Keystone Resort Opens North Peak Mountain and River Run Base Area, Sat. Nov. 16

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KEYSTONE, Colo. — Nov. 15, 2002 — Thanks to the more than 50 inches of natural snow Keystone has received this fall and lots of hard work by mountain operations staff, the resort is opening North Peak Mountain on Saturday. The Outpost Gondola will operate from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to transport skiers and riders to the advanced level, natural condition terrain on North Peak. Keystone Ski Patrol will be available at the top of North Peak to assist guests with questions about the terrain.

"Keystone is doubling the amount of terrain open to our guests to ski and ride on our second official weekend of the new season, said Chuck Tolton, director of mountain operations at Keystone. "As you can imagine, we couldn't be more excited about this announcement and the opportunity it provides our guests to enjoy great early season skiing.

Skiers and snowboarders at Keystone can find powder stashes on two mountains starting tomorrow. The Santiago lift will service the North Peak terrain, with the Ruby Express lift running for egress only. In addition, terrain features over the weekend will include one hit and five rails.

The resort is also opening the River Run base area Saturday. The Summit Express lift will be operating out of River Run. Ina's Way, a beginner run, and Dercum's Dash, an intermediate run, will be open for skiers and riders to get down to the base area. Ski school and childcare will be available only in the Mountain House base area.

Keystone is reporting a 25-inch settled mid-mountain base. For more information on snow conditions, lodging and lift packages, family activities and more, call (800) 404-3535 or visit www.keystoneresort.com.
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