Landing at this resort from the heights of Loveland Pass or Swan Mountain Road provides panoramic views of the central Rockies, the Continental Divide and Lake Dillon, delivering your party just in time for Keystone daytime events. The slopes offer the ultimate setting for the Burton Mountain Festival with gear demonstrations and free snowboarding lessons. Keystone daytime events like Safety Awareness Month highlight the responsibilities of guests and on-mountain professionals so that everyone can enjoy themselves in healthy ways. Among other activities, the event features helmet fittings and interactive lectures to boost backcountry knowledge. Trail sweeps with ski patrol members are popular, enabling guests to experience a behind-the-scenes look at one of the team’s daily duties. In April, Keystone devotees and anyone looking for the season’s best laughs enjoy the annual Slush Cup on closing day. The competition is fierce and funny when skiers and boarders fly down an icy hill and attempt to skim across a water-filled pond landing zone. A panel of so-called highly skilled judges evaluate competitors on style, distance and creativity. Wacky costumes are encouraged. Getting soaked above 10,000 feet in April is chilly, but winners walk away wrapped in towels, cash prizes in hand.
Keystone Daytime Events: Festivals
Almost half a dozen festivals make their home at the resort as Keystone daytime events. First up in June is the annual Bacon and Bourbon event that serves up thousands of pounds of this smoky delight and the cuisine it inspires. The Keystone Wine and Jazz Festival educates its participants about nuanced flavors and food pairings, while the River Run Village Arts Festival showcases the works of 80 or more creative professionals to help you find that perfect new wall hanging or pottery set. A Bluegrass and Beer Festival and the much-anticipated Mountain Town Music Festival bring out everyone’s rhythm so there’s no need to feel blue.