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Page Title: Skiing & Snowboarding in Keystone, Colorado
Page Synopsis: An overview of skiing and snowboarding in Keystone, Colorado.



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Keystone Resort Mountain Facts

Mountain Statistics
2001-2002 Skier Visits: 1,069,000
Terrain: 1,861 acres
Vertical: 2,900 ft/ 884 m
Base Elevation: 9,300 ft/ 2,835 m
Summit Elevation: 12,200 ft/ 3,719 m

Avg. Yearly Snowfall: 230 in/ 584 cm
Snowmaking: 956 acres/349 ha

Lift Capacity: 32,175 people per hour
Number of Trails: 116
Number of Night Skiing Trails: 17
Miles of Trails Available: 81

Degree of Difficulty: 

Total Keystone Mountain North Peak The Outback
Easiest 12% 32% 27% 0%
More Difficult 34% 51% 52% 20%
Most Difficult 54% 17% 21% 80%

Number of Lifts: 21
High-Speed Gondolas: 2
High-Speed Six-Person Chairlift: 1
High-Speed Quad Chairs: 5
Quad Chairlift: 1
Triple Chairlift: 1
Double Chairlifts: 5
Surface Lifts: 2
Carpets: 4

Number of Ski Instructors: 450
Number of Ski Patrollers: 80
Number of Lift Operators: 105

For lift ticket rates visit www.snow.com.

Resort Stats  
Number of Lodging Units: 1,600 
Number of Restaurants: 34 
Number of Shops: 30 
Number of Adventure Passport Activities: 17 

Three Mountains to Explore

Keystone Mountain

  • Almost a third of Keystone's beginner terrain is on Keystone Mountain.
  • Keystone's expanded terrain parks and pipes are also located on the easily-accessed front side. Both are lighted at night for 11-1/2 hours of big air and tricks.
  • On the backside of Keystone Mountain, discover 70 acres of steep tree skiing and snowboarding in The Windows.

North Peak

  • More than half of North Peak is rated more difficult to advanced, with plenty of bumps and steeps.
  • The Alpenglow Stube and Timber Ridge Food Court at the Outpost are perched on North Peak at 11,444 feet.
  • Take a break from the action and hit LaBonte's Cabin for a snack in between North Peak and Keystone Mountain.

The Outback

  • The Outback, Keystone's third mountain, offers skiers and snowboarders more than 800 acres of gladed terrain and bowls.
  • With steeps, trees and bumps, The Outback is for intermediate to expert skiers only.
  • The Outback is located about six miles away from the base areas, giving skiers and riders views of other mountains, trees and powder.
  • A short hike from the Outback Express lift provides skiers and snowboarders with steep, wide-open bowls in South Bowl and steep chutes and powder stashes in North Bowl.

Free Ski/Free Ride at Keystone


Parks
Keystone Resort has two parks, Jackwhacker and Dutch, that include more than 15 rails of all shapes and sizes, 12 tables and 1 halfpipe. Keystone's terrain parks are ideal for intermediate skiers and riders, and for those just learning park skills. The parks are long, so there are plenty of chances for big hits and spins on the way down the mountain, or hike back up to the feature you want to practice. Freeskiers are allowed in the halfpipe and in the terrain park.

Hiking Terrain
Some of Keystone's most difficult freeski and freeride terrain is located in The Outback bowls. Open the gates to the hiking terrain in North and South Bowl and you open a wealth of possibilities for freeskiing and riding. Hit Puma Bowl or Outlook Bowl early for a great stash of freshies.

Glades
Keystone Resort is known to have some of the best tree-skiing in the state. So it's no surprise Keystone's gladed areas are a freeskier's and freerider's paradise. The Windows on the backside of Keystone Mountain are accessible only by hiking and The Black Forest and Outer Limits in The Outback are about as remote as you can get. Wombat Chutes funnel down from Puma Bowl and offer plenty of tough tree terrain.

Competitions
Mountain Dew Vertical Challenge Series
The Mountain Dew Vertical Challenge Series takes place throughout the season at different resorts around the state. This year, the Mountain Dew Vertical Challenge Finals will be held at Keystone Resort in April. The competition is open to the public and includes skiers and snowboarders.

SOS Snowboard Series
The Snowboard Outreach Society (SOS) Snowboard Series comes to Keystone in January with three days of exciting snowboard competition. The mission of the SOS is to instill confidence and character in at-risk youth by introducing them to riding.

Clinics
Learning Freeride Skills

High Performance Riding
Intermediate riders continue to improve techniques and learn new skills with their coaches on blue and easier black terrain.

Terrain Park Workshop
Hit the park, pipe, steeps, bumps or glades. Keystone's instructors teach the latest tricks and the perfect carving technique. This is a semi-private lesson.

Private Lesson
Keystone's top-rated instructors teach personalized, private lessons to riders of all abilities.

Learning Freeski Skills
 
Advanced Terrain Workshop
Advanced intermediate to expert skiers will tackle the bumps, bowls, glades or even the park and pipe.

Private Lesson
Keystone's top-rated instructors teach personalized, private lessons to skiers of all abilities.


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