Cat Skiing in Colorado East


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An hour and a half outside of Denver, Keystone is a popular resort town of 1,100 people. It is located in Summit County and is one of the most in demand locations in this part of Colorado for outdoor activities like snowboarding, cross country skiing, ice skating, and alpine skiing. It also is a major draw for enthusiasts of cat skiing.

Nestled in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, Keystone receives more than 235 inches of powder snow each year. This snowfall begins as early as October and can continue into the spring months of March and April.

During the snowier times of the year, Keystone becomes a haven for skiers of all skill levels. Most cat skiers stay at the resorts and lodges in the area where they take part in guided excursions into the backcountry of the Rockies.

In fact, the town is located in the White River National Forest and is close to one of the largest ski areas in Summit County. The area spans three separate peaks, the tallest of which is almost 12,000 feet.

Area Overview
CST Rating
Region Name Colorado East
Region State Colorado
Region City Keystone
Region Country USA
Closest Resort Keystone Resort
Optional Resort Breckenridge Ski Resort
Optional Resort Swan Resort

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Area Details
Acres (sq. miles) 800
Skill Level Advanced
Annual Snowfall (inches) 235
Snow Type N/A
Mountain Range Rocky Mountains
Elevation (feet) 9,173
Tour Details
Runs per Day N/A
Apprx. Vertical Feet per Run N/A
Apprx. Vertical Feet per Day 12,000
Rentals Available Yes
Apprx. Cost per Day per Person $285
Apprx. Cost per Day per Cat $3,135


The terrain spans more than 3,000 acres and is some of the most amazing terrain in the area. It features groomers, rolling cruisers, steep bumps, glades, and powder-filled bowls, which is reserved for advanced and expert skiers.

Keystone also offers a variety of lodging and accommodations for tourists. People can choose from single hotel and motel rooms to family-size suites. These lodgings come with amenities like hair dryers, in-room coffee makers and tea kettles, fireplaces, cable or satellite TV, free Wi-Fi, and even room service.

Many of the rooms offer lake or mountainside views. The hotels and resorts also have on-site amenities like indoor heated pools, hot tubs, and health clubs for guests to enjoy during their stay.

Unlike some other cat skiing resorts and lodges, Keystone is easily accessible by a major interstate. Interstate 70 runs through Keystone and makes it simple for travelers to drive to and from the town without having to take a bus or shuttle.

However, people who plan on driving to Keystone are advised to check the weather for road closures and avalanche warnings particularly during the winter months. They also should avoid driving during peak travel times to avoid traffic congestion and possible bad road conditions.

For people who are coming to Keystone by air, they can fly directly into Denver International Airport and rent a car to drive. Interstate 70 East takes tourists from Denver to Keystone in little more than an hour to an hour and a half. Downtown Denver is 72 miles away while Denver International Airport is 90 miles from the town.

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Closest Airport
Airport Name Airport Code Miles to Region
Eagle County Airport EGE 74 mi
Denver International Airport DEN 100 mi
Distance From
Airport City State Code Miles Time Stops
Los Angeles International Airport Los Angeles CA LAX 903 4h 7m 1
O'Hare International Airport Chicago IL ORD 1125 4h 16m 1
John F. Kennedy International Airport New York NY JFK 1925 10h 18m 2
San Francisco International Airport San Francisco CA SFO 1140 4H 13M 1
Seattle–Tacoma International Airport Seattle/Tacoma WA SEA 1024 4H 32M 1
Newark Liberty International Airport New York/Newark/New Jersey NJ EWR 1901 6h 17m 1
Logan International Airport Boston MA BOS 2099 6h 14m 1
Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport Minneapolis/St. Paul MN MSP 1039 5h 18m 1
Philadelphia International Airport Philadelphia PA PHL 1871 5h 53m 1
LaGuardia Airport New York NY LGA 1915 6h 19m 1
Washington Dulles International Airport Washington, D.C. VA IAD 1790 5h 47m 1
San Diego International Airport San Diego CA SAN 849 4h 12m 1
Midway International Airport Chicago IL MDW 1132 9h 44m 2
Portland International Airport Portland OR PDX 1156 4h 17 1


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