Keystone Resort confirms Friday as opening date
As a warm October forced several Colorado ski areas to push back opening day, Keystone Resort is still set to open this Friday, Nov. 6, with lifts running at 9 a.m.
Keystone’s River Run Gondola, the Montezuma Express lift and Kokomo carpet at the top of Dercum Mountain will start running Friday morning. Keystone Communications Coordinator Russell Carlton said that skiers and riders can access the top of Dercum from the gondola mid-station and Montezuma on Spring Dipper. At the end of the day, guests can download to the base of River Run.
“We know that we’ll be open for skiing and riding on Friday, but we’re going to give our snowmakers, groomers and patrollers another night to confirm exactly what we’ll be able to offer for Keystone’s opening day,” Mike Goar, Keystone chief operating officer said in a statement. “Stay tuned for a terrain and lift update on Thursday.”
OpenSnow forecasted two to four inches of fresh snow for Keystone Wednesday night and one to three inches on Thursday. The resort currently has an 18-inch base, Carlton said.
In celebration of Keystone’s 45th winter season, warm donut holes, hot cocoa and coffee will be available for skiers and riders waiting for the first run at the base of River Run Gondola. A DJ will provide music, and prizes will also be available.
The celebration will continue Saturday evening at Warren Station in Keystone’s River Run Village. At 5:30 p.m., “Shaping Skiing,” produced by 4FRNT productions will be screened, followed by “Small World,” produced by Level 1 Productions at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are available at the door costing $5 for adults, $3 for kids 12 to six, and free for kids five and under.
Single-day tickets throughout opening weekend are selling at $74 for adults, $43 for children ages five to 12 and $64 for seniors. The prices for Vail Resorts season passes until Nov. 22 are $319 for a Keystone / A-Basin pass, $619 for an Epic Local Pass and $599 for a Summit Value Pass.
For children ages five to 12, the Keystone A-Basin Pass is $239 per child, the Epic Local Pass is $319 per child and the Summit Value Pass is $299 per child. Keystone also offers free skiing for children ages 12 and under, with a minimum two-night stay at Keystone Resort lodging.
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