Night Skiing at Keystone!

My great plan a few weeks ago:

I thought it would be fun to go out for brunch with the family, ski a couple of runs before Breckenridge closed for the day, and then relax at night. A complete shutdown at Breck and skiing Keystone didn’t come close to niggling my wild imagination.

The day started out sunny and warm with a light breeze. After waiting an hour for a table, we enjoyed a leisurely meal and then headed for the gondola. As we were about to board, it ground to a halt. We were forced into waiting mode again. What now?

The lift operators talked amongst themselves. Then one of them turned to face the growing crowd. “The mountain has closed due to high winds!”

I looked at her with raised eyebrows. Dang! It was too late to drive to another mountain. All kinds of woulda- coulda-shouldas came to mind.

Then I remembered Keystone is open until 8:00 PM for night skiing!

I hadn’t skied at night for a long time but recalled the excitement of it. While looming shadows swallowed the landscape, the crisp air and contrast of dark and light made an otherwise easy slope, a decent challenge.

It came as no surprise that so many lined up at the base. Some of them must have driven over in the afternoon when Breckenridge closed. I took this photo around 5:00 PM. It looks like the middle of the night!

Night skiing in Colorado

I’ve always enjoyed the lighting while night skiing. Sometimes it’s easier to see the shadows pop from the snow.

Chairlift at night

It’s important to see where you’re going!

That said, after an almost blind run while wearing goggles, I took them off. The lenses were too dark. Then the wind howled and my sight blurred.

Night snowboarding

It didn’t take long until my eyes adjusted, but my camera didn’t. Ha!

Night skiing at Keystone

Even in the chilly wind, we found time to relax with my son, Kelly, and his girlfriend, Leksy…

Kelly and Leksy

And to take the obligatory selfie!

Susie and Danny night skiing

We had a blast!

It’s always fun to try something different when plans change. It forces you to step out of your routine and experience something new. It became a very memorable day!

How do you handle change? Are you up for experiencing something new? Have you ever skied at night?

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69 thoughts on “Night Skiing at Keystone!

  1. You know? In all this time the lure of whooshing down the slopes hasn’t happened. I think because my first introduction to skiing was on the news when they covered a guy dying while skiing, hitting a tree or something. I was like … That may not be for me. But it might be because there is no snow where I live and when we went to the mountains tubing with the kids seemed more fun. Snowboarding is something I might want to try, Shaun White inspires that, not the crazy tricks just kiddie slope action. Although you could hit anything with skis or boards. But most of my adventures have all been warm-weather escapades. I think because the sun shines down on me year-round. But I am glad you were able to still go skiing at a different place, persistence pays off 🙂

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    • Hey Guat! Great to “see” you!

      Kelly lives in LA and bought a Cali ski pass. It’s not too far away. No excuses for you, ha! But you gotta want it. I’m always up for something new, so skiing at night will be remembered so much longer than a couple runs I take every time I’m up in Breck.

      I’ve snowboarded twice and need a week to get the hang of it. Boarding is supposed to be easier on the knees. You should try it with your kids!

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    • Sometimes we don’t see ourselves like others see us. I think of you as cutting edge in a lot of ways! You have your own style and have no problem walking up to complete strangers to interview them. I don’t know any fuddy duddies like that!!!

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  2. The short time I was in ski club, we always stayed until after dark. Probably closed out the slope, to be honest! (Present hours at Bittersweet are ’til 9 Su, ’til 10 M-R and 10:30 F/Sa. Lots of night skiing!)

    Never did try snowboarding…my uncle talked me out of it. 😛

    I don’t ski/board now because I don’t have a lot of interest in it, and the aforementioned ski area is 55 miles away! (The next closest is Mount Holly at 83 miles in the opposite direction.) Pfft, I can’t even rouse myself to go tubing at Hawk Island and that’s only 20 miles! (Actually, I didn’t realize it was that close. Hmm…)

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    • I want to try snowboarding again! Boarding is easier on your knees and the learning curve is 1/50th of skiing! It took me forever to progress in skiing. I’ve heard It only takes about 4-5 days to feel confident snowboarding. It’s on my list this year!

      It’s 100 miles to Summit County. About two hours away. There’s a smaller area less than an hour from here above Boulder, but I’d rather ski in the mountains. When I lived in the Midwest anything over 30 minutes seemed like forever. In the west, you get used to the long drives!

      Thanks for stopping by, Daya!

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  3. You just reminded me of a time when I went night skiing and had a lot of fun, but OMG was it ever cold. It was -9 and the tiny icicles blasted into my face. That’s the thing I remember most about it. Burning cheeks and icicles biting them. Nice for you that you could still salvage something of the day.

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    • Aspen is one of my favorite places!!! I skied there last year. Skiing is much harder than snowboarding. It took me a long time to master it and it can still kick my butt. Snowboarding is supposed to be much easier. I plan to give it another try.
      Thanks for reading, MM!

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  4. Ok, first of all, as soon as I read “I looked at her with raised eyebrows” I knew your wheels were already turning and the plan was not to bag it and hit the lounge. Hahaha

    The photos are beautiful! The extent of my skiing skills is watching other people enjoying it from afar.

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  6. I always like to think that every time I make a plan, God laughs!
    Seldom do my plans work out the way I want them to. Most of the time I think they turn out better. There is something about not knowing what to do next or how to fix the problem that is challenging and then when you work it out it makes it an extra special surprise. I didn’t even know there was such a thing as night skiing. It certainly looks like you were able to turn things around to have a lot of fun.

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