There are several different lodging options at Keystone but I think most families would agree that the space and convenience of a condo is the way to go. My family stayed in Arapahoe Lodge which was centrally located in River Run village and within quick walking distance to the gondola, ski school, dining, and entertainment. The condos are privately owned but the resort rents them out in a similar fashion to hotel rooms. Studio to three bedroom condos available and my family stayed in a two bedroom. The décor is what I would deem contemporary mountain rustic. There was a kitchen, living area, two bedrooms, and two bathrooms. Ski lockers for each condo are complimentary and located just off the downstairs lobby (which means you don’t have to lug all your wet ski stuff upstairs). A washer and dryer, two key elements to any successful family ski vacation, were located inside the condo and a large laundry facility was located downstairs as well.
The kitchen was stocked with basic utensils, cups, and plates. The full sized fridge, microwave, range, and oven were extremely convenient and cost saving, considering how expensive meals are in ski towns. If you are able to, I recommend stopping at a major grocery store before you arrive and stocking up on breakfast and lunch supplies because the little general store in River Run Village is pricey. The living area was large and included a dining table, couch, fireplace and tv. There was a balcony but it was too cold to enjoy while we were visiting. Bedrooms featured flat screen tvs and comfortable beds. Ski lockers for each condo located downstairs and are complimentary. There was a pool and spa that was heated but nobody in my family was crazy enough to take a dip in the 20 degree weather.
Overall, we found the ski in/ski out location extremely convenient and had no need for a car because we could walk or take a free shuttle to wherever we wanted to go throughout the large resort. While guests will pay more for a prime location, I believe it is worth the additional cost during a ski vacation.
Disclosure: My family received a complimentary stay at the Arapahoe Lodge as part of a press trip to Keystone Resort. All opinions are my own.
Parents can easily get overwhelmed looking at all the condo-style lodging options in River Run Village, but don't worry: you can't go wrong! All River Run lodging is either ski-in, ski-out or a very quick walk to the River Run Gondola. Plus, you're steps from dining, ski rentals, Kidtopia headquarters, and Dercum ice rink.
We stayed in The Springs, which is located adjacent to the gondola and just over a pedestrian bridge from the village. We loved this combination of convenience and tranquility...it was very quiet! My son loved the heated outdoor pool with slide and hot tubs, and in the lobby area, you can find a toddler play room and a media/theater room. There's also a BBQ, but it was too cold on our visit to use it!
All rooms at Springs have full kitchens and dining areas. Our two-bedroom corner unit had a fireplace, large living room, and great balcony. We only wished we had a washer and dryer! When we wanted to eat out, we were very close to our favorite Keystone restaurant: Blue Moon Cafe. We also ate at Kickaboo Tavern.
The Springs has ski lockers, and the ice rink is about a 3 minute walk. We were hosted at The Springs by Keystone, but all opinions are my own.
We stayed in Expedition Lodge, part of Keystone's River Run Village condominiums, in February. Our two-bedroom unit wasn't huge by any means, but it more than fit the bill for our 3-night stay. I *loved* that it was within walking distance of the gondola, ski school and all of the River Run shops and restaurants. Definitely no need for a car. We were quite comfy in our condominium (with 3 TVs, fireplace, small living room and balcony overlooking the mountain & outdoor pool). The only thing I think it was lacking was a washer/dryer. That would have been nice (though I am guessing some of the other Keystone-managed have them). Expedition Lodge does have a coin-operated laundry room.
Our first condo was very large and nice. There was even a little anteroom to put the crib. It was noisy at night, though. Then the second night, our plumbing messed up and flooded the unit and the restaurant below. They did move us to a new unit which was much smaller. That unit was quieter until the delivery trucks arrived and unloaded right below our unit at 5 am. But the location of these units can't be beat. You are right at the bottom of the gondola and in the heart of the village. No driving necessary!