Keystone Colorado Skiing
Ski in Summit County
Keystone is Summit County’s largest ski area (3,150 acres) with something to offer for all ability levels, but it’s known first and foremost for family-friendly skiing, including:
- At Keystone, there are over 1600 acres of blue and green runs. See their latest trail maps to plan your day on the mountain.
- An abundance of groomed runs (including Schoolmarm, the longest green run in Colorado—three miles long)
- Five dedicated kids' skiing areas (like Ripperoo’s Forest) with lots of cartoon characters and other brightly decorated figures to keep small ones excited about skiing
- Exceptional children’s and adult ski schools at both the Mountain House and River Run Village
- The largest night skiing operation in Colorado (open until 8:30 PM), which allows parents to put children in a full-day lesson and then pick them up afterwards for plenty of private skiing as a family when there are far fewer skiers on the mountain.
- The Area 51 Terrain Park (very popular with teens and young adults). Not only is Area 51 ranked among North America’s best parks (over 100 jumps, rails, and jibs, plus a 22-foot super pipe), but it’s also open at night. If you’re coming to Keystone with teens, it’s not going to be a challenge to keep them occupied (skiing from 9:00 AM until 8:30 PM)..and exhausted.
- The most popular tubing hill in Colorado (just a short free gondola ride from River Run Village to the top of Keystone Mountain). Five parallel runs with a dedicated rope tow to pull you and the tube back to the top. Take a camera along—this is probably the one Keystone activity the family will most want to reminisce about until the next ski trip.
- Snow Fort—A massive new ice-block fort the kids can climb through, then slide back to ground level. Parents are occasionally allowed...with a permission slip from the child. Located at the top of Keystone Mountain (close to the gondola terminal). It's a nice way to take a 30-minute break from skiing or tubing for something totally different.
- For the more adventurous, there are also 1,500 acres of advanced runs (about half the ski area), highlighted by Keystone’s new snowcat operation (KAT skiing) in three remote alpine bowls (at 12,600' elevation, which assures prime conditions).
- Access to additional expert runs for advanced skiers at nearby Arapahoe Basin (5 minutes away by shuttle or car), North America’s highest ski area (known locally as The Legend).
- Iif those aren’t enough options, the interchangeable Keystone lift ticket will also allow you to access (at no additional charge) even more adventures at Breckenridge, A-Basin, Vail, and Beaver Creek. It’s not uncommon for skiers to spend the day at another resort, come back to Keystone for a quick dinner, then head out again for an evening of night skiing (included with the same lift ticket), a show in the terrain park on the big jumps or super pipe, or a few runs down the world-class tubing hill.