Keystone Ski Area
#23 – 2014 Best Ski Resorts in the West, Ski Magazine
2013/2014 Season Dates: November 1, 2013 to April 20, 2014
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Keystone Ski Area offers access to three mountains, encompassing 2,227 acres of terrain serviced by 19 lifts. All three mountains are accessible from the Keystone Village Base area. Arapahoe Basin is also just a short 10-minute shuttle ride up Loveland Pass. Keystone Mountain is known for its expert terrain, but it also offers wide trails and designated slow skiing areas, perfect for families and beginners. Rising from a base elevation of 9,280 feet to the summit at 12,200 feet, Keystone is blanketed in an average yearly snowfall of 230 inches, and receives a trail ranking of 12% beginner, 31% intermediate, 6% advanced and 51% expert. North Peak boasts steep mogul-covered runs and smooth cruisers that cater to the more-advanced skier. The Outback features gladed tree skiing to offer the adventurous intermediate and advanced skiers powder skiing long after the main runs turn to packed powder.
Last season Keystone unveiled its new addition, Independence Bowl. With over 300 additional acres of expert only hike to and snowcat ski terrain just east of Dercum Mountain summit. The terrain offers an in bounds "backcountry-lite" skiing and riding experience.
Maps / Webcams / Videos:
- Trail Map, Adobe .pdf
- Keystone Webcam
- A-51 Terrain Park, YouTube video
- Independence Bowl, YouTube video
- Around the Resort, YouTube video
- Vertical drop: 3,128 feet
- Summit elevation: 12,408 feet
- Base elevation: 9,280 feet
- Longest run: 3.5 miles
- 19 Lifts:
- 2 Gondolas
- 5 High-speed quad chair lifts
- 1 High-speed 6-person lift
- 1 Quad chair lift
- 1 Triple chair lift
- 4 Double chair lifts
- 1 Surface lift
- 4 Carpet lifts
- Ski school
- Equipment rentals
- Snowmaking equipment
- Easiest: 14%
- More Difficult: 31%
- Most Difficult: 19%
- Expert: 36%
- Dercum Mountain:
Peaks at 11,640 feet and offers skiers and riders a variety of Green beginner runs and Blue intermediate runs with long groomers A51 Terrain Park – one of Transworld Snowboarding's Top 10 Parks for the second year running – Night Skiing and tubing at Adventure Point. Access the Windows from top of Dercum Mountain as well as Bergman, Erikson and Independence Bowls. Catch a snowcat guided tour from Advernture Point.
- North Peak:
Tops out at 11,660 feet and offers skiers and riders long bump runs with a variety of Blue intermediate and Black expert runs. At the top lives The Outpost. The Outpost is home to The Alpenglow Stube, Der Fondue Chessel and the Timber Ridge food court. Access scenic snowcat tours from the top of North Peak.
- The Outback :
Peaks at 11,980 feet and offers skiers and riders Blue intermediate and Black Expert runs. The Outback is home to some of the states' best tree skiing and North and South Bowls. Hike to North and South bowl or take the Outback Cat Shuttle.
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