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Keystone's base village offers a fun, social atmosphere at the end of the day ... but at Keystone the day lasts into the night.
Keystone's base village offers a fun, social atmosphere at the end of the day ... but at Keystone the day lasts into the night.
By Tom Boyd

December 10, 2008 — A new gondola for the 2008-2009 season makes navigating Keystone much easier – day or night. The eight-passenger, top-of-the-line gondola will follow the same alignment as the current six-passenger gondola, but will find its base in the oh-so-convenient heart of River Run Village.

Once atop Keystone Mountain, gondola riders will have the option of skiing back to the base, jumping into the tubing hill, or heading out toward North Peak on the Outpost Gondola. This is where experts can sink their teeth into Keystone’s upper reaches. A hike up the ridge to the top of Erickson Bowl or Bergman Bowl is usually possible from the top of North Peak, but Outback Bowl is a must for any glade skier. For those who aren’t quite so hard core, the lower reaches of North Peak are generally sunny and relaxed.

Fun Fact: The popular Betty Fest Alpine Ski Women’s Weekend will be expanding in the 2008-2009 season and a Nordic Fest program will be added.

Average annual snowfall: 230

Price: Prices vary (see website)

Skiable Acres: 3,148

Lifts: 20 (2 gondolas, 1 high-speed sixpack, 5 high-speed quad)

Terrain park: Yes (A51 terrain park)

Season: Nov. 7 – April 12

Terrain breakdown: 12 percent beginner, 34 percent intermediate, 54 percent advanced/expert

Location: 75 miles west of Denver on Highway six, south of I-70

Information: (877) 753-9786



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