Keystone started allowing snowboarders to ride in 1997. Although this was far behind other resorts, Keystone has been making up for lost time. The area itself is a riders paradise, with three mountains, fast lifts and A51- a dedicated lift for park and pipe enthusiasts. Keystone has 19 lifts servicing 121 runs, and that number is growing. Because of Keystones aspect to the sun, half the runs are shaded while the other half are not which allows a savvy rider to always be able to find good snow. Reserve your Keystone snowboard rentals today!
The Keystone Ski and Ride school is excellent and has instructors from all over the world, good rates, and flexible schedules. The Outback has a ski CAT that can be taken to back country style open bowl skiing, but it is Area 51 that sets Keystone apart. This park has 51 boxes and rails for your snowboarding fun as well as a mammoth 150 ft long rail, the roller coaster rail, and the Flaming BBQ rail (restricted to experts only). For learning, A51 has the Incubator, featuring smaller jibs and jumps, and I-70, for the intermediate park rider. They pump mood rocketing music through the speakers and there is always a cheering section on the lift clapping at your latest trick or cringing at your biggest wipe outs.
For the free rider, don’t miss the Eden that is the Bullet Glades or the calming turns you get going through the old growth forests of the Outback. The runs under the Santiago lift only come in occasionally but on the right day, the South Cat Glades are an endless set of rolling waves through beautifully spaced trees and rock. Fast lifts, great terrain and a lot of it.