November 10, 2005
Keystone, CO - (News Release) - Get your powder blue tuxedo or sequined prom dress and make the first turns of the season Friday at Keystone. The resort's set to open for its 35th season out of River Run base area with a Formal opening/prom theme this weekend.
With $10 million in upgrades over the past five years to the snowmaking system plus a little early-season help from Mother Nature with 3 feet of snow in the past month, Keystone skiers and riders will experience top-to-bottom terrain this weekend with a beginner learning area and almost a dozen terrain park features.
Opening day preparations - Thursday, Nov. 10Today, Keystone employees are making the final preparations for Friday's opening day. The prom committee's buying balloons. The prom king's ironing his baby blue tuxedo. Keystone's avalanche dogs, Teton, Kenya and Alma, are wagging their tails. And, the snowmakers and groomers are putting the finishing touches on Keystone's trails and rails.
Opening day weekend - Friday, Nov. 11-12Keystone's set to open at 9 a.m. Friday for its 35th season with top-to-bottom skiing/riding until 4 p.m. this weekend. The first 200 people to hit the slopes Friday will enjoy free donuts, not to mention great early-season conditions, plus rails and funboxes on the upper part of the mountain.
On Saturday, skiers and riders will come dressed to impress with stylish prom attire before dancing the night away at the Parrot Eyes apres ski prom party 2 to 5 p.m. in River Run with the crowning of the prom king and queen and iPod Shuffles given to the best dressed.
Opening day lift tickets are set for $45 (prices are subject to change). River Run restaurants, Keystone's Ski and Ride School, rental shops and lift ticket offices will be open with ride access out of River Run. Free parking will be available in River Run. Check out the Swing Crew Band at the Greenlight or pick up new and used equipment and gear Nov. 11-13 at the Keystone Ski Swap in the Keystone Tennis Center. For more information about opening day festivities, lodging and prices, visit keystoneresort.com or call 800.468.5004.
This season, the resort installed new pipeline and automated two new trails, making the largest and most sophisticated snowmaking system in the Rockies even bigger and more automated.
The resort continues to invest in the beginner terrain park (A51 Incubator) with new funboxes, smaller rails and even more beginner jumps. The innovation continues in the full-size A51 terrain park with new, unique rails and a redesigned jump line created by Elliot Cone, Keystone's new assistant terrain park manager who's one of the best park designers in the industry.
Veteran's Day info
With many Front Range schools closed to celebrate the Veteran's Day holiday Friday, the resort's expecting a large turnout and lots of excitement on and off the slopes. In honor of Veteran's Day, Keystone's offering the $129 Liberty Pass, a season pass for active military personnel and their immediate family members. The pass allows unlimited skiing and riding at Keystone and Arapahoe Basin from the date of purchase through Keystone's closing day (tentatively set for April 16, 2006). For more information about the Liberty Pass or for other military discounts through the Rocky Mountain Blue program (discounted lift tickets, lodging, dining and activities), call 800.322.9498 for more information.
Upcoming events and deals
Mark your calendars for the 2nd annual 36 Hours of Keystone Nov. 18-19. This event features 36 nonstop hours of skiing and riding and a punk rock pancake breakfast, live bands, DJs, red carpet movie premieres and street parties off the mountain. Teams can compete for a chance to win $3,600 as part of the event. Stay for just $36 per person, per night. Visit keystone36.com for more information or call 800.468.5004.
Take advantage of early season lodging deals for just $99 per night.. Rooms are based on double occupancy for weekday stays Nov. 11 through Dec. 15. Other rates, dates and room types available. Other restrictions apply. For reservations or more information, call 800.468.5004 or click your way to keystoneresort.com.