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.
For more information about these events and more check-out: www.keystonefestivals.com
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
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!
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.
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.
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
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.
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