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Summit County: Keystone plans major upgrades

A map of proposed improvements at Keystone, including new or improved smowmaking on the front side of the mountain marked in blue. Click for the full-size map.

Resort wants to replace Summit House, boost snowmaking, expand family adventure areas

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — Keystone ski area’s old-school summit lodge could soon be replaced with a modern energy efficient facility. The

The proposed replacement of the Summit House is part of a slate of improvements aimed at improving the quality of the on-mountain experience at the resort, according to the U.S. Forest Service. The improvements were initially outlined in the 2009 Keystone Ski Area master plan, online at this White River NF web page (loads slowly).

which last week started accepting scoping comments on the plan. Click here to comment.

The scoping notice is online at this White River National Forest website.

Other improvements include replacing outdated snowmaking equipment on the front side of the mountain, expansion of the Adventure Point tubing area, an egress trail from the cat-served terrain in Bergman Bowl and improvements to learning terrain on the mountain. Continue reading

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Front Range Ski Bus adds service to Copper Mountain

Transit to ski areas growing in popularity

The Front Range Ski Bus at A-Basin on a snowy day. New service to Copper Mountain starts this week. PHOTO COURTESY FRONT RANGE SKI BUS.

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY —With demand picking up, the Front Range Ski Bus announced this week that it’s starting service to Copper Mountain as soon as Feb. 16, running buses to Copper Thursday through Sunday.

The company has been offering bus service to Loveland, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin for about a month, with all those resorts giving Front Range Ski Bus passengers a discount on tickets. Round trip prices start at $39 with advance online booking. Continue reading

Colorado: Skier dies after crash at Keystone

Keystone Ski Area.

Helmeted had suffered broken neck, brain injury; was found face-down on expert trail

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY —The Summit County coroner’s office is reporting that 72-year-old William Emberton, of Stonington, Connecticut, died Thursday (Feb. 9) from injuries suffered at Keystone Ski Area. Stonington died at St. Anthony’s Hospital in Lakewood.

Stonington was found Feb. 7, at about 1:30 p.m. face-down on the Geronimo Trail at Keystone. He suffered a broken neck and an anoxic brain injury. According to the coroner, he was wearing a helmet. The accident is still under investigation.


Summit County: Winter bluegrass at Keystone

The Pine Beatles featured in a top-notch bluegrass lineup at Keystone, Colorado, Feb. 2-4

The Pine Beatles are part of a stellar lineup for the Feb. 2-4 Winter Bluegrass concert series at Keystone. PHOTO COURTESY THE PINE BEATLES.

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY —Keystone’s summertime beer and bluegrass festival has become a high country classic, and now, the resort is looking to bring some of that twangy American roots music to the winter season with the Keystone Winter Bluegrass concerts at Warren Station (Feb. 2-4).

Thursday’s lineup includes  Willy Porter, Carpe Diem String Quartet and The Mealies and the bluegrass continues Friday with the Mossgatherers, followed by local favorites The Pine Beatles and  The Haunted Windchimes.

The concerts conclude Saturday with Steel Pennies and Finnders and Youngberg.

A full-access, three-day pass is $30 purchased in advance, while tickets for individual shows are $12. Tickets can be purchased online here.

Ski area environmental rankings released

Peak 6 expansion a black eye for Breckenridge

How well does your favorite resort rank in environmental performance.

By Bob Berwyn

SUMMIT COUNTY — The controversy swirling around the proposed Peak 6 expansion at Breckenridge Ski Area is reflected in the latest edition of the Ski Area Environmental Report Card.

The Summit County ski area received one of the lowest grades in the state and country based on the potential impacts that the expansion would have on forests, wildlife habitat and other natural resources.

1 (A) Aspen Highlands Ski Resort 88.1%
2 (A) Aspen Mountain Ski Resort 85.7%
3 (A) Buttermilk Mountain Ski Resort 85.2%
4 (A) Snowmass Ski Resort 81.2%
5 (A) Wolf Creek Ski Area 81%
6 (B) Vail Ski Resort 74.9%
7 (B) Arapahoe Basin Ski Area 74.1%
8 (B) Loveland Ski Area 73.7%
9 (B) Telluride Ski Resort 73.3%
10 (B) Beaver Creek Resort 72.2%
11 (B) Crested Butte Mountain Resort 71.7%
12 (B) Durango Mountain Resort 70.7%
13 (B) Winter Park Resort 70.3%
14 (B) Monarch Ski and Snowboard Area 69.6%
15 (B) Steamboat Ski & Resort 69%
16 (C) Powderhorn Resort 67.1%
17 (C) Keystone Ski Resort 66.9%
18 (C) Eldora Mountain Resort 64.2%
19 (C) Copper Mountain Ski Resort 64.1%
20 (D) Breckenridge Ski Resort 50.1%

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Colorado: October storm delivers powder

Some ski areas reporting nearly 2 feet of snow; A-Basin talking about opening Lenawee chair to the summit

A late October storm clears above the Meadow Creek wetlands in Frisco, with sunlight starting to light up the Continental Divide.

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — Loveland and Wolf Creek were the snowfall derby winners after a prodigious October storm cleared Colorado late Wednesday night, but ski areas around the high county reported good snowfall totals and cold nighttime temperatures that will help snowmaking crews do their job in preparation for the season.

Wolf Creek reported a 22-inch storm total and 68 inches for the season so far, and will re-open this weekend with three lifts operating, along with expert terrain in Montezuma and Step Bowls, Alberta Peak and Boundary Bowl to Prospector Ridge.

Loveland reported a 20-inch storm total, while Arapahoe Basin picked up 10 inches of fresh. Check out Al’s Blog at the A-Basin website for talk of Lenawee opening.

In Breckenridge, Wednesday’s snowfall brought the monthly total right up to the long-term average for the month, according to weather watcher Rick Bly, who was tallied 12.4 inches of snow in October. Based on records going back more than 100 years, the average monthly snowfall is 12.3 inches.

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Colorado: Pre-registration starts for TBEX’12

River Run Village at Keystone Resort during the annual Beer and Bluegrass Festival.

Travel media conference at Keystone also taking proposals from prospective speakers

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — Even though TBEX’12 is still 11 months away, pre-registration for the 2012 Travel Blog Exchange in Keystone, Colo. is now open.

The popular conference often fills early, and the advance rates are a good deal, at $59 for travel bloggers and $349 for PR reps through Aug. 31, when rates go up. As of July 10 there were still 148 tickets left at the $59 rate.

Regular registration starts Oct. 1 with rates going up to $85 for travel bloggers and other media types, and $549 for PR and industry people.

TBEX’12 organizers are also taking pitches for speaker slots, so anyone with a particular area of expertise who is interested should check out the proposal forms, online here. Continue reading

Summit County: Keystone to redevelop Summit House

The summit of Dercum Mountain as seen by Google Earth.

Proposal submitted to Forest Service includes lift and trail upgrades to ease congestion around the top of Dercum Mountain

By Bob Berwyn

SUMMIT COUNTY — Keystone Resort has submitted a proposal to the U.S. Forest Service for some major upgrades at the summit of Dercum Mountain, including a complete replacement of the existing Summit House with a new 20,000 to 30,000 square-foot facility. The Summit House plan is part of a new master for Keystone, recently posted online at the White River National Forest website.

The Forest Service hasn’t yet formally accepted the proposal, but has tentatively scheduled the start of public scoping sometime this summer, said Dillon District winter sports ranger Shelly Grail. Continue reading

Summit County ski areas submit trail, forest project plans

Keystone is planning some mountain bike trail improvements and a few other projects this summer.

Public comment period on summer projects taken through June 24

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — Breckenridge and Keystone are planning a few small on-mountain improvement projects this summer, including a new waterline on the Peak 8 Freeway trail and Breckenridge and development of a new ski school trail on Peak 7.

Keystone will try to do some forest regeneration by transplanting trees from one part of the mountain to another, according to a blanket scoping notice issued last week by White River National Forest Supervisor Scott Fitzwilliams. Keystone also wants to cut about 20 trees at the bottom of North and South bowls to enable grooming in those areas. Continue reading

Summit County to host annual travel blogger confab

Keystone' River Run Village during the 2010 Beer and Bluegrass festival.

TBEX’12 to bring hundreds of travel bloggers to Keystone, Colorado 

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — Keystone, Colorado has been picked as the site for next year’s TBEX (June 15-17), the biggest annual roundup for an influential crowd of online and social media-savvy writers and travel bloggers.

According to a press release from Vail Resorts, the conference will generate significant buzz and revenue, as well as promote Colorado’s Rocky Mountains as an exceptional destination and the perfect spot for online and offline adventures.

The annual Travel Blog Exchange meet-up brings together wanderers and explorers whose diverse interests and travels fuel the most popular travel blogs in the world. Continue reading


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