Keystone Ski Resort Jobs
- Employment: Keystone Job Listings
- Population: 29,000 (Summit County)
- Keystone Information:
- Local Newspapers: Summit Daily News
- Average Annual Snowfall: 233″
- Ski Season: mid- October – May
- Employee Housing: Limited availability; avg. cost $200-490 per month.
- Keystone Lift Ticket Prices
- Keystone Webcam
Keystone is one of the four Vail Resorts, Inc. properties. Skiers at Keystone have the chance to try three mountain peaks in one day and then sample the active nightlife and culture of a thriving Colorado resort village after the slopes close at 9pm. The area continues to be a huge destination resort, even though it does not offer the history of an old mining town or even the alpine feel of most ski resorts. It is thoroughly modern, with condos spreading in all directions and amenities galore, including fitness centers and indoor tennis courts. The resort is located sixty-five miles from Denver International Airport, and is one of four resorts located in Summit County, ” the others being Breckenridge, Copper Mountain, and Arapahoe Basin.
With three top-notch ski mountains, Keystone certainly has something to offer every type of skier.
The immaculately groomed runs of Keystone Mountain are great for beginners and intermediates, but North Peak is so mogul-studded that it is mostly reserved for intermediate and expert skiers. The third mountain in the clan is the Outback, with rugged, natural runs for great glade skiing. Because the ski area is open until 9pm each night, Keystone can offer the thrill of plunging down the slopes under the starry skies. One very special feature Keystone offers is the chance to learn from the pros; Olympians Phil and Steve Mahre offer training to skiers of all levels between November and June. There are also cross-country trails that probe deep into the Arapahoe National Forest and the Colorado backcountry.
In addition to world-class powder skiing, Keystone offers sleigh rides, moonlit dinners, snowmobiles, and the nation’s largest outdoor ice skating center. Contact the Chamber of Commerce for more information.
Summer in Keystone is full of different events and activities. From whitewater rafting to Jeep Tours, the activities center at Keystone can help you plan a great day of activities. For information call (970) 468-4130. Contact the Dillon Ranger Station, (970) 468-5400, for details about biking and hiking trails, fishing spots, and camping.
Because Keystone attracts many families, couples, and small groups of friends, nightlife and the singles’ scene are somewhat limited. There are a few hot spots that are open until dawn, but mainly this is a place for those who enjoy evenings curled up in front of a fire with a good book. The majority of the restaurants and bars are located in Keystone Village. The Last Chance Saloon & Gaming Parlour has pool tables, pizza, burgers, and beer, and the Snake River Saloon (in Dillon) has great food and good live music. There are also numerous fast-food places nearby.
All major airlines fly into Denver International Airport. Keystone is seventy-five miles west of the airport via I-70. The scenic route goes through Loveland Pass to Highway 6, then thirteen miles west to the resort.The fast route goes through the Eisenhower Tunnel to Dillon, where you get on Highway 6 headed east for six miles to Keystone. For a worry-free, relaxing trip from the airport to the resort, use Resort Express, (800) 334-7433; the cost is about $39 one way.
Complimentary buses connect all lodging facilities to the ski mountains and Keystone Village every twenty minutes until midnight. The Summit Stage also offers free transportation to the ski areas of Keystone, Arapahoe Basin, Breckenridge, Copper Mountain, and the towns of Breckenridge, Dillon, Silverthorne, and Frisco. To check out their routes and schedules, go to www.co.summit.co.us.
Vail Resorts Inc. has a limited number of employee housing options. To find out about the employee housing available at Keystone, contact the Keystone Employee Housing office at (970) 513-9331. Other than employee housing, Keystone has a limited number of lodging options, since the population of the area itself is fairly small. Obviously, it is easier to find a reasonable apartment in summer than in winter, but subscribing to one of the papers is the best way to find out about availability and rates.
In late fall of every year more than 1,500 people head for Summit County to work at Keystone. Although there are several hotels in the Keystone area, the main employer is the Keystone Resort. Their job hotline number is (888) Ski-Job1 ( 888-754-5621), www.skijobs1.com. One insider tells us that Keystone is one of the best places to look for work. “They have a great personnel department, they have daily newsletters on housing, employment, jobs available, they have job hotlines, they have great benefits, and they have great discounts, ” he says. “For employment it’s really easy.”