Visitor reviews for Keystone Ski Resort
December 02, 2014
Michael from Australia
Skied Keystone Jan 2013. I found this resort to be well organised and family friendly. The snow was excellent considering lack of recent snowfall but the high altitude kept it in pristine condition. As an advanced skier I was happy with the runs on offer and loved those long green/blue runs back to the village. Good on-mountain facilities available and lift queues pretty much non existent once on the mountain. Price wise, this resort is no different from any other big resort. Looking forward to going back again during 2016.
Overall: 4.0. Based on 4 votes and 5 reviews. Vote
(1) At least one overnight stop, (2) requires a whole day, (3) requires more than half a day – you may have time for a few turns (4) arrive by lunchtime and ski all afternoon, (5) there is a main airport within an hour of Keystone.
Public Transport: 4.0
(1) There are no buses or taxis to Keystone, (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.
(1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.
(1) No places to stay in/near Keystone, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.
Cheap Rooms: 3.5
(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.
Luxury Hotels: 4.0
(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Keystone.
Ski in/Ski out: 4.5
(1) The ski area is located far from any accommodation, (3) a free ski bus takes you to the ski area in a short trip, (5) Ski-in ski-out accommodation is available.
(1) There are no child care facilities at Keystone, (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.
(1) Occasionally gets enough snow for skiing, (2) is often closed due to a lack of snow, (3) occasionally suffers from a lack of snow, (4) rarely suffers from a lack of snow, (5) Keystone is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.
(1) Keystone relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.
Snow Grooming: 4.2
(1) There are no snow groomers at Keystone, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Keystone are groomed daily.
(1) there is nowhere to ski when it is windy or visibility is bad and lifts often shut, (3) there are some trees for poor visibility but main lifts sometimes close, (5) Keystone is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.
Nearby options: 5.0
(1) If snow conditions are poor at Keystone, it will be poor everywhere nearby, (3) there are good alternatives within an hours drive, (5) other locations on the same lift pass provide a rich variety of snowsure ski conditions.
Regional rating: 3.3
(1) Keystone usually has poor snow conditions compared to other resorts in region, (3) has average conditions for the region, (5) usually has the best snow conditions in the region.
Lift Staff: 4.5
(1) The staff at Keystone are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Keystone are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.
(1) the resort is always busy and there are usually long lift queues, (3) it is quiet apart from occasional weekends and school holidays, (5) it is uncrowded and lift queues are very rare.
Ski Schools: 3.5
(1) No ski schools available, (2) one or two ski schools but local language only, (3) a few ski schools but book early for multi-lingual instructors, (4) plenty of ski schools and multi-lingual instructors available, (5) excellent ski schools with friendly multi-lingual ski instructors.
Hire and Repairs: 4.7
(1) Nothing can be sourced, not even ski-wax or ptex. (3) there are some ski shops but rentals need to be booked in advance, (5) good quality ski equipment can be purchased or hired and overnight repairs are possible.
Variety of pistes: 4.5
(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Keystone has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.
(1) Beginners can only watch others ski and snowboard, (3) a few gentle slopes but beginners will get bored in less than a week, (3) Vast areas of gentle terrain.
(1) No intermediate terrain at Keystone, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.
(1) Nothing for advanced skiers and snowboarders, (3) enough steep terrain for a few days with some good offpiste, (5) Enough steep terrain and offpiste areas to entertain advanced skiers for at least a week.
Snow Park: 4.8
(1) Not even a kicker at Keystone, (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.
(1) No off-piste worth mentioning, (2) off piste is out-of-bounds, (3) some varied offpiste that stays fresh for one or two days, (5) a vast array of off-piste routes that can stay untracked for several days.
(1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around Keystone, (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.
(1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) Keystone has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.
Mountain Dining: 4.2
(1) Nowhere to buy food by the pistes, (3) some places to eat up on the mountain but they are often busy and expensive, (5) there is a variety of excellent mountain eateries right next to the slopes to suit all budgets.
(1) Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. (5) A wide variety of places to eat and drink in the resort, from fast food to fancy restaurants.
(1) Nothing to do, not even a bar, (3) there are a few bars in the resort but nothing special, (5) clubs and bars stay open until very late and have a friendly atmosphere.
Other Sports: 4.5
(1) No sports facilities at all apart from ski lifts, (3) resort has just a small public swimming pool, (5) resort has all kinds of sports facilities, including a full-size swimming pool.
(1) Besides the snow and walking there is nothing to do here, (3) the non-skier will find things to do for few days but may become bored after a week, (5) the resort area is a fascinating place to visit, regardless of winter sports.
Winter Walks: 4.0
(1) Very limited walking and no snowshoe trails, (3) a couple of designated scenic walking/snowshoe trails, (5) extensive and diverse winter walking trails for all abilities.
Ski Pass Value: 4.0
(1) A 1 week ski pass is overpriced compared to the number of lifts available, (3) the ski pass is averagely priced and covers a reasonable number of lifts, (5) ski passes are excellent value for money and cover a lot of lifts spanning a big area.
Value (National): 3.0
(1) Overall, Keystone is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the country and not worth the money, (3) overall represents average value for money, (5) overall offers the best value resort in the country.
Value (Global): 3.8
(1) Overall, Keystone is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the world, (3) overall it offers pretty average value for money compared to resorts from other countries, (5) internationally the resort offers excellent value for money.
March 27, 2009
Barry Peters from United Kingdom
Keystone is a very well run friendly ski area.
I am a fairly advanced skier who wanted to get better at bumps (moguls). Also good for beginners and good night skiing and fun-park.
Pluses at Keystone:
Helpful, well organised (this is N America, not Italy after all).
Because of the recession and the time of year I went (late March), it was fairly quiet and no/tiny lift queues.
Enough skiing unless you are really hard core. You can always go the the nearby resorts of Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenbridge if you want (same lift pass but need to take bus or go by car).
Lots of accommodation nearby - little that is ski-in, ski-out, but little problem unless you are lazy or can't walk & hold skis at the same time. Superb free bus chuttles that take you all around Keystone.
Well-organised night skiing.
Fantastic ski school (I used Mountain Lodge and they were the best I have used - good for all levels)
Minuses at Keystone:
The elevation can take getting used to for some.
The cost of the lift pass - ouch. Made worse for us Europeans by the terrible exchange rate. However, a season pass for all the local resorts costs roughly the same as a week pass so actually it is cheap if you go for a few weeks.
November 26, 2008
Lee Wilson (970)368-0165 from New Zealand
I'm here at Keystone this season and in response to below they now have a $30M upgrade into a new gondola that fits 8 people and gets to the summit in less than 12minutes (fast as) also has a mid station you can down load before the last hard pack snow (bottom of river run) that often gets stripped from beginner snowboarders sliding down it so that has been fixed now. They also have free bus services. As for being bitterly cold, of course this is the rocky mountains, that's why we are here.
Lee - Snowboard Instructor (Keystone,co and Mt Hutt, NZ)
Email - firstname.lastname@example.org
January 09, 2008
M Reeder from United Kingdom
Stayed Xmas new year 07/08. Interesting and challenging pistes. Not as well groomed as nearby resorts. Bitterly cold and often -20 to -30 centigrade. Long walk with skis from village to lifts. Huge queues at lifts could take up to half an hour to get to top. Steepish slope into river run often icy at bottom - not good for beginners. Skied at Breckenridge; easy skiing, good pistes, well organised lift queues.
Both resorts bear little relation to the write ups in ski books and websites
August 28, 2004
ted lane from United States
Keystone was a blast Feb.2004. You can ski here, Breck,Vail,A-Basin and Beaver Creak on same pass. Also you can night ski and they have a huge frozen pond to skate on in Keystone.