Keystone opens night skiing on Nov. 9, 2007 |

Keystone opens night skiing on Nov. 9, 2007

Daily Staff Report
Vail CO, Colorado

KEYSTONE – On Friday, Nov. 9, skiers and riders will get a one-day sneak peak of night skiing for the official grand opening celebration.

Keystone opened last Friday on Nov. 2, a full week earlier than expected thanks to efficient snowmaking on top of the mountain. Now the resort is offering skiing and snowboarding from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on the 9th.

“Keystone’s one of the only resorts in Colorado to offer the unique experience of night skiing and riding,” said Christian Knapp, director of marketing for Keystone. “We know there’s a lot of pent-up demand and excitement for the start of the season and we want to offer as much time on the slopes as we possibly can. This special one-day sneak preview of night skiing at Keystone gives our guests 12 hours of skiing and snowboarding”

All lift access and skier services will be provided this weekend at the River Run Village base area with free skier parking in the Montezuma Lot.

Other open terrain this weekend includes the intermediate run of Spring Dipper, the mountaintop beginner learning area of Kokomo and the opening terrain park features.

New terrain will include the beginner run of Schoolmarm leading into the Silverspoon run. Keystone now has 77 acres of open terrain. Egress from the mountain by downloading on the River Run gondola.

Ranked this year as one of the top 5 terrain parks in the country, Keystone’s A51 park made its debut on day one of the season with 20 innovative rails, boxes and other jib features.

According to Knapp, the special 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. ski day and night on Nov. 9 is a preview to the holiday night skiing schedule that kicks off Nov. 21 followed by the start of the peak season night skiing schedule that begins Dec. 19. The following is the Keystone night skiing schedule:

· Wednesday – Sunday, Nov. 21- 25, Friday and Saturday, Nov. 30 – Dec. 15

· Seven days a week Dec. 19 – Jan. 6

· Wednesday- Sunday, Jan. 9 – Feb. 24

· Seven days a week Feb. 27- March 30

Keystone is offering $109 hotel room rates at the Inn at Keystone Nov. 9-11. Call 800.468.5004 or visit for more early-season deals. Don’t miss the resort’s other unique ski day and night event – the fourth annual 36 Hours of Keystone – which returns Nov. 30-Dec. 1 and offers the public a chance to ski and celebrate for 36 nonstop hours (from 9 a.m. Nov. 30 to 9 p.m. Dec. 1).

Don’t miss your opportunity to buy a season pass at the $449 price for the Colorado Pass with unlimited skiing and snowboarding at Keystone, Breckenridge and Arapahoe Basin and 10 days at Vail and Beaver Creek. First-timers will save even more with the $389 adult Learn-to-Ski and Ride Pass at Keystone and Breckenridge that offers three beginner ski or snowboard lessons, rentals and lift tickets. Once you graduate, receive a season pass valid for Keystone, Breckenridge and Arapahoe Basin. Season pass sales end on Sunday.

Keystone asks that skiers and riders observe all posted signs and warnings, especially during the early season. Closed trails may contain hazards due to early snow coverage. Please keep off closed trails and out of closed areas for safety reasons.

Keystone’s sister resorts are opening in the next few weeks. Breckenridge’s set to open Nov. 9 followed by Vail and Heavenly on Nov. 16 and Beaver Creek on Nov. 21. For more information or to book your Keystone vacation, visit or call 800.468.5004.

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