Keystone, CO Ski Trip
My oldest son William flew in a couple of days later, and we were happy to have him join us, because he always "livens up" our get togethers!
Some Interesting facts about Keystone Resort
- According to USA Today, Keystone ranks No. 1 among the top U.S. ski resorts for families.
- Keystone offers one of the closest ski destination resorts near Denver International Airport.
- You can find Terrain for all Skier Skill Levels.
- Skate the Largest Zamboni-maintained Outdoor Skating Rink.
- Largest Night-skiing Operation in Colorado.
Top of Dercum Mountain
This is the top of Dercum Mountain, the first lift exit coming up from the Mountain House side. The picture was taken by one of the EpicMix crews that are always wandering around taking pictures of everyone. It turned out so well, that we kept it! Right behind us is the start of the Mozart Trail, one of the better slopes on Dercum Mountain.
Mozart is an intermediate (blue) trail and is a crowd favorite. Skiers have the option to take the Santiago Express chairlift towards the North Peak summit for some blue marked pistes or follow the same trail and it takes skiers to the Spillway and the Coyote Caper in the Outback.
House Rental in Silverthorne
With a group of five, we needed a large condo, so we splurged and got a really nice one in the Silverthorne area. The area is just north of I-70, up above town, so getting back & forth from there to the ski area was simple.
This was part of a side-trip we made to Breckenridge to have some fun and enjoy ourselves in a slightly different way. This is a fun way to enjoy the snow without strapping on your boots! Click here to go to their website.
Keystone Resort Layout
Keystone Resort is comprised of 3 mountains, Dercum is the first, North Peak is the second, and the Outback is the third. Posted information is everywhere, and is always kept up to date.
The Keystone Trail Map shows you how the trails are laid out across three different mountains, with varied terrain and various trail types for all levels of skills. The resort has placed signs with large trail maps on them next to most of the lift "exit points".
Which Trail should we Take?
In image # 1. this is obviously Chelsea & Jeremy doubting my map-reading experience! I am trying to convince them to take the trail to the left. In image # 2 is the trail that will bring us back to the River Run area.
Just to clarify, on the front mountain some trails lead you back to the Mountain House area & lifts and other trails will take you to the River Run area.
Warning: The River Run trail may be too steep depending upon your level of expertise on the snow. If you are NOT experienced with steep trails, we would suggest that you do not attempt to learn on this trail.
Lift Ride back to the Top
Back to the top, and you can see what a beautiful day it was! Snow was perfect! Most of the lifts on the front mountain are quads, which is a good configuration for a family of four. The view from the lifts as they pass through the trees, is always pretty!
Visibility was Amazing that Day
It was such a beautiful day, that we wound up taking a lot of pictures. As you can see in the background, visibility was perfect!
River Run Trail
This is one of the runs leading down from Dercum Mountain/Summit House, to Keystone Village. This
is the River Run trail, which is fed by various higher trails such as Santa Fe and Spring Dipper. Good
downhill slope and then you are back at the Gondola.
It probably does not look as steep to you as it actually is, and when you combine that steepness with icy conditions, you can experience a lot of sliding coming down this trail!
River Run Lift Area
There is a quad and a gondola here, and as you can see, it gets crowded at various times during the day, ie; mornings and afternoons as people get ready to go up, or they are coming down at the end of the day. The Keystone staff do a good job of moving people onto the lifts, so the crowds disperse at a steady clip.
Rental Unit Interior
The Silverthorne rental had plenty of room, including a nice fireplace. We always found ways to entertain ourselves when we weren't on the slopes. Looks like William was using the fireplace warmth to thaw out !
Exploring Leadville, CO
We took one day off and drove up to Leadville, the highest in elevation incorporated city in the USA.
Quick Facts: Leadville is the statutory city that is the county seat and only incorporated municipality in Lake County, Colorado, United States. The city population was 2,602 at the 2010 census and an estimated 2,762 in 2018. Leadville is situated at an elevation of 10,152 feet.
Exploring Breckenridge, CO
No trip to Silverthorne, CO would have been complete without a side-trip to Breckenridge ! Which is
one of the neatest little towns in Summit County, CO.
Quick Facts: Breckenridge is a Colorado town at the base of the Rocky Mountains’ Tenmile Range. It's known for its ski resort, year-round alpine activities and Gold Rush history. The Victorian core of this former mining town is preserved as the Breckenridge National Historic District, running primarily along Main Street, with colorfully painted buildings from the 1880s and '90s housing shops, galleries and restaurants. Breckenridge's altitude is 9,600 feet above sea level.
Headed up the hill on the Breckenridge Cable Car. You can see the city in the background, that is the eastern side of the city.
Skiing/Snowboarding Quick Facts: According to various magazines, a 160-pound person burns about 381 calories in 60 minutes of light snowboarding. When snowboarding at a moderate or vigorous level for 60 minutes, the same person burns about 457 or 610 calories, respectively.
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Back to the real world! We drove east on I-70 back to the Denver Airport, shuffled through the TSA lines, got on plane, and flew back to Florida. On the plus side was the fact that the Denver Airport has some reasonable restaurants & shops, that can make the wait for the plane's departure a little easier !
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