Valentine’s Day in Summit County: Keystone Resort lifts hearts with gondola speed dating |

Valentine’s Day in Summit County: Keystone Resort lifts hearts with gondola speed dating

Caddie Nath
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This Valentine’s Day, some lucky skier or snowboarder may stand in the singles line for the very last time.

Keystone Resort will be playing matchmaker in the gondola line today, pairing up couples for an 11-minute speed date ride to the top of Dercum Mountain in honor of the day of love.

“We think it’s a fun, silly way to celebrate a day that’s usually reserved for couples,” Keystone spokeswoman Laura Parquette stated. “Keystone has so many great romantic options, from the Ski Tip to the spa, so couples can certainly celebrate as well, but it’s nice to have a little something for everyone.”

The gondola will continue to serve its normal function as an uphill transportation vehicle today as well. The resort will have a special “single singles” line for people who want to participate in the speed-dating event, officially billed “Love on the Lifts.”

Keystone will pair riders up and send them off with a rose and a chocolate treat for their romantic trip up the hill. At the top, a photographer will be waiting to take new couples’ first picture together – a feature that will also allow matches to reconnect over social media through the resort’s online EpicMix system, which links photos to individual Facebook accounts.

“What better way to meet someone special than doing something you both love?” Parquette stated.

From the off-load station, it’s up to the participants to keep the spark alive, either by taking a run together, or meeting up again later at an apres party from 4-7 p.m. at 9280 Tap House in River Run Village.

Slopeside romance is a common theme in Summit County this time of year, with local resorts now offering events to celebrate everything from the introduction to the “I do.”

Many couples either tie the knot or renew their vows on the hill at Loveland Ski Area on Feb. 14 during an annual on-mountain wedding ceremony now in its 22nd year.

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