Keystone Opens Today

KEYSTONE, Colo. – Nov. 8, 2002 – Keystone Resort opens its 2002-2003 season today offering double the amount of terrain for visitors to ski and ride than in years past thanks to early season winter snowstorms. In addition to the excitement of skiing and snowboarding, Keystone visitors will see resort staff decked out in colorful disco party wigs and Hawaiian shirts and leis to celebrate Keystone’s new “Party in the Peaks” winter program. To complete the theme, a disco ball will hang from the first chair that takes the first four skiers up the mountain at 8:30 a.m.

“Coloradoans who get excited about skiing on opening day will have even more reasons to be enthused this year, thanks to the early season snow we’ve received,” said Chuck Tolton, director of mountain operations. “To add to the excitement, we’re announcing a new winter program, ‘Party in the Peaks.’ For Coloradoans who have family and friends that visit every ski season looking for lively apres ski activity and nighttime entertainment in addition to great skiing, ‘Party in the Peaks’ events will make Keystone a great resort to visit this winter.”

“Party in the Peaks” is a two-month-long celebration of apres ski events and nighttime entertainment like Beach Party on Ice, Saturday Night Fever featuring funky disco tunes, Snowshoe Lunch Treks, beer tasting at Great Northern Tavern, and wine pairing dinners at Paisano’s. Events are planned for January and February.

As of early November, Keystone has received more than 30 inches of natural snow, allowing the resort to open to the top of Keystone Mountain. The resort has double the amount of terrain to ski and ride on opening weekend, as well as double the vertical change, 2,340 feet compared to last year’s 905 feet. The Peru, Montezuma and Discovery lifts will take skiers and riders up the mountain to cruise Haywood, Silverspoon, Frenchman, and Discovery runs to have the first taste of the 2002-2003 season.

Additional Opening Day News:

o Keystone is offering Kids Ski Free all season. Kids ski free when guests stay in Keystone lodging for 3-nights or more. (Must be purchased at time of reservation. Other restrictions apply.)

o First-time skiers and riders can get a real deal this season: a free season pass for Keystone, Breckenridge and Arapohoe Basin after graduating from the special Learn-to-Ski/Ride program at Keystone. For $189 for adults and kids, the program includes three days of beginner lessons, rental equipment and lift tickets.

This package can be purchased at Colorado Ski and Golf locations in Aurora, Arvada and Littleton, Boulder Ski Deals and Bicycle Village located in Boulder, and Grand West Outfitters located in Colorado Springs. (This is not a renewable pass. Must be purchased by January 31, 2003 and the first lesson must be completed by that date. Other restrictions apply.)

o Front Range residents who want to soak up more mountain atmosphere and stay the night have access to lodging deals for under $100 all season long by calling the Keystone Lodging Deals Hotline at 888-SKI-KEYSTONE. (Must book within seven days of arrival. Based on availability. Other restrictions apply.)

For more information on opening day at Keystone, including lift ticket and rental prices, visit or call (800) 354-4FUN.

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