When Keystone Resort opens for summer lift operations on Thursday, June 24, the lift-serviced Keystone Bike Park will open for the first time since it closed in 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Keystone Bike Park manager Mike Daly said the park, which was open seven days a week in 2019, will be open Thursday through Sunday all summer. Daly said the park will open in great condition after two winters of snow flattened almost everything on the trails.
“It made it better for us,” Daly said. “It looks really, really good.”
Daly said when Keystone opens the bike park, just under 100% of the bike park’s cycling terrain for summer 2021 will be open. The 24 trails open on Thursday include all of the park’s beginner-friendly green trails, all of the park’s intermediate blue trails, and all but one of the park’s advanced trails. Daly said the park’s last forward trail will likely open within the next week.
For its summer opening day Thursday, Keystone will be opening scenic rides on the River Run Gondola, hikes on the resort’s trails and activities at Lakeside Village including gemstone panning and bungee trampolines.
Like the bike park, Keystone’s summer operations will be available Thursday through Sunday, through Labor Day. The bike park and the resort’s other activities will be open every day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The ski lift hours are extended on Fridays and Saturdays until 7 p.m.
In Lakeside Village, the Keystone Adventure Center will offer daily paddle boat, paddleboard, kayak, canoe and bicycle rentals.
The resort’s golf courses and Keystone Stables horse rides are already open, and this weekend’s Bacon and Bourbon Festival will be the resort’s first festival since the pandemic began.
The Keystone Bike Park will provide a different outlet for the many residents and visitors to Summit County who fell in love with mountain biking last year amid COVID-19, Daly said.
“It’s been on the rise for a while now, but I think with COVID it’s taken to a different level,” Daly said. “For us, being able to provide a different experience for people than trail driving – elevator access driving – is huge for the whole community. “
Daly said this year Keystone wanted to create a more inclusive bike park for cyclists of all skill levels. This includes the rerouting of the Suz’s Cruise Trail into the park’s green circuit. Daly said Keystone worked with the US Forest Service to reroute Suz’s cruise for environmental purposes off a ski slope. The new Suz’s Cruise will give riders a wider, more gradual trail as opposed to a more traditional singletrack, Daly said.
“Our park is quite old, and as we move forward into the future we want to make it more inclusive, more everyone,” Daly said. “Every time we go in and build a new trail, we want it to be more inclusive, which means it has some flow, some progression, is fluid, and more fun to ride. . “
Daly said some of the traditional bike park trails will not open this year, but may reopen in years to come. This includes TNT, Logger’s Way, High Speed Dirt, and Jam Rock.
Mountain construction work in Keystone this summer, including the replacement of the Peru Express elevator and the removal of the Argentina elevator, is not expected to affect the trails available this summer, Daly said, although deviations are possible. . Daly said when helicopters carry parts for elevators, openings could be affected.
Daly said the bike park has no events planned for this summer.
“Hopefully next year we can start some events all over again,” Daly said. “… We are really delighted that the bicycle park is operational. It’s great for the community. It’s great for the cycling community and the employees. We are delighted to open it.