I just spent an awesome (long) weekend up in Keystone and I had a blast. It’s amazing the many things you can do in the mountains and never get bored. Here’s the top 4 things I recommend you do if you have some extra time:
- Ski the Outback. I had never been as far back as I had until a friend led me around. Sometimes that’s all it takes: someone else to explore with you. With plenty of hard blues and expert diamonds theres something for anyone riding intermediate-and-up. Be sure to hit the trees off of Wolverine. The best part? Experts don’t often head to Keystone so you’ll have plenty of room to yourself!
- Night ski. For most people a day of skiing and snowboarding ends around 2 or 3 when the lifts start shutting down. But, at Keystone your day doesn’t end until 9pm! Head up Friday afternoon, ski all night and then get a full day on Saturday from open to close.
- Ice skate at Lakeside. How often do you get to skate on an outdoor pond? Lakeside (due West of Mountain House (which is due West of River Run) has five-acres of Zamboni-maintained ice. If you get a condo your skating is free or else it’s $11 to skate and $7 for the rental. The surroundings are worth it.
- Have a burger at Wolf Rock Brewery. Delicious burgers from one of the highest microbreweries you’ll ever visit. With a build-your-own-burger menu and your choice of buffalo, well, ’nuff said.
I’m speaking from very recent experience. Keystone (and all the other resorts) have tons of activities to keep you entertained. Sometimes the locals don’t stick around to explore all the other fun things to do off the slopes. Instead of taking an expensive flight somewhere warm this winter why not stay in the hills for a bit?