Summit Stop: Weekend adventure at Keystone Resort |

Summit Stop: Weekend adventure at Keystone Resort

“Apres” is a word that beckons Summit County skiers and snowboarders, still riding the downhill high, toward hotspots where the fun continues. “Apres” promises good food, live music and slopeside entertainment. At Keystone Resort on the weekends, “apres” has a special ring. From Friday through Sunday the resort and the restaurants, bars and businesses nearby offer a variety of activities and special events to wind down a ski day or week.

Today, for example, marks the final day of the Keystone Culinary Festival, a three-day food and drink extravaganza hosted by the resort. The event ends with a high-altitude champagne brunch at 10:30 a.m. at Alpenglow Stube and a Kids in the Kitchen Cooking class at 1 p.m. Kids in the Kitchen is a one-hour class that aims to help children learn mixing, measuring and knife skills by making seasonal concoctions.

But entertainment and interesting events like the culinary festival take place almost daily in and around Keystone and the weekends are

particularly busy.

Friday nights at Keystone are ideal for wine and music lovers. The resort will begin weekends through the beginning of April with a $5 Friday night concert series held at the Warren Station for the Arts at River Run. Eclectic artists set to play during the series include blues guitarist (and occasional cellist) Otis Taylor, whose music is inspired by his own “unconventional” life (March 11) and Euforquestra, a cross-genre band out of Fort Collins known for a unique sound that combines various musical styles including Reggae, Samba, Funk, Salsa and Caribbean. Concerts begin at 8 p.m.

For wine enthusiasts, the Ski Tip Lodge at Keystone hosts a weekly Snowflakes and Wine tasting event Friday afternoons with sommelier Megan Morgan, who selects a unique flight for the one-hour tasting from 4-5 p.m. The tasting costs $20 per person and reservations can be made at (800) 354-4386.

At the Black Bear Grill, Friday nights mean an opportunity to sample original drink recipes during their weekly martini tastings also held from 4-5 p.m. Bartenders pair signature drinks from the grill’s martini menu with on-the-spot concoctions for tasting. The event includes a three-martini flight for $20. Reservations can be made at (970) 436-4822.

Saturday offers opportunities for slower-paced entertainment and low-key events. Keystone resort hosts a weekly free film night on Saturdays showing recent A-list films at Warren Station for the Arts at River Run at 4:30 p.m. Upcoming movies include the children’s film “Monsters vs. Aliens” (March 12) and “The Blind Side” (March 26).

On Saturday, March 19, the Keystone Nordic Center will host its monthly full moon snowshoe tour and dinner, a 2-mile snowshoe trek by moonlight. The tour is followed by a soup buffet dinner.

On Sunday afternoon stop by the Black Bear Grill, where bartenders offer insight into the world of Colorado brewing. The micro-brew tasting from 4-5 p.m. includes four unique beers, often local to Summit County, and a crash course on Colorado brewing, covering topics from the various breweries around the state and their specialties to the ins and outs of good beer. The tasting costs $20 per person and reservations can be made at (970) 436-4822.

American restaurant 9280 at River Run offers live music Sunday afternoons as well.

Keystone is also home to a variety of unique weekend pastimes during the winter. Activities include ice skating, sleigh rides and night skiing. For more information contact Keystone Resort at (800) 354-4386.

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