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By Doug Carey, Examiner.com

KEYSTONE, Colo. — Looking for a great weekend in the mountains? Check out Colorado’s Keystone Ranch.

With the snow long melted and the rivers running, another beautiful Colorado summer is underway, and there is no better way to enjoy the mountain sunshine than with a round of golf at one of Keystone Resort’s two immaculate courses. Golf season officially began in Summit County on May 17 with the opening of the River Course. Guests can enjoy both of Keystone’s spectacular courses beginning May 31 when The Keystone Ranch opens for play.

Along with the front nine, golfers can grab lunch at The River Course Grill, buy new gear at the golf shop or tune-up their skills on the practice range and putting green. Tee times may be booked online at golfkeystone.com or by calling 800-464-3494.

Keystone’s courses are “a cool combination of mountain golf courses that offer different architectural layouts with opposing personalities, spectacular panoramic views and challenges that test golfers of all abilities,” said Keystone Director of Golf Steve Corneillier. “Keystone Resort is the closest all-inclusive mountain resort to the Front Range of Colorado and the only 36-hole facility in Summit County.”

While the par-71, Hurdzen-Fry River Course at Keystone provides impressive elevation changes, variable bunkers, water hazards and five-sets of tees on each hole, the Keystone Ranch par-72 course follows the legendary links-style of a Scottish course on the front-nine, while the back nine presents a traditional mountain valley layout. Throughout the summer Keystone’s Golf courses will offer various lessons and clinics specifically geared at improving guest’s game in a productive and friendly atmosphere. Half-hour private lessons with a PGA professional that are individually tailored to guests’ skill level and goals will be available for $50.

Clinics such as Boomers on the Links at The River Course, perfect for seniors, Betty’s free golf week at The River Course, specifically for woman, and Just for Junior Golf Clinics, great for 17 and under golfers, will also be available throughout the golfing season. For a full listing of lesson and clinic information please visit www.golfkeystone.com. For golfers looking for an exciting chance to improve their game, the Keystone Resort will host a prestigious clinic with Nancy Lopez, winner of Rookie of the Year and Player of the Year in 1978, on August 21.

The event will include breakfast, a putting exhibition with Lopez, short game clinic stations focused on putting, chipping, pitching and sand, followed by a delicious lunch. Golfers will have the chance to round out the day with nine holes on the Keystone Ranch Golf Course with Lopez hitting a par three with each group.

Nestled at the base of the beautiful Rocky Mountains, Keystone’s two courses offer the perfect chance for a long weekend or extended getaway to the cool mountain climate, where average summer temperatures hover in the low-70s.

Stay-and-Play golf and lodging packages start at $90 per person and save guests 33% on lodging when paired with a round of golf. Visit www.keystoneresort.com or call 800-328-1323 for reservations.

 

By Amy Rutherford, Examiner.com

It is never too early to start planning a summer vacation. Many people do not realize that a town that is popular for snow skiing can be a refreshing summer treat when the temperatures climb to sweltering degrees elsewhere.

Vail, Colorado is just the place to escape the brutal heat that summers can bring. Vail’s altitude is over 8,000 ft. above sea level. The high elevation coupled with mountain valleys can produce light, cool breezes and even moderately cold nights during the summer months.

Vail is an interesting little ski town. It is quaint, and has the appearance of a Swiss village. There are upscale shops nestled between the spruce trees and tucked among the billowing mountains. The gondola, which is open in the summer as well as the winter, is an exciting ride to the top of the mountain. An all-day ticket can be obtained, so that the visitor can come and go as they please.

On top of the mountain one will find a restaurant that serves a variety of tasty dishes, but the best part of the top is the winding foot path that take one through meadows of gently sloping terrain that is blanketed with colorful wildflowers. It is truly a hiker’s dream.

Vail is located right along the interstate highway, and is easily accessible from Denver. The surrounding area is a scenic panorama that is well worth an adventure drive. The majestic mountains will lure the traveler to experience its grandeur.

In the summer months the roads are passable and free from snow and ice, so venturing is easy. With all these activities, Vail makes the perfect summer retreat.


Summer fun in Breckenridge (Credit, Stacy Sanchez)

By Stacy Sanchez, Examiner.com

Wondering when the best summer events are in Breck?  Well, here’s a link to a post that I was asked to write for the ski area’s blog, which is new this year. Click this link to see the full list: http://blog.breckenridge.com/2013/04/30/top-10-summer-events-in-breck/

I included some of the classics like 4th of July and Labor Day, but Kingdom Days are a lot of fun. There are some tasty libations that are the center of attention a few times as well.


By Regan Dickinson, Examiner.com

Copper Mountain‘s summer activities are in full swing and visitors are enjoying everything the mountain has to offer including ski and snowboard summer camps and a number of headlining events.

Copper’s Summer Activity Passes are available for $74 for a season pass or $44 for a day pass and include unlimited access to mini golf, Diggler mountain rides, scenic chairlift rides, bumper boats and paddle boats, mountain bike equipment haul, climbing wall, quad bungee jump, and Summit County’s only go-kart track.

Village at Copper activities are open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday through Thursday, and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

Fridays at Copper are back this summer and include free music, free movies, and free activities. Simply spend $40 in the Village’s restaurants and shops to receive free tickets to one of each of Copper’s village activities.

Woodward at Copper is a great place to improve on your extreme sports skills and even keep progressing your skiing and snowboarding while there is no snow on the ground. Woodward offers camp programs for every age group, including snowboard, ski, skateboard, BMX, slope-style mountain bike, and digital media camp. Go to www.woodwardatcopper.com for full details. The Woodward at Copper Barn is open after a host of renovations this year.

Copper has plenty of events under the sun. Visitors can enjoy everything from art walks, to bike tours, to free concerts. For more information on all the activities Copper offers check out www.coppercolorado.com/events.

Rounding out Copper’s summer fun is a Labor Day tradition of country crooners. Head up the mountain for the Copper Country Arts Festival and enjoy free live music from Kenny Rogers and Michael McDonald.

Visit CopperColorado.com for lodging steals, event details, and more, and stay connected all season long at www.facebook.com/CopperMtn or @CopperMtn on Twitter.


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