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Keystone Resort was developed with conserving its natural features in mind. This all-year-round resort located in Keystone, Colorado, opened its doors to the public in 1970. It is owned and operated by Vail Resorts and is a famous destination among family and snow fanatics, having room for all abilities.
Driving to Keystone only takes about 90 minutes from Denver. At the front, villages and other facilities welcome guests in the base areas of River Run, Mountain House, and Lakeside. Mountain House, being the original base even before, is an accessible spot where dining, ticket booths, and ride school are just within the vicinity. It is perpendicular to the Peru Express, so going up the mountain is as smooth as its powder. Keystone has a total terrain of 3,148 acres with 128 trails. Annual snowfall is 235 inches. Its welcoming and well-groomed corduroys encourage snowboarders to start hitting the ground early. Easy runs occupy 12% of the resort while more and most difficult ones cover 39% and 49% respectively. The resort is made up of Dercum Mountain, North Peak, and the Outback. Dercum has lots of blue and green runs; North Peak and the Outback specialize in challenging black runs coupled with glades to whip up thrill-seekers. Bowls are also plenty to scoop up advanced riders and send them up the air. Kids and beginners can learn snowboarding at the learning areas accessible via the Discovery Chair and the Ranger Chair.
Keystone is also top-notch in its terrain parks. From the base area, A-51 is accessible via the Peru Express. It is a freestyler’s ultimate playground that comes with beginner to advanced features. This progression park sits on 60 acres of land and is serviced by its designated lift. From small to large, the parks are as follows: Easy Street, I-70, Park Lane, The Alley, and Main Street. Access to the backcountry is via snowcat, so snowboarders can save up some energy for the action off-piste. After a day at the mountain, riders can grab some beer and relax at Kickapoo Tavern or listen to great music at the Summit House.