Keystone summer lift service opens today at 10 a.m. |

Keystone summer lift service opens today at 10 a.m.


KEYSTONE – Keystone Resort kicks the summer into high gear today with the inaugural Freeride Frenzy mountain bike festival and the opening of its Summit Express lift. It all begins at 10 a.m., when the Summit Express will begin carting the first of a summer’s worth of mountain bikers and hikers to the top of Dercum Mountain.According to Keystone spokesperson Lisha Burnett, the lift will run daily from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Adult unlimited access tickets for mountain bikers are $28, and one-ride tickets are $12. Hikers can access the lift for a single ride for $10. Discounts will be available for children and seniors. 2003-2004 winter season pass holders can purchase a second lift ticket for half price, while 2004 summer season passes for mountain bikers are also available.The River Run Gondola will also operate each evening for scenic rides from 4:15 to sunset. The weekend continues with the Freeride Frenzy, which begins Saturday at 2 p.m. with the Jump Jam and Street Party in River Run. On Sunday, mountain bikers can test their gravity skills in a mountain cross challenge, where riders compete four-abreast on a course full of bermed turns and jumps. The course, which made its debut last September in the 2003 Snake River Challenge, can be found in the Mountain House base area and is accessed by a short hike. Practice runs will be available on Saturday. Registration for the mountain cross challenge is $30, with preregistrations being accepted at Mountain Sports Outlet in Silverthorne or River Run Sports in Keystone.The weekend will wrap up with a post-race awards party held at Parrot Eyes in the River Run Village beginning at 4:30 p.m., featuring a DJ and a raffle.The race is sponsored by Keystone Resort, Mountain Sports Outlet, Keystone Neighbourhood Company and Coors. For more information on any of the events taking place at Keystone this weekend, call (970) 496-4386.

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