Although Keystone is touted as a “family-friendly” resort—which it certainly is especially off of the River Run Gondola—nearly 50 percent of the terrain is titled as expert. In the lift-accessed areas of the resort, experts have endless glades and moguls, plus hike-to and snowcat-accessed terrain on Independence Mountain, Keystone Peak and Wapiti Peak. The cat-skiing alone is enough reason to book your Keystone ski vacation today. Whether you opt for a full day of cat skiing in Keystone’s iconic bowls, or just one ride up, the experience is sure to please anyone who likes steep, spacious terrain.
From the summit of Decrum Mountain, expert skiers can either opt to hike or arrange a ride with Keystone Cat Skiing Tours to access The Windows, a renowned tree skiing zone. Experts have 11 renowned gladed runs to choose from in this area. You can also hop on the Outpost Gondola to North Peak, if you’d like to get to the goods faster. North Peak offers experts some steep, sustained mogul runs, and also accesses the hike-to terrain between Independence Mountain and Keystone Peak. The 1.5-mile hike and the terrain it accesses will test the best.
Experts also have some incredible options off of Outback Express, from the Black Forest and its steep glades, to Wolverine, Wildfire and Pika. Skiers can also get their hike on in this area. To get to Wapiti Peak, and adjacent North and South Bowl, skiers trek up the one-mile book-pack. On the way down be prepared for everything from small chutes to moguls and variable conditions, to open bowl skiing. This area−especially its glades−offer some of the best Keystone powder skiing. So when the snow starts flying you know where to go.
Expert jibbers should book a Keystone ski vacation purely based on the A51 Terrain Park. The large line will challenge even the most seasoned park skier or rider. The Main Street section is where experts will spend their day, but a warm up lap or two on one of the medium lines, I-70 or Park Lane, is suggested. Keystone utilizes Burton’s and the National Ski Area Association’s Smart Style safety initiatives to reduce injuries and accidents in the park. The initiatives include a marked designation of difficulty level per line, and a safety code.