Lodging in Keystone, Colorado

by Joe Fletcher

Located in Summit County, Colorado, Keystone is a 3,148-acre ski resort known for excellent freestyle terrain highlighted in its A51 park. The resort is one of the most convenient to Denver and gets hit with 230 inches of snow each winter. Keystone has extensive lodging at its base, and neighboring towns like Dillon and Silverthorne expand the options available to visitors.

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Identification

Keystone Resort is in a dense part of Colorado ski country where resorts like Breckenridge and A-Basin and non-resort towns like Dillon, Frisco and Silverthorne are concentrated. Unlike many ski destinations in Colorado, Keystone is a resort with no actual town attached. Within the resort, there are six areas for lodging: East Keystone, Lakeside Village, Mountain House, North Keystone, River Run and West Keystone. These areas are connected by a free, in-resort shuttle system. Keystone lodging is also one of the options available to those that ski A-Basin, a less built up resort where there is no lodging.

River Run Lodging

Keystone stretches its way across three prominent mountains.The River Run area provides direct access to Keystone's River Run Gondola, as well as the Summit Express Chairlift. Those lifts open up the entire resort, taking you to terrain for all abilities as well as other lifts up the mountain. River Run offers several condominium options including the River Run Condominiums, located in the heart of the village. According to Keystone, the studio through four-bedroom River Run Condos are the most popular at the resort.

Mountain House Lodging

Keystone's original base area, Mountain House, is located more centrally in the resort at the base of Dercum mountain. This base area provides access to the Argentine and Peru Express lifts, as well as skier services like the children's ski school and youth zone. Lodging options include condos, townhomes and lodges. The Inn at Keystone is a pet-friendly property with rooms and suites. The Inn has two hot tubs located on the roof, providing unparalleled views of the resort and surrounding mountains.

The Arapahoe Inn

It may be called the Arapahoe Inn, but it's still located in Keystone. The inn bills itself as the closest lodging to Arapahoe Basin and is on Route 6, which connects the resorts of Keystone and A-Basin. It is 400 yards from the Keystone lifts in the Mountain House area. For those who don't want to walk that far in their ski boots, Arapahoe is also on the free bus route. The 60-room hotel is home to a sauna and spa, both of which offer views of the mountains.

Outside Options

If you prefer the flavor of a real town when vacationing, the towns of Dillon and Silverthorne are both within close proximity to Keystone. They are also connected to the resort by the free Summit County Stagecoach bus system, allowing you to enjoy staying there without having to drive yourself to and from the resort each day. The Stagecoach also services other Summit County resorts like Breckenridge and Copper.

About the Author

Joe Fletcher has been a writer since 2002, starting his career in politics and legislation. He has written travel and outdoor recreation articles for a variety of print and online publications, including "Rocky Mountain Magazine" and "Bomb Snow." He received a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Rutgers College.