Three Events You Will Not Want to Miss at Keystone Resort This Summer

Outdoor events and activities are what make summertime in the high-country an experience not to be missed. Summit County,Coloradorolls out the red carpet for visitors and locals alike with everything from Rubber Ducky and Mountain Biking Races, to half-marathons. Keystone Resort adds to the list with entertaining and family-friendly festivals that cater to vacationers looking for a daily activity or a week long getaway. From Bacon, to Jazz, toBluegrass, Keystone has something for everyone.

1. Blue Ribbon Bacon Tour, June 23-24

For the second year in a row Keystone Resort will play host to the Blue Ribbon Bacon Tour that will feature, well, lots and lots of bacon! Whether you are a connoisseur of everything bacon, a foodie looking for something new or just a regular bacon lover who enjoys live music and a festive atmosphere, then this is an event for you. With thousands of pounds of bacon filling River Run Village with the aroma of salted, dried, smoked, and fried varieties, families and friends can gobble, taste, drink, wander and jam while enjoying the high altitude Colorado sunshine. And nothing goes better with bacon than beer, or a Bloody Mary, flavored of course with more bacon, so plan on plenty of cold refreshments to wash down the bacon creations. The youngest members of the family will not only have a chance to nibble away on bacon , but they will be able to participate in kids craft activities, which will be available throughout the weekend. So if you and your family are looking for something to do the weekend of June 23-24, head to Keystone Resort for everything and anything bacon!

2. Keystone Wine and Jazz Festival, July 14-15

What better way to celebrate the fine delicacies of life than sipping on a marvelous glass of wine while grooving to jazz in the picturesque landscape of Keystone, Colorado? The Keystone Wine and Jazz Festival caters to every palette with a weekend-long event featuring offerings such as a VIP mountaintop wine tasting, educational wine seminars, live jazz performances, remarkable food, sampling of over 300 wines and a KidZone to keep the little ones occupied. Performances include artists such as Salsa Con Jazz, Elan Trotman & Lin Rountree, Dotsero,intermixed with the opportunity to explore the flavors of everything from champagne to an array of white and reds from around the country, and world. Whether you wish to enrich your knowledge by attending wine seminars, or harmonize food with excellent wine pairings, the Keystone Wine and Jazz Festival will provide the perfect setting for a weekend away in the Rocky Mountains. Check out all the fun, July 14-15 in River Run Village at Keystone Resort.

3. Keystone’s 16th Annual Bluegrass & Beer Festival, August 4-5

The spirit of Colorado and summertime come together during Keystone’s Bluegrass and Beer Festival. With over 40 breweries offering a multitude of frothy brews,ranging from wheats to lagers, complemented by down-home cooking, this festival will please any food and beer lover. Plus, with live musical performances from Head for the Hills, Henhouse Prowlers, Town Mountain, the Grinz and many more, Keystone’s River Run Village will be rocking across three stages all weekend long. Also, the Keystone Bluegrass and Beer Festival will provide the unique offering of instructional music seminars that will take place both Saturday and Sunday. Seminars will allow festival attendees to learn the secrets of bluegrass through exploration of songwriting, fiddle, mandolin, banjo and guitar. Warren Station, located in River Run Village, will continue the party with music into the night both Friday and Saturday. Kid’s crafts will be offered throughout the event supplying entertainment for the youngest members of families. So come out to Keystone Resort and let the microbreweries from Colorado and beyond showcase their unique flavors in an atmosphere representative of the local mountain culture: fun and relaxed.

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Photos courtesy of Keystone Resort; Blue Ribbon Bacon by Dan Davis; Bluegrass and Beer Fest by Dan Davis; Wine and Jazz Fest by Dan Davis

Special Children’s Day Camps at Keystone Science School


Keystone Science School (KSS) is a pivotal part of making Keystone Resort the perfect destination for a unique family getaway. The day-camp oriented programming at the School provides children with the opportunity to enjoy outdoor fun and recreation in an experiential learning setting. From discovering information about the geological history of the Rocky Mountains to the scientific method, identifying native animals to understanding the water cycle, Keystone Science School has something interesting to offer every child. As they are tutored through fun activities such as swimming, hiking and exploring, Campers learn in a way that children find both engaging and entertaining.

The Camp programming utilizes the outdoor laboratory of the resort area to promote scientific inquiry and cultivate sensitivity to the natural surrounding landscape. During Camp children can transform into a pirate, superhero, astronaut, or botanist while actively participating in creative activities, teambuilding exercises and investigative learning each and every day.

KSS Camp provides specialized, age-appropriate programming for children age five to twelve. Upon registration children will be enrolled in an age-specific group—Wonder Camp or Mighty Camp—each featuring activities and adventures suitable for kids at their specific developmental stage.

Camp programming is offered through the Keystone Science School for children on a daily, weekly and seasonal basis. So if you are a parent looking for a unique opportunity that will not only satisfy your desire to see your child excel in the field of science, but also an incredible chance for your child to have a blast in the great outdoors, check out the Keystone Science School!

TBEX 12 Speaker Announcement: For the Tourism Professional

The list of TBEX exhibitors and attendees include a variety of industry representatives from destinations, brands, PR agencies, and other travel businesses.  Our programming includes a track just for them, with a line up of speakers that include industry professionals and bloggers.

Here’s the line up the track For the Tourism Professional:

How to Find the Best Bloggers for Your Brand – Learn how to identify the type of blogger that’s the best fit for your brand, and how to analyze the metrics the help you make that decision.  You’ll learn about identifying key demographics, influence, style, and niche, to choose bloggers that you can work with and will be proud to have represent your brand.  Speakers:  Andy Hayes.

How to Work with Bloggers:  A Brand Perspective – This is the chance to get a perspective from a major brand who is doing a lot of blogger outreach.  Hear they’re story of why they’ve made this decision, how they’re identify bloggers they want to work with, and the type of projects they determine how to find the best blogger-brand fit.  Speaker:  TBA.

Tourism Marketing:  How to Build Loyalty, Fans, and Influencers – With so many tools at their disposal, how do you decide which ones are the most effective and efficient to use?  In this session you’ll hear from several brands on how they’ve made the decision and how it’s working for them.  Speakers:  To be announced.

And one more session that we’re not quite ready to announce.

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TBEX 12 Speaker Announcement: Beyond the Blog: The Business of Travel

When you ask successful travel bloggers what has helped to make them successful, one of the things often mentioned is becoming aware of the industry – learning about the business side of travel.  Doing so has helped them create their business plan and approach in a way that makes sense to the industry, and that makes it easy to get favorable answers.

Here are the sessions and speakers for this track:  Beyond the Blog:  The Business of Travel

The Branding of YouAs bloggers begin to understand the travel industry, they’re finding increasing ways to use not only their blog, but their other skills and talents, to create a brand that other brands want to work with.  In this session you’ll learn about how to create the brand of You, and how to market it to prospective clients and partners.  Speakers:  Chris Gray Faust, Janice Waugh.

How to Work with BrandsThere are many ways that bloggers can work with brands, from the obvious to the more creatively obscure.  This session will share real life examples of how to research, plan, create, and pitch a blogger-brand partnership.  Speakers:  Gary Arndt, Dave Bouskill and Deb Corbeil.

Creating a Business with Your Blog:  In this session you’ll ways to leverage your travel blog into other opportunities, learn the importance of having a business plan, and how to be aware of trends and concepts that you can turn into success.  Speakers:  Matt Kepnes, Tracey Friley, Audrey Scott & Dan Noll.

And one more session that we’re not quite ready to announce yet.

Want to hike Keystone? Think down, not up

A hike on Dercum Mountain doesn’t require lungs of steel and legs like tree trunks. Take the River Run Gondola up and hike down Schoolmarm to get the most out of your stroll. Here are ten reasons to think down when planning a hike.

10. Let the gondola do the heavy lifting

Why struggle your way up to 11,640 feet? A 12-minute ride on the new River Run Gondola will do just fine.  The ride will not only give you a chance to catch your breath, it’ll also let you scope out a great trail.

9. Trail signs guide the way

Just like in the winter, trail signs are posted along the entire run, making it impossible to get lost. Take a winter trail map with you to move onto a more advanced (and steeper) blue or stick to the greens and save the knees.

8. Plan your winter adventure

Catch a glimpse behind the scenes of Keystone Resort while scoping out runs for next ski season. Investigate a steep run you will attempt to conquer, learn where the best view is, and analyze which park features you will try to master.

7. Have it all

Walking down the mountain means you won’t be too exhausted when you reach the bottom two hours later. Plan your hike just right and you may have enough time to dance to the last few songs at any number of festivals held in River Run throughout the summer.

6. Get off the beaten path

Going down a ski run means there is no hiking trail to abide by, allowing you to check out different views and wildflowers.

5. Marvel from a distance

Keystone hosts world-class mountain bikers during the summer on over a hundred miles of single-track, a pretty cool – and scary – thing to watch up close. Hiking a ski run lets you view these athletes from afar.

4. Fawn over the flora and fauna

It’s not uncommon to see a bird of prey screech and fly across the sky hiking down Schoolmarm, and it’s perfectly commonplace to see wildflowers blooming.

3. Enjoy the solitude

As Keystone is such a biking destination, hikers are typically left to themselves. The quietness of Schoolmarm means you can actually hear the sounds of nature over your own breath.

2. Views the whole way

Unlike hiking up where you have to turn around to see the vista behind you, walking down the mountain means you get a view the entire way. On Schoolmarm, you trade a magnificent scene ofLakeDillon for a glimpse of the happenings in River Run.

1. Beers at the base

Hardly anything tastes better than a microbrew after exerting yourself, even if it was just slightly. Stop into any number of restaurants and bars at the base of River Run to finish strong.

– By Morgan Bast

Top 5 ways to try the Keystone bike park

Looking for the closest thing to skiing now that the slopes are closed? Try mountain biking at Keystone. Here are five reasons why.

There are a dozen reasons skiers switch to mountain biking in the summer — the sport has the same endurance requirements, keeps your legs in shape for skiing, the adrenaline rush is very similar and you can stay at your favorite ski area all year long. Keystone ski resort has one of the best mountain bike parks in the country and if you dare to switch to the skier’s favorite summer sport, you’ll see why.

5. Bike Haul

Don’t really feel like huffing your bike up to the top of Dercum Mountain at 11,640 ft? Neither do I. The chairlift runs all summer and will take your bike up to the top for you. For $37 for one day, you get unlimited bike haul. Buy your season pass now for the 2012 season and get a discount on bike haul — $27 for one day.

4. Updated trail report

Any good skier religiously looks at the powder report in the winter, so why should it change in the summer? The good guys at the Keystone Bike Park update the Trail Report daily to let you know of new openings, new trails, and how it is out there.

3. Beginner to advanced terrain

Think biking down Keystone is a little too technical for you? Think again. Keystone has miles and miles of trails ranging from kid-friendly short rides to the Drop Zone with hits that will launch you up to 22 feet.

2. Bike rentals

Don’t let your lack of bike dissuade you from trying out the bike park. From “comfort bikes” to full-suspension downhill bikes, Keystone Sports has all the equipment you’ll need including helmets, safety pads and trail maps.

1. Twilight riding

The best way to end a ride is enjoying a beer. At the Friday Afternoon Club you can ride into twilight hours and enjoy a beer at the top ofDercumMountain while enjoying some live music. The mountain stays open to 8:00pm most Fridays and Saturdays during the summer, so don’t rush getting out to the trails.

– Morgan Bast


TBEX is Headed for Spain


On September 21st and 22nd, 2012, scores of travel bloggers will be heading to Costa Brava, Spain for TBEX Europe, and we can think of nowhere better to host our European event.

Jaume Torramadé, Director of Marketing for the Costa Brava Girona Tourist Board said, “We are delighted to host TBEX in Girona, Costa Brava. I think it’s a win-win-win relationship, between TBEX, bloggers and Costa Brava. This event is another step forward in our marketing strategy. Costa Brava Girona Tourist Board will organize pre and post blog trips to the event, so bloggers can discover new experiences in the area and be inspired to post new content. We are excited to take them on an adventure they will never forget.”“We are thrilled to have the Costa Brava Tourism Board hosting TBEX Europe 2012 in Girona Spain! This is an amazing city in the heart of the

beautiful Costa Brava region of Spain. The conference will feature first class educational sessions and the one of a kind networking opportunities our community has come to expect from TBEX. But they are going to find some amazing content in Costa Brava as well,” said Rick Calvert, CEO and co-founder of BlogWorld & New Media Expo.

“Costa Brava will be a great destination for the travel blogging community and we know they will be inspired and excited by our fabulous host city,” said Calvert. “The architecture and history in Girona is incredible. With the centerpiece being the Cathedral of Saint Mary. There is the medieval city of Besalu, the breathtaking coastline of Costa Brava, the one of a kind Salvador Dali Museum and many other sights and attractions.”

We can’t wait until September.

TBEX12 Speaker Announcement: The Business of Travel Blogging

Whether you’re an old hand a travel blogging or just starting out, monetization is one of the words that on almost everyone’s lips.  For some people, monetization is the whole point of travel blogging.  For others, it’s sufficient to just make the odd dollar or two.  We don’t think there’s any one-size-fits-all approach to monetization, and we thing there’s a whole lot more to running a successful travel blogging business.

The speakers in this track will show you a variety of options to get you thinking about what’s right for you.

Here’s the Business of Travel Blogging:

Monetize Like You Mean It – These speakers make a full time living from a diversification of income streams, and they’ll talk about the tough issues facing you if you want to live full time on travel blogging and related activities.  Speakers:  Time Leffel, Beth Whitman, Max Harshorne.

Running a Successful Giveaway – Running a contest on your blog can be a great source of traffic, products, and revenue, but it’s not without it’s set of responsibilities and issues.  Learn about how to recognize the products that are right for you and your readers, find brands to partner with, and about how to stay out of trouble by doing it all right.  Speakers:  To be announced.

From Hobby to Small Business to Funding – While most of us start out as hobbyist, progressing to a small business, some of us have out sites set higher.  Learn what steps you need to take to create your media empire, implement good business practices, as you move from a small business to the possibility of venture capital funding.  Speaker:  To be announced.

And we have one more session is this track that is awaiting confirmation; we’ll be announce it and adding it to the program soon.

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Denver International Airport Update Project – South Terminal

If you are traveling through the Denver International Airport for TBEX, please read the information below to see how you may be effected by construction.

When people travel to Denver International Airport this summer, they will see many signs of progress as DIA builds for the future. Starting in June, reconstruction of the elevated roadway bridges at Terminal West will result in some temporary (up to 2 years) detours to DIA’s passenger pick-up and drop-off levels. The work is related to the construction of the new airport light rail terminal and Westin Hotel under construction at the south end of Jeppeson Terminal.

Here are the highlights of what will be different this summer.

Starting mid May 2012, if traveling by commercial carrier – taxi, limo or shuttle: During construction, commercial vehicles will not drop off passengers curbside at airlines on Level 5.

All taxi or shuttle drop-offs and pick-ups will be in designated locations.

Starting mid May 2012, if traveling by bus: Passenger drop-off and pick-up will move to Level 6 East.

Starting June 2012, if picking-up passengers Terminal West: Arrival (passenger pick-up) traffic will be detoured through the parking garage to pick-up passengers curbside on Level 4.

Vehicles will not be required to pull a parking ticket.

Starting June 2012, if dropping off passengers on Level 6 West: Departure (passenger drop-off) traffic will be detoured off of Peña Boulevard to the left, along the west side of the West Economy Parking Lot and up the exit ramp, to Level 6 West. You will be entering Level 6 from the north instead of the south.

If parking in economy lots or a garage: No changes to the normal routine.

Orange directional signs will help guide the way during the reconstruction.

For more information, visit or call the construction information hotline at (303) 342-6400.

TBEX 12 Speaker Announcement: The Art of Travel Blogging

Travel blogging is a wonderful marriage of skill, craft, and art, and we want our attendees to have a chance to sample a little of all of the components that contribute to travel blogging success.  Audio, video, photography and writing are just a few of the topics you can sample in this track:  The Art of Travel Blogging.

How to Use Mobile Photography for Travel Blogging – With all the smart phones at the ready, anyone can be a photographer.  But what’s the best way to take great mobile photos that can be incorporated into your blog.  This intermediate level session will help you learn about technique and some of the best apps to help make it easy.  Speaker:  Kirsten Alana Larrson.

Podcasting for Travelers – Podcasting is an excellent way to help build your brand, but it’s a lot easier to turn out dynamic podcast when you’re in a studio.  This beginner level session will help you learn how to podcast while on the road, and will include recommendations about tools that can make the job easier.  Speaker:  Chris Christensen.

Video – Our video session is still underdevelopment, but I’ve been eavesdropping on the ideas and it sounds very exciting.  Speakers:  Julia Dimon and a cohort soon to be announced.

Writing – The discussion of blogger vs. writer has been debated to death, and I think we all agree that good writing is important.  This session will help you identify and implement ways to improve your writing, whether your goal is to be travel blogger or the next Michener.  Speakers:  To be announced.

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