Keystone’s 34th b-day bash combines old, new traditions |

Keystone’s 34th b-day bash combines old, new traditions

Summit Daily/Brad Odekirk Centennial resident David Twitchell walks under the banner in Keystone's River Run Village Friday afternoon after a day on the slopes. Today Keystone will celebrate its 34th birthday with a birthday bash in the River Run Village.

KEYSTONE – Generations are colliding this weekend at Keystone’s 34th birthday bash, with the resort’s founders introducing a new crop of skiers and riders for the mountain’s first-ever youth freeride team. Team manager Melissa Perritte said the idea to form a team has been in the works for a couple years, but really came together after last season’s Sports Illustrated for Kids Next Snow Search qualifier.”In the past, we’ve had pro teams, but this is the first time we’ve decided to focus on the local youth,” Perritte said. The team is composed of nine kids from ages 7 to 14 and two 16-year-old kids who will compete, but will also serve as mentors for the younger athletes.

The team will be introduced today by Keystone founders Max and Edna Dercum and Bill and Jane Bergman, as well as Keystone chief operating officer Roger McCarthy.”This weekend is about honoring our past and looking ahead to a bright future at Keystone,” said Elizabeth Tobias, events manager at the resort.Aside from the new freeride team, the festivities will include music from Denver radio celebrities Lewis and Floorwax and the Groove Hawgs.The Hawgs are a classic blues, rock ‘n’ roll band whose music should appeal to all ages and genres, Tobias said.Another highlight is the showing of Level One Production’s “High Five” at Keystone’s Green Light Nightclub and the appearance of featured pros Peter and Michael Olenick and Travis Redd.

The highly touted ski movie will play twice, once at 3 p.m. and again at 7 p.m., when the athletes will show up. Both showings are at the Green Light Nightclub at River Run.If you want to make a weekend of it, Keystone will be offering lodging deals, specifically the $34 per person for a double occupancy room at the Inn at Keystone.To wrap up the celebration, there will be a champagne brunch Sunday from 9 a.m. to noon at Paisano’s.The idea of the birthday bash sparked after two successful years of Founders’ Day celebrations when Keystone dedicated Dercum Mountain and Bergman Bowl to their respective namesakes.”We wanted to continue the momentum,” Tobias said. “We want to embrace and celebrate the fact that our founders are still here. They still take runs on the mountain, they’re still with us to tell their stories.”

Today’s birthday bash is the second weekend of Keystone’s six-week Winterfall lineup, which began last weekend with 36 Hours of Keystone, when the mountain stayed open from 8 a.m. Friday to 8 p.m. Saturday.The festivities continue next weekend with Winterfall test drive weekend, when the latest skis and snowboards will be available for demonstration.Events to look forward to in coming weeks include a snowshoe race, art show and Sports Illustrated for Kids Next Snow Search qualifier.Nicole Formosa can be reached at (970) 668-3998 ext. 229 or at

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