Almost every time we visit a destination, we have our vehicle or a rental car to get around. For an upcoming trip to Keystone, we were planning to fly in and take a shuttle to the resort, so researching how to get around the city and resort was a big part of the trip prep. Luckily, I learned that I did not need a car to get around Keystone and the transportation system was ready and waiting for a car-free vacation.
Getting to Keystone
Keystone is located 90 miles west of Denver, making it one of the most convenient ski resorts for visitors flying into the area. Renting a car is always an option, and maybe the most economical choice for families. However, if you are planning to stay only at the ski resort, or want to avoid the hassle of driving in the snow, the Colorado Mountain Express is a good choice. Colorado Mountain Express (CME) is a ground transportation shuttle that services Summit County and all major ski resorts. Door to Door service is convenient and the amenities make the ride pleasant. Free Wi-fi is available onboard each of the 250 vans in the fleet, and there is no extra charge for bags up to 3 per rider. Families can save big with CME-kids under 12 ride for half price with a paying adult and there is a 20% discount for a booking of three or more people.
The greatest benefit of riding CME is that your vacation begins sooner, as you leave the driving (and worrying) to someone else. Snow is often a factor when traveling into the mountains, and while that is good for the ski experience, it can make for a harrowing drive over the pass. The CME drivers are experts in handling the snowy roads, and have inside information to avoid traffic jams and other snarls. For travelers who are inexperienced with winter travel, this is an ideal solution to save your sanity and let you focus on your vacation.
Getting Around Keystone Resort
The Keystone shuttle offers a convenient schedule that will pick you up and drop you off almost anywhere in Keystone Resort. Shuttles pick up approximately every twenty minutes, and ride times average about 10 – 15 minutes. Pick up stations are located all over and you are never far from a pick up station. Buses run in a loop from River Run Village and Mountain House, but anything within the resort is accessible via the bus route. Buses run from 6 am to 12 midnight.
Getting Around the City and From Town to Town
The Summit Stage is a countywide bus service, stopping at ski areas, shopping centers, medical centers and some residential areas in Summit County. Not only is the Summit Stage convenient, but it is free and the best way to get to the grocery store if you want to shop outside the village. With this service, it is easy to leave the car and use the system to get around Keystone Resort and any outside areas.